On social networking site Reddit, user subtonix posted a map of the US which shows movies that represent each state. I saw it reposted too many places to not comment on it. Some good movies represented some states well, like Raising Arizona for Arizona but New Mexico was not well represented by the movie The Tao of Steve.
I never heard of The Tao of Steve so I put it in my Netflix queue and moved it to the top. Generally I found the movie too predictable, kind of slow and didn’t care about the characters. Other than the movie taking place in Santa Fe, New Mexico, I didn’t see how it had anything to do with New Mexico. The characters and story could have taken place anywhere and it wouldn’t have made any difference to the movie.
There’s several other movies I think would make better representation of New Mexico with the top of the list being The Milagro Beanfield War. While the movie is not a true accounting of any story, I think it represents something that could really happen. Wikipedia describe the film.
Filmed on location in Truchas, New Mexico, the film is set in the fictional rural town of Milagro, with a population of 426. In keeping with the northern New Mexico setting that it is depicted as being a part of, Milagro is a predominantly Hispanic and Catholic town, with a largely interrelated population.
The picture tells of one man’s quixotic struggle as he defends his small beanfield and his community against much larger business and New Mexico state political interests.
There are several other movies that could do a better job. Listed are a few: White Sands, Gas Food Lodging, Wild Wild West, Wyatt Earp, Young Guns. What suggestions do you have?