Monthly Archives: August 2011

USA 2011 Pt III: Six Flags Magic Mountain

The trip had been all about me so when it came to Ethan’s choice another theme park was on the cards though a more exhilerating one than the previous days trip to the calmer rides at Universal Studios. We left … Continue reading

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California Filming Locations #2: Back To The Future (1985)

Los Angeles plays host to many of the locations from ‘Back To The Future’ which starts off at Doctor Emmett Brown’s workshop where all the clocks go off 25 minutes early meaning Marty is late for school. What follows was an inspiration for … Continue reading

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USA 2011 Pt II: Universal Studios Hollywood

As mentioned in the prelude I did go to Universal Studios in 2002 (I also went to the one in Osaka in 2005) but I wanted to return as of course things do change. On my birthday (8/8) myself and … Continue reading

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California Filming Locations #1: Terminator Special

Arnold Schwarzenegger first appears in ‘The Terminator’ (1984) at Griffith Observatory in Griffith Park on his mission to terminate Sarah Connor. This place was also used in ‘Rebel Without A Cause’, ‘Dragnet’, ‘Earth Girls Are Easy’, ‘The House On Haunted … Continue reading

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USA 2011 Pt I: Prelude

Over the last three and a half years or so I’ve been tracking down the shooting locations from a wide range of films and while I’m fairly content with what I’ve done in Tunisia, Italy, Japan, Thailand, England and so … Continue reading

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Review: Films Set In Japan – ‘The Karate Kid Part II’ (1986)

This sequel starts exactly where the original one finishes including an overly long re-cap of the first film. There is debate around whether the first part of this movie was made at the same time as the original or if it … Continue reading

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Kung-Fu Panda Kids Party

The release of ‘Kung-Fu Panda 2’ into cinema’s this Summer meant I wanted to seize the chance to do another Kung-Fu Panda lesson following my previous efforts in 2009 and 2010. However, this time it was different as I proposed … Continue reading

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Donald Ducks In N’ Out Of Tokyo (Again)

My number one Belgian mate Donald was in town again recently. In fact he actually came for two weeks spending the first one in Tokyo and the second one in Kansai (where Kyoto and Osaka are for those not in the know). We first … Continue reading

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James Bond Filming Locations In Istanbul

Two James Bond films have been filmed in part in Istanbul; ‘From Russia With Love’ in 1964 and ‘The World is Not Enough’ in 1999 starring Sean Connery and Pierce Brosnan respectively as agent 007. The former is the better movie but … Continue reading

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Turkey 2011 Pt III: Istanbul Day 2

History has taught me that I’m not one to truly appreciate museums so on my second day in Istanbul I decided to not bother going inside Aya Sofya and instead chose to visit Topkapi Palace Museum which was packed. Both places were 20TL … Continue reading

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