I’ve always wanted to travel across America. I’ve been a few times, to the major tourist attractions – Disneyworld in Florida, Vegas in Nevada, Cheers in Boston – but there’s so many places I’ve never seen in person, and most likely never will. Fortunately, there’s a solution, and it’s my own personal remedy to all life’s problems: movies. There’s been a movie set literally everywhere. Everywhere! So, this feature sees me cinematically visit a new state every week, through a film that was set there. You can read my journey so far here. Next up: Idaho!
Muppets Most Wanted (2014) Directed by James Bobin. Starring: Ricky Gervais, Ty Burrell, Tina Fey. IMDB says: “While on a grand world tour, The Muppets find themselves wrapped into an European jewel-heist caper headed by a Kermit the Frog look-alike and his dastardly sidekick.”
Divergent (2014) Directed by Neil Burger. Starring: Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Kate Winslet. IMDB says: “In a world divided by factions based on virtues, Tris learns she’s Divergent and won’t fit in. When she discovers a plot to destroy Divergents, Tris and the mysterious Four must find out what makes Divergents dangerous before it’s too late.”
The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) Directed by Wes Anderson. Starring: Ralph Fiennes, Tony Revolori, & Saoirse Ronan. IMDB says: “The adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend.”
300: Rise of an Empire (2014) Directed by Noam Murro. Starring: Sullivan Stapleton, Eva Green, Lena Headey . IMDB says: “Greek general Themistokles leads the charge against invading Persian forces led by mortal-turned-god Xerxes and Artemisia, vengeful commander of the Persian navy.”