Red glare

Posted by · 10:29 am · July 4th, 2010

Happy Independence Day to my fellow Stateside brethren. I was trying to find something nifty on YouTube, but this map from the folks at is pretty cool. Click on the image to head that way, where you can hover your mouse over your state and find out what movie set there the editors consider tops. My two stomping grounds — Virginia and North Carolina — got “Donnie Darko” (boo) and “Blue Velvet” (nice) respectively.

And oh, why not a couple nifty YouTube clips after all (on the jump).

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  • 1 7-04-2010 at 11:39 am

    Chris138 said...

    My state got Wedding Crashers. Sweet.

  • 2 7-04-2010 at 11:43 am

    James D. said...

    Donnie Darko (boo), good call.

    Florida got Scarface. Wildy overrated, but still good. I can’t complain.

  • 3 7-04-2010 at 11:53 am

    Al said...

    New Jersey has Clerks. I can’t believe i didn’t see that one coming.

  • 4 7-04-2010 at 12:45 pm

    katie said...

    “I miss you like Michael Bay missed the mark, when he made Pearl Harbor”

    — I love that movie.

  • 5 7-04-2010 at 12:47 pm

    Suzanne said...

    I didn’t even realize Donnie Darko was set in VA. Ugh.

    My other state, MA, got The Departed. Seems about right, although certainly predictable.

  • 6 7-04-2010 at 12:50 pm

    Rhett said...

    My two states are Tennessee are Mississippi, and they got The Blind Side (saw it coming, but still depressing) and O Brother, Where Art Thou? (better), respectively.

    And I would love for my state to have Donnie Darko.

  • 7 7-04-2010 at 12:54 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    I love that they picked up on Fight Club and Delaware.

  • 8 7-04-2010 at 12:56 pm

    Adam M. said...

    Crabcakes and football! That’s what Maryland DOES!

    Though I don’t think a lot of Wedding Crashers was actually filmed in Maryland… oh well. We always have the best TV show ever filmed (The Wire), showing off our glorious mainstay city of B-more.

  • 9 7-04-2010 at 1:10 pm

    Zack said...

    I’d have had “Liberty Heights” for Maryland, but I might be the only one who remembers that movie in the first place.

  • 10 7-04-2010 at 1:18 pm

    Michael said...

    I oppose your boo for Donnie Darko, I have always loved that movie and every subsequent work from Richard Kelly. But, this being Independence Day and all, I respect your right to have a difference of opinion and acknowledge your freedom to be wrong (;^P)

  • 11 7-04-2010 at 1:48 pm

    Hans said...

    I didn’t predict Scarface for Floria, but now it seems obvious in hindsight. Would have been hilarious if it had been Ace Ventura :P

    On an off-topic note, Despicable Me is 6-for-6 on RT with an 8.4 average. Wouldn’t it be insane if we had three animated contenders for BP nods?

  • 12 7-04-2010 at 1:53 pm

    /3rtfu11 said...

    Yay we get Pulp Fiction, but I’d rather have Mulholland Dr.

  • 13 7-04-2010 at 1:59 pm

    Adam M. said...

    Hans – I saw ‘Despicable Me.’ No way is it even coming close to BP. But it’s not bad either.

  • 14 7-04-2010 at 2:00 pm

    Christian said...

    My state got “To Kill A Mockingbird”. Not much else it could get aside from junk like “Sweet Home Alabama” so for that I will definitely take Gregory Peck and a creepy Robert Duvall any day.

  • 15 7-04-2010 at 2:11 pm

    BDM said...

    Yay for Pulp Fiction and A streetcar named Desire!

  • 16 7-04-2010 at 2:19 pm

    Mr. F said...

    Somebody needs to make another good movie set in Kansas. I do love The Wizard of Oz, but come on.

  • 17 7-04-2010 at 2:30 pm

    Guy Lodge said...

    @Mr. F; You have “In Cold Blood.” And if memory serves, “Paper Moon” is set in Kansas too.

  • 18 7-04-2010 at 2:39 pm

    al b. said...

    Oh come on! “American Splendor”!?!? Don’t get me wrong, I like the movie, and Giamatti is always excellent, but “Bye Bye Birdie” is definitely the All-Ohioan movie!

  • 19 7-04-2010 at 2:41 pm

    Mr. F said...

    I forgot about “In Cold Blood” (and I guess “Capote” is also set in Kansas) and I’ve never seen “Paper Moon,” so that never crossed my mind. I do wish somebody would make a movie set in present-day kansas that does not go straight-to-video

  • 20 7-04-2010 at 2:52 pm

    Zack said...

    I gotta say, I think it’s kind of missing the forest for the trees to call The Wizard of Oz a “Kansas movie”. It’s like calling Reservoir Dogs a movie about Madonna.

  • 21 7-04-2010 at 3:15 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    Well, not really, Zack. Since she’s just dreaming, I guess the film really IS all set in Kansas.

    Oh, spoiler warning for whoever lived under a rock for the last 70 years.

  • 22 7-04-2010 at 3:50 pm

    McAllister said...

    I hope it’s just the extreme exhaustion from the Peachtree Road Race I ran this morning but I totally forgot about “Gone With the Wind” for Georgia. For some reason, the first one to come to mind was “Fried Green Tomatoes.”

  • 23 7-04-2010 at 3:52 pm

    Andrew M said...

    Kind of surprised New Hampshire got “What About Bob?” instead of “On Golden Pond.”

  • 24 7-04-2010 at 5:33 pm

    Ed said...

    I will second the opposition to the Donnie Darko boo…

  • 25 7-04-2010 at 5:43 pm

    The Other Ryan said...

    I got There’s Something About Mary and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Weak.

  • 26 7-04-2010 at 6:40 pm

    jason said...

    i’m surprised they picked election for nebraska, given about schmidt, boys don’t cry, up in the air and others (the stand was not eligible? that one glorifies nebraska!) were available. i have lived there all my life and i know that it’s a payne but i had no idea it was set in nebraska. a lot of the choices, i noticed, could have been set in any state.

  • 27 7-04-2010 at 7:23 pm

    Ben said...

    Kinda disappointed they picked Hoosiers over Breaking Away for my Indiana.

  • 28 7-05-2010 at 12:04 am

    Jake D said...

    Fargo for Minnesota, obvious choice I suppose. Juno would come to mind as a runner-up (too bad they filmed it in Canada).

  • 29 7-05-2010 at 7:50 am

    Christian said...

    McAllister: “Fried Green Tomatoes” is set in Alabama. I live about fifteen miles from where it was set. Though, I’ve never seen it.

  • 30 7-05-2010 at 7:52 am

    Zac said...

    Michigan – Grosse Point Blank
    Ohio – American Splendor

  • 31 7-05-2010 at 8:25 am

    SJG said...

    Yeah, Mr. F., who could have imagined that Kansas would get the Wizard of Oz? That’s not cliche or anything.

    It’s a great movie, but even when I’ve gone to France and say I’m from Kansas I get, “Ah, tu as vu le Magicien d’Oz?” from everyone. At some point it might be nice to be known for something else! People assume the whole culture and ethos of Kansas centers around it…

  • 32 7-05-2010 at 8:35 am

    Guy Lodge said...

    You have it easy. I can now look forward to a lifetime of answering the question “Is it really like in ‘District 9’?” whenever I say I’m from Johannesburg.

  • 33 7-05-2010 at 10:46 am

    Red said...

    ‘Election’ for Nebraska. While I like the movie, I was surprised (and upset) that it wasn’t ‘Boys Don’t Cry’.

  • 34 7-06-2010 at 5:59 pm

    JR said...

    Interesting, even provocative in some cases… Of course, I’d make a few changes.

    IA: Call me corny, but it’s all about The Music Man

    My homestate, CA: Pulp Fiction is a great choice, but there’s a lot more to CA than LA. How about Milk? The Joy Luck Club? East of Eden?

    Lastly, for TX, the definitive film is actually a miniseries: httpv://