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Old 02-21-2012, 10:32 AM
 
Location: Ciemnogrod, Mazovia
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I read,that Minneapolis is 'city of art'. I was looking for good movies or TV series set up in Minneapolis or Minnesota and found only one movie - Russian movie - not much as for such big city.
Anyway, what you suggest to watch to refer to the city and its atmosphere?
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Old 02-21-2012, 10:36 AM
 
Location: Bel Air, California
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true story - stuff like this happens every day here


Fargo Trailer - YouTube
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Old 02-21-2012, 10:48 AM
 
Location: Colorado
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Juno
Drop Dead Gorgeous
All the Grumpy Old Men movies
Beautiful Girls
Purple Rain
Untamed Heart
The Mighty Ducks
A Prairie Home Companion
A Serious Man
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Old 02-21-2012, 10:54 AM
 
Location: Mahtomedi, MN
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Contagion - that has good bit of Minneapolis in it. Very recent movie.
Coach - Great Series from the past based on fictitious city that seems a lot like Mankato
Mary Tyler Moore - never liked it much
Grumpy Old Men and Grumpier old Men are both pretty good.

A Prairie Home Companion (2006)
North Country (2005)
Purple Rain (1984)
Jingle All The Way (1996)
The Mighty Ducks (1992)

Fargo is the all time classic though. I would also throw in Rocky and Bullwinkle show as one of the all time great cartoons.
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Old 02-21-2012, 12:24 PM
 
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The Big C - showtime series.

New In Town
Drop Dead Fred
Wrongfully Accused
Miracle
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Old 02-22-2012, 10:25 PM
 
Location: Minneapolis, MN
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Contagion - that has good bit of Minneapolis in it. Very recent movie.
Did you notice how when they were attempting to locate that one guy on the metro transit bus that supposedly he got off at the intersection of Lyndale and Lake, but then when they actually showed where he was it looked like some kind of suburban location? Definitely wasn't Lyndale & Lake.
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Old 02-23-2012, 08:53 AM
 
Location: West Egg
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Did you notice how when they were attempting to locate that one guy on the metro transit bus that supposedly he got off at the intersection of Lyndale and Lake, but then when they actually showed where he was it looked like some kind of suburban location? Definitely wasn't Lyndale & Lake.
The other location must've somehow been better for the shot.

In Fargo, when Carl and Gaear are driving on 35W, approaching the Twin Cities from Brainerd (on their way to kidnap Mrs. Lundegaard), Carl takes note of the IDS Center and comments on it. Their view of the IDS is from the south, where 35W is about to turn east and run along side 94 briefly before turning north again.

A most unusual route to take from Brainerd to the Cities! But it served the narrative of the film (there's no comparable view on any freeway approach), and only a small percentage of viewers would ever notice the discrepancy, and it's one that has no detrimental impact on the movie.

As for Contagion (to wander off-topic a bit) I thought the setting of the film made it more a frightening film, and I did think it was rather scary aside from the familiar setting of much of it -- it toned down the propagation and effect of the disease. It didn't give it a 90% lethality rate, or suggest that all or even most people would even be exposed to it. If I recall, the numbers in the film (I forget what they were, but I did the simple math while watching it) suggested the death of 3% of the global population within a few months. I found this more effectively provocative than other infectious diseases at the heart of plots with absurd combinations of vectoring and mortality, such as those in The Stand or 28 Days Later (the latter of which I enjoyed immensely, though for different reasons than I enjoyed Contagion).
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Old 02-23-2012, 09:03 AM
 
Location: West Egg
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Another Minnesota film:
A Simple Plan

And another Minnesota TV series:
Little House on the Prairie

Though, curiously, the namesake book was set in Kansas, while another Laura Ingalls Wilder book -- On The Banks of Plum Creek -- was set near Walnut Grove. The title of the TV series must've focus-grouped better than the other possible title. Minnesota did pretty well for itself on TV in the 1970s for a flyover state with maybe 2% of the national population -- two of the most acclaimed and popular series of the decade, one a sitcom and one a drama.

Then there are Minnesota novels, I guess the most famous of which would probably be Main Street by Sinclair Lewis.
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Old 02-23-2012, 09:51 AM
 
Location: Carver County, MN
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"Mall Rats" was filmed at the Eden Prairie Center before the renovations.
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Old 02-23-2012, 12:33 PM
 
Location: West Egg
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"Mall Rats" was filmed at the Eden Prairie Center before the renovations.
And Jingle All The Way was filmed at the Mall of America. My wife happened to work at each mall as the filming of each respective movie was taking place, and would watch the film crews setting up after closing time in order to film overnight, after hours.
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