Midnight in Paris
The spots: Monet's Garden, Quai de la Tournelle, Château de Versailles, Parc Jean XXIII, Pont Alexandre III, Musée Rodin, Église Saint-Étienne du Mont
The story: Gil Pender (Owen Wilson), a screenwriter who is nostalgic for the 1920s jazz age, is in Paris with his fiancée (Rachel McAdams) and her family. The two soon drift apart because of their different goals and lifestyles, not to mention Gil's traveling back in time every midnight and hobnobbing with his favorite writers.
The spots: Somerset House, Whiteley’s Shopping Centre, Grosvenor Chapel, Gabriel's Wharf and the Queen's Walk on the South Bank, Oxo Tower Wharf, and Notting Hill-North Kensington
The story: The film follows several individuals and their love stories to show the different kinds of love: a crush, an infatuation, lust, unrequited love, platonic love.
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
The spots: The east fjords surrounded by Mounts Strandartindur and Bjólfur, Grundarfjörður, the fishing village of Garður, Skaftafell national park, Mount Kirkjufell, the glacial lagoon of Jökulsárlón, and Skaftafell national park
The story: Based on the short story of James Thurber of the same name, the film stars Ben Stiller as Walter Mitty, a daydreamer who escapes his dull reality by imagining a world full of thrill and romance. But when he risks losing his job in Life magazine because of a missing negative, Walter takes action and journeys to find the elusive photographer who had sent it.
The spots: Washington Monument, Marshal Point Lighthouse, Glacier National Park, Woods Memorial Bridge, Monument Valley, Lincoln Memorial, Jefferson Memorial
The story: Forrest Gump (Tom Hanks) is a good-hearted man with sub-normal IQ. Without knowing it, he witnesses and sometimes influences some of the highlights of the latter half of the 20th century in the United States. As his life unfolds, he never fails to remember the troubled Jenny (Robin Wright Penn), the girl he loved ever since he was a boy.
The spots: Château de la Reine Blanche, Arc De Triomphe, l’Étoile, Eiffel Tower, Gare du Nord, River Seine, Latona Fountain at Versailles, and the Daru Steps in the Louvre
The story: Dick Avery (Fred Astaire) is a fashion photographer sent out by his boss, Maggie Prescott (Kay Thompson) to find a new face for her magazine. He notices a bookstore clerk named Jo (Audrey Hepburn), and bribes her to model with a trip to Paris. Jo agrees, and is tranformed into the fashion world's hottest model.
The spots: The Mouth of Truth, Spanish Steps, and the Sala Grande Galleria of Palazzo Colonna
The story: A princess (Audrey Hepburn) visiting Rome grows tired of her royal duties and decides to play hooky for a day. She meets a man, who is apparently a reporter trying to have an interview with the princess, but doesn't recognize her. They spend the day together touring the city, and they fall in love.
The Lizzie McGuire Movie
The spots: Trevi Fountain, Foro Romano, La Villa d’Este, and the Piazza di Spagna
The story: Lizzie McGuire (Hilary Duff) goes on a class trip with her friends to Italy. There, she's mistaken for the pop star Isabella and begins to fall for Paolo, Isabella's charming singing partner and ex-boyfriend. Lizzie is transformed to be a confident singing sensation, while her best friend Gordo (Adam Lambert) supports her in spite of not understanding what his feelings for Lizzie are.
Vicky Cristina Barcelona
The spots: La Sagrada Familia, Faro de Avilés, Salamander Fountain at Parc Güell, Amusement park at Tibidabo, Port Olímpic, La Pedrera, The Miro Museum
The story: Two American women, Vicky (Rebecca Hall) and Cristina (Scarlett Johanson) spend their summer in Barcelona, where they meet the artist Juan Antonio (Javier Bardem). Juan is attracted to both ladies but still has feelings for his unstable ex-wife Maria Elena (Penelope Cruz). Still, he seduces the engaged uptight Vicky and the adventurous Cristina.
The spots: In Vienna, Austria (Maria Theresien platz square, Cemetery of the Nameless, Parter ferris wheel, and the Vienna State Opera House); In Paris, France (Shakespeare and Company bookshop, Rue des Jardins Saint-Paul and Saint-Paul-Saint-Louis Church, River Seine); In Southern Peloponnese, Greece (Methoni Castle, Messenian Gulf)
The story: This is a very real portrayal of romance: just around the corner, sweet, difficult, and painful.
It follows the love story of Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and Celine (Julia Delpy) for 18 years. It begins in Before Sunrise (1995), where they first meet on a train from Budapest. They disembark in Vienna and spend the rest of the day (and night) touring the city, getting to know one another, and slowly falling in love. In the morning, before they go their separate ways, they promise to meet again at the train station in six months’ time.
In Before Sunset (2004), Jesse (whom we discover is married) and Celine see each other for the first time in nine years, catch up, and confront the other for not keeping in touch.
Before Midnight (2013) shows Jesse and Celine together for nine years, but their relationship is far from dreamy. We see them try their best to make their relationship work, even when they show signs of wanting to give up.
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