Jeff Bridges' film "Crazy Heart", the story of the redemption of an alcoholic country singer, showcases the landscape of Texas and petchem capital Houston, and won Bridges an Oscar for Best Actor.
For fans of the NPRA road trip from Houston to San Antonio, there are plenty of picturesque shots of wide open spaces, some views of what must be the tree-dotted Hill Country, and one stock shot of the Houston skyline. Given that my knowledge of Houston is somewhat limited, I didn't recognise the street scenes in the residential area of the city where the travelling singer sets up home, but they looked pretty much like the areas you glimpse alongside the main freeways. And despite a passing acquaintance with the shopping malls of the city, the mall where the movie's disastrous turning point takes place didn't look at all familiar either. Maybe a Houston reader could fill me in on this.
(PS See Debi's comment: the scenes which were supposed to be on the road in Texas and in Houston were actually filmed in New Mexico, so no wonder they didn't look familiar!)