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24th June 2007

I am beyond a mere fan of cinema. I am more a fanatic. Films consume my every thought, word and action. Am I a parody or a homage? Or am I rosebud? (I wanted that to be my user name but I was afraid you would all laugh at me... and I'll write a better profile with some clever film quotes in it when I finish watching this...)

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  1. March 2010
  2. Film Fan reviewed Tribeca Film Festival in New York City, United States

    The Tribeca Film Festival was one of the few good things that can be said to have come out of the September 11 attacks. This may be a statement that's hard to swallow, but Robert De Nero and co. put it together because their part of town – the Tri…"

  3. January 2010
  4. Film Fan reviewed Kefalonia in Ionian Islands, Greece

    Captain Corelli's Mandolin (2001) This book, by Louis de Bernieres, was so popular that smart producers thought there would be too many purists offended if the prescribed, and very beautiful, main locations weren't used for the film, so it was filmed on…"

  5. Film Fan reviewed Captain Corelli's Island in Ionian Islands, Greece

    Captain Corelli's Mandolin (2001) This book, by Louis de Bernieres, was so popular that smart producers thought there would be too many purists offended if the prescribed, and very beautiful, main locations weren't used for the film, so it was filmed on…"

  6. October 2009
  7. Film Fan reviewed Alnwick Castle in North East England, United Kingdom

    The oldest bits of this castle were built just after the battle of Hastings to defend the English borders from those marauding, Scottish hoards and many important historical battles and sieges took place on and around its walls, which are built in two ri…"

  8. May 2008
  9. Film Fan reviewed Gosford Park in London, United Kingdom

    (Dir: Robert Altman, 2001) In this brilliant upstairs/ downstairs English country murder the action takes place pretty much in one manor house a la parlour room theatre. Two main houses were used for filming with the majority of the downstairs scenes b…"

  10. Film Fan reviewed Summerisle (The Wicker Man) in Scotland, United Kingdom

    The Wicker Man (Dir: Robin Hardy, 1973) The original was filmed in and around the towns of Plockton, Newton Stewart, Gatehouse of Fleet and Kirkudbright and at Cluzean Castle, Ayshire (now owned by National Trust and open to the public.). The Castle …"

  11. January 2008
  12. Film Fan rated Harry Lime's Ferris Wheel (The Third Man)

  13. October 2007
  14. Film Fan rated Edgar Wight’s Sandford (Hot Fuzz)

  15. Film Fan reviewed Edgar Wight’s Sandford (Hot Fuzz) in West Country, United Kingdom

    Hot Fuzz (Dir: Edgar Wright, 2007) Edgar Wright could pretty much be my friend. If I was him I would make exactly the same kinds of film referencing my own favourites in a similar homage-o-fest. Wright grew up in Wells and uses it as “Sandford” in “H…"

  16. Film Fan reviewed Gotham City, UK (Batman) in London, United Kingdom

    Batman (Dir: Tim Burton, 1989) Burton’s gothic version of New York, playground to the winged freak bat man, Gotham City, was built at Pinewood, where it spread out over 18 soundstages. The outside of Wayne Manor was Tudor, Knebworth House and the inter…"

  17. Film Fan rated Gotham City, UK (Batman)

  18. Film Fan reviewed M, MI5 and MI6 (Goldeneye) in London, United Kingdom

    Goldeneye (Dir: Martin Campbell, 1995) I put the bungy in the list but I missed the other locations out. Obviously the highlight was using the new ‘secret’ MI6 building as British Intelligence headquarters - absolute genius! It’s at 85 Albert Embankme…"

  19. Film Fan rated M, MI5 and MI6 (Goldeneye)

  20. Film Fan rated Severn Bridges (The 39 Steps)

  21. Film Fan reviewed Severn Bridges (The 39 Steps) in Bristol, United Kingdom

    The 39 Steps (Dir: Don Sharp, 1978) Most of Hitchcock’s original was shot on a sound stage and in the Lime Grove Studios at Shepherds Bush, the big externals were shot on the Forth Bridge in Edinburgh, Fleet Viaduct, Dromore and around Glen Coe in the h…"

  22. Film Fan rated Tiffany & Co. for alfresco breakfasts

  23. September 2007
  24. Film Fan reviewed Gladiator's Colosseum in Malta

    Gladiator (Dir: Ridley Scott, 2000) Apparently the real Colosseum in Rome was (in Ridley Scott’s mind) too small for the film Gladiator and shooting took place in the ruins of Fort Ricasoli in Malta and on a built up set constructed on top of the ruins …"

  25. Film Fan rated Gladiator's Colosseum

  26. Film Fan rated Goldeneye: Verzasca Dam

  27. Film Fan reviewed Goldeneye: Verzasca Dam in Switzerland

    GoldenEye (Dir: Martin Campbell, 1995) In the opening scene of Goldeneye James Bond (Pierce Brosnan in this case) breaks into a Russian secret base within a dam. Against the immensity of the sweeping arch of the concrete dam, Bond is a tiny black figur…"

  28. July 2007
  29. Film Fan reviewed Lost in Translation Hotel in Tokyo, Japan

    Lost in Translation (Dir: Sofia Coppola, 2003) Park Hyatt Tokyo, 3-7-1-2 Nishi Shinjuku Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, Japan The smooth lines and warm lighting of the hotel that serves as Bob and Charlotte’s Tokyo Island are actually the smooth lines and warm lig…"

  30. Film Fan rated Lost in Translation Hotel

  31. Film Fan rated Pricilla's Journey

  32. Film Fan reviewed Pricilla's Journey in Northern Territory, Australia

    The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (Dir: Stephan Elliot, 1994) Lasseters Hotel Casino, Barrett Drive, Alice Springs This film could easily be an advert for Australia. It covers some of the countries best landscape on a proper road trip f…"

  33. Film Fan rated The Godfather Part II's Corleone

  34. Film Fan reviewed The Godfather Part II's Corleone in Sicily, Italy

    The Godfather Part II, (Dir: Francis Ford Coppola, 1974) Taormina, Sicily, Italy The Godfather Part II was the first sequel to win an Oscar and because of that I have included it’s locations here without worrying that I haven’t included those of the fi…"

  35. June 2007
  36. Film Fan rated Futuristic House from 'A Clockwork Orange'

  37. Film Fan reviewed Futuristic House from 'A Clockwork Orange' in London, United Kingdom

    A Clockwork Orange (Dir: Stanley Kubrick, 1971) Skybreak, Warren Radlett, Hertfordshire, England Kubrick shot ‘A Clockwork Orange’ all over the UK, but the most memorable location is Mr. Alexander’s futuristic glass walled house in the countryside, nea…"

  38. Film Fan rated The English Patient's Villa

  39. Film Fan reviewed The English Patient's Villa in Tuscany, Italy

    The English Patient (Dir: Anthony Minghella, 1996) Pienza, Tuscany, Italy I have included ‘The English Patient’ because not only does it use expansively beautiful and truly eloquent locations, it would have been a particularly tricky film to chose loca…"

  40. Film Fan reviewed Roman Holiday Apartment in Rome, Italy

    Roman Holiday (Dir: William Wyler, 1953). Via Margutta 51, Rome, Lazio, Italy Most of the locations in ‘Roman Holiday’ are obvious, the Spanish Steps, the Colosseum, the Trevi Fountain and the streets of the city itself. The three locations really…"

  41. Film Fan rated Roman Holiday Apartment

  42. Film Fan rated Amelie's Cafe

  43. Film Fan reviewed Amelie's Cafe in Paris, France

    Amelie (Dir: Jean-Pierre Jeunet, 2001). Café des Deux Moulins, 15 Rue Lepic, Rue Cauchois, Montmartre, Paris, France This is a great film and Paris is a unique place to visit, especially the film’s director’s manor, Montmartre, so I was very disappoi…"

  44. Film Fan rated Talented Mr. Ripley Nightclub

  45. Film Fan reviewed Talented Mr. Ripley Nightclub in Rome, Italy

    The Talented Mr. Ripley (Dir: Anthony Minghella, 2000). Caffe Latino, Via de Monte Testaccio 96, Rome, Lazio, Italy This film is an Italian travel brochure, how much did you want to go to Italy after you saw it? I haven’t been there but the town R…"

  46. Film Fan reviewed Carter's Car Park (Get Carter) in Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom

    Get Carter (Dir: Mike Hodges, 1971). Gateshead Car Park, Trinity Square, Tyne and Wear, England. This grim film’s locations are equally grim, dirty, 70’s northern England staples. Dingy pubs, grey beaches, moldering B and Bs, greasy greasy spoons …"

  47. Film Fan reviewed Morpheus's Staircase (the Matrix) in Sydney, Australia

    "The Matrix (Dir: Andy and Larry Wachowski, 1999). Westin Hotel, Martin Place Sydney, New South Wales, Australia Location for the staircase scene. Most of the locations used in the filming of The Matrix were Sydney office blocks, including, the roof …"

  48. Film Fan reviewed Max's Mansion (Mission Impossible) in Prague, Czech Republic

    Mission Impossible (Dir: Brian De Palma, 1996). Europa Hotel, Vaclauske namesti 25, Prague, Czech Rebublic. This was the location used for Max’s house where the scene with the posh party is shot. Also filmed in Prague were the American Embassy scene…"

  49. Film Fan reviewed Rocky's Training Steps in Philadelphia, United States

    Rocky (Dir: John G.Avildsen, 1977). Philadelphia Museum of Art, Benjamin Franklin Parkway, 26th Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA The most famous location in Rocky is probably the stairs he jogs up during the ’Gonna Fly Now’ training montage. …"

  50. Film Fan reviewed The Rocky Horror Mansion in Reading, United Kingdom

    The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Dir: Jim Sharman, 1975). Oakley Court, Windsor Road, Oakley Green, Windsor, Berkshire, England. Most of the creepy castle’s interior and exterior shots, including Brad, Janet and Columbia’s rooms (or bordellos), the din…"

  51. Film Fan reviewed The Blue Door (Notting Hill) in London, United Kingdom

    Notting Hill (Dir: Richard Curtis, 1999). 280 Westbourne Park Road, Notting Hill, London, England. This is the location of William Thacker’s (Hugh Grant’s) famous blue door and for once what lies behind it was grander than what you see on screen (i…"

  52. Film Fan reviewed Ferris' High School (Ferris Bueller's Day Off) in Chicago, United States

    Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (Dir: John Hughes, 1986) Glenbrook North High School, 2300 Shermer, Road, Northbrook, Illinois, USA. John Hughes used this high school twice and both films are cult 80’s gems - ‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off’ and ‘The Breakfast Cl…"

  53. Film Fan reviewed Fear and Loathing at Circus Circus, Las Vegas in Las Vegas, United States

    Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (Dir: Terry Gilliam, 1998). Stardust Hotel and Casino, 3000 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. Hunter S. Thompson’s drug crazed characters, Raoul Duke and Dr Gonzo are supposed to be staying at Las Veg…"

  54. Film Fan reviewed The Church (The Graduate) in Los Angeles, United States

    "The Graduate (Dir: Mike Nichols, 1968). United Methodist Church, 3205 D Street, La Verne, California, USA. While the United Methodist Church is a fairly attractive building it’s not that much too look at unless you’re a fan of 60’s classic ‘The Gra…"

  55. Film Fan reviewed I'll have what she's having diner in New York City, United States

    When Harry Met Sally (Dir: Rob Reiner, 1989). Katz’s Delicatessen, 205 East Houston Street, East Village, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA. Katz’s Delicatessen (or Katz’s Deli) was a well known spot for tourists and locals before one of the …"

  56. Film Fan reviewed Harry Lime's Ferris Wheel (The Third Man) in Vienna, Austria

    The Third Man (Dir: Carol Reed, 1949). Prater Amusement Park, Prater, Vienna, Austria . This was one of the first film locations to warrant a pilgrimage. War ravaged Vienna is so well cast in this film that many reviewers have said the city is like anoth…"

  57. Film Fan reviewed Madeline's Bell Tower (Vertigo) in Salinas, United States

    Vertigo (Dir: Alfred Hitchcock, 1958). Mission San Juan Bautista, 2nd and Mariposa Sts. San Juan Bautista, California, USA. Although most of the vertiginous action of Vertigo takes place in San Francisco one of the films key scenes (Madeline’s eventu…"

  58. Film Fan reviewed Platform 9 ¾ for the Hogwarts Express in London, United Kingdom

    Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (Dir: Chris Columbus, 2001). Platform 4, Kings Cross Station, Kings Cross, London, England. Another important location in both the Harry Potter books and the film is the legendary magical Platform 9 ¾ at Kin…"

  59. Film Fan reviewed The Great Hall of Hogwarts in Oxford, United Kingdom

    Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (Dir: Chris Columbus, 2001). The Great Hall of Christ Church College, Oxford University, Oxfordshire, England. I’m sure that many Harry potter fans, both young and old, will be disappointed to hear that the ex…"

  60. Film Fan reviewed Tiffany & Co. for alfresco breakfasts in New York City, United States

    Breakfast at Tiffany's (Dir: Blake Edwards, 1961). Tiffany & Co., 727 Fifth Ave., Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA. Strangely, in Truman Capote’s novel, Holly Golightly says she calms down by visiting Tiffany & Co. on 57th Street, which is where…"

  61. Film Fan reviewed Deckard's Apartment (Blade Runner) in Los Angeles, United States

    Bladerunner (Dir: Ridley Scott, 1982) Ennis House 2655 Glendower Ave., Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California, USA. The Ennis House (also known as the Ennis-Brown House) is an wholly unique piece of architecture, built entirely out of square, ornately carv…"

  62. Film Fan reviewed Lucy's Room without a View in Florence, Italy

    Room with a View (Dir: James Ivory, 1986). Hotel degli Orafi, Lungarno degli Archibusieri 4, Florence, Italy. Lucy’s room without a view beside Florence’s Arno River was in the Pensione Bertolini which closed in the 1990’s to be renovated and reope…"

  63. Film Fan reviewed Observatory Shoot Out (Rebel Without a Cause) in Los Angeles, United States

    Rebel Without a Cause (Dir: Nicholas Ray, 1955). Griffith Observatory, Griffith Park, 4730 Crystal Springs Drive, Los Angeles, California, USA. ‘Rebel Without a Cause’ and it’s mixed up anti-hero James Dean have made the Griffith Observatory famous…"

  64. Film Fan reviewed The Lars Family Homestead (Star Wars) in Tunisia

    Star Wars (Dir: George Lucas, 1977). Chott el Djerid, Nefta and Sidi Driss Hotel, Matmata, Tunisia. It’s pale rounded subterranean walls and glassless arched windows are built into and around what resembles a two storey deep empty swimming pool, bu…"

  65. Film Fan reviewed Amity Island: Shark Central (Jaws) in Falmouth, United States

    Jaws (Dir: Steven Spielberg, 1976). Joseph Sylva State Beach, Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, USA. For the shooting of Jaws, traditional summer holiday retreat, Martha’s Vineyard, became Amity Island, traditional summer holiday retreat and site of…"

  66. Film Fan reviewed Bridget Jones' Apartment (Bridget Jones' Diary) in London, United Kingdom

    Bridget Jones’ Diary (Dir: Sharon Maguire, 2001). Above ‘The Globe’ pub, 8 Bedale St, Borough Market, London, UK. Mysteriously enough, characters in films who are single, with what you would imagine to be a modest incomes still manage to live in f…"

  67. Film Fan reviewed The Forest Moon of Endor (Return of the Jedi) in US West Coast, United States

    Star Wars: Return of the Jedi (Dir: George Lucas, 1983). Redwood National Park, Crescent City, California, USA. Redwood was the location used for the Ewok home planet, the lush, densely forested moon of Endor and was the backdrop to some of the fir…"

  68. Film Fan reviewed The Bellagio (Ocean's 11) in Las Vegas, United States

    Oceans Eleven (Dir Steven Soderbergh, 2001). Bellagio Casino and Hotel, 3600 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. The overtly opulent Bellagio Hotel and Casino is treated in almost the same way as a character by Steven Soderbergh, dir…"

  69. Film Fan reviewed Iris's Doorway (Taxi Driver) in New York City, United States

    Taxi Driver (Dir: Martin Scorsese, 1976). Doorway, 226 East 13th St. (between 2nd and 3rd Avenue), Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA. Martin Scorsese is known for using real locations, and to capture the gritty, scummy breeding ground of dirt…"

  70. Film Fan reviewed The Untouchables Shoot Out in Chicago, United States

    The Untouchables (Dir: Brian De Palma, 1987). Union Station, 210 South Canal St., Near West Side, Chicago, Illinois, USA. This is one of the all time great films for location shooing. Prohibition era Chicago is perfectly re-created in modern Chica…"

  71. Film Fan reviewed Triple Rock Church (Blues Brothers) in Chicago, United States

    Blues Brothers (Dir: John Landis, 1980). Pilgrim Baptist Church, 3235 East 91st St, Chicago, Illinois, USA. The Pilgrim Baptist Church, or the Triple Rock Church as it’s called in the 'Blues Brothers', has pedigree as a legendary blues and gospel spo…"

  72. Film Fan reviewed Hobbiton (The Lord of the Rings) in North Island, New Zealand

    The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring (Dir: Peter Jackson, 2001). Hinuera Valley, Matamata, Waikato, New Zealand. The diminutively proportioned rustic village of Hobbiton, home of Bilbo Baggins, Sam Gamgee, Pippin Took, Merry and hobbit p…"