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Movies that will make you want to Travel

A curated list of Movies that will make you want to Travel.  I’m a huge movie junky.  Whenever I have time to relax you can find me watching movies if I’m not reading.  I love stories and can’t get enough of them.  Believe it or not I’ve actually watched all of these films and they made me want to travel.

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1. National Lampoon’s Vacation Boxset 

The Griswold family’s cross-country drive to the Walley World theme park proves to be much more arduous than they ever anticipated.

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2. Under the Tuscan Sun

While on an Italian vacation, a woman buy a villa and decides to stay.

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3. Night Train to Lisbon

Latin teacher Raimund Gregorius (Irons) finds a book by Portuguese poet and doctor Amadeu de Prado (Huston) and his life is irrevocably changed. Determined to learn more about the author, Gregorius boards the night train to Lisbon and begins to piece together an epic story of oppression and revolution, loyalty and betrayal, love and jealousy, played out against the backdrop of a brutal fascist di ctatorship. In his exploration of Amadeu de Prado’s life, Gregorius finds that life can change in an instant.

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4. Before Sunrise/Before Sunset 

One of my favorites.  A sequel to “Before Sunrise,” this film starts nine years later as Jesse (Ethan Hawke) travels across Europe giving readings from a book he wrote about the night he spent in Vienna with Celine (Julie Delpy). After his reading in Paris, Celine finds him, and they spend part of the day together before Jesse has to again leave for a flight. They are both in relationships now, and Jesse has a son, but as their strong feelings for each other start to return, both confess a longing for more.

motorcycle diaries

5. The Motorcycle Diaries 

Based on a true story, this inspiring adventure traces the youthful road trip of two revolutionary friends: “Che” Guevara (Gael García Bernal) and Alberto Granado (Rodrigo De la Serna).

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6. Doctor Zhivago

Omar Sharif stars in the title role as an orphaned youth who grows up to marry the daughter of his adoptive parents, but falls in love with a beautiful dressmaker.

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7. Sleepless In Seattle

Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan star in an enchanting romance about a widower whose son convinces him to find new love and the woman who answers his call.


8. The Holiday 

From writer/director Nancy Meyers comes a romantic comedy about two women on opposite sides of the globe who swap houses only to discover that a change of address can really change their lives.

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9. The Last Holiday

After she is diagnosed with a terminal illness, a shy woman decides to take a European vacation.

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10. The Grand Budapest Hotel

The adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend.

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11. The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, Cate Blanchett, Anjelica Huston. Famous oceanographer Steve Zissou sets sail with a crew that includes a journalist, a pilot, a man who may actually be his son and his ex-wife in order to seek revenge on a mythical shark for causing the death of his partner.

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12. The Darjeeling Limited

Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody, and Jason Schwartzman star as three brothers who have drifted apart over the years and try to re-forge their sibling bonds on a hilarious adventure across India. The Royal Tennenbaums meets Lost in Translation.

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13. Everything Is Illuminated

Based on the novel by Jonathan Safran Foer, Everything is Illuminated stars Elijah Wood (Lord of the Rings) as Jonathan Safran Foer, a young Jewish man who wants to learn how his grandfather escaped from the Nazi incursions into Russia. From the U.S., he hires the hip-hop loving Alex (Eugene Hutz, leader of the gypsy-punk band Gogol Bordello) and his surly grandfather (Boris Leskin, Men in Black) as tour guides–only to discover, when he arrives in Odessa, that they are perhaps less than dependable. Thus begins a curious, almost metaphysical road trip that carries Foer into the past of his grandfather’s village and the present of his own compulsive habits.


14. Australia

A romantic action-adventure epic set in Australia prior to World War II that centers on an English aristocrat (Nicole Kidman) who inherits a large ranch.Out of Africa

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15. The Bridges of Madison County

While passing through a small Iowa town, a photojournalist meets a farmer’s wife and they share a brief, secret, romantic interlude that profoundly shapes the rest of their lives.

nights in rodanthe

16. Nights in Rodanthe

Two strangers meet at an inn, each planning to deal with troubling circumstances in their lives. Sparks fly and a relationship begins that may open up new possibilities for both.

movies that make you want to travel

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Empowering Latina Voices: Film Maker Fanny Velez

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Latinos are no longer waiting for corporate media conglomerates to wake up and smell the coffee. With the tools at our disposal we are taking matters into our own hands and creating our own opportunities. Filmmaker Fanny Veliz did precisely this and raised funds to shoot her first feature film. Now that the film is completed she has created yet another opportunity for you to get involved with your local communities to create positive change.

Please read the following press release and contact Ms. Veliz with any questions.

Indie Film “Homebound” Uses Community Screenings to Raise Audience Awareness
Filmmaker Fanny Véliz wants to bring the Hollywood machine to her.

Los Angeles, CA – January 7th, 2013 – Writer/Director and actress Fanny Véliz raised production funds to shoot her first feature film, Homebound last year, through the increasingly popular internet crowd funding method. Now that the film is complete she is turning to the community once again with a unique concept.
“Use my film to raise funds for your organizations, it’s a win-win situation.” Says Véliz. The goal is to show to Hollywood that there’s a hungry audience out there ready for a film like HOMEBOUND.  It is about empowering the community to empower filmmakers to tell the Latino stories Hollywood chooses to neglect.

“I’m committed to helping transform the image of Latinos in the media by telling stories that aren’t usually told,” says Veliz. “We are all used to seeing stories of immigration, gangs, and other stereotypes, this film shows another side of the American Latino. Homebound is an American story, a human story told with an American Latino cast.”  Homebound tells the story of Richard Lynn, a successful young Latino business professional who returns to his small hometown in Texas to help his dying father. His father insists he take over the family business, a bar. Secretly, the young man wants to burn down the bar because he blames it for the death of his own mother and the illness of his father. In the process he rediscovers his childhood’s small town and falls truly in love for the first time.

The film features a cast of seasoned actors which includes Enrique Castillo, whose work in such films as El Norte, Mi Familia and the cult classic Blood In Blood Out have made him a fan favorite among Latino audiences and his role in Showtime’s Weeds has made him a hit among mainstream audiences. Texan born Julia Vera, who has built a career as a character actress in film and television for over twenty years is not only an actress in Homebound, she is also invested in the film as an associate producer. Richard Lynn is played by a dynamic young actor, Jeremiah Ocañas, who not only plays the lead, he is also a native El Campo, Texas, where the film was shot. El Campo served not only as the prime location, but its citizens helped facilitate permits, meals, lodging, a source of talent pool for minor roles and the extras, and even a helicopter needed for the shoot. Fanny Véliz, in addition to her producing, writing, and directing duties also plays the female lead in the film.

Community is at the centerpiece of this undertaking. It takes a community, and Véliz is hoping to once again enlist community and embrace the film through the “Community Screenings” concept, and help them raise awareness of the film.

The production company is currently looking for organizations, companies or individuals nationwide that would like to host a “Community Screening” of the film. They would need to commit to create a screening, which would raise money for their own Non-Profit organization or other Non-Profits they wish to benefit. Each host will receive a Homebound Party Pack that will take them step by step on how to tailor the event to the Homebound theme.

To sign up to host a Screening of Homebound in your city please email:[email protected]
For more information on the film Homebound go to

Homebound Official Trailer

Why is it important to support this film?
The success of this film opens doors for new voices creating more opportunities.
 Let’s support each other and grow.

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Have you watched the documentary movie Lemon yet?

LEMON the Movie – Official Trailer

I really LOVEd this raw, honest and touching film. At times it made me cry but not without giving me optimism and hope. From the beginning of the movie I rooted for him to succeed for all the little boys and girls caught up in the cycle of our violent oppressive society, for those who never received the awareness, education, resources or tools to break free and the ones who died trying.

“Lemon Anderson is a Tony award winning playwright, performer and poet. The film is about Andersen’s struggle to free his family from poverty and pain as he exposes his most shocking secrets on the NY stage. It follows Lemon’s desperate battle to keep the past where it belongs and move into a brighter future. Redemption may lie within Lemon’s grasp when none other than Spike Lee steps in to produce his show. The stakes are high. With the power of a cliffhanger, asks the larger question: Can any of us really escape the past?”

Most beautiful Lesson from the movie:
will get you to where you want to be. 
Lemon Andersen- County of Kings

If you haven’t watched it, I highly recommend it and if you did I’d love to hear what you think.
Support your community by supporting these types of films and talent.  Be a part of this positive growth and watch if flourish into something even greater.

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 DiDi Hollywood 
Director: Bigas Luna
Starring: Elsa Pataky, Ana de la Reguera and Peter Coyote
Screenwriters: William Wedig

Producers: Beatriz Bodegas, Pedro Pastor, Celia Oros, Bigas Luna

CastElsa Pataky, Peter Coyote(from Law & Order, Erin Brockovich, etc), Paul Sculfor, Giovanna Zacarías(Capadocia), Luis Hacha, Flora Martínez, Jean Marie Juan, Flora Martinez (Rosario Tijeras), Ana de la Reguera (Royal Pains, Nacho Libre, etc), Peter Vives Newey, Entela Belishova, Ana Soriano, Michael Cooper.


Di Di Hollywood tells the tale of an actress whose wish for stardom comes with much sacrifice. Her name is Diana Diaz, a young woman with a wild yet familiar dream: to become a star. And to win it all, she is willing to lose herself. Tired of working night jobs as a bartender, Diana finally decides to leave her homeland, her best friend Maria, and all of the bad memories Spain holds for her. She heads out for the bright lights of Miami, and despite its glamorous first impression, this new paradise proves anything but. Fed up with casting calls, hunger, and near-poverty, Diana continues to push forward, and with the help of new friends, makes it out to Hollywood. As Diana Diaz transforms into Di Di, the once ambitious bartender truly learns the price of stardom.

Actors Peter Coyote, Elsa Pataky, director Bigas Luna and actor Paul Sculfor pose before a news conference to promote the movie “Didi Hollywood” in Madrid

Spanish synopsis:
Di Di Hollywood cuenta la historia de una actriz y su deseo de triunfar en la meca del cine. Su nombre es Diana Díaz, una joven que tiene un sueño; llegar a ser una estrella, y para conseguirlo está dispuesta a dejarse la piel. Está harta de trabajar siempre de noche, poniendo copas en una discoteca, y del vacío que le rodea. Su único apoyo es María, su gran amiga y compañera de barra, cada vez más perdida en una relación pasional e irracional con David, el encargado de la discoteca.

Ante este panorama, Diana decide irse sola a probar suerte en el mundo latino de Miami. Pero allí tampoco las cosas son fáciles. Cansada de pasearse por todas las agencias de casting y sin dinero, pasa hambre, soledad y sobrevive fregando platos en la cocina grasienta de un restaurante cubano. Allí conoce a Nora, una cantante aventurera con la que entabla una gran amistad, y más tarde a Robert, un ayudante de dirección mexicano que se enamora perdidamente de ella. Los tres juntos viajan a Los Angeles siguiendo la estela del sueño de Hollywood. Su vida allí la cambia física y personalmente, Diana Díaz cambia hasta su nombre por Di.Di. Y aunque cuenta con el apoyo incondicional de su madre, se irá incrementando la distancia entre ella, España y María.

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This movie is part of the Maya Indie Film Series , an annual event which runs for seven days in each market, will bring seven critically acclaimed, Latino-themed films to these top U.S. markets. Films from Eva Longoria, Kate del Castillo, Oscar Nunez, Christian Slater, Manny Perez, Mark Ruffalo and Orlando Bloom to name a few.
The series brings audiences the best in Latino-themed cinema, telling your stories.

You may recognize Madrid born actress Elsa Pataky, the star of DiDi Hollywood, from her roles on other films such as Fast Five, Mujeres Assesinas or Giallo.

She was also recently married to Australian actor Chris Hemsworth who you may have seen starring in the movie Thor.

This looks like a great movie.  I can’t wait to see it. I hope to see you there peeps.

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