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Old Posted Mar 14, 2019, 7:22 PM
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Old Posted Mar 14, 2019, 8:28 PM
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Does the old television series CHIPS capture the feel of LA?

Ditto for Roseanne/The Connors encompassing small any town outside of Chicago?

Others for Toronto:

Traders
Night Heat

I loved Traders btw.Good 90's series IMO
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Old Posted Mar 14, 2019, 8:52 PM
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Does the old television series CHIPS capture the feel of LA?
For the best LA cop show I've seen, see "Southland"
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Old Posted Mar 14, 2019, 9:01 PM
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For the best LA cop show I've seen, see "Southland"
Absolutely loved that show. It was heart breaking when it ended abruptly
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Well I'll just state the obvious for a Portland tv show- Portlandia. And I love Gus Van Sant's Drugstore Cowboy, filmed in 1989. It shows a pre-condo, gritty Pearl District when it was still warehouses, loading docks and rail yards.
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Old Posted Mar 14, 2019, 9:41 PM
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Some Toronto set movies and TV shows that I enjoyed:

Movies:
Goin' Down The Road
Videodrome
Dead Ringers
Crash
(most Cronenberg movies are set in Toronto)
Strange Brew
Last Night
Exotica
Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World
The F Word
Enemy

TV Shows:
King Of Kensington
Degrassi (various series')
Forever Knight
Kids In The Hall
Being Erica
The Listener
Flashpoint
Orphan Black
Kim's Convenience
Workin' Moms
Used to love the SCTV show (filmed in Toronto)--100 times better than SNL (Sat. Night Live). I was young, but the show they did on New Years 1984 was brilliant. "Big Brother" took over the TV. I think you can find it on YouTube. Show had a great cast. John Candy, Martin Short etc. etc.
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Old Posted Mar 14, 2019, 9:45 PM
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Being that I love the film noir genre and being from LA (and continuing to live in LA) myself, I'm really into the films noirs from the 1940s and 1950s that totally show off LA, or at least are set in LA (and mostly use studio or back lot film locations). I love the time warps that they are, and show what LA looked like back then. I really like that "Sunset Boulevard" and "Double Indemnity" show off what the streets looked like, and include the old semaphore STOP/GO traffic signals.

For "neo-noir" films, "The Grifters" and "Drive" come to mind... both movies of which I like, and they're both so very LA.

For TV shows, and myself being a teenager during the 1980s, I loved "Moonlighting" (the first 2 and a half seasons, anyway), and the show really showcased LA. They did a lot of location shooting, not to mention the opening credits/title sequence. They even made use of the grubby parts of LA, like when David and Maddie/Bruce Willis and Cybill Shepherd go to a sex shop (which I recognized being on Western Avenue) and when they follow a suspect to Hollenbeck Park in Boyle Heights. They made use of well-known landmarks too, like the Eastern Columbia Building and the (now demolished) Ambassador Hotel. There was an episode where they were supposed to be at Union Station, but I could tell it wasn't there, and looking at the episode later, it looked like an old bank lobby, possibly somewhere in Pasadena. They even paid homage to LA film noir with that one episode they did in black-and-white called "The Dream Sequence Always Rings Twice."

Quixote mentioned "Speed"...

It made me think of "Die Hard." I think that film totally captures the LA of the late 1980s... the whole Japanese-company-on-the-Pacific-Rim thing, the use of a brand new Post-Modern skyscraper in Century City (as opposed to downtown LA... and by the 1980s, Century City was already considered a prestigious business address)...
Neo noir. L.A. Confidential not bad.
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Old Posted Mar 14, 2019, 9:46 PM
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For the best LA cop show I've seen, see "Southland"
Definitely 10 notches up from CHiPs.

The film "Grand Canyon" was good. Points out the huge social/money chasm in L.A. (also applies to SF area as well I suppose. I think Steve Martin was in it.
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Neo noir. L.A. Confidential not bad.
Oh yes. "Chinatown" is a good one too.

"Pulp Fiction" and "Jackie Brown" are good ones too. I'm particularly fond of Jackie Brown, and I like that it showcases LA County's South Bay and LAX.

And, the Del Amo Mall food court seen in Jackie Brown no longer exists... well, it has been extensively remodeled, and possibly moved, since the Del Amo Mall has been redone.

And interestingly, the Del Amo Mall food court was used in the film "Valley Girl," though the establishing exterior shot, if I recall correctly, is of the Sherman Oaks Galleria.

AND, somewhat oddly, the interior of the Sherman Oaks Galleria was used for "Fast Times at Ridgemont High," but the exterior of Santa Monica Place was used for the establishing shot. Both malls have since been extensively remodeled and are open air centers, and look nothing like they did in the films.

AND, the exterior of Santa Monica Place was used for an establishing shot for a scene in "Pretty in Pink," but that film is entirely set in Chicago, though filmed entirely in SoCal.

OK I'll stop.
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Old Posted Mar 14, 2019, 9:50 PM
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Love Home Alone for a good laugh. What that kid did to those burglers never fails to make me laugh. Ferris Bueller and Wayne's World pretty good too. Ordinary People good too but makes you depressed.
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Halifax: Mr. D
Montreal: 19-2
Toronto: King of Kensington or Mary Kills People
Small town Ontario: Letterkenny
Winnipeg: My Big Fat Greek Wedding
Alberta: Homeland
Vancouver: Juno

Season 2, Episode 1 of 19/2 was the best episode imo (it gets a whole lot more serious at 7.20): https://vimeo.com/179291152
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Cleveland--love "Major League" from 1989. Cleveland has come back a lot from those days.
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Old Posted Mar 14, 2019, 9:55 PM
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Has to be Fargo.
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Halifax: Mr. D
Montreal: 19-2
Toronto: King of Kensington or Mary Kills People
Winnipeg: My Big Fat Greek Wedding
Alberta: Homeland
Vancouver: Juno
Juno (with Ellen Page) is a movie about or at least set in Vancouver?

It feels like they're in Omaha, Duluth or somewhere like that.
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Juno (with Ellen Page) is a movie about or at least set in Vancouver?

It feels like they're in Omaha, Duluth or somewhere like that.
Juno was filmed in vancouver, but was set in minnesota.
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Juno was filmed in vancouver, but was set in minnesota.
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Old Posted Mar 14, 2019, 10:34 PM
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Juno was filmed in vancouver, but was set in minnesota.
Ironically I watched it in Minnesota. Locations people need to do a better job. It was pretty obvious early on that it's Vancouver.

There was a film on tv today where the opening shots were of the Chateau Frontenac in Quebec City yet it was supposed to be the US somewhere. If they're going to do that at least pick something that's not instantly recognizable.
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1980's - Trading Places
2000 - The Sixth Sense (We could see a lot of dead people)
Now - Silver Linings Playbook (since it was Eagles based)
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"Pulp Fiction"
Everyone's favorite movie, or so it seems.

I thought about mentioning it, but the fact that it's set in LA really doesn't add anything to the plot. In fact, for most of the film (which, granted, I haven't seen in a while), it's only implied that LA's the backdrop.

With Speed (which I've seen a million times, as that was my favorite movie growing up), you have references to the LAPD (duh), Santa Monica (Big Blue) Bus, LAX, Western Avenue, the 105 Freeway, Pershing Square (and its subway station), and the then-under construction Red Line to Hollywood. Bunker Hill, the Historic Core, Long Beach, Mid-City, South LA, and Westchester all make appearances. The film is really an homage to LA with how geographically comprehensive and considerate it is; it couldn't have been set in any other city.
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From 90s sitcoms:

NYC - Friends
SF - Full House
Chicago - Family Matters
Philadelphia - Boy Meets World
LA - The Fresh Prince of Bel Air
Springfield - The Simpsons
This is the list.
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