Thursday, 5 January 2012

Week 2: Alaska

"Alaska, Alaska,
 I'll stay right here in Alaska,
 All settled down and having fun
 Here in the land of the midnight sun..."
 - 'Alaska',

From the creeks and crickets of Alabama we head north, waaay north, to check out Alaska. 'Tis a wild land, a savage land - if it ain't a mountain it's a glacier, an' if it ain't a glacier then it's probably a bear. But there's riches aplenty that bring hardy folk up here, folk with lumberjack shirts and bristling beards (and that's just the women!). There's gold. There's solitude. And there's halibut.

Alaska is a paradox. It's the largest state, but with the smallest population. And I think that'll show itself in the three films I've picked: 
  • Into The Wild (2007)
  • Insomnia (2002)
  • 30 Days of Night (2007)

Sadly, one of my original choices wasn't on Lovefilm: a movie called, simply, Alaska. But it had a young Vincent Kartheiser (Pete Campbell from Mad Men) searching the wilderness for his lost pilot father (Dirk Benedict, Face from The A-Team)! How cool does that sound? Hope people enjoy Insomnia instead...

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