Saturday, August 10, 2019

Let Me In (2010)

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Last updated: March11, 2020

Remake of the 2008 Swedish film Let the Right One In. Horror; an isolated boy befriends a strange girl as murders plague their neighborhood. Starring Kodi Smit-McPhee and Chloe Grace Moretz. Set in Los Alamos, with filming locations there and in Albuquerque.

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Los Alamos, NM (March 1983)

Canyon view

Los Alamos Memorial Hospital -


Swimming Pool/ Locker Room

Convenience Store/ Game Arcade

Martin Brothers - Plumbing supply store, 1635 Isleta Blvd SW, Albuquerque, NM 87105.

RR Crossing - Highway 313 & Sandia Loop RR Crossing - (35.251523°, -106.577563°).





Anderson Pharmacy, 1377 Diamond Dr., Los Alamos


Gas Station

Overturned Car

Hospital exterior looks like Better Call Saul Mesa Verde Building in ABQ, modified with CGI with extra floors

School bus



Hospital interior is likely Gibson Hospital

Owen's home - Apartment 304

Moana Apartments, 1100 Alvarado Dr SE, Albuquerque, NM.

Odd Thomas (2011)

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Last updated: August 10, 2019

Paranormal thriller, based upon the character and novel by Dean Koontz. A fry cook who can see dead people gets involved in a war of good vs. evil. Starring Willem Dafoe, Tim Robbins, Anton Yelchin, 50 Cent, Patton Oswalt, Addison Timlin, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Nico Tortorella, and Melissa Ordway. Filming locations: Albuquerque, Pecos, Plaza Cafe (Santa Fe), Rio en Medio (near Tesuque), Rio Rancho, Sandia Pueblo, Santa Fe, Winrock Mall (Albuquerque), Zia Pueblo.
The scenes below are of the town square where Odd Thomas works. The actual location is the Santa Fe, Plaza. The address is 63 Lincoln Ave, Santa Fe, NM. 87501. The Plaza Cafe is the actual location used for the restaurant. The apartment that Stormy lives in is also located in the plaza.

From imdb:

Plaza Cafe Downtown - 54 Lincoln Ave., Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA
(Pico Mundo Grille)
Winrock Mall - 155 Winrock Center, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA
(Facade of Green Moon Mall; parking lot of mall; ice cream shop)
Garson Studios, College of Santa Fe - 1600 Saint Michaels Drive, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA
Saint Anthonys Catholic Church, Pecos, New Mexico, USA
(St. Barts/belfry)
The production used a lot of recognizable locations. Prominent is the “Pico Mundo Café,” really the Plaza Café, closed at the time because of its kitchen fire, but briefly reopened as a movie set. Likewise, the company resuscitated the shuttered Silva Lanes to sub as “Green Moon Bowling,” and a refurbished room at the old St. Vincent’s Hospital, amidst its transformation into the Drury Hotel, was Odd’s abode. Out of town, the church in Rio en Medio became “St. Bart’s,” and Cottonwood Mall in Albuquerque was morphed into “Green Moon Mall.” There’s also a predictably spooky sequence in Old Main at the State Pen.

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Welcome to Pico Mundo - Opening view - Avenida Primera S and Los Altos Norte, NE part of Santa Fe

Marcy & Lincoln St. in Santa Fe

Santa Fe Plaza

Green Moon Mall

Green Moon Bowling

House - 624 ....

Mom's House

SW corner of Plaza - East San Francisco and Lincoln Ave.

Marigold Lane and Huckleberry Way -

Chase/ Pool

Pico Mundo Grill, 54 Lincoln Ave., Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA

Bodak corner

Green Moon Mall

Head on collision


Fungus Bob's House - Roughly 27552 W. Frontage Road, near Santa Fe Downs (35.593759°, -106.068068°)

Rooftop place

Saint Anthony's Catholic Church, Pecos, New Mexico, USA

Old Silva Lanes - Rufina Lane - Meow Wolf

5th St. & Central in ABQ

Motorcycle ride

On Lomas next to Quality Buick GMC of Albuquerque, 7901 Lomas Blvd NE

Park motorcycle


Stormy's Apartment - Building at SE corner of the Santa Fe Plaza


Old Main prison?


Cop's house


Santa Fe Plaza, south & west side

Ice Cream Parlor

Bridge - Edith Blvd. NE (35.204362°, -106.599361°)

Von Zipper's - State Pen again.

Green Moon Mall - likely Winrock

Edith overcrossing of North Diversion Channel


Zia lands

Las Vegas view

Thanks include Biopark of ABQ, Casas de Santa Fe, Drury Santa Fe, Hotel Andaluz, Inn @ Santa Fe, Hotel Santa Fe, La Posada, Las Palomas, Luna Luz properties, Nativo Lodge, Pueblo of Sandia, Casa Zaelke

Greed, the Pebble Mine, and Bristol Bay

Development decisions are now being made purely based on greed, with expertise put to the sword. Gold mining is immensely harmful and developing the Pebble Mine will be especially destructive, given that the world's greatest salmon run is based in Bristol Bay, as are a number of other fisheries and whale feeding grounds:
The Environmental Protection Agency told staff scientists that it was no longer opposing a controversial Alaska mining project that could devastate one of the world's most valuable wild salmon fisheries just one day after President Trump met with Alaska's governor, CNN has learned.

The EPA publicly announced the reversal July 30, but EPA staff sources tell CNN that they were informed of the decision a month earlier, during a hastily arranged video conference after Trump's meeting with Gov. Mike Dunleavy. The governor, a supporter of the project, emerged from that meeting saying the president assured him that he's "doing everything he can to work with us on our mining concerns."

The news came as a "total shock" to some top EPA scientists who were planning to oppose the project on environmental grounds, according to sources. Those sources asked to remain anonymous for fear of retribution.

The copper-and-gold mine planned near Bristol Bay, Alaska, known as Pebble Mine, was blocked by the Obama administration's EPA after scientists found that the mine would cause "complete loss of" the bay's fish habitat.

"Let Me In" - Are You A Vampire?

Some great films have been made in New Mexico in recent years.

"Let Me In" is a 2010 American-British romantic horror film written and directed by Matt Reeves and starring, among others, Chloë Grace Moretz. It is a remake of the 2008 Swedish film "Let the Right One In," based on the 2004 novel of the same title by John Ajvide Lindqvist, who also wrote the screenplay. The film tells the story of a bullied 12-year-old boy who develops a friendship with a female child vampire.

The film is set in Los Alamos in 1983, and filmed both there and in Albuquerque.

Love this scene:

An Analysis of an Obscenity

Trump, the most evil man in the universe:
A really exceptional work of obscenity, like a really exceptional work of beauty, exceeds the ability of its viewers to fathom what they just saw. Did that just happen? But … how? What sorcery created it? Words don’t arrive, and the stammering gives way to silence.

Like the Red Shirts in Star Trek

Orwell Foresaw All This

Orwell was so good at understanding our times.

Another Cri de Couer About the Injustice of a World That Has Squirrels In It

Love the Headline

That desire for freedom:
Man who robbed bank to get away from wife sentenced to home confinement

DMTC Teen Cabaret On Saturday and Sunday!

Here is our article promoting the show:
This year, seven teens will be performing songs from “DMTC…Past & Future.” The singers include Nora Baggarly, Katarina Detrick, Ella Del Favero, Katelyn Reeves, Stella Silver, Annie Whiteford and Lindsay Whiteford. You can see them onstage at DMTC, 607 Pena Drive this Saturday, August 10th at 7:00 pm and Sunday August 11th at 2:00 pm. Tickets are $10 (plus a $2 facilities fee), and proceeds go to the Teen Scholarships.

Cloudflare Tries To Save A Bit Of Its Dignity

Looks like 8chan will have to go elsewhere for their Internet services:
8chan is among the more than 19 million Internet properties that use Cloudflare's service. We just sent notice that we are terminating 8chan as a customer effective at midnight tonight Pacific Time. The rationale is simple: they have proven themselves to be lawless and that lawlessness has caused multiple tragic deaths. Even if 8chan may not have violated the letter of the law in refusing to moderate their hate-filled community, they have created an environment that revels in violating its spirit.


Tuesday, August 06, 2019

Lonely Street (2009)

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Last updated: March 13, 2020

Science Fiction. Thriller about friends on a road trip who get drawn into a high-tech mystery. Starring Laurence Fishburne, Brenton Thwaites, Olivia Cooke, Robert Longstreet,Sarah Clarke, Jeffrey Grover, Beau Knapp and Lin Shaye. Filmed around Albuquerque and Taos.

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Wooded area/ Red House

Aerial view of ABQ

4th & Central

View of Central - 3500 block, where Toad Road is now.

El Mexicano Truck Salvage, 1200 Old Coors Rd. SW.

The Martini Grille

Under the RR - underpass on Central

Old Town Plaza

Aztec Motel

Skate Park (Los Altos? Aztec Motel?)

Rio Grande sign at west side of river, south side, on Central

View down Rio Grande, just north of Bridge Blvd.

View west up Central, from about 60th St.

Lobo Theater.

Pink Motel, Sun Valley, CA

Caravan East, 7605 Central Ave. NE

View of Central looking west from about 1st St.?

Fancy Asian House

Drive across bridge (probably Central)

Serge's Automotive Mechanic Auto Repair Shop, Foothill Boulevard, La Crescenta, CA, USA

Double Six Motel across street

Brewer Library (California?)

Golf Course Pavilion

Aerial views of Civic Plaza area

View of Aztec Motel, looking west down Central.

Offices - 2400 Louisiana? Apparently not it.


LA Park

Nob Hill at night?


Interview room

Driving between Desert Sands and Hiland Theater

Martini Grill, 4200 Central Ave SE

40th St. & Central Ave.

View of Central - 3500 block, where Toad Road is now.

Kimo Theater Door

Salvage yard (but palm trees, so actual scene filmed in SoCal)

Lover's lane

View of street curve

Turquoise Springs mansion

Cedar Crest/Tijeras turnoff - probably about (35.080324°, -106.391566°)


Route 66 Diner, 1405 Central Ave NE, Albuquerque, NM.

Street view outside 4200 Central Ave SE, looking east

Just downstream of Central Bridge

'Grand Theater' in Santa Fe

Aerial view. I-25?

Press scrum - arches - ???



'Vegas' parking lot

Vegas skyline

Convention center????

Film Clip From "Lonely Street"

As an Albuquerque native, this just made me smile.

Spreading The Word

Knock, knock, knock! Early in the morning, and two evangelists were at the door, one of whom I recognized from previous visits. “I hear you do a lot of theater?” the lead fellow (a Millennial) said. “Yes. Our youth theater just finished doing ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,’” I said.

Even though the fellow explained he had done theater in high school, he had never heard of the show. “It’s a take on a Bible story?” I said. I could tell no bells were ringing in his head. I began to elaborate. He self-deprecatingly replied, “When I hear the word ‘Technicolor’ I think of television. I come from a generation where we watched a lot of television.” (Not as much as in my generation, though, where by the age of 14 I could recite ‘Gilligan’s Island’ rerun dialogue from memory.)

So, I began to evangelize about ‘Joseph,’ and the many good points of community musical theater. I talked on and on, expansively declaiming on any number of subjects. “Don’t ever let businessmen on your theater boards,” I warned, “because they look for profits. There are no profits to be made in community musical theater, so the logical businesslike thing to do is shut down your theaters.”

At the end of their visit, they remembered to refer to their tablet and leave me with a Bible quotation. It was something that I couldn’t quite follow (from Matthew 6??). After greeting Jasper, they bade me farewell. (Were they Jehovah Witnesses? Maybe – can’t recall - but no telltale Watchtower.) Glad to get the Word out there.

The Signal (2014)

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Last updated: August 6, 2019

Science Fiction. Thriller about friends on a road trip who get drawn into a high-tech mystery. Starring Laurence Fishburne, Brenton Thwaites, Olivia Cooke, Robert Longstreet,Sarah Clarke, Jeffrey Grover, Beau Knapp and Lin Shaye. Filmed around Albuquerque and Taos.

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Video arcade?

Highway - Peach Springs/ Drive-In/ Motel


Woods/ River

Driving/ Store/ Stormscape

Sandia Tram - midway and top

Flying J Travel Center - Truck stop, 1 Giant Crossing, Jamestown, NM 87347 ? [Maybe not]

Rio Grande Gorge, near bridge (36.475089°, -105.735243°)

Turnoff/ Antenna

House - Holy crap, it's Tuco's house! (Or immediately adjacent) Basement is apparently I-25 studios. Stairs down is in Pasadena, according to commentary.

White Hallway

Carnival (apparently Indiana)

Tunnel - Rio Rancho?

West Mesa Volcanoes - but where?

Cafe - Maybelle's Bar

Bobby Foster Road

Road near Double Eagle Airport (35.149225°, -106.786553°)

Fantasy landscape

Shelter - rest stop above lake - Visitor Center, apparently for Cochiti Lake, but not the new Visitor's Center - possibly (35.643695°, -106.326992°)

James' House

Bobby Foster Road

Behind Volcanoes - Double Eagle?

Shootout - Probably driveway into Westside jail

Driving away

Rio Grande Gorge

Bobby Foster Road roadblock

Approaching Gorge

Gorge roadblock too, just east of Gorge

Looks like Railyards

Sunday, August 04, 2019

Dancehall Powerup - July 11, 2019

Learning Tap

DMTC YPT's "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" - July 27, 2019

Green Valley Theater's "Shakespeare in Love" - July 26, 2019

Dog Days

Close Call

Jasper was pulling on his leash as we walked through a dark, well-to-do neighborhood at 1 a.m. Suddenly he stopped and started whining. *Some animal* was located just eight feet (2.5 m) away in the shadows. Lo and behold, it was a skunk, tail pointed straight up and prepared to fire! Nevertheless, the skunk kept its cool and merely walked away.

Big Sky (2014) - Hazel Goes For Help

It's fun looking at various Albuquerque-based films, and seeing how different creative teams envision the desert.

Here is a clip from one very-strange film - "Big Sky" (2014).

I enjoy walking through the New Mexico desert, and find it soothing. In contrast, severe agoraphobe Hazel (Bella Thorne) dreads the exposure.

Disney's Lemonade Mouth (2011)

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Last updated: March 3, 2020

Crime Comedy Drama. An ex-gambler gets drawn back into the life for a big score. Starring Gometh D’Oyley, Emmanuelle Chriqui, John Cho, Steve Buscemi, Emily Mortimer, Peter Dinklage, Romany Malco, Tim Blake Nelson, Shawn Prince. Filmed in Las Vegas Nevada and New Mexico; NM filming locations: Albuquerque, Bernalillo, Laguna Pueblo (Route 66 Casino), To’hajiilee.

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Detention classroom

Living room

Mesa High School - Albuquerque High School

Mountain Ridge Community College - Also Albuquerque High School

Grandma's House - Maybe Heritage House

Horse Riding - Corrales?

Living Room

Modern house


Dante's Pizzeria -

Mudslide Crush - Railyards


The Heritage House, 207 High St. NE


Halloween Bash

Dante's Pizzeria - Christee's, 8600 Indian School Rd NE.

Heritage House, dissolves to other house, with pool

Old Town Plaza


Mo's house, 215 High St. NE

Plaza behind La Placita Restaurant, featuring Wild Moon Boutique, 206 San Felipe St. NW, #3 - Yucca Art Gallery - Spat


"Jail" - Police Department - ?? - Mystifying place - near Q Studios?

Looks like KiMo Theater interior

Wedding venue - ?

Performance venue - ?

South side of Old Town Plaza - Treasure House
The Heritage House, 207 High St. NE

The Heritage House was built around 1907 in the Huning Highland Historic District of Albuquerque. The historic district got its name from Franz Huning, one of the developers of the district. This district was developed to accommodate the many individuals moving to Albuquerque from the east in the 1800s when the railroad came to Albuquerque. This accounts for the more Victorian style of the home, which is unusual for this area, due to the heavy influence of the Southwest adobe style. The Heritage House is a Dutch colonial home that is otherwise known as the “Simpson House” in some records because the Simpson family was one of the longer owners of the home; they owned the house from 1922 to 1950. The house has had a variety of owners, from physicians and telegraph operators, to employees of the surrounding hospitals. From the records we have found, the house has always been a single-family home – something rare for many of the homes in this historic district.

From On Location Vacations:
Lemonade Mouth is filming at/around Hotel Albuquerque in Albuquerque, NM. (On a side note, we stayed at this hotel a couple of years ago and highly recommend it if you’re in town!)
Update: •Disney’s Lemonade Mouth is filming on Bellamah NW in Albuquerque.
•Lemonade Mouth is filming around Corrales Rd and Wagner Ln in Corrales, NM.
Disney’s Lemonade Mouth is filming around High St. SE (between Lead & Silver) in Albuquerque, NM.

Friday 8/13/10 | Atrisco High School | Ages 14 to 20
Monday 8/16/10 & Tuesday 8/17/10 | Kiva Auditorium | Ages 14-65
Tuesday 8/24/10 | Santa Ana Star Center | Ages 14-65.