Sunday, March 31, 2024

Pretty In Pink (1986)

High schooler Andie Walsh is from the poor side of the tracks.  Together with her best friend Duckie, they are taunted by the rich kids in school.  Though Andie has caught the eye of rich boys Steff and Blane.  While she rebuffs Steff's advances, Andie goes on a date with Blane, who later distances himself at the advice of his rich friends and reneges on his prom invitation.  Andie decides to go stag, but not before creating a dress so hideous even Helen Keller wouldn't wear it.  There, she reconciles with Blane while Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark plays in background.

John Hughes, who brought us Sixteen Candles (1984)The Breakfast Club (1985) and Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986) leaves audiences tinkled pink with his tale of teen love from different classes.  The original ending paired Andie and Duckie, which was met with a resounding quack from test audiences.  Also scrapped was Orchestral Manoeuvres in Dark original ending song "Goddess of Love", which no longer fit.  They wrote "If You Leave" in just under a day before embarking on a tour.  While it was a hit with many critics and fans, Pretty in Pink falls a little flat for me.  Many consider it to be Molly Ringwald's last memorable effort in the teen comedy world.  Andrew McCarthy and James Spader would later co-star in Mannequin (1987) and Less Than Zero (1987).  

Pretty in Pink was filmed in South Pasadena, Santa Monica, Pacific Palisades and Los Angeles, CA

Location: The Walsh House
Address: 1010 Hope Street, South Pasadena, CA

The street sweeper is seen a driving down Hope Court, just to the right of Hope Street...

The house is located at the end of the alleyway from Halloween II (1981)

Location: Meadowbrook High School
Address: 3939 Tracy Street, Los Angeles, CA

John Marshall High School

Numerous productions have used this location including Grease (1978) and Like Father Like Son (1987).

Location: The Oakmont Mall
Address: Broadway & 3rd Street Promenade, Santa Monica, CA

This was also Ridgemont Mall in Fast Times At Ridgemont High (1982).  The mall underwent extreme renovations in 2002.

Location: Traxx Record Store
Address: 1460 3rd Street, Santa Monica, CA

Location: Steff's House
Address: 366 S June Street, Los Angeles, CA

Location: Chestnut Hill Hunt Club
Address: 1501 Will Rogers State Park Road, Pacific Palisades, CA

The Jim Rogers Barn

Location: The Prom
Address: 506 S Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA

The Biltmore Hotel Crystal Ballroom

The Crystal Ballroom is also seen in The Bodyguard (1992) and True Lies (1994).

Locations Visited: June 2021, August 2023


Saturday, February 24, 2024

The Go-Go's - Turn To You (1984)


In 1984, The Go-Go's released Talk Show, which would be their last album for almost two decades.  The lead single Head Over Heels just missed the top ten.  Their follow up single Turn To You barely made the top 40, signaling a decline for the girls.  The song was about band member Charlotte Caffey's then-boyfriend.  The band broke up after touring for the album.  For the video, The Go-Go's perform at a 60's teen dance dressed in men's clothes as well as portraying party guests.  An up-and-coming Rob Lowe appears as a partygoer as well.  The video was co-directed by Mary Lambert, who helmed several of Madonna's videos.

Location: The Mansion
Address: 905 Loma Lista Drive, Beverly Hills, CA

Greystone Mansion & Gardens

Greystone Mansion is a popular filming spot.  The Bodyguard (1992) and Ghostbusters 2 (1989) were also filmed here.  While usually just the grounds are open to the public, occasionally, they allow visitors to visit the interior.

Location Visited: June 2023

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Sunday, January 28, 2024

Charmed (1998-2006)


The Halliwell Sisters are good witches possessing enormous power.  Together, Prue, Piper and Phoebe ban together to protect the citizens of The Golden Gate City with their gifts of telekinesis, molecular immobilization and premonitions.  An endless parade of demons and warlocks descended upon the siblings until a greater evil - The Source of All Evil, wreaked havoc.  Prue meets her untimely demise of the Source's personal assassin.  Enter half-sister Paige with her teleportation power.  The Halliwell Sisters carried on and continued to battle any wicked spirits that crossed their path.

TV producer Aaron Spelling reunites with Beverly Hills, 90210 (1990-2000) star Shannen Doherty for the first primetime series about a coven of witches, which was for a time, also the longest running television series starring all women.  A witch's curse seemed to have been placed on Spelling and Doherty's working relationship, as Shannen was fired after three seasons, seemingly at the behest of co-star and Who's The Boss? (1984-1992) alum Alyssa Milano.  Enter Scream (1996) star Rose McGowan to fill in the empty space around the cauldron.  The series continued for five more seasons though it lost the favorable reviews from the earlier ones.  To this day, I'm not sure why Stevie Nicks didn't sing the theme song.

Location: Halliwell Manor
Address: 1329 Carroll Avenue, Los Angeles, CA

The Innes House resides on a street of beautiful Victorian-style houses built in the late 1880s.  Just a few doors down is the house from Michael Jackson's Thriller (1983) video...

Location Visited: December 2023