I've always been fascinated with Back to the Future. Some people tout The Godfather, Citizen Kane, and The Shawshank Redemption as their all-time favorite movies, but Back to the Future always did it for me. It had the right mix of comedy, action and sci-fi. As it turns out, I'm not the only one who's obsessed.
When Ang Lee's The Ice Storm rolled into my hometown, we figured suburban Connecticut was poised to be the next Hollywood. (Unless you count the God-awful Stepford Wives remake, we're still waiting...) After all, it's fun to see the real locations where films were shot. It makes you feel like you're in some small way part of the movie magic. You've crossed over into the fantasy realm. In the case of The Ice Storm, it screwed up traffic downtown and delayed Metro-North trains.
While researching the forest fire in Griffith Park, a news agency stated that part of Back to the Future was filmed there. Never one to turn down a BTTF tidbit, I thought I'd do a little research and find out just what was shot in the park. It turns out not much. But it did lead me to an interesting site called "Big Waste of Space" that takes key locations from that movie and shows them in their near-current state almost 20 years later.
Check out the tour here.