Saturday, August 13, 2022

Family (1976-1980)


The Lawrence Family lives in a beautiful home in beautiful Pasadena, California.  But under that veneer of beauty, they endure problems that plague many families including alcoholism, cancer and infidelity.  Family was a hit with critics and received several Emmy nominations and wins.  Among the cast were a pre-Family Ties (1982-1989) Meredith Baxter Birney and a pre-Empty Nest (1988-1995) Kristy McNichol in addition to James Broderick, father of Matthew Broderick.

Location: The Lawrence House
Address: 1230 Milan Avenue, South Pasadena, CA

The Family house was kept in the family.  Six years after the show went off the air, Matthew Broderick bounced off a backyard trampoline in Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986).  This was also Ellie Sattler's house in Jurassic Park III (2001).  

Location Visited: June 2021

Saturday, August 6, 2022

Scarface (1983)

Cuban refugee Tony Montana was destined for better things than just being a dishwasher after arriving in Miami.  He soon begins working for drug lord Frank Lopez.  Tony takes a shine to Frank's wife, Elvira, whom he eventually marries after Frank is disposed of and Tony begins his ascent as Miami's new kingpin, all while keep tabs on his younger sister, Gina.  After infuriating fellow drug lord Alejandro Sosa, a massive shootout takes place at Tony's estate, where he experiences a water landing.

Scarface is hailed by many to be one of the best crime movies of all time.  While Al Pacino certainly gives a great performance, for me, it's a film to watch after several years have gone by, partly due to the 170 minute running time.  Critics were put off by the violence, but being a horror movie fan, I didn't mind the most disturbing part of the film that would've made that other face in Texas proud.  Scarface is set in Miami; however, much of it was filmed in Los Angeles due to The Miami Tourist Board's concerns the portrayal of drugs and crime in their city would scare off visitors.  Oh, and in case you weren't counting, fuck is said 226 times during the movie, practically rivalling how many times Carol Ann was said in Poltergeist III.

Scarface was filmed in Miami, FL and Los Angeles, CA

Location: The Carlyle Hotel
Address: 1250 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, FL

This popular filming location has also been seen in The Birdcage (1996)Miami Vice (1984-1989) and The Golden Palace (1992-1993).

Location: The Sun Ray Hotel
Address: 728 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, FL

Texas isn't the only state to have a chainsaw massacre...

Location: The Hotel
Address: 4441 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL

Since I was not a guest at the Fontainebleau Hotel, I couldn't get access to the pool so I did my best from the balcony... 

Miami Beach's luxury hotel has been featured in several films such as Police Academy 5: Assignment Miami Beach (1988) and The Bodyguard (1992).

Locations Visited: March 2021