Thursday, July 4, 2013

MGM - Take Me Away

When my girls were younger and still spending their summers at home, we liked to pick a theme for a summer "film festival." We would would pick a theme, director, or series and watch all the movies over the course of the summer break. This morning I ran across a list of 50 movies from 50 states that sounded like a fun armchair vacation for this summer. I've already seen and enjoyed about half of these, and several of them are not family fare, but it reminded me of how much fun we had watching movies together as a family. Maybe your family can have a film festival too!

So, here's the list, in alphabetical order by state. I'm thinking of watching them as if this were a road trip, starting in Texas and heading East, West, or North. Or maybe I will put them in order according to the year they were made. Or maybe in alpha order by movie title. That's probably not important.  I'll post a note or two about each one, in case you're interested. So - here they are, courtesy of Mark Demming at Movie Talk (Yahoo):

Alabama - To Kill a Mockingbird
Alaska - Insomnia
Arizona - Raising Arizona
Arkansas - Sling Blade
California - American Graffiti
Colorado - The Shining
Connecticut - Far From Heaven
Delaware - Fight Club
Florida - Magic Mike
Georgia - Gone With the Wind
Hawaii - From Here to Eternity
Idaho - Napoleon Dynamite
Illinois - The Blues Brothers
Indiana - Hoosiers
Iowa - Field of Dreams
Kansas - Winchester 73 
Kentucky - Coal Miner's Daughter
Louisiana - Interview with the Vampire
Maine - Shawshank Redemption
Maryland - Diner
Massachusetts - The Town
Michigan - Gran Torino
Minnesota - Purple Rain 
Mississippi - Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
Missouri - Waiting for Guffman
Montana - A River Runs Through It
Nebraska - Election
Nevada - Oceans Eleven
New Hampshire - What About Bob?
New Jersey - Atlantic City
New Mexico - High Noon
New York - Manhattan
North Carolina - Bull Durham
North Dakota - Fargo 
Ohio - Heathers
Oklahoma - The Outsiders 
Oregon - One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Pennsylvania - Ground Hog Day
Rhode Island - Me, Myself, and  Irene
South Carolina - Glory
South Dakota - Dances with Wolves
Tennessee - Nashville
Texas - Giant
Utah - 127 Hours
Vermont - Dead Poets Society
Virginia - Donnie Darko
Washington - Singles
West Virginia - We Are Marshall
Wisconsin - Lars and the Real Girl
Wyoming - Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

My normal blogging will resume next week, though it may be heavily influenced by this endeavor!


Cheryl said...

What a fun idea! Interesting way to study geography.

Julie Huke Klock said...

A person could have a lot of fun this way! Maybe we should try to develop a family-friendly version of the list.

BusyTraveler said...

I watched Interview with a Vampire yesterday and thoroughly enjoyed the campy atmosphere -- very New Orleans. However, I missed most of the plot, if there was one, because I was doing chores during it.