I’m watching 1994’s Speed on cable, and of course, the whole thing takes place in Los Angeles. And the really cool part, aside from seeing a ridiculously fresh-faced Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock, is the plot makes use of this freeway that’s under construction. …Of course, it’s the freeway where the bus makes a 50-foot jump over a giant gap – and plunges directly into a short list of the worst-looking and most unrealistic action pieces in film history, but that’s beside the point. Anyway, L.A. natives will forever recognize that freeway as the then-in-progress Interstate 105, which was being built at the time as a direct gateway to LAX.* And of course, it still stands today. So there you go. Los Angeles history captured in film – and it doesn’t even involve water rights or incest!
*As for potential material for a “Why SoCal is Not Awesome” installment. I also once spent an hour in a quarter-mile stretch of road on that very same I-105, trying to get to LAX. It took me about 40 minutes to reach a sign that couldn’t have stood further than 100 yards out from my car. That was about a 3 hour trip to LAX from 25 miles out. …Yeah.