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Not fond of football? Here are viewing options

Wednesday, December 30, 2015by  Jon Osterberg

It seems that binge watching has become a New Year’s tradition for many, whether it’s TV shows or movies.
     Just for fun, I researched the choices for “made in Washington” entertainment. It turns out you literally can spend all of New Year’s weekend watching local productions instead of football, if you want.
     We spent part of our Christmas vacation watching The Man in the High Castle video series, Amazon’s streaming adaptation of the Philip K. Dick novel depicting an alternate history where the Nazis and Japanese win WWII, and Axis powers occupy America.
     I watched out of curiosity because the pilot was filmed largely in Roslyn and Seattle. To my surprise, it’s a compelling, quality show.
     High Castle’s executive producers are Frank Spotnitz (The X-Files) and Ridley Scott (Blade Runner, Alien, The Martian).
     Well-known television shows shot in Washington and available on video include Twin Peaks, Northern Exposure, and episodes of The X-Files. Among Portland’s visual arts contributions is Grimm, also available on video.
    Some notable movies filmed in Washington:

  • An Officer and a Gentleman (1982, Richard Gere, Debra Winger)
  • Cinderella Liberty (1973, James Caan, Marsha Mason)
  • Disclosure (1994, Michael Douglas, Demi Moore)
  • Fabulous Baker Boys (1989, Michelle Pfeiffer, Beau and Jeff Bridges)
  • Hand That Rocks the Cradle (1992, Rebecca De Mornay)
  • Hunt for Red October (1990, Sean Connery, Alec Baldwin)
  • McQ (1974, John Wayne, Eddie Albert)
  • Singles (1992, Bridget Fonda, Matt Dillon)
  • Sleepless in Seattle (1993, Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan)
  • The Runner Stumbles (1979, Dick Van Dyke, Kathleen Quinlan).

     When we’re not watching football this weekend, we’ll likely watch a cult classic TV show now offered on Amazon Prime’s streaming video: Mystery Science Theater 3000. We stumbled across it while searching for High Castle.
     The 1990s comedy, which featured horrible B-movies that are viewed by three characters in silhouette who endlessly heckle and mock the plot and dialog, will return in 2016 with 14 new episodes thanks to a successful Kickstarter campaign.

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