As one half of team HEUCY visits family on the coast of Georgia, we’re reminded of some of the many things that we love about the South. Peel ‘n eat shrimp, people with manners, and – to put it simply – the natural beauty in this area of the world. Even on a cloudy day (and we’ve had a few since our visit started), the marsh and town “square” are gorgeous and remain seemingly untouched by the modern world.
Right now is vacation time for a few of you, and some have a break coming soon…so we wanted to highlight our favorite movies that were filmed and take place on the Southeastern coast. Hopefully you can kick up your heels, reward yourself for surviving the worst winter (ever?), and relax in some eco-friendly HEUCY jersey while you curl up and enjoy some of these flicks. A few are also books, if you’re so inclined.
The Big Chill. So much to love about this movie. The setting, an antebellum house in Beaufort, South Carolina (where HEUCY Gal Claire Nitze hails from and where The Great Santini was also filmed), is absolutely gorgeous and the soundtrack is awesome: Rolling Stones, Marvin Gaye, the Temptations. The term “big chill dinner” is often used in my household to indicate the best type of cooking – when it’s paired with lots of wine, music and good company. Watching a bunch of baby boomer college friends reunite after their friend has passed away, and forcing themselves to confront their own thirtysomething issues, is pretty poignant. Fun fact: Kevin Costner was cast as the dead character Alex, but all scenes showing his face were cut…he’s made career strides since then, obviously.
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. This is one of the best books I’ve read, and it’s a pretty good movie, too. John Kelso, a “Yankee”, travels to Savannah, Georgia to write a feature about Jim Williams’ famous annual Christmas party. What Kelso discovers is much more – a cast of irresistible, hilarious yet incredibly real characters in Savannah and unexpectedly, a murder trial. Kelso’s dry descriptions of his new friends down South, amidst the beautiful architecture and setting of “old” Savannah, are spot-on in the book. The movie features one of Jude Law’s first performances on screen, and Jude demonstrates that he looks good AND he can act. We love seeing Kevin Spacey with a moustache too. Spacey’s southern accent in the film proves he was meant to play Frank Underwood one day.
The Prince of Tides. I won’t lie. I never pictured Barbra Streisand as Dr. Lowenstein when I read Pat Conroy’s popular novel many years ago. But I have to say, she pulls it off (of course she does…I mean, Babs is a HEUCY Gal) and Nick Nolte is wonderful as Tom. This book is a great beach read – try to read it before you watch the movie.
Forrest Gump. The scene in Forsyth Square in Savannah helped put that great town back on the map. Tom Hanks, Robin Wright and Gary Sinise play unforgettable roles in a movie that made me pine for the deep South even while I was living there. (Side note: Robin, if you’re reading this…PLEASE replace Claire Underwood’s wardrobe with some jersey).
Glory. Filmed throughout Georgia and South Carolina and featuring a nearly unrecognizable Matthew Broderick. Denzel Washington is ah-mazing as a young, angry soldier, and Morgan Freeman – per usual – delivers a fabulous performance.
Okay, gals. You made it through winter. Throw on some HEUCY, relax and enjoy! Whether you’re on vacation or not…