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How many times have you seen a movie and said "I'd love to go there!" or "Hey, cool, I was there!"? Movies can both inspire travel dreams and bring back memories. What are your favorites -- old and new?

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Comment by Darryl Musick on November 1, 2010 at 10:24am
Walking in L.A...cars, bars, and movie stars. Well, at least soap opera stars. Today on The World on Wheels, a new photo essay and a walking tour of downtown Los Angeles: http://tinyurl.com/3abl8hv

Comment by Tripatini on October 25, 2010 at 12:39pm
Comment by Sam Scribe on October 1, 2010 at 10:15am
"Cairo Time" is a good indie with three main characters: a woman, a man, and the city of Cairo. Saw it in L.A. at the Laguna Niguel Theatre, and now, at 7:20 A.M. Pacific Time, I'm drinking black coffee and looking at the photos on Tripatini's Cairo blog ( http://www.tripatini.com/profiles/blogs/cairo-egypt ), which makes think about the movie.
Comment by Max Pesling on September 19, 2010 at 9:02am
"The American" is the latest Hollywood movie set in Italy. Just saw it last night with a couple of friends, and I loved the picturesque scenery and cinematography in the Abruzzo (misty panoramas, as well as the twisty lanes and passageways of the mountain town of Castel del Monte which came across incredibly atmospheric, especially at night). Too bad the story itself is formulaic and turgid -- the pacing so glacial as to put me half to sleep. A paid assassin who develops a conscience, a hooker with a heart of gold (and suspiciously excellent English for a small-town prostie) -- I mean, please. It reminded me how much better I likes another flick I saw a couple of years ago -- also about killers for hire and with an atmospheric Euro local, "In Bruges." And what's with that craggy, nosy old priest? I remember thinking when he first showed up and started badgering the George Clooney character -- "Jeez, isn't this dude a little long in the tooth for him?" (Oh, c'mon, don't roll yer eyes -- I've known Italian priests personally!)

Comment by Max Pesling on September 18, 2010 at 10:54pm
Sorry it took me a while to notice your comment re E-P-L, Jennifer, because it's a very apt one. Another comment David could've included in his critique was "self-indulgent."
Comment by David Paul Appell on August 15, 2010 at 1:32pm
Just saw the much-anticipated movie version of Eat Pray Love. And, well -- I loved most of the scenery.

OK, I guess I should say this kind of thing just ain't my cuppa. It's an unlikely escapist fantasy filled with pretty banal platitudes. And Julia Roberts (aka Those Lips! Those Teeth!) is not my fave, either. But the flick sure made me nostalgic for Rome and yearning for Bali (I can't quite say the same for India, since after an initial careen through chaos most of the action in Calcutta takes place in a walled compound).

I'm a guy, though, and so probably the wrong person to opine on all of this. Any thoughts from the ladies?


And BTW here's a silly/cute parody from the Jimmy Kimmel Show:

Comment by Wendy Capra on July 22, 2010 at 12:20pm
JOhn kipper: I AGREE re When in Rome, that takes my blue ribbon for dumbest travel movie of all time. Come on folks whatre some more candidates? There's some real doozies out there!!
Comment by Max Pesling on July 22, 2010 at 12:18pm
So what's wrong with sappy? I'm a grown man, and I admit, I got a little misty during Letter to Juliet. And it was a spectacular showcase for Verona. It's actually one of my favorite cities in Italy. Re: the long long trailer, I love Lucy!! She can do no wrong. And that was one of the funniest travel movies ever.
Comment by John Kipper on July 20, 2010 at 9:33am
Thanks, Dave, I'm going to try to get the long long trailer on netflix! The other David, re Letter to Juliet, I saw it when it came out and you're right, the cinematorgaphy is great and so is verona but WHAT A SAPPY MOVIE!! My date loved it, my mom loved it, i think every chick on the planet loved it but come on!!!
Comment by Dave Acton on July 6, 2010 at 7:44pm
One of my favorite movies, John Kipper! That's THE LONG LONG TRAILER, Lucille Ball & Desi Arnaz. You're right, the whole thing with the rocks was hilarious!!! Here's another funny scene:

 

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