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Hollywood Hills (cont.)

Yes, the weekend is once again upon us so that means it’s movie time again. Every so often I’d like to highlight movies that were filmed right here in Forest Hills. This week’s choice: Spiderman.

New residents might not be aware that scenes for this movie were filmed right here in their neighborhood. In fact, a scene crucial to the plot, and to all the subsequent plots of the Spiderman movies, where Peter Parker discovers his powers, was actually filmed right at the corner of Austin Street and Ascan when Tobey MaGuire can be seen running across the street with the Natural store in full view for a few seconds. The scene then switches to where he scales the wall and then leaps from rooftop to rooftop.

I remember I saw this movie for the first time at the Midway Theater. It was kind of surreal to be sitting there and suddenly see the neighborhood just outside the theater pop up on the screen!

Editor’s Note: Earlier I had the clip of the scene posted here, but I have decided to take it down. It didn’t sit well with me — and is probably downright illegal! — to be encouraging piracy of movies – which is what the YouTube clip is (someone uploaded the entire movie to it). So if you want to see the clip, buy or rent the DVD. Or Blu-Ray if it’s out on that, even better! And never buy pirated DVD’s anywhere! It only ends up harming you in the long run because it hurts the profits of the filmmakers who you enjoy.

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