Halloween’s Hardware


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First off, happy Halloween to everyone and I hope it’s a safe and fun holiday! In honor of the holiday I thought I’d share a key spot from my favorite horror movie, the 1978 original Halloween. In the flick when Michael Myers comes back to Haddonfield, IL to basically murder as many people as he can on Halloween night. This corner spot in South Pasadena acted as Nicholas Hardware Store where Michael steals a knife and his famous white mask.

As seen on screen in: Halloween (1978).

American Graffiti


Working my way through the AFI Top 100 Greatest Films of All-Time!

#62 — American Graffiti (1973)

Back to the Future Day


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If you’re a fan of the legendary Back to the Future trilogy like I am, you’ve undoubtedly been waiting for this day for quite some time. When Marty McFly and Doc Brown travel back to the future the day is October 21, 2015 at 4:19pm. Click here to track this historic event! Like the tag line says, “The future is now the past.” This unassuming home up in Arleta acts as the McFly residence in the films. The tower behind it is unmistakeable!

As seen on screen in: Back to the Future (1985), Back to the Future Part II (1989), Back to the Future Part III  (1990).

Death at a Funeral


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Usually movie remakes don’t have the best track record as far as quality goes. This is especially true when the remake comes out within only a few years of the original. The British comedy Death at a Funeral was pure genius, so when I finally sat down to watch its American counterpart starring Chris Rock I didn’t have high expectations. Surprisingly Chris Rock’s version was pretty good, not as good as the original, but still enjoyable. Plus you won’t have to go all the way to Oxfordshire to visit the house. This scary looking home fit for real life funerals is on a quiet street in South Pasadena.

As seen on screen in: Death at a Funeral (2010).

OJ Anniversary


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This condo building is pretty unassuming today, but over 20 years ago it was the murder site of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman by retired NFL player OJ Simpson. This weekend marks the 20th anniversary of OJ being found not guilty while over 150 million Americans watched live on TV. The front entrance is now consumed by foliage but the constant flow of looky-loos and Hollywood tour buses are clear reminders of its gruesome past. For more information on the case just type the names into Google and click any of the given links.

Wilmington Views


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Stuck between Long Beach and San Pedro sits the rough and tumble neighborhood of Wilmington. Even though it sits near the ocean, don’t be fooled. There’s very little beach to be found down here thanks to the refineries, factories, ports, and docks. The Consolidated Inlet, part of the Dominguez Channel, is home to a small restaurant that sits afloat the water named Chowder Barge. While Malibu eateries have views of the never-ending Pacific horizon, this instead looks over a train bridge, several small boats, and a refinery off in the distance.



Working my way through the AFI Top 100 Greatest Films of All-Time!

#92 — Goodfellas (1990)

Mulholland Memorial


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William Mulholland is known as the man that brought water to LA, more specifically the San Fernando Valley. To be able to pull this off he designed the Los Angeles Aqueduct that pulls water from Owens Valley and brings it to the SFV. It seems only necessary that the city name landmarks and memorials after such an important figure in the city’s history. Aside from Mullholland Drive that weaves its way along the ridge between the LA basin and the Valley, there’s also this gorgeous fountain on the corner of Los Feliz Blvd. and Riverside Dr. on the outskirts of Griffith Park. Don’t be fooled though, the fountain isn’t controlled by the Parks Dept., but instead it’s owned and operated by the LA Dept. of Water and Power (DWP), which is also very important in Mulholland’s past!

Nikken Discovery


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In the corporate business park filled area of southern Irvine sits this gem that is probably very recognizable to a lot of you. This curved building is actually the back side of the old Nikken headquarters. While the front of the building has a great entryway with multiple flags lining the walkway (which I’ll post about at a later date), it’s this side of the building that sees the most action. Appearing recently on screen as the Boulder Stream headquarters in Horrible Bosses 2, it was also seen in Dodgeball as well as multiple commercials, TV shows, and other films throughout the years!

As seen on screen in: Horrible Bosses 2 (2014), Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story (2004), and more!

Hipster Tipi


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While driving through the confusing narrow streets of Silver Lake, I stumbled upon this awesome tipi barely showing from behind the bushes. The homes in this area are all built into the hill and are known for having little to no yard whatsoever. A man walking his dog told me that people actually live in here, but my guess as to whether that’s true or not is as good as yours!



Working my way through the AFI Top 100 Greatest Films of All-Time!

#3 — Casablanca (1942)

Turtles on a Log


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Southern California has tons of parks and green spaces to walk around and enjoy nature. The El Dorado East Regional Park sits right next to the 605 Freeway but makes you feel as though you’re deep in the wilderness. The walking paths take you through grassy fields and to several ponds and creeks. Depending on the time of day, you might even catch some sunbathing turtles like the ones on the log above!

Drugs on Sunset


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The stretch of Sunset Blvd. through Silver Lake has dozens of indie shops, vinyl shops, tattoo parlors, and other hipster favorites. No surprise considering this ‘hood was voted number one hipster town in 2012 according to the Huffington Post. During the day the traffic and skyline view steal the show, but late at night the neon signs light up the street (although nothing compared to Vegas obviously). This pharmacy has what I consider the best neon sign on the whole street!

Creative Arts


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Century City’s skyline consists mostly of banks and law offices, but Avenue of the Stars is home to the Creative Arts Agency (CAA) and this famous glass and steel building. Not only does this building act as a talent scouting company’s headquarters, it’s also appeared in tons of movies and TV shows throughout the years!

As seen on screen in: Inception (2010), The Green Hornet (2011), Star Trek: Into Darkness (2013), and countless others!

Disney’s Brownstones


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The Disney Golden Oak Ranch in Santa Clarita is one of the most filmed at properties in all of Southern California. The registered film ranch has several homes scattered around the property, a residential street, an Anywhere USA plaza, a commercial backlot, and even this brownstone NY street. A lot of the time this street is dressed for whatever the particular Director’s vision may entail, but on days like this when it sits empty, it’s like walking through a completely abandoned New York City!