Welp, our curfew's been lifted. Holla! Now you can come visit me and we can stay out past 10 (assuming I can make it that late). Bye, Geraldo!
But really, the truth is, though fraught with problems, Baltimore is beautiful, despite what the national news may tell you.
So, when you come to visit me, here's what you should watch first!
Set in Baltimore in 1959, this movie follows a group of young 20-somethings (including Steve Guttenberg and Kevin Bacon) who have reunited for a friend's wedding. It's funny and it's poignant, and it makes me appreciate diners that much more. Yum, french fries and gravy.
If you don't already know, this is probably the best television show. Like ever. Written by former Baltimore Sun reporter David Simon, it takes a close and gritty look at the inner workings of this city -- cops, ghettos, school system, media, and government. Plus, if you're interested in what led up to the events in Baltimore last week, I think the season featuring the school system will really offer some insight.
Whether you watch the original John Waters version or the musical that came out a few years back, nothing is quite so Baltimore as creepy/quirky John Waters (who is also Baltimore born and raised AND graduated from NYU). The songs in the musical are catchy as hell, and it's a really positive, upbeat story.
HE'S JUST NOT THAT INTO YOU
OK honestly, I hate this movie. The men in Baltimore do not look like Ben Affleck and Bradley Cooper, and truth be told, it's just a dumb plotless rom-com based on a book that may or may not irritate me to begin with. The characters in the movie are at best vapid, at worst insufferable. THAT SAID, they could have set it anywhere but for some reason chose Baltimore and some of the shots of the city make it clear why it's called Charm City.
Right, well. I didn't really like this one either, but it's another John Waters product, it stars Johnny Depp, AND my middle school makes a totally random little cameo. Oh and did I mention Johnny Depp? Because...Johnny Depp.