Thursday, 6 April 2017

Thursday Movie Picks: Cars/Racing

Sorry this may come across as my angry post...its been a tough week.

Don't forget to check out where it all started over at Wandering Through the Shelves.  

Two things I know nothing about, cars and racing. There are is also one thing (apart from terrible/scary/gory pointless horror) that I really don't care about, cars. I really couldn't care less about cars. I know how to drive them and thats it. I can't keep a conversation going if someone brings up cars. Does it work? Can I drive it? That's all I need to know. Same with films about cars. If the car is part of the story, then I'll bite. But seeing as I have not seen any of the Fast anf Furious films and WILL NOT EVER being seeing any of them (waste of my precious time) I've gone with the following...

Death Proof
Ah yes, Tarantino doing what Tarantino does best, has a lot of talking scenes getting to know characters then kills them all (first half anyway) in a spectacular and bloody car crash scene. Kurt Russell channels his inner aging psycho in Stuntman Mike who prays on victims to run down. His first are a group of women, old uni pals who meet up before driving to a cabin. His second is a made up of women who are part of a movie crew and two of them happen to be stuntwomen.... A great movie and perfect partner in the Grindhouse duo with Planet Terror. But in this its all about the cars. Mike's scary looking black devil and the latter group's fancy looking white car.

I really hate this Pixar film. I hate it because it doesn't work. A world made of cars? As people? It doesn't work and I hate it. Its the same old story. Rags to ritches to redemption to riches again. Winning race car hides out in nowhere town, makes friends with the weirdos there, falls in love and is able to beat new arsehole car. The lamest movie they came up with, claiming it was aimed at boys. Well seeing as only 3 of all of Pixar's films have a female protagonist I really don't think they needed another 'one for the boys'.

This is one of my mum's favourite films and it really is sweet rare thing. Young(ish) couple Alan and Wendy drive their 1904 Darracq, named Genevieve, in the London to Brighton Veteran Car Race along with their awful brash freind, Ambrose who had dragged along his latest girlfriend, Rosalind. On the return journey, they two men make a bet, the first one over Westminster bridge takes the prize. Ambrose tries to sabotage, not wanting to make a fool of himself in front of Rosalind while Alan and Wendy run into a spot of bother along the way. Its adorable very British and sometimes you just need that.


  1. THANK YOU! I also hate Cars (the movie). I did a "dislike" theme this week as well because I just don't care about Cars in general

  2. Love that you chose Genevieve!! Wonderful little known film which is so British in every way. A great showcase role for the tragically short-lived Kay Kendall as Rosalind, her trumpet solo is a hoot.

    I've heard of both the others but have seen neither. I'll never watch Cars but might get to Death Proof one day.

    I reached back for my choices too and now I'm kicking myself that Genevieve never occurred to me.

    Winning (1969)-Frank Capua’s (Paul Newman) dream is to win the Indy 500 and he is spurred on by his messy private life including a troubled marriage to Elora (Joanne Woodward) who is also involved with his main rival Luther Erding (Robert Wagner). The film inspired Newman’s lifelong love of racing and has some exciting scenes of the sport. While it doesn’t deliver on its ambitious tagline “WINNING is for men who live dangerously! WINNING is for women who love recklessly! WINNING is for young people who live for now! for everybody!” it’s a decent film with many of the stars of the racing circuit making appearances.

    The Great Race (1965)-At the beginning of the 1900’s The Great Leslie (an all in white clad Tony Curtis) and his arch nemesis Professor Fate (Jack Lemmon equally black covered with a handlebar moustache and top hat to boot) compete in the title race from New York to Paris with henchmen in tow, Hezekiah (Keenan Wynn) for Curtis and Max (a hilarious Peter Falk) for Lemmon. Also competing and covering the race for The Sentinel newspaper is pioneering and rambunctious reporter Maggie DuBois (Natalie Wood at her most beautiful). MANY complications occur along the way including a western town brawl and shootout and an enormous pie fight. Blake Edwards directed tribute to slapstick and old time serials is zany fun with beautiful costume & set design, a game cast and for car lovers fantastic automobiles. The score was provided by Henry Mancini and includes the Oscar nominated “The Sweetheart Tree”.

    The Big Wheel (1949)-Watch out Mickey Rooney’s on the skids in more ways than one! Billy Coy (Rooney) has something to prove, his father was a legend in the midget race car game until his death in a crackup, now Billy is trying to show his worth. The story is standard cocky hothead knocked down a few pegs until his learns the necessary life lessons junk but if you're a race fan and don't mind the obvious rear projection shots it has a certain entertainment value. Additionally parts were filmed at the Indy 500 raceway providing a glimpse of it in its infancy. Aside from Rooney there’s a good cast including Spring Byington, Thomas Mitchell and in a small part Hattie McDaniel in her last theatrical feature. This was made just as the Mick’s major star period was ending.

    80’s Flashback Bonus-Catch Me If You Can (1989)-When her small Midwest high school faces closure class president Melissa Hanson (Loryn Locklin) is persuaded by school bad boy Dylan Malone (Matt Lattanzi) to gamble on the illegal car races he runs. Everything goes well at first but then the local mob moves in so Melissa and Dylan take drastic measures to save ol’ Cathedral High! Full of 80’s music (the film’s score is composed and performed by Tangerine Dream) 80’s fashion and of course 80’s hair complete with headbands!

  3. I love Death Proof. Such a great soundtrack :D

  4. Yes! I totally agree Cars sucks. To be honest, I am not too fond of Death Proof, either. Love your opening to this post. Great job.

  5. Death Proof is such an awesome movie! I can't believe it's nearly ten years old. Where has time gone?! Nice picks. :D

  6. LOVE Death Proof - probably the greatest car chase ever filmed. Would have picked it myself this week if I hadn't used it in a previous week.

  7. I had no idea people hated Cars so much! I really enjoyed it. The sequel was terrible though.