Ah, these changes are like AM radio hits. They just keep on comin’.

In my 50-state movie list, wherein I name the best movie associated with each state and the District Of Columbia, I’ve made the following changes:

For Iowa, I replaced Field Of Dreams with The Bridges Of Madison County. I know, Field Of Dreams is about baseball and is therefore sacrosanct. I love baseball, too, and it was indeed an excellent film. But Clint Eastwood’s patient tale of a lonely housewife in rural Iowa and a National Geographic photographer is in fact far more rewarding, and for that matter, far more Iowa-like.

For Nevada, I added Hard Eight, Paul Thomas Anderson’s moody debut film, shot entirely in the northern part of the state. It’s not all Las Vegas, you know.

For New York, I added Saturday Night Fever. I don’t know how I missed including this one in the first place. John Travolta’s Brooklyn dream of making it in Manhattan says more about New York and Manhattan’s ultimate isolation from the rest of the city than just about any movie ever.

For Pennsylvania, I added Groundhog Day. Shot in Pittsburgh and Punxatawney, this is a sweet Pennsylvania look at what happens when you get a second chance in life. And a third. And a fourth. And so on.

You can see the entire list just by scrolling down a little way or by clicking here.

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  1. Patti Abbott

    Adored Hard Eight. Good choices.

  2. Thanks, Patti.

  3. richard

    many a night at CC riders on key west drink jack and hearing you play ghost riders in the sky. now you put out a very good blog with logs of good info. can not wait to read your new book the take.


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