With Josh Boone’s adaptation of John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars opening in theaters across the country today, the long history that Pittsburgh has with film continues to grow. In case you didn’t know, the movie was filmed around here last year in places like Oakmont, Bellevue and a soundstage in the Strip, just to name a few spots. Sadly, this isn’t a review of that film. I guess I’m not a prolific enough reviewer yet for theaters around here to give me advanced screening tickets and whatnot.
Anyway, I’ve previously mentioned Pittsburgh’s history with film and how much I love seeing our city on film. It seems like every week a new project is green lit for Pittsburgh and I couldn’t be more excited about all of it. The city is becoming so well known for its films that bus tours of filming locations throughout the city started on May 31.
And with good reason. Seriously, our city is beautiful.
All the talk of tours, Foxcatcher gaining early Oscar buzz and great reviews at Cannes and Aaron Paul and Amanda Seyfried chilling at Jack’s on the South Side got me thinking about all the Pittsburgh-filmed movies I’ve seen. So if you didn’t get any advanced screening tickets like me or can’t get out to the theater this weekend to see the latest addition to Pittsburgh’s filmography, maybe you can check out one of the following.
This is my list of the top ten films filmed in and around the Pittsburgh region.
I have a reputation for not watching anything, ever. I hate going to the movie theater. I’ve never had a Netflix subscription. And I was one of the first people I know to cancel my cable TV.
But I have a secret: I watch stuff from the library all the time.
Right now I’m in the middle of a Terminator marathon. I’d already seen The Terminator and Terminator 2, but last night I watched Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines for the first time. I’m going to stick it out and watch Terminator: Salvation, for completeness’ sake. After that my queue includes refreshing my memory of Ghostbusters, catching up on the Harry Potter movies, and revisiting the current Batman arc before the next one debuts.
I also feel like I watch a lot of TV, even without cable. Slowly but surely, I’ve been working my way through Mad Men. But now I’m waiting for the most current season, so I have to decide what to order next. Before Mad Men I was on a Big Love kick, but I ran out. There’s finally a new season, so I might go back to it. And before Big Love, I was about halfway through The Sopranos, but I lost interest. I had just watched The Wire, which was a tough act to follow… and okay, perhaps I was getting a little violence fatigued.
And here’s my biggest confession – I’ve even been to the theater recently, to see X-Men: First Class (which isn’t available from the library yet, but you can read the comics while you wait). But it was only for the air conditioning, I swear!