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Movie Mimic
April 23, 2012 9:05 AM   Subscribe

Ever get that uncanny feeling of deja vu while walking down the street in some city that you've never been to before? Maybe you saw it in a movie some time ago. Maybe the combination of the scenery and the architecture and passersby being in the same places as the principal actors set it off. The Movie Mimic does this on purpose, and includes Google Maps of the sites in case you'd like to go there yourself and strike a pose.
posted by Halloween Jack (22 comments total) 13 users marked this as a favorite

 
...I once drove two hours out of my way so I could pose in front of Sunnydale High. I understand this urge.
posted by The Whelk at 9:10 AM on April 23, 2012 [2 favorites]


Someone went to the trouble of recreating a shot from You Don't Mess With the Zohan?
posted by key lime guy at 9:14 AM on April 23, 2012 [2 favorites]


How is it he was on the Columbia campus and didn't do Ghostbusters? BAH
posted by Edison Carter at 9:17 AM on April 23, 2012 [2 favorites]


key lime guy, the fascinating thing about that shot (to me, anyway) is that the filmmakers digitally added all those buildings in the background. Is it supposed to take place in a future where Cabo San Lucas is horribly overdeveloped or something?
posted by Halloween Jack at 9:20 AM on April 23, 2012


Ooh! I have to do one of these for Zombieland. The supermarket scene was filmed about a mile from my house.
posted by deadmessenger at 9:21 AM on April 23, 2012 [1 favorite]


He has seen a LOT of foreign films that I have not seen (or even heard of).

Of course, he has also been to a LOT of foreign places I have not been to. Grumble.
posted by Curious Artificer at 9:25 AM on April 23, 2012


I got that uncanny feeling of deja vu last month watching my friends' vacation pictures, mostly taken in Miami. It was pretty amusing to recognize scenery from GTA: Vice City.
posted by daniel_charms at 9:26 AM on April 23, 2012


He does a pretty good job duplicating the zoom and focus and framing of the originals. I've tried to duplicate some historic photos with current day shots for a "Then and Now" thing and failed pretty terribly matching the old shots with my (cheap) camera.
posted by octothorpe at 9:28 AM on April 23, 2012


Is it supposed to take place in a future where Cabo San Lucas is horribly overdeveloped or something?

It's supposed to be a beach in Israel.
posted by Edison Carter at 9:30 AM on April 23, 2012 [2 favorites]


Here's an alleyway in Atlanta that was used in "Sharkey's Machine." I don't know if that scene was particularly memorable or what, but every time I see it I'm taken back to the experience of seeing that movie with my family.
posted by Infinity_8 at 9:30 AM on April 23, 2012


The unreliable and labyrinthine trails of associations in my brain have recalled to my mind this comment by miss lynnster from three years ago.
posted by Ritchie at 9:34 AM on April 23, 2012 [2 favorites]


This is the best I could do on short notice.
posted by Faint of Butt at 9:39 AM on April 23, 2012 [3 favorites]


Of course, he has also been to a LOT of foreign places I have not been to. Grumble.

Well, the result is kind of neat, but I'm glad he's doing this on his vacation, not on mine.
posted by smackfu at 9:46 AM on April 23, 2012


This seems less like a movie buff with a location fetish as another version of ... that thing where you travel the world and pose like a running man figure? What was that called? Google isn't helping.
posted by dhartung at 10:05 AM on April 23, 2012


It's hard to drive a pimp-mobile through a series of Undercover Brother 360s while not spilling your orange soda in Toronto, but I've done it.
posted by clvrmnky at 10:15 AM on April 23, 2012 [1 favorite]


Oh, that's nothing. As was linked to previously on the blue, I once recreated the entirety of Drag Me to Hell, filming at all the original locations, using actual props from the movie, and using Alison Lohman's actual stand-in from the film. And I did it all from (admittedly faulty) memory!
posted by Bunny Ultramod at 10:27 AM on April 23, 2012


I'M JUSTIN LONG
posted by The Whelk at 10:32 AM on April 23, 2012 [1 favorite]


That's great.
posted by cashman at 10:42 AM on April 23, 2012


Somewhere around the twenty year anniversary of Miller's Crossing I went back and shot a lot of the locations used in the film but I didn't insert myself into the pics because I could never possibly be as cool as Gabriel Byrne.
posted by komara at 12:06 PM on April 23, 2012 [2 favorites]


The Matrix set locations in Sydney
posted by vidur at 1:09 PM on April 23, 2012


Not from a movie, but the first time I found myself standing across the street from the University Club on 5th Ave in NY gave me a surreal "have I been here before?" feeling. Took me a few minutes to place the memory to the painting. Wasn't quite the same as true Deja Vu though.
posted by billyfleetwood at 5:43 PM on April 23, 2012


Here's an alleyway in Atlanta that was used in 'Sharkey's Machine.' I don't know if that scene was particularly memorable or what, but every time I see it I'm taken back to the experience of seeing that movie with my family.

"They broke him like a stick. They kung fu'd him."
posted by kirkaracha at 9:34 PM on April 23, 2012


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