Ever heard of Forks in Washington? If you are a teenage girl or know one, chances are you have. Forks is a sleepy town in the heart of the Olympic Peninsula, the last place you would have thought of while planning a holiday. But these days you will be hard-pressed to find a hotel room there. If you are wondering why, it is because of Stephenie Meyer’s hugely popular Twilight saga, which is based on the town, as are the movies. Nowadays, Forks is where you go to enjoy a vampire vacation!
Movies often capture the very essence of a place without much effort. Web banners, brochures and contests can never achieve what a successful movie can. According to some, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 was like an ad for British tourism. Can’t say I disagree.
List of 10 movies (in no particular order) which made me want to pack my bags:
1. A Good Year – Directed by Ridley Scott, this adaptation of Peter Mayle’s best-selling novel is the story of a London-based trader Max Skinner (Russell Crowe) who goes to Provence in the south of France to sell his inheritance, which in true movie style happens to be a lush vineyard estate.
2. Brokeback Mountain – Based on a short story by Pulitzer Prize winner E. Annie Proulx, this movie is about the intense relationship between Jack Twist (Jake Gyllenhaal) and Ennis Del Mar (Heath Ledger). But I will always remember the movie for its stunning cinematography. The film was filmed in Alberta, Canada and not Wyoming as the story suggests. I wanted to book a flight to Alberta after the movie ended.
3. The Holiday – Writer-director Nancy Meyers shows glimpses of Los Angeles and London as the protagonists Amanda (Cameron Diaz) and Iris (Kate Winslet) swap homes, each unique to the characters they are playing.
4. A Perfect Getaway – Hawaii never looked more enticing, not even on its most expensive advertising campaign. Throw in Milla Jovovich, an edge-of-the-cliff hike, the blue-green ocean and a pair of shady characters – you have a winner. And yes, she does kick some serious ass, maybe not as much as in Resident Evil.
5. The Bridges of Madison County – A National Geographic photographer Robert Kincaid played by Clint Eastwood and Meryl Street as the bored Iowa housewife Francesca Johnson come together in this heart-warming love story.
6. Into the Wild – Verses by Lord Byron right at the beginning of the movie pretty much sums up the movie:
There is a pleasure in the pathless woods,
There is a rapture on the lonely shore,
There is society, where none intrudes,
By the deep sea, and music in its roar:
I love not man the less, but Nature more.
7. Under the Tuscan Sun – If this movie does not make you book a flight to Italy, nothing much will. Newly-divorced American writer Frances (Diane Lane) quits her job and goes to Tuscany where she buys a house on a sudden impulse. What follows is a picture postcard tour of Italy.
8. Up in the Air – One of my favorite movies, this one simply inspires you to keep moving. That’s it. George Clooney and Vera Farmiga make a perfect pair, and traveling for work never looked this sexy.
9. Nights in Rodanthe – The film’s underlying sense of tragedy is overcome by the beauty of coastal North Carolina. Based on the novel by Nicholas Sparks, Diane Lane and Richard Gere remain true to the love and pain of their characters .
10. Autumn in New York – Another tear-jerker starring Richard Gere, this one manages to capture the Big Apple at its prettiest.