Film Review Flashback: Spotlight on Chicago’s Chicest Flicks

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

The Windy City plays host to some of cinema’s most memorable moments. From Hitchcock ("North by Northwest") to Hughes ("Sixteen Candles"), Chicago gives California and New York a run for their money when it comes to movie magic.

The movies filmed in Chicago reveal more than just a great setting, they show us the city’s evolution. Films allow us to see our history as it’s being written— through fashion, love, modernity, violence and society’s overall taste and development.

'Sixteen Candles' (1984)           

Molly Ringwald captivated an entire generation as John Hughes’ muse and resident "it girl" in the 1980s. “Sixteen Candles” exemplifies Hughes’ Chicago. A brash, sometimes cruel American City that is ready to be unzipped with fairytales. Love Hughes or hate him, he offers insight to what the city was like in the 1980s. Plus, the 80s outfits alone are worth watching this flick for.

 'Ferris Bueller’s Day Off' (1986)

“Bueller . . . Bueller?” Is still the anthem for lovable clowns, thanks to Mathew Broderick’s stellar performance. Ferris Bueller is the perfect anti-hero let loose in the perfect city. Lake Shore Drive, The Art Institute, Wrigley Field and the Sears Tower all fuel Ferris’ reasons for skipping school— and we don’t blame him.

'The Fugitive' (1993)

Dr. Richard Kimble is the everyman of the 1990s, and Chicago is, once again, the perfect city to tell his story. “The Fugitive” has all the depth and elements of the perfect action film/underdog story. The film also features the Hilton, Four Seasons, the St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Chicago icons Pam Zekman and John Drummond, the city’s real-life crime reporters at the time.

'High Fidelity' (2000)

Record store guys around the world rejoiced when this film hit the theater. They now have a handsome, lovable spokesman. As far as screwball comedies and cheeky rom-coms go, “High Fidelity” hits the mark—and the location as well. Cusak’s character’s record store was created out of an abandoned building in Wicker Park. Local record store owner and musician Mike Felton was used as a consultant on the film, making it as authentic as it is delightful.

'The Dark Knight' (2008)

The Dark Knight may not inspire you to hunt for Chicago apartments at, or line up to buy a townhouse in Lincoln Park, but it does show Chicago in an ethereal, hauntingly beautiful light. “The Dark Night” solidified the new genre of brooding superhero in the public’s favor, and cast a new, dark light on Chicago. Although Gotham City is fictional, no other city could realistically play Gotham like Chicago. From the old Post Office on West Harris Street to the Financial District, Chicago’s fingerprints are in every frame.

Guest Blogger: Caroline Davenport - Caroline produced and directed her first film in college. She aspires to be the next Katherine Bigelow, but in the mean time she's very happy writing about films, TV and the entertainment industry.

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Will there ever be a cap on movie prices?

Will we one day pay $20 a pop?

Why don't we pay on a scale?

A crap movie like everything Adam Sandler has ever done should cost about $4.50.
Big action movies like"Lord of the Rings", "Iron Man," "Transformers" are worth $10.
Woody Allen movie or something like "Silver Linings Playbook" $6-$7.
A chick flick or light comedy $5.75 and most Indie Films $5.25.

You could even do it by seasons - all summer block busters from May to August - $10
Sept - November 15th $3.50 - $4
Back to $10 for Thanksgiving and Christmas etc...

Or you can do it by A Actors ($9 - $10), B Actors ($6 - $7) TV actors on the big screen ($3.50 - $4)

Surely I'm not the first person to realize this makes sense. Has it been voted on in the Motion Picture Industry and then vetoed? If so, why?

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