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Movie Travel Guide

March 13, 2008 | 12:00 a.m. CST

Major League

The Cleveland Indians, a.k.a. the crazy little team that could, has a wild shot at being a successful baseball club in Major League. Highlight: Rick “Wild Thing” Vaughn makes the trip around the diamond worth it, but the views of the Indians’ Municipal Stadium don’t hurt either. (1989)

Greased Lightning

Greased Lightning (not to be confused with Grease) is a mixture of wit and drama. Richard Pryor gives his portrayal of the real-life Wendell Scott, the first African-American racecar driver to enter the auto-racing industry. Greased Lightning focuses on the drama in Scott’s life as well as the need for speed. Highlight: Pam Grier, three years after starring in Foxy Brown (1974), plays the female lead, Mary Jones. (1977)

Music Playlist

Bruce Springsteen - Thunder Road
Queen - I Want To Break Free
Malajube - Montréal -40ºC
Tegan and Sara - Hop a Plane
John Denver - Rocky Mountain High
Roger Miller - King of the Road
The Beatles - The Long and Winding Road
Weezer - Surf Wax America
Sufjan Stevens - Chicago
The Jackson Five - I’m Going Back to Indiana
Indigo Girls - Three County Highway
Bob Dylan - Blowin’ in the Wind
Grateful Dead - Truckin’
Beastie Boys - No Sleep Till Brooklyn
Lucero - Last Night in Town
The Mountain Goats - Going to Tennessee
Johnny Cash - I’ve Been Everywhere
The Arcade Fire - Keep the Car Running
Fats Domino - Walkin’ to New Orleans
Beirut ­- Postcards from Italy
Tom Waits - Downtown Train
KISS - Detroit Rock City

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Ferris Bueller's Day Off

Ferris said life goes by pretty fast, so if a trip to the Windy City is not an option, this movie could suffice. Ferris Bueller features the Art Institute of Chicago, the Sears Tower and Alexander Calder's “Flamingo.” Highlight: The parade sequence in which Ferris serenades the entire audience with “Twist and Shout.” (1986)

Do the Right Thing

The film depicts racial tensions between two communities in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn. Spike Lee’s film examines deeper questions in his own distinct style.
Highlight: Character Radio Raheem, with boom box in tow, represents the underlying message to “fight the power” (1989).

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