Monday, August 18, 2014

Bonaventure Cemetery from 'Now and Then' and 'Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil'

Bonaventure Cemetery in Savannah, GA is very pretty and pretty creepy. So it's no surprise that movies that were filmed in Savannah chose Bonaventure as a filming location.




In 1990s coming-of-age story "Now and Then", four teenage girls hold a cemetery seance and believe they bring back the spirit of Dear Johnny, a young boy who was murdered by a burglar years before. They visit the cemetery several times during the film.






Scenes were shot at both Bonaventure and Colonial Park Cemetery (which is in one of the downtown Savannah squares). One of the more recognizable markers from the movie is the statue of the angel with her hand raised above her head. One featured in the screen shots above looks much shorter than the one in Bonaventure.

Photo by Patti LeBlanc for LiveTheMovies.


It's possible filmmakers used the statue in Bonaventure in some shots and created a replica for the scenes filmed in Colonial Park. The statue is impressive in person and creates a tranquil scene in the cemetery among the trees and Spanish moss.






Photo by Christina LeBlanc for LiveTheMovies.
Photo by Patti LeBlanc for LiveTheMovies.

Savannah-set movie "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil" (based on the nonfiction book of the same name) also used Bonaventure Cemetery as a backdrop.







In "Midnight", Bonaventure Cemetery played itself. It's where Jim Williams (Kevin Spacey) was buried, as well as the final resting place for the man he shot, Billy Hanson (Jude Law). Williams' burial, as well as several scenes involving Minerva (Irma P. Hall) communing with spirits, were set at Bonaventure.

Photo by Patti LeBlanc for LiveTheMovies.

Photo by Patti LeBlanc for LiveTheMovies.

Photo by Patti LeBlanc for LiveTheMovies.

Photo by Christina LeBlanc for LiveTheMovies.

Photo by Christina LeBlanc for LiveTheMovies.

Bonaventure Cemetery is beautiful and definitely worth a visit whether you're a film buff or not. If you're into the spooky side of things, there are also tours you can take a 90-minute daytime walking tour or the Blue Orb Bonaventure Cemetery Tour, for which round-trip transportation is provided. A visit to Bonaventure Cemetery is a must for any stay in Savannah. You can find it at 300 Bonaventure Road in Thunderbolt, GA (just on the outskirts of Savannah).

- Story by Christina LeBlanc

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Thalia Street Surf Shop from 'Laguna Beach'

MTV's teen reality soap "Laguna Beach" was filmed at actual locations in Orange County, CA, which means it's easy to track down a ton of the spots where the LB gang hung out on the show.

In episode 208, "What Goes Around", Alex M. finds out that her boyfriend Jason hooked up with his ex-girlfriend Jessica at a party. She and her best friend Taylor talk about it while shopping at Thalia Street Surf Shop the next day.





You can visit Thalia Street Surf Shop at 915 South Coast Highway in Laguna Beach, CA.

Photo by Christina LeBlanc for LiveTheMovies.

- Story by Christina LeBlanc

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Clary's Cafe from 'Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil'

I recently took a trip to Savannah, GA, and became mildly obsessed with the book/movie/lore of "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil". It's a nonfiction book written by John Berendt, former editor of New York Magazine, based on his experiences in Savannah. The book portrays some of Savannah's most colorful characters, such as party boy Joe Odom, club performer Lady Chablis, and antique-seller and restorer Jim Williams.

One of the Savannah locations featured in the book and the movie is Clary's Cafe. Book author John Berendt (portrayed in the film by John Cusack) made Clary's part of his morning routine; he would go there, eat breakfast, pick up some gossip, and observe the town eccentric, who carried a vial with him and consistently threatened to poison the Savannah water supply.







Clary's in real life looks much the same as it does in the film. It's a little place off the main road, but just a block or two over from Calhoun Square. The cafe serves breakfast and brunch, and it's inexpensive but tasty. I had the french toast and it was really good! They also honor their film story with photos of the "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil" actors on the wall, and artwork depicting the Bird Girl statue made famous on the cover of the book and then in the film.

Photo by Christina LeBlanc for LiveTheMovies.

Photo by Patti LeBlanc for LiveTheMovies.

Photo by Patti LeBlanc for LiveTheMovies.

Photo by Patti LeBlanc for LiveTheMovies.

Photo by Patti LeBlanc for LiveTheMovies.

Photo by Christina LeBlanc for LiveTheMovies.

Photo by Patti LeBlanc for LiveTheMovies.
Photo by Christina LeBlanc for LiveTheMovies.

You can find Clary's Cafe at 404 Abercorn Street in Savannah, GA. Just make sure to go earlier in the day because they close at 4pm! You can visit their website for the menu, daily specials, and a little bit of history about the cafe.

- Story by Christina LeBlanc

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Koffee Klatch from 'Laguna Beach'

MTV's teen reality soap "Laguna Beach" was filmed at actual locations in Orange County, CA, which means it's easy to track down a ton of the spots where the LB gang hung out on the show.

Laguna's Koffee Klatch popped up several times on the show. In episode 204, "More Than Friends", Kristin goes here with Alex H. and Jessica.






In 207, "Get Over Him", Alex M. goes there with Taylor and Morgan S.






And in episode 210, "Lies and Goodbyes", LC meets Casey there to discuss the drama of high school.







You can check it out for yourself:


Photo by Christina LeBlanc for LiveTheMovies.

Koffee Klatch is located at 1440 South Coast Highway in Laguna Beach, CA. It's cute and it has good reviews on Yelp!

- Story by Christina LeBlanc