Very detailed documentary of the life of Aryton Senna, who for
ten years dominated Formula 1 and won the championship 3 times (and,
but for politics, a 4th). Very appealing character, and a hero to
his fellow Brazilians. Also a very tragic death in
his 10th year of F1.
This film has just been released and
has opened in North America as this is being written. We've seen it
twice, and every viewing is worthwhile. The
technology is crude, the speeds are high, and when accidents occur
they are sudden and fatal. And yet you'll see people (Rubens) and
names (Michael) that you will recognize even if you only started
following F1 recently.
On that point, this is also a historical documentary, tracing the
history of racing for a ten-year period. During that period, as
shown by the cars in the events, you'll notice considerable
technological evolution just in appearances alone (the film doesn't
cover any aspects of engine development). And that evolution also
covers safety aspects - just look at the position of the head of the
drivers in the cars over the years. In the early days of Senna, the
head was fully exposed and upright. In later years, it was located
further down into the chassis - although it would be years yet until
the Hans device was invented.
The video is available already outside North America, and will
probably become available inside North America before the end of
2011. If you can't wait for your own copy, get the UK
version from Amazon (and a universal region DVD player from a source
such as Jlist) and it will be a very worthwhile addition to your
Seven Ups, The: 1973.
The modern car chase era started in 1968 with Steve McQueen's
Bullit. There were any number of car chases in films before Bullitt,
especially in the teenage delinquent era of the 50s when street
racing ended up in terrible crashes, going over cliffs, or when
teenage "devil dolls" pulled hold-up jobs from their cars and ruined
their young lives (and the bad kids were always shown as an example
to the good kids).
But what we call the modern era involves high performance V-8
soundtracks, squealing rubber, turns and jumps that are difficult
but still possible (versus the cartoonish "Fast and Furious" type
car films of more current times), and intelligent drivers who
are not muscleheads but do appreciate their cars (aka not
Dwayne Johnson or Vin Diesel). Steve McQueen gave us this era, and
it was followed up by several period actors including John Wayne and
Yes, Roy Scheider, before he hit the
big-time in Jaws (and his creative peak, All That Jazz). The Seven
Ups was intended as a follow-on to The French Connection but only the bare background of
the story remains. Scheider plays the head of an elite police unit
in New York City (where else?) that actually existed. Their
job is to take on the toughest crimes with the toughest
methods. This is the best type of "70s" police movies: the city is
tough, gritty, and violent, scheming criminals
are pervasive and many cops are dirty, but a handful of dedicated
officers are even tougher and are determined to clean up their piece
of the streets - no matter what it takes.
Spoiler alert: thanks to YouTube, we can offer the entire chase
here. But we still recommend that you add the film to your
collection because it's one of the great ones for car enthusiasts.
Background: some bad guys have just killed a fellow police officer.
Roy gives chase in his personal Pontiac Ventura, obviously enhanced
with an engine it never came with and featuring plenty of
extra power. The chase itself is fabulous and very well done, and
you'll recognize many parts of New York City from those days.
of fun details: no seatbelts, kids in street, and New York City
traffic not a quarter as bad as it is now.
But watch what happens to
end the chase - this is absolutely unique and you will
feel what happens to Scheider. Turn up your sound, go
full screen, and enjoy:
Shot in New Zealand. Predictable car chase flick, w/ Cliff
Robertson and Leif Garrett.
She Devils on Wheels:
I don't know about recommending this one! Made in the sixties, it's
either a very risqué drive-in film, or a low grade porno. In any
case, it is very tame by modern standards. The "Man-Eaters" is an
all-female biker gang, who pick up guys and then take them out for a
"drag" behind their bikes "afterwards". It's so bad you can't stop
watching. The rape scene is so absurd it's laughable.
Enough said, it's a campy/schlock classic.
might think that Austin Powers:
International Man of Mystery was
the first spy film spoof ever made. That
would be wrong, and those readers would be
20 years young or less!
One of the first major
spy spoofs (of many) was a series of
movies starring Dean Martin as Matt Helm. The
Silencers is definitively a product
of the ’60s, and perhaps of Las Vegas and
the Rat Pack as well. And there is indeed
something in The Silencers for
car enthusiasts besides the period cars: how
about the original Sex Wagon? When you are
on the run from the bad guys, with a
beautiful babe along, and need to spend the
night – your handy 1966 Mercury wagon with a
fold-out tent comes in handy. And not just
any tent, but a virtual palace fit only for
super-stud Dean Martin.
Read more in the press
release below from one of our favorite
museums, the Volo Auto Museum, who has the
original prop car used in the filming.
And note, Elmer
Bernstein composed the film score. This was
not a low-budget film!
In July 2006, the actual
car resurfaced. Press release follows:
2012. A notable James Bond movie, perhaps the best in the series
since it explores the childhood of Bond himself as well as the
pressures on M of managing the group - and calling the shots when
Notable, too, for the return of the
original Aston Martin DBS. The story has the modern Bond storing
this as a collectors car.
Smokey and the Bandit:
Ok, a black and gold '77 Pontiac Trans Am was cool for a while. This was back when
Sally Fields was hot... the pre-liberal years when she was living with Burt Reynolds. 'Nuf said...
Nevertheless, this film has something.... I guess if you've played hide-and-go-seek with the radar cops for most of your life then you
will see the appeal here.
Sally and Burt - making time in the Trans-Am
Jackie Gleason as Sheriff Buford T. Justice. His car lost it's roof by
being driven under a truck..
and the Bandit 2: 1980.
and the Bandit 3: 1983.
Smokey Bites The Dust.
The homecoming queen gets kidnapped for a ride. Unbelievably,
if all the car chase scenes seem familiar to you it is because they
were copied from other films!
James Stewart as a race car driver who develops his own
carburetor. I've never seen it, but even the Three Stooges have a
Sandy, our favorite lady, has to drive a runaway bus with a
bomb attached underneath - it will go off if her speed falls below
55 MPH (I've used this same excuse myself!).
Typical trashy 50's car film about a crazy drifter car nut who
doesn't fit into neat and orderly 50s-style society. I can't wait to
see this one!
Looking for it.
Speed to Spare:
About stunt-car driving.
A complete rip-off of the Gumball Rally and Cannonball theme,
including the sheriff.
Joe Don Baker - what type of film would you expect to see him
in that didn't involve cars in some way shape or form? This time he
is a private eye, set to catch a car thief.
For you Elvis fans, this time he is a stock car driver. Cameos by
Frank Sinatra, and several famous stock car drivers.
Terrible. A kid wants to be a race car driver, but hangs out
with the wrong crowd.
Spy Who Loved Me, The. 1977.
A different James Bond - Roger Moore
instead of Sean Connery. A different car - a 1976 Lotus Esprit instead of
an Aston Martin DB5. More special effects here than in Goldfinger,
for example. The Esprit wasn't as fully functional as the DB5 was,
and the concept of a submarine car was far-fetched compared to the
DB5. It's a new-age Bond, and not necessarily a better Bond
(especially in the later Bond films of Roger Moore, which were
downright silly). It's a product of a new-age Britain, well past the
war recovery years, and looking forward with cars like the Esprit.
And there is no denying the sex appeal of the Esprit to the driving
enthusiast. Especially when coupled with Barbara Bach!
Alien and widow travel across the country in a Mustang (I liked
Karen Allen more than the rest of the film).
Classic Fords, and a classic '70s TV show. A great combination,
supported well by the great caste (and a nice cameo).
James Dean's 1949 Mercury in Rebel Without a Cause; John
Travolta's 1946 Fat Fender Ford Coupe, "Greased Lightning," in
Grease; Steve McQueen's 1968 Mustang GT 390 in Bullitt;
Sean Connery's 1964 Aston Martin DB5 in Goldfinger;
Batman's Batmobile - originally a 1955 Lincoln Futura concept car;
Farah Fawcett's 1970s Mustang Cobra in Charlie's Angels;
Thelma and Louise's convertible Thunderbird in Thelma and Louise;
the 1992 Ford Explorer in Jurassic Park; the J1967 Jaguar
XKE "Shaguar" in Austin Powers; Laura Croft's Land Rover in
Tomb Raider, and the 1971 Ford Mustang "Eleanor" in Gone in
60 Seconds.. the Fords driven by Barnaby Jones and Frank
Cannon... not to mention those of Charlie's Angels.
This film is the return of another
famous Ford - once of the most recognized of them all. The "Red
Tomato" - the 1976 Gran Torino of Starsky & Hutch! Although I
seriously doubt that J Mays is plotting a comeback for it...
Of all the famous Fords of the past,
why this one? Judge for yourself on March 5th 2004 when the new
Starsky & Hutch
may not be aware that Ford actually built and sold a number of
replicas of this car in the the 1976 model year. I remember seeing
them at a local Ford dealer then, and several on the road over the
years. On the weekend of the premier, a local collector brought one
to the theatre.
As for the film... its not bad! It's not
great either. Owen Wilson is typically himself (he always plays
essentially the same roles), Ben Stiller is a good fit for Hutch.
Huggy Bear, though, is perfectly cast and steals many of the scenes.
Action movie about a couple of guys who buy a red Corvette
convertible. Turns out it's full of stolen money and drugs, a car
chase ensues. Violent, low-budget chase film, slightly above
average. Christopher Mitchum (son of Robert). Also known as "Abagail:
A TV action series centering around a Corvette. Pilot for a
very short-lived series of the same name. Nick Mancuso, Susan
Burt Reynolds. Ned Beatty. Jim Nabors, Loni Anderson. A completely stupid, embarrassingly bad send-up of
NASCAR racing. Too bad, it could have been a nice film. Don't waste
Stop Me before I
Kill Original title
The Full Treatment.
See the description under
the original title.
This is a really controversial and
sick film about a young women who hits a pedestrian on the street...
only to have him embedded in her windshield. She continues to drive
to her home and leaves her car with him still "stuck" in it in her
garage. This story was taken from a real life incident in Fort
Worth, Texas where the soulless young women did the same thing. You
don't want to see this film!
Not a car film although there are a few moments with bad
driving and special effects. Especially bad computer effects. Big car of the film is a 2000 TVR
Sugerland Express, The:
A fugitive couple travel to Sugerland, Texas to get their son
back. Goldie Hawn (the mother) and Ben Johnson (as the cop). This is
Steven Spielberg's first theatrical feature. Most of the movie is a
huge car chase across Texas (sounds like the caravan back home after
a TWS event!).
2007. Not a car movie per se,
but it does have it's moments while inside the cop car.
Use this graphic to make your own McLovin fake
Seeing this in IMAX is a nirvana experience for racers. The
in-car footage shot in the special IMAX system takes you into (and
out of) the turns at 220+ MPH. You will never see footage like this
unless you actually drive in these types of events.
The DVD version has a special "making
of" documentary that is very worthwhile.
#3 "best car film of all time"
Disney comedy about a number of identical cars, resulting in a
switch of the dogs inside them. Not for car enthusiasts! And not to
be confused with the Japanese film of the same name.
The Sweeney. 2012.
The Sweeney is a new movie based on a '70s television show of the same name. The Sweeney
is special squad of hardened police detectives in London, known as the Flying Squad, with officers who are empowered to use any method necessary, even illegal,
to solve a crime. If you are Nick Clegg of the U.K. Liberal
Democrats Party, you of course do not approve of this film.
Sweeney was made with the help of Top Gear UK, which participated in
the filming of a chase scene. Clarkson, May, and Hammond are
credited as stunt drivers. And the Flying Squad is equipped with a
Ford Focus ST. Shameless product promotion, or simply the best
weapon for the job? We'll choose the latter, since the impact the
new ST is making worldwide has as its root the dynamic brilliance of
"Sometimes you have to act like a criminal, to catch a criminal."
The Sweeney premiers September 12, 2012 in the U.K.
Ford Press Release:
ALL-NEW FORD FOCUS
ST PREMIERES IN THE SWEENEY
BRENTWOOD, Essex, 3 September
2012 – Ford's first global
performance car takes centre stage this
month with a starring role in new film
blockbuster The Sweeney.
Premiered tonight in London, Flying
Squad detectives Jack Regan (Ray
Winstone) and George Carter (Ben Drew
aka Plan B) lead a cast of crime-busting
officers as they pursue London's
criminals in black Ford Focus ST
On sale this month in five other
colours including Tangerine Scream and
Spirit Blue, the Ford Focus ST’s
2.0-litre 250PS EcoBoost engine and
explosive acceleration ensure the film’s
criminals struggle to make a clean
The Sweeney director and co-writer
Nick Love, whose prior credits include
The Football Factory and The Firm,
said: "It was important for me to
collaborate with Ford on The Sweeney as
their legacy with the original TV show
is so strong – they're the perfect
partner. I like the Ford Focus ST so
much, I want one!"
The Ford Focus ST goes head to head
with a Jaguar XFR on a high-octane chase
scene in the film. The cars will again
recreate their duel at CarFest North at
Cholmondeley, Cheshire, this weekend
after appearing at last month’s CarFest
Ford's strong link with the 1970s
Sweeney TV series saw Regan, Carter and
their Flying Squad colleagues use a
string of Ford Granadas, Consuls and
Cortinas to make the streets of London a
Anthony Ireson, Ford Britain
marketing director, said: “The new
Focus ST is a hugely exciting car for
Ford with terrific dynamic credibility.
It will be a car for real driving
enthusiasts, so Regan and Carter won't
The new Ford Focus ST five door is
priced from £21,995, with a stylish
estate body style debuting at £23,095.
By the end of August, Ford dealers had
taken over 450 orders for the Blue
Oval’s latest performance car prior to
it reaching their showrooms this month.