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Monday, December 22, 2008

Neon Vice

Right next door is a faux-Art Deco Burger King, which I've shown on Sundries before. Here is its next door neighbour, the neon-lit Maclee Quarters at night.

It is buildings like this in South Beach, that instantly turn on that Miami Vice soundtrack in our minds.

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  • Did you ever see how Don Johnson got wrapped up in some bizarre bond scheme at the Swiss border?

    By Blogger Ron, at Mon Dec 22, 04:01:00 am GMT-5  

  • "Dirty money":

    The actor was not alone. His investment manager and personal assistant were in the car, along with an unnamed third man and a large leather suitcase, allegedly belonging to Johnson, filled with around (pounds) 5 billion in share certificates, cheques, credit notes and bonds. Johnson now faces a possible money-laundering investigation. It is a sharp role reversal. As Sonny Crockett in the 1980s cop show Miami Vice, Johnson busted drug-dealers, pimps, mobsters and racketeers laundering money in sultry Florida.

    Wow. I had no idea, Ron. This was from 2003. What happened?

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Mon Dec 22, 12:23:00 pm GMT-5  

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    By Blogger chickenlittle, at Mon Dec 22, 04:06:00 pm GMT-5  

  • My favorite plotline from Miami Vice made G. Gordon Liddy the villian. When Crockett confronts Liddy in his Banana Republic bastion, Liddy implies that the US Government will never touch him. When you look behind Liddy (seated at his desk) he's surrounded with pictures of himself and Nixon. Only they're not fake pictures! Hilarious!

    By Blogger Ron, at Mon Dec 22, 05:53:00 pm GMT-5  

  • I'd do a movie festival with you and Victoria, Chickenlittle! Old stuff, new stuff, you name it! It'd be fun! If we did it in Miami...I'd want to go to Versailles! (to see the Orangery?)

    By Blogger Ron, at Mon Dec 22, 05:55:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Nice catch Ron. Here's a wiki follow-up: link. He must have been being tailed, as there is (or was) so little control of people/things leaving CH. Getting stuff in was more difficult, even for ordinary people. Swiss customs tried to get money out me when I had a newish (but obviously pre-owned) down parka sent over to me in Zurich. They claimed I was importing goods or something. I wrote a nice little letter and they dropped it. But to think that they had even opened it and assessed it.

    I was always more of a fan of Melanie Griffith-loved her with Jeff Daniels in "Something Wild"--but that's been ages ago. I'm so out of date with movies.

    Victoria, when your 2008 review appears, I'm going to try and see some things on it so I can keep up with you guys.

    By Blogger chickenlittle, at Mon Dec 22, 05:56:00 pm GMT-5  

  • OMG! Next summer the film When in Rome will have Don Johnson playing Kristen Bell's father!

    We need a male equivalent for
    "maiden, mother, crone!"

    By Blogger Ron, at Mon Dec 22, 06:05:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Guys, I'm still not there yet. It's so impossible to find a moment to myself these days. Just two more quirky snaps of local environs to keep you happy, since these two were a reasonable hit with youse.

    Incidentally, this is the funniest thing -- I recently went to watch "Transporter 3" with Jason Statham. My feature had sold out, and I said, oh well, let me try it, despite not having seen 1/2.

    Well, wouldn't you know it, I liked it a lot. The car sequences were simply amazing.

    So last night, I took out Transporter 2, and very late at night, after I posted here, I started watching it.

    Those of you who have watched it already know what I am about to say, but guess where T2 was filmed in?

    Miami/Miami Beach.

    And guess where the VERY first shot of the film took place?

    Star Island.

    I started laughing.


    By Blogger vbspurs, at Tue Dec 23, 12:47:00 am GMT-5  

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