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Things I Would Blog About If I Had A Film Blog: Six Movies That Actually Made Me Travel … For A Bit

Remember how a few months ago everyone wrote about the travel movies to get you through lockdown? The below movies are far from the ones you usually find on best travel movie lists and they for sure couldn’t cure my wanderlust, but they did transport me to other places for a bit.

Honeyland

Summary – A documentary about the last female bee-hunter in Europe must save the bees and return the natural balance in Honeyland, when a family of nomads invade her land and threaten her livelihood.

The fairytale-like landscape combined with the raw living circumstances make this documentary heartbreaking to watch. Every movie set in the Balkans is a way for me to travel back home and this made me reminisce and think about my little hill and though they are usually happy memories, Honeyland did make me think about who will take care of the elderly now the majority of the younger people moved out.

Motherless Brooklyn

Summary – In 1950s New York, a lonely private detective afflicted with Tourette’s Syndrome ventures to solve the murder of his mentor and only friend.

I do love a slow movie, so Motherless Brooklyn was right up my alley! Especially since it transported me back to 1950s Brooklyn and the fashion, music and cars that came with it.

Kikujiro
Summary – A young, naive boy sets out alone on the road to find his wayward mother. Soon he finds an unlikely protector in a crotchety man and the two have a series of unexpected adventures along the way.

Kikujiro is the perfect road trip movie with a great soundtrack and atmospheric shots. For some reason the intro scene brought back old summer holiday memories. Not that I ever had an older man accompany me to go and find my mother, but the scenes where on the first day of summer holiday the boy goes to football practice and learns it has been cancelled, then goes to his friend’s house, who is leaving to go on actual holiday.

Emma.
Summary – In 1800s England, a well meaning but selfish young woman meddles in the love lives of her friends.

I wanted this adaptation of Emma to be the next Marie Antoinette so so bad, but it did not do it for me. Despite the pastel colour palette and sharp edits it was still too dusty for my liking. What I did enjoy were the glimpses inside the manors that I, under normal circumstances, love to visit. I for sure will attend Kingston Bagpuize House, Wilton House and Firle Place sometime in the future.

Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw

Summary – Lawman Luke Hobbs and outcast Deckard Shaw form an unlikely alliance when a cyber-genetically enhanced villain threatens the future of humanity.

You can’t go wrong with Fast & Furious on a lazy Sunday. Also, can we give it up for having a main woman not needing to actually get saved and kick ass herself? Hobbs & Shaw travel to a number of locations including Samoa and Russia, and though most of the exterior scenes were filmed in Glasgow, there were a few shots of London. Seeing Central London and the its skyline made my heart jump a bit.

The Lizzie McGuire Movie

Summary – Lizzie McGuire has graduated from middle school and takes a trip to Rome, Italy with her class. And what was supposed to be only a normal trip, becomes a teenager’s dream come true.

I’ve never made it to Rome (I’ve done Tuscany), but I definitely hope they do a Lizzie McGuire-inspired tour there, because I’d be booking that for sure.

What movie made you travel lately?

Movies & TV

Travel Movies I Wish I Was Part Of

CN Traveler recently published their 50 Best Travel Movies of the Past 50 Years and it got me thinking on how I could fit into my some of my favourite travel movies.

Motorcycle Diaries – South America on a motorcycle? Sure! The Machu Picchu scene is the movie does it every time. I wonder if my character would change the whole storyline? And would the film work with a side-carrier? It would definitely look less smooth.

The Darjeeling Limited – Three brothers travelling on the fictional Darjeeling train through India and dealing with unsolved family issues? I felt this movie needed a sister and I am pretty sure I could teach my fictional brothers some lessons. And I would have helped Bill Murray not miss the train at the start!

Roman Holiday – Audrey needed a female friend in Roman Holiday, right? I volunteer as tribute and I am happy to have my own mini storyline. As long as I get to wear midi skirts, shirts and eat all the gelato.

Sideways – Driving around California and drinking wine (that is what I remember from the film) sounds good to me. I could be part of a group that do the same route and are in the background having a bit more fun, a bit less drama.

Into the Wild – dropping all of my belongs and wandering around the Alaskan wild with Emile Hirsch. Although I think he would ditch me really soon as his character seems to like silence … and I usually can’t shut up. Now I give it a think, I’d prefer my own leading man to take on a wilderness adventure without the depressing ending.

Indiana Jones movies – the Indiana Jones movies sure are the ultimate adventure and I would love to be Indie’s sidekick in them, but Raiders of the Lost Ark if I have to choose one. I don’t think my addition would change the storyline as I can be the drama queen the films have. I’m not sure if I could handle the travel conditions in the 1930s though!

Before Series – I would love to be part of the Before Sunrise, Sunset or Midnight, but I am afraid I would just be the third wheel and it would turn into a bad comedy. Picture a close up of Celine and Jesse staring into each others eyes and then the camera zooms out and I say something that breaks the moment.

The Beach – I am fine with just being Beach Community Member 76 and being in the background.

Crossroads – Everyone can have a guilty pleasure … My 15 year old self would love to go on a road trip with besties and a rumoured murderer (in a very cool car). Then waking up at the Grand Canyon, win a singing contest, figure out if I am a girl or a woman, experience all the drama drama and the awesome views.

Lost in Translation – Feeling lonely in a new city/culture? Been there done that … but wouldn’t mind experiencing it with Bill Murray and Scarlet Johansson in Tokyo.

Amelie – Don’t tell anyone, but I’m the one who took the gnome on this trip around the world.

Lord of the Rings Trilogy – can I be a female elf that pretends she is Legolas because that is the only way she go on an adventure with the gang? I think this call for a new trilogy with my character’s untold story.

What travel movie would you want to be part of?