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I took a bunch of photographs at this year’s Fall Festival.  I’m not sure why, but most of them were from the car show.  I’ve been busy the last few weeks with a job change — coming in the next few weeks — and a myriad of personal responsibilities.  Still, people might like some of these pics, untimely as they are.


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Late last year, HGTV’s “House Hunters” shot in Plymouth.  The house hunting were choosing between two Plymouth homes and an Ann Arbor listing.  They ultimately chose a home in the City of Plymouth.  My wife and I caught the show on TV last night, which was its original airing time.

Photo from AnnArbor.com


Photo from patrickandcarrie.com


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The tempting thing to do is to roll right into a full-blown movie review, especially when I find a film to be moving, disturbing or alarming.  But I’m not going to do that, despite the serious subject matter.  I’ll say this much: Trust was a fairly well done movie.  The acting, storyline and dialog were, for the most part, very solid.  While not terrifically graphic, the movie is disturbing.  At least five people walked out of the theater.  If you’re a parent, the movie will scare you.  It will also likely cause you to have very frank discussions with your kids about the dangers that lurk on the internet.  It will also tug at your heart a bit, especially if you have a daughter.  If you don’t mind emotionally challenging films, check it out.  Be warned that it is not suitable for younger children and might not even be right for older ones.

Now that that’s out of the way, I can talk about what I really wanted to say (on this blog) about the movie. When I grew up in the 70’s and 80’s, it was unheard of, at least here the Detroit area, to see your neighborhood in a film.  Sure, there would sometimes be shots of the Detroit skyline (e.g. Beverly Hills Cop) or maybe a landmark like Tiger Stadium would find its way into a movie (think: Tiger Town.)  I remember there was a buzz around the whole metro Detroit area when parts of Somewhere in Time were shot on Mackinac Island.  Back then, if a movie crew got within a few hundred miles of the city, it was news.

That, perhaps, explains my fascination with the filming that has taken place here in Plymouth in the last several years.  I was drawn to Trust, not by the storyline or the actors in it, but because it (not all of it of course) was filmed in town.  Seeing a neighbors’ homes, the storefronts on Forest Street, the front of the Coffee Bean and some other local spots gave the film a personal t0uch that I can’t quite explain.  When you see something on the big screen that you drive by everyday on your way to work, there’s a little bit (more) of your imagination that gets pulled into the film.   You feel a little bit like you’re part of the story, not because you know the characters, but because you imagine that all this stuff is happening around the corner.

You might not believe this given my reaction to this and the other movies shot in/around town, but I’m really not much of a stargazer.  I don’t read People magazine.  I tend not to care which celebrities are getting married, divorced having babies or dying.  I just don’t care much about knowing their personal lives and I wouldn’t go out of my way to seek their company.  But films still hold a bit of magic in them.  To see that “magic” taking place around you, at least for me, is fascinating.

I saw Trust at the Penn Theater tonight.  Fittingly, the preview for Scream 4, which is coming soon to the Penn, opened up the film.  I have not seen it yet, and I have no real interest in the so-called “Scream franchise.”  But I will see it because of its local content.  Hopefully it’s entertaining as well as familiar.

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The first of several movies shot in Plymouth last year which created a lot of buzz around town, Trust starring Clive Owen and Catherine Keener, returns to Plymouth this week.  The movie, about a family nearly torn apart by an on-line predator, will run at the Penn Theater this week.

I’ve seen the trailer and it looks good.  I’m not so certain it is good for younger kids to see, but it looks like it’s a good reminder for parents and older kids.  As to its local angle, just from the trailer I recognized a few places from town.

Check out the Penn’s website for showtime details.


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As just about everyone in town knows, much of Scream 4, which opens this Friday, was shot right here in Plymouth.   I’ve seen several trailers that show a few recognizable places around town.  Here’s an older trailer.  See if you can spot Plymouth landmarks.

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We have a budget crisis in the State of Michigan.  The Governor is constitutionally obligated to balance the budget.  He’s suggesting deep cuts to the tax incentives (very low cap on total credits, cut backs on rebates) for filming in the state.   I cannot see how this wouldn’t impact our area, seeing as how we’ve already drawn shoots for three films right here in the city.

For those of you that follow this blog, how do you feel about this issue?  Is it better to make painful cuts, even at the expense of the Michigan and local film industry (and all the ancillary workers supported by it), or must cuts be made elsewhere so we can preserve what has been a booming aspect of this state’s economy?

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There’s a nice little bit in the 2011 Downtown Plymouth Visitor’s Guide about movie-making here in town, notably shooting for Scream 4 and Trust.  A few of the photos I took with my Blackberry were used in the piece.

The Downtown Visitor’s Guide’s a handy publication.  I think they arrived in the mail a week or so ago.  Here’s a link to the online version.


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