Monday, January 23, 2012

Top 5: Movies made in Alberta

I don't know if you realize how hard it was to make this list. There are quite a few movies that were made in Alberta. Unfortunately, most of those movies play off the prairie landscape and are 'western' films. Cowboys and stuff...not my thing (movies ABOUT cowboys...not cowboys themselves. Come Stampede I'll definitely get my cowboy on).

So here is my top 5 movies filmed in Alberta...not about the wild west, cowboys or any other type thing:

Cool Runnings
A movie about the Jamaican bobsled team at the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary. Yes please. Don't even tell me you didn't watch this movie as a child and then holler at COP.

The Edge
I almost forgot this movie existed until I saw The Grey tonight. This is a way better wilderness animals-hunting-humans movie. And Alec Baldwin being weird. The landscapes...minus the grizzly...are great.

A personal fave. I shared my love for Rad with you last year when it celebrated its 25th anniversary. Love.

Exit Wounds
WTF. DMX filmed in in Calgary!? Yes, according to IMDB he did. I must watch this again and look for the mean streets of Cow-Town...and obviously I own every movie DMX ever made. Don't you? (You can see the Calgary tower in the trailer if you pay attention).

I didn't lose my mind over this movie like most people, but...Leo is hot and it definitely isn't terrible.

There are some other movies filmed in part in Alberta. Here is a list of some of the higher profile flicks: Superman, Superman II, Legends of the Fall, The A-Team, Mystery Alaska, Brokeback Mountain, Tucker and Dale vs. Evil, X-Men 2, The Assassination of Jesse James by that Coward Robert Ford, Rat Race, Good Luck Chuck, John Q, RV, An Unfinished Life, Shanghai Noon, Shanghai Knights, Resurrecting the Champ, and The Santa Clause 2.

I think that Alberta needs to capitalize on the made for TV Christmas movies. Most of them are filmed here...but I think they need to make a push and find a way for people to see the need for the shitty Hallmark-ish type movies. They totally keep me entertained on the weekends during the holidays.



  1. Or watch it as an adult and holler when you see Cowboys and Rundle Hall...


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