19 Oregon-filmed films that take you on a digital tour across the state

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Whether or not you go to your native cineplex, take a look at revival programming, or uncover new and classic titles through streaming providers, these chilly, cloudy months are an excellent time to journey round Oregon with out braving the climate. Right here’s a round-up of movies — some traditional, others newer — that may take you on a digital tour across the state.

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“Wild” (2014): The final word explore-while-staying-indoors film, the difference of Portland-based author Cheryl Strayed’s bestselling memoir about mountain climbing the Pacific Crest Path stars Reese Witherspoon. Along with bringing Strayed’s affecting ebook to the display, the movie takes us to places that embrace Ashland, Bend, Cascade Locks and Portland. (Streaming platforms embrace Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV and DirecTV)

“The Goonies” (1985): It might have been launched many years in the past, however, as we all know, “Goonies by no means say die!” Followers of the film about buddies who attempt to save a household dwelling have been making tracks to ogle places in Astoria, together with the Astoria dwelling featured within the movie. Astoria officers have tried to discourage vacationers from visiting the home, which is a non-public residence. The latest sale of the home made nationwide information, as The Oregonian/OregonLive reported, when an entrepreneur who’s a fan of “The Goonies” paid a reported $1,650,777 for the property. Oh, and earlier than we neglect — once you watch the movie, take a look at the Astoria places. (Streaming platforms embrace Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV and iTunes.)

“Twilight” (2008): Lots has occurred since Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattison had been two relative unknowns taking part in Bella and Edward, a human and a vampire who fell in love within the first of what grew to become a blockbuster franchise. The “Twilight” sequels grew more and more dumb, however the authentic remains to be romantic in a YA approach, and Stewart and Pattinson each appear downright puppy-ish of their youthful enthusiasm. The overcast, vampire-friendly places embrace Carver, Oxbow Park, St. Helens and Portland. (Streaming platforms embrace Amazon Prime Video and Apple TV)

“Pig” (2021): Plenty of folks poked enjoyable on the thought of Nicolas Cage, an actor identified for his often-eccentric alternative of tasks, taking part in a person who goes seeking his lacking truffle-hunting pig. However, in a twist worthy of M. Night time Shyamalan, when “Pig” was proven to critics, loads of them got here away impressed. The film, which was filmed in Estacada and the Portland space, has its ups and downs (an underground battle membership during which Portland cooks duke it out is a reasonably ridiculous thought, for instance), however darned if Cage isn’t understated and efficient. And the Oregon locales add to the mournful tone. (Streaming platforms embrace Amazon Prime Video, Hulu and Apple TV)

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“The Rental” (2020): Launched when the pandemic was preserving many people at dwelling, this thriller about two {couples} who head off on what’s supposed to be a enjoyable trip on the Oregon coast provided some much-needed glimpses of nature, together with a too-familiar sense of inside-the-house claustrophobia. Director Dave Franco attracts good performances from a proficient solid consisting of Alison Brie, Dan Stevens, Sheila Vand and Jeremy Allen White, whose profession has revved up due to his starring function within the terrific sequence, “The Bear.” All that, plus location filming in Bandon, one of the stunning spots alongside the Oregon coast. How will you go fallacious? (Streaming platforms embrace Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV and Netflix)

“Important Different” (2022): Is that this suspense/horror story, a few couple whose Northwest mountain climbing journey goes very fallacious, an excellent film? No. It’s undoubtedly not. However should you’re within the temper for a goofy giggle, with some Oregon surroundings thrown in, Maika Monroe and Jake Lacy (“The White Lotus”) are right here because the couple, serving up one of many wackier plots we’ve seen shortly. You’ll be able to roll your eyes on the silliness of all of it whereas taking in picturesque photographs of damp woods and coastal cliffs, filmed in such spots as Silver Falls State Park, Silverton, Nehalem, Cloverdale, Estacada, Sublimity, Eagle Creek, Sandy and Cornelius. (Stream on Paramount+)

“The Postman” (1997): Kevin Costner is at the moment driving excessive because the star of the massive TV hit, “Yellowstone.” However when this post-apocalyptic drama was launched, it was a big-budget bomb for the main man. So, watch it now to marvel at Costner’s comeback, and to soak within the Central Oregon surroundings, even when the plot could make you wish to examine your cellphone. Lots. (Streaming platforms embrace Amazon Prime Video and iTunes)

“Maverick” (1994): If Kevin Costner’s fame has been rekindled, Mel Gibson’s fame has fallen, due to Gibson’s offensive feedback about ladies, Jews and Black folks, and allegations of home abuse. Gibson has apologized for his remarks, however he’s removed from the star he was when “Maverick,” a big-screen journey impressed by the traditional TV sequence, filmed. Like “The Shining,” “Maverick” solely did some filming within the Northwest, however at the very least there are views of the beautiful Columbia Gorge to distract couch-bound viewers. (Streaming platforms embrace Amazon Prime Video and Apple TV)

“Animal Home” (1978): Talking of issues that haven’t all the time aged nicely, “Animal Home” usually appears to up to date eyes prefer it’s making sexist, racially insensitive jokes. Nonetheless, like “The Goonies,” “Animal Home” stays for a lot of followers a cherished traditional, with John Belushi and his castmates committing mayhem as members of an early ‘60s fictional fraternity, coping with meals fights, toga events and threats of “double secret probation.” The Library of Congress apparently appreciated “Animal Home” sufficient so as to add it to the Nationwide Movie Registry. And it’s certain to carry again nostalgic reminiscences of when the movie shot in Eugene, Cottage Grove, and different Lane County places. (Streaming platforms embrace Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV and iTunes)

“Wendy & Lucy (2008): When you’re now in want of extra quiet, considerate selections, director Kelly Reichardt’s “Wendy and Lucy” is probably the most effective of a number of films Reichardt has made in Oregon. Michelle Williams, who’s at the moment being touted as an Oscar nominee for her function in Steven Spielberg’s “The Fabelmans,” stars as Wendy, a younger lady touring along with her canine, Lucy, to what she hopes might be a job in Alaska. Wendy doesn’t have a lot cash, so when her automotive breaks down, and she will’t afford to get it mounted, issues begin spiraling downward for her. Based mostly on a narrative by Reichardt’s frequent collaborator, Portland-based author Jon Raymond, “Wendy and Lucy” might be achingly unhappy. Nevertheless it’s additionally transferring, and the moody places, which embrace Astoria, Portland, Salem and Woodburn, add to the movie’s melancholy energy. Later this yr, look ahead to “Exhibiting Up,” one other Portland-filmed collaboration between Reichardt and Williams, which is rather a lot lighter in tone. (Streaming platforms embrace Amazon Prime Video, iTunes and Peacock)

“Stand By Me” (1986): A Stephen King novel looks like the least doubtless inspiration for a sniffle-inducing, sensitively made story a few group of boys who seek for a useless physique, and, alongside the best way, reveal and uncover some truths about themselves. Rob Reiner directed this much-loved movie, and the superb solid contains Wil Wheaton, the late River Phoenix, Corey Feldman and Jerry O’Connell. “Stand By Me” can even summon up affection for the Willamette Valley, with places together with Brownsville, Cottage Grove, Eugene and Veneta. (Streaming platforms embrace Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV and Paramount+)

“With out Limits” (1998): Earlier than he went on to such roles because the manipulative TV government in “The Morning Present,” Billy Crudup starred because the late monitor star Steve Prefontaine in a biopic. Donald Sutherland costarred as Invoice Bowerman, Prefontaine’s College of Oregon monitor coach and the co-founder of Nike. “With out Limits” was partially filmed within the Eugene space, and is prone to encourage nostalgia amongst U of O alums. (Streaming platforms embrace Amazon Prime Video and Apple TV)

“Into the Wild” (2007): Actor Sean Penn confirmed he has a expertise for steering with this fact-based drama based mostly on the lifetime of Christopher McCandless, a younger man who wished to see the world, solely to fulfill a tragic finish. The Oregon places embrace Astoria, and areas within the Cascades. (Streaming platforms embrace Amazon Prime Video and iTunes)

“The Shining” (1980): We all know, Stanley Kubrick’s scary adaptation of the Stephen King novel solely did a little bit of filming in Oregon. However we’ll bask within the mirrored glory, anyway, for the reason that snowy exteriors of the supposed Overlook Lodge had been shot at Timberline Lodge. Not even Jack Nicholson’s jaw-dropping efficiency as a caretaker who loses his marbles can completely upstage Mount Hood. (Streaming platforms embrace Amazon Prompt Video and iTunes)

“The Ring” (2002): That is one other instance of a film that was solely partially filmed in Oregon, however we’re together with it simply because. Give up to the suspense of watching Naomi Watts as a Seattle reporter attempting to determine why a videotape is related to horrible issues that hold taking place. Oregon places embrace the Columbia Gorge and Newport. (Streaming platforms embrace Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV and Paramount+)

“Night time Strikes” (2013): One other of director Kelly Reichardt’s Oregon-filmed films, this drama doesn’t function the extra acquainted places of the coast, or the Portland space. As an alternative, the research of environmental activists who resolve to explode a dam was filmed in areas round Roseburg, Medford and Ashland. The solid contains Jesse Eisenberg, Dakota Fanning and Peter Sarsgaard. (Streaming platforms embrace Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV and Peacock)

“The River Wild” (1994): Along with the unlikely casting of super-thespian Meryl Streep as a river-rafting motion heroine threatened by a pair of dangerous guys (performed by Kevin Bacon and John C. Reilly), this thriller additionally boasts glimpses of the Grants Cross space, although the movie solely did some partial capturing in Oregon. (Streaming platforms embrace Amazon Prime Video)

“Typically a Nice Notion” (1971): As “The Final Film Stars,” the latest documentary about Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward, signifies, the filming of “Typically a Nice Notion” was troublesome for Newman. He starred as logger Hank Stamper within the adaptation of Ken Kesey’s novel, and wound up taking up route of the movie when the unique director was fired. The ensuing film is uneven, but it surely’s additionally one thing of a time capsule, with photographs filmed on location within the central Oregon coast, together with Kernville, Lincoln Metropolis, Newport and Toledo, the place an Oregon Movie Path signal commemorating the making of “Typically a Nice Notion” has been positioned. (Streaming choices embrace Amazon Prime Video)

“Paint Your Wagon” (1969): Going approach again within the Wayback Machine, we discover this misguided musical adaptation of a Broadway present, which producers little question hoped would mint cash, simply as “The Sound of Music,” additionally impressed by a stage musical, did. Not solely did that not occur, however the filming of this story about gold miners within the Outdated West was reportedly a chaotic mess behind the scenes. These notable singing stars Lee Marvin, Clint Eastwood and Jean Seberg (sarcasm supposed) had been the leads, and the would-be epic was a bomb. However at the very least “Paint Your Wagon” filmed on location in scenic Japanese Oregon, in and round Baker Metropolis, so it has that going for it. (Streaming platforms embrace Amazon Prime Video and Apple TV)

— Kristi Turnquist

503-221-8227; kturnquist@oregonian.com; @Kristiturnquist

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