Watch Local: The Town and the BPL’s Made in MA Series

20 Sep

With Ben Affleck’s The Town taking this weekend’s box office with $23+ million grossed since Friday, I wanted to share another Boston movie connection—The Boston Public Library’s Made in Massachusetts Film Series.  As pretty much everyone living in Massachusetts knows, The Town takes place in Charlestown and was shot in and around the area, including Fenway Park and Harvard Square.  Honoring other MA-based films, the BPL has been hosting the Made in MA. Series this year, with each month since January having a different theme and featuring a different movie every week with a Boston connection.

From the BPL website:  Organized into monthly themes, the series highlights the local people and places that have lured Hollywood and independent filmmakers to Massachusetts over the years. Cool, right?  I love watching movies with local angles, as they give me the chance to go “OH, oh, I know where that is!” and it makes me feel cool and important at the same time, regardless of if either feeling is accurate.

Though it’s almost October (!), there ares till plenty of good movies left worth seeing, especially the “Slightly Scary” movies featured in October! Some Boston flavored movies I’m down to see include:

Image courtesy of the BPL

9/27/10: Mona Lisa Smile—scenes filmed at Wellesley College

9/28/10: Good Will Hunting—scenes were filmed at MIT and in Harvard Square in Cambridge, at Bunker Hill Community College, the Boston Public Garden, and in South Boston and Dorchester

10/4/10: The Witches of Eastwick—scenes were filmed in Marblehead, Milton and Cohasset

10/18/10: Hocus Pocus—scenes were filmed in Salem and Marblehead

I love that the BPL is hosting this series; it’s such a great local resource, it’s in a beautiful, old building and anything that incorporates (free!) movies is obvi my idea of a good time!  Plus, Hocus Pocus is by far my favorite Halloween movie, so I’ll definitely be checking that one out!

What’s your favorite movie that has a strong tie to where it was filmed?  Sleepless in Seattle or maybe Muppets Take Manhattan, perhaps?  Did The Town make anyone’s agenda for this past weekend?  I’m hearing good things so far, might try to see it this week! Leave your thoughts in the comments!


4 Responses to “Watch Local: The Town and the BPL’s Made in MA Series”

  1. Jenna September 20, 2010 at 2:19 pm #

    To this day (yes at 21 years old) Hocus Pocus STILL scares me! God, Carrie Bradshaw is frightening in this movie! I had mo idea about the BPL screenings but this is awesome to know! I’ve never seen Good Will Hunting … because I’m an awful Bostonian. Maybe we can make a date of it!

  2. Annemarie September 28, 2010 at 4:42 pm #

    Did you see The Town yet? I want to hear your thoughts before I decide to go. Or we can go together. But I can prob talk to you about that in real life. Happy blogging!

  3. thedailycraic September 29, 2010 at 1:31 pm #

    Just saw The Town last night!!! LOVED it! Such a good movie and as an added bonus, Ben Affleck looks damnnnnnn good it in!


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