If the Mayans were correct, then this will be the last Hooniverse Asks in history. Of course, if the Mayans could predict the future there probably would still be a shitload of Mayans around today. Instead, they faded from the prominence whilst singing Heart And Soul and fending off Conquistadores who were trying to steal their gold Cadillac Eldorado or something. I know this, I saw it in a movie.
I’ve seen a lot of movies, and the ones I like the best are the ones filmed in places I know and frequent. Living in the City of Angels makes this an easy realization. In fact, just considering Hollywood fare featuring or centered on car culture will invariably bring up the Third Street tunnel, Boyle Heights section of the LA River, or Pasadena’s Arroyo-spanning Suicide Bridge. It’s comforting to see, and fun to think of all the films that have featured one or another when traversing them yourself.
Many are historical landmarks – that Third Street tunnel being more than a century old – and as such have been used as movie backdrops for decades. You might remember Sarah Conner tossing pipe bombs at a pursuing Arnold Schwarzenegger down Third Street’s tiled and eerily-lit half circle in The Terminator. That’s one of my favorite movie locations for driving scenes, but LA is not alone in Hollywood’s use of the real-world for film fantasy. What are your favorite movie driving locations, and the films in which they appear?