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by Lisa Diggs on Dec 17th 2009

This is the season of celebration and good will without a doubt, but it's also the season of movies.  Whether it's renting a flick and staying in with the family or friends, rushing out to see a blockbuster open on Christmas day, or a favorite DVD wrapped beneath a tree--movies are everywhere right now.  You cannot watch an entire television show without seeing an advertisement for a film or a movie star asking us to go see their project du jour.  To top it off, it's also the beginning of "award season," as the folks in "the business" like to call it. 

By the way, am I the only one who is amused by the self-aggrandizing nature of both of those terms?

Despite it all, I am a huge fan of the artform, and even more delighted that it has come to Michigan with such a fervor.  In addition to seeing movies on the big and small screen, we are now seeing moviemakers in our streets and towns.  As has happened in the past, some are attempting to depict our lives, while others are trying to make our state look like a far away land.  That got me to wondering, what is the best Michigan-related film I've ever seen? 

I was very taken with Clint Eastwood's Gran Torino, though for obvious reasons, didn't necessarily love the setting though it suited the film.  I enjoyed 1998's Out of Sight immensely, but mostly because we watched George Clooney throwing a football around every day between takes from our office windows at the Fox in downtown Detroit! 

I remember a scene with Harrision Ford riding in an elevator in the Ren Cen in a movie too (Presumed Innocent perhaps), and the view of the riverfront was gorgeous.  Michigan boy, Mike Binder has showcased the home state well on a few occasions, especially lovely neighborhoods in the fall during 2005's The Upside of Anger.  For me, those were a fariry nice mix of both reality and beauty.

What about you? What's your favorite Michigan movie moment?


User Comments (1)

How about those great scenes at the beginning of Beverly Hills Cop? Can buses really do that?

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