Thursday, April 06, 2017
Thursday Movie Picks: Cars/Racing
For the first week of April of 2017 as part of the Thursday Movie Picks series hosted by Wanderer of Wandering Through the Shelves. We focus on the world of cars and racing as it’s a sub-genre of cinema that has an audience. Especially as it is about the cars that people love and wanting to go very fast.
1. Vanishing Point
One of the finest cult films of the 1970s as it’s about a guy who drives from Denver to San Francisco on a 1970 white Dodge Challenger as he is guided by a blind DJ. It’s really a film that play into a man defying everything around him as he copes with loss and disdain for authority. Chased by the police, the character of Kowalski (Barry Newman) just does whatever he can to survive as it’s a very influential film referenced in the world of popular culture such as the 1997 album of the same name by Primal Scream and referenced in Quentin Tarantino’s 2007 film Death Proof.
2. Fast Company
From David Cronenberg comes a film where for anyone who has followed his career would see this as some weird anomaly. Yeah, it’s about drag racer who tries to help his protégé in the world of drag racing as they deal with corruption due to his manager. The film has a lot of B-movie elements as it’s about racing and beautiful women yet it is an entertaining film from Cronenberg that really kind of pre-dates his fascination with cars that would finally come to a head in his 1996 film Crash.
One of the finest documentaries in this current decade is about a racer but one of the finest Formula One racers that ever lived. Told through archival footage by Asif Kapadia, the film showcases the life of Ayrton Senna as he was considered a people’s champion in his native Brazil. It’s also a film that talks about the world of Formula One and the tragedy that led to Senna’s death during a race on May 1, 1994 at the San Marino Grand Prix. For anyone that wants to know anything about Formula One, this is the film to see.
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