The Best Car Movies

All of us love movies, no matter how old or how new or what type all of us love movies. Why? Because movies are entertaining they give us a good story. Now there have been many car movies made, but which one is the best car movie? We will judge car movies based on the cars in the movie, the car scenes, and the racing.

10. Hot Rod Girl (1956) – I am not sure whether this movie was meant to be an anti-hot rodding movie or not. The plot isn’t much guys brother dies, the city wants to stop hot rodding and the kids still want to race. Since this is 1956 there has to be a chicken game right (it was a law in 50’s Hollywood). In the movie there are a few 32 Fords (actually a lot of 32 Fords), a 56 Chevy, a 56 Ford, 55 T-bird, and an Olds 88.

9. Death Proof (2007)- The first half of this movie maybe seem a bit boring, its mostly talking and just a bunch of girls drinking in a bar (not even a wild bar party, just a group of 3 girls drinking) but then it gets good, with a 71 Chevy Nova used as a weapon and later a car chase with a 69 Charger and a 70 Vanishing Point Challenger. The movie is meant to feel like a 70’s Slasher movie crossed with Vanishing Point. If you’re a Mopar guy check this one out!

8. Road Racers (1994)- This movie is called Road Racers however they is only one short race in the movie, and 2 Car Chases. The movie opens with a Car chase between a 56 Chevy being chased by the cops 56 Buick all to a badass Rockabilly song! There is greaser violence (not Grease greaser violence but like the Outsiders with a 90’s humor twist), there is great Rockabilly music from Glen Glenn, Hasil Adkins and Johnny Reno!

7. Thunder Road (1958) – Let me tell the story, I can tell it all… Actually let’s let Robert Mitchum tell you the story he can do it better. This movie starring Mitchum is about Running Moonshine in Tennessee in the 50’s and trying not to get caught be the revenuers. It has a number of crazy car chases featuring a 50 Ford Coupe, 57 Ford Fairlane, a 56 Chevy undercover car that can rip off cars bumpers and a song about the movie performed by Mitchum himself!
6. Dazed and Confused (1993) – I’ve been Dazed and Confused for so long its not true! Which sadly that song is not in this movie (it was suppose to be and Jimmy Paige was for it but Plant wasn’t). This movie is kind of like the 70’s version of American Graffiti except it’s the first night of summer not the last and the main character is entering High School. Anyway they is a car chase between a 64 Buick and 72 Chevy Truck, there is a 70 Chevelle SS 454, 70 GTO Judge, Ford Maverick, 37 Oldsmobile and a 74 Trans Am!

5. Tales of the Crypt: King of the Road (1992) – OK I lied this one is not a movie; it is an episode from HBOs horror series Tales of the Crypt. Why is this movie on the list? WHY ISN’T ON THE LIST? As soon as the episode opens we are greeted with a 69 yellow Chevelle SS street racing a 69 Red Dodge Charger to a rocking song by Warren Zevon. Later we get a car chase with the Chevelle SS and a police car and at the end a Street race with the Chevelle SS vs. a 57 Chevy Gasser! There is a great soundtrack by Warren Zevon, however only one of the songs “Roll with the Punches” has been released the other “Bad Road, Wretched Road” is only found as a cover by a band called Rebel Son.

4. Hot Rod (1979) – This movie is hard to find, it was a made for TV made from 1979. It probably has the most Drag Racing scenes out of any movie I have seen! The movie has a Street race between a 65 Hemi Plymouth and a 69 Olds Cutlass in the beginning, later a hemi powered 41 Willys Coupe Gasser, a few funny cars, and rocket powered Funny Car and tons of Drag Racing scenes in this movie!

3. Vanishing Point (1971) – Kowalski is a delivery driver who is delivering a 1970 White Dodge Challenger from Colorado to San Francisco. He does it by speeding the whole time and creates the world’s largest car chase! Being pursued by the police the whole time!

2. Two-Lane Blacktop (1971) – Who needs plots? This movie doesn’t! All we need is a Driver, a Mechanic, a Girl, a guy with a GTO, a 55 Chevy gasser and a few random hitch hikers to make a great car movie! This movie is all about cars and nothing else! You get to see and hear a nice 55 Chevy almost every scene as well as a GTO. The movie opens with a Drag Race and ends with one!

1. American Graffiti (1973) – Was this really a surprise to any of you? Nothing but classic cars, cruising, great music, humor, a few races and lots of fun! We get a nice but piss yellow 32 Ford powered by a 327, a 58 Chevy Bel Air also powered by a 327, a girl in a 56 T-bird and a Black 55 Chevy (actually the same one from Two Lane Blacktop). This movie really is all about cars, not coming of age. The movie ends with a great showdown between the 32 Ford and the 55 Chevy!

Lofts in the Movies

Lofts have come a long way from the days when they housed struggling artists in abandoned industrial buildings. Indeed, Hollywood has helped fuel the fascination for lofts by showcasing their high ceilings, open spaces and expansive windows. For certain directors, loft spaces have been instrumental to the plot.

The sweeping lofts in the horror flick, “The Ring,” contribute to the movie’s dark mood and building sense of dread. Christian Bale, who plays a serial killer in “American Psycho,” uses his gleaming, all white loft as the backdrop for his relentless murdering of prostitutes. His pristine fridge is perfect for storing severed heads. Viggo Mortensen, an artist and Gwyneth Paltrow’s lover in “A Perfect Murder,” plots poor Gwyneth’s demise amongst his paint-splattered walls. And, continuing on the theme that only psychos and crazy people inhabit lofts, Glenn Close in “Fatal Attraction,” certainly rates a mention. Close stalks Michael Douglas after a dramatic rendez-vous in her Tribeca apartment.

Given that it’s Hollywood, it’s not uncommon for starving artists or characters otherwise down on their luck, to live in fabulous apartments. In Adrian Lyne’s “Unfaithful,” Diane Lane stumbles on the art-filled digs of the sexy Olivier Martinez, a French bookseller, living in New York City. Enormous and filled with objets d’art, the loft is seemingly out of reach of Martinez’ modest salary. In a fit of passion, Richard Gere later murders Martinez in his sumptuous flat — perhaps punishing him for not only trysting with his wife but having the hubris to live in such a big apartment. Jennifer Beals in ” Flash Dance,” dances out her frustrations in what looks to be an abandoned industrial warehouse. A welder by day, Beals makes the most of the loft’s wide open spaces to refine her dance moves.

On the lighter side, “Hansel,” Ben Stiller’s male supermodel in “Zoolander,” occupies a toy-filled loft, complete with skate-boarding ramp. Adam Sandler in “Big Daddy,” loafs around in a cushy apartment, living off the proceeds of a lawsuit, before he becomes an accidental and committed father. And, even though Harry and Sally (“When Harry Met Sally”) are supposedly in their late 20s, Harry somehow is able to afford a million-dollar plus pad. In a pivotal scene, Sally helps Harry unroll rugs in his new apartment, flanked by huge semi-circle windows.

Hollywood’s attraction to lofts may have originated with the renegade nature of early lofts. When manufacturers moved out of large cast-iron buildings in New York’s SoHo district in the 1950s and 1960s, struggling artists moved in. At the time, the typical loft had 10-foot to 15-foot ceilings, thick plaster or brick walls, few or no interior doors and walls, cast-iron columns, and factory-size windows. The large spaces, exposed brick and light-filled areas,were perfect for artists pursuing their trade while enjoying city life. Unfortunately, living in lofts was against the law until 1975 because most city districts were zoned for either all-commercial or all-residential use. But for many, the legal barriers only heightened lofts’ appeal.

As lofts continue to figure prominently in Hollywood blockbusters, viewers will continue to seek the perfect light-filled space.

X Men Origins – Wolverine Review and What’s Next From the X Men Movie Scene?

X Men – what a fabulous concept. Haven’t we all wanted to possess superhuman powers? I know I have. As I didn’t see this movie in the cinema, I couldn’t wait to rent my personal copy when X Men Origins: Wolverine came out on September the 15th this year. Since the beginning of the original X Men hit in 2000, there have been an array of predefining films building story upon story. You could say that sequels never really live up to the first ever film. I decided to take up the task of casting my critical beady eye over the recent release. Was it worth the wait? This is what I found….

One of the striking successes of this film and the others has been the ability of the producers to consistently produce the same technical levels for a film with super quality and great pictures. Without this it just wouldn’t feel the same and sometimes I feel we do not credit the shows producers enough for this element of production.

Let’s cut to the chase now. What was the story? Hugh Jackman returned to the big screen in the role that made him the star – Wolverine . Anyone with a fascination for Wolverine would have loved discovering all about his past as I did. The opening montage took us on a film of his contribution to the American war through the decades. The story starts with a young Wolverine as James Howlett. His hidden skeletons included being witness to the murder of his father at the hands of another man claiming to be his ‘real’ dad. Then as Logan, he and his brother Victor find out that they possess superhuman powers combined with an intense rage that will ultimately provide them both with the source of strength that they need to fight in combat. They both have razor sharp claws to boot. They become embroiled in military combat.

Then enter another player in the field,Stryker. In this film he sheds light on his connection to Wolverine.Stryker actively recruits mutants to his team to carry out orders from the US military. The team comprises of individuals with unusual powers. Such powers included master marksman, an electricity master, a strong man, a teleporter, expert swordsmen not to mention the sharp nails of Vistor and steely razor-sharp claws of Logan. Logan is reluctant to battle particularly when an African village is massacred. Logan quits and spends the next years in the Canadian Rockies working as a lumberjack.

As luck would have it when you’re making a blockbuster, Logan was never going to live happily ever after. Big brother Vistor turns up. He’d been killing off members from the old unit and when their confrontation ends in tragedy, Logan sees red. Stryker makes him a deal to become part of his new team again in return for bringing his brother Victor down. An offer he could just simply not say no to. This would involve a risky process in which Logan’s bones would be bonded with adamantium, this would turn him into Wolverine for us adoring fans.

This simple but dramatic story of revenge is what X Men Origins: Wolverine is all about. We learn more about his character traits again. A tale of where he has a great sense of uneasiness as to who he is, conflict rages.
I give this film a grand 9/10. Why? It filled me with plenty of emotion, all different types; it was fast paced and well grafted together. So, now that I’ve seen that, I want to see the next but what is it going to be?

Rumours are rife and David Goyer who has been tasked to write and direct Magneto, said ” that Fox are trying to decide if making a young X Men film makes the most sense now”.

In the meantime why not enjoy a great film trailer of X Men Origins: Wolverine at the x men toys site just enough to stimulate your imagination on a journey into a world where you either fight, die or survive. This fast paced trailer will just wet your appetite for more…..

Whatever is decided, I just cannot wait for another super brilliant sequel to hit our screens and provide us with another opportunity to savour more from the X Men.

So it sounds like there’s a face-off between Deadpool, Magneto and First Class at Fox right now. Who do you think will win and get the green light first? Where do you place your bet? Could it also be about Storm? We sure as hell could do with a strong woman taking centre stage. Let us know who you want to see next on the big screen and why?