In addition to birthing Richard Linklater and Robert Rodriguez from its Central Texas loins, Austin has loads of movie, TV, and music vid bragging rights, from The Clash's "Rock the Casbah" music video (filmed at Bergstrom Air Force Base) to Kill Bill. Here now, a mini sampler of Austin filming locations.
The TV show Friday Night Lights shot all around east Austin during its heyday, including at Marshall's Barber Shop on 12th and Chicon.
It was here where Parker Posey hazed all those poor freshmen in Dazed and Confused, barking out air raid commands and dousing them with squirts of ketchup.
The SoCo Tex-Mex joint famous for celeb sightings, Guero's is also well-known for their extensive margarita menu. They don't go crazy with fruity flavor combos here, but spice up their 17 margarita offerings with various tequilas, ranging from sharp blancos (aged the least) to smooth anejos (aged the most). This is also the place where Tarantino's 2007 slasher film, Death Proof, opens.
The stately grounds of Scottish Rite Dorm served as the backdrop for a couple of scenes in The Newton Boys, a true story about a gang of bank robbers from Uvalde, TX - and starring Austin's favorite son, Matthew McConaughey.
Immortalized in Dazed and Confused, Top Notch is the hamburger joint embodiment of Matthew McConaughey's famous line: "I get older, they stay the same age." A relic seemingly from the 1950s (even though it's only physically been around since the '70s), Top Notch serves simple, juicy, greasy burgers with perfectly golden onion rings. Order the Longhorn Special to get a bit of bacon on your burger.
Welcome to "Morningwood" (har har), Peter's apartment complex in Office Space. It's here where he hatches his plan to, uh, stop working.
Oh, Highland Mall. Whatever shall we do with you? Until you ascend to that retail shopping center in the sky, you'll be forever remembered for Slacker, where misfits shoot the breeze at your forlorn bus stop.
It's become a popular spot for fitness boot camps and music festivals, but on an otherwise unoccupied day, Auditorium Shores is one of the best stretches of local natural utopia, surrounded on all sides by urban buzz. Not just dog-friendly, but practically dog-required, and in 2011, the Internet nearly crashed when Ryan Gosling and Rooney Mara hit up Fun Fun Fun Fest here to film a yet-unnamed Terence Malick flick.
Named after a Johnny Cash song, this ramshackle bar is so delightfully out of place on fancy west 5th. With creaky wooden floors, broken in (and/or broken) furniture, and a jug band/singer-songwriter/hillbilly music lineup, it draws an eclectic crowd almost every night of the week. And before 2004, it was Cut-Rite Chain Saws, where Dennis Hopper visits in Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2.