As movie viewers, we are most accustomed to blockbuster movie settings like the sprawling landscapes of the Midwest or the bright city lights of New York and Los Angeles. In fact, the superhero genre has even gone a step further by giving birth to faux cities like Metropolis and Gotham City. But up in the Pacific Northwest lies beautiful but less-popular Seattle, a gem that has played host to many popular flicks.
Because of the lack of attention Seattle receives… for just about everything… Seattleites get incredibly giddy when Seattle shows up on the big screen, even if they know they’re actually seeing downtown Vancouver. The sci-fi action movie Chronicle, which debuts on DVD and Blu-ray tomorrow, wasn’t filmed in Seattle, but the filmmakers tried their hardest to make it look otherwise. I decided to take a look at just a few of the movies that take advantage of this great city:
Many fans would tell you that no movie better portrays Seattle at its best than Cameron Crowe’s grunge-scene-centric romantic comedy, Singles, starring Bridget Fonda, Matt Dillon and Kyra Sedgwick among others. The film centers on the lives of a group of young people, living in an apartment block in Seattle, set against the backdrop of the early 1990s grunge movement that originated there.