The Oscars will be held Feb. 28 this year, and movie buffs everywhere are eagerly waiting to find out which film takes home the award for Best Picture. Combine your love of film and travel with trips to the filming locations of these Oscar favorites.
The Big Short
With a cast of large male names like Christian Bale, Ryan Gosling, Brad Pitt and Steve Carell, The Big Short is a book-based drama revolving around financial scheming and the collapse of the housing market. Filming was conducted in both New Orleans and Manhattan, including at the New York State Department of Financial Service, where the lobby was used to create office scenes.
Bridge of Spies
Tom Hanks’ Bridge of Spies focuses on the thriller-drama tale of an American lawyer during the Cold War, negotiating the release of a spy plane pilot. The film received critical acclaim after it came out last October. The title is derived from the Glienicke Bridge in Potsdam, where the historical exchange actually took place and where the scene was filmed.
Mad Max: Fury Road
You probably wouldn’t want to visit the post-apocalyptic world of Mad Max: Fury Road, but the shooting locations are close enough to modern civilization to provide adventure travel with a twist. Head to the Namib Desert or Potts Hill and Penrith Lakes in Australia.
Matt Damon’s The Martian was split between Hungary and Jordan for filming purposes. A small village known as Etyek was used for all of the interior scenes. Wadi Rum, a UNESCO World Heritage site in Jordan, was used for the Mars scenes, but this isn’t the first time the destination has served such a purpose. It’s acted as a Martian landscape for at least three other sci-fi movies.
Fans are hoping The Revenant will finally be Leo’s chance to win an Oscar. The filming was certainly a trying experience — the production team decided to use all natural lighting only, with as little reliance on green screens as possible. This decision took them to 12 shooting locations in three countries, often in inclement weather conditions. Head to Fortress Mountain in Alberta or southern Argentina for a look at the strenuous conditions the crew and actors were exposed to.
Spotlight is a biographical drama centered on the United State’s oldest newspaper’s investigative unit. There were quite a few authentic settings used for the film, including Fenway Park, Boston Globe offices, the Boston Public Library and McMaster University (http://www.mcmaster.ca).
Traveling to exotic locales often means contending with unusual weather. Americans tend to enjoy a fairly moderate climate, which means your body doesn’t always adapt when you head to places like Africa or South America. So, how do you keep yourself from sweating and stinking up a new city? Try these tips.
For most of us, time in the car is “me time.” You can listen to that podcast you’re captivated by, blast that pop song and sing along at the top of your lungs or listen to the next chapter in that biography e-book you’re almost finished. A road trip only amplifies those opportunities. So, next time you’re traveling by road, take the wheel and take control. Opt for a rental car on your next vacation, rather than a rideshare, taxi or public transportation, and enjoy the open road on your own terms.
I arrived in Dallas on a cloudy afternoon and, luckily, traffic was light as I drove my rental car into the city in just less than 30 minutes. The Hotel Joule was built in the 1920s in the Neo-Gothic style and is a city landmark in the heart of the business district.
Once business concludes, a world of wonder awaits in many of Italy’s incredible cities.
Barcelona’s Ciutat Vella (or “Old City”) is often packed with tourists who wander up and down Las Ramblas spending way too many euros on overpriced paella and sangria. But the border neighborhood of El Raval is just a few steps from the bustle, but worlds away from the exorbitant prices.