Making MN Movie Magic

As I was recently revisiting Purple Rain and its glorious portrayal of First Avenue and 1980’s downtown Minneapolis I got to wondering: why are made in Minnesota movies so few and far between?  The answers likely concern unfavorable tax breaks (I hear Iowa is the place to go for this action) or perhaps the general non-native forgone conclusion that we exist in an icy tundra year round.  Thankfully, we do have the Coen brothers‘ upcoming new feature, A Serious Man, to look forward to – a project predicted to generate 6 or 7 million dollars for the state’s economy.  In the meantime though, I decided it was time to revel in past moments of Minnesota movie making glory.

“We’re like anybody, where you grew up is part of your identity. That doesn’t go away, even if you’ve been away for a long time.” ~ Ethan Coen

A Serious ManComing October 2nd…

Purple Rain – It remains a goal of mine to find someone willing to define their purpose in life as “the guy who carries a large mirror around for me” (this is in no way meant to diminish Jerome’s essential contribution to The Time, simply to state that a well dressed wingman is an asset in nearly all social situations)

Mystery Science Theater 3000 The Movie – The production crew would routinely buy out supplies of random toys and props from the Value Village thrift store I used to work at…

Fargo – you’ll never look at a wood chipper in the same way…

Mallrats – Amazingly made before the Maul of America Mall of America existed.  (Little known fact: Edina’s Southdale was actually the first indoor shopping center in the nation.  For a disturbing good time, arrive before they open to glimpse early morning “mallwalker” culture at it’s finest)

Airport – An early example of the now oh-so-predictable disaster movie genre

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