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Hoonivercinema- Monday Movie Trailer

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Drive is a film of contrasts. From its single word title to its complex plot and the duality of the lead protagonist, played by the hunky Ryan Gosling, the movie makes you look at every aspect of its story from multiple points of view. As directed by Nicolas Winding Refn it’s also a throwback to the stylized crime dramas of the eighties like Michael Mann’s Thief and Manhunter. Refn, whose father was a Danish film director, and whose mother was a cinematographer, has a well developed eye for both broad action and intimate moments. Enjoyably, in Drive he is able at times to combine both.

Those scenes include some of the best car chases of the modern era, including a daylight robbery escape in a Mustang that just plain awesome. Topping those is a cast that also includes Carey Mulligan, Bryan Cranston, and Albert Brooks, you know, people you actually want to see on screen. If you’ve never seen Drive, you really should. Get a taste with the trailer just after the jump. … Continue Reading

Hoonivercinema- The Little Person Inside

Robert Emslie November 18, 2014 Hoonivercinema

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There’s an old saying that goes if you fall off a horse, you need to get right back on. The point being to not let adversity get in your way. British Paralympian, Talan Skeels-Piggins embodies this mantra, although he was thrown not from a horse, but a motorcycle, when in March of 2003 he was hit by a car. That accident paralyzed the former Royal Navy fighter controller from the chest down, but eventually  that couldn’t keep him down.

It also couldn’t keep him off bikes, and this inspiring documentary from Speechless Films shows that ingenuity and tenacity can not only overcome adversity, it can blow the doors off of it. Check out The Little Person Inside right after the jump.

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Hoonivercinema- Monday Movie Trailer

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With an A-list cast, a well-respected director, and picturesque European locales, it would have been hard for 1998’s Ronin to flop. Add to that an amazing script about a rag-tag group of mercenaries, none of whom are who they say they are, and heist that’s a classic MacGuffin, and what you have is one of the best films of the era.

Of course all of that isn’t what makes it fodder for our weekly review of car-related movies, it’s the film’s chase scenes that do that. the Director, John Frankenheimer wanted a gritty realism to the film and so all the action scenes were done in-camera, not as after-the-fact effects. Shot in several European locations, the heavy hitter cars used in the film were RHD units shipped over from England that had been fitted with fake binnacles and steering wheels on the left. That allowed, in closeup, for the film’s stars to look like they were really driving at insane speeds and in stunts like against speeding traffic. A lot of times the expression of fear on the actor’s faces is real.

Check out Ronin’s car-nage right after the jump. … Continue Reading

Drift Idiot Day 13: All In

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Sam Nalven is a good friend of Hooniverse. You know him better as the Drift Idiot, and we’ve been working together to bring you new episodes of The Drift Chronicles this year. Now though, it’s time for a new installment of the series that set him down this slideways path.

Drift Idiot Day 13 has arrived, and you can see that both Sam and his car have come a long way. Still, they’ve got an uphill battle today because Drift Idiot is taking on the Head Hoonigan. Ken Block and Co. are releasing Gymkhana 7 right now. Nalven wants to try and beat their view count for today, so give his video a watch.

(Yes, I know that’s pretty much impossible because Gym 7 will have more views than Kim K’s gigantic ass – deservedly so, of course)

Hoonivercinema- Putting Some Serious Torque in a Tuk Tuk

Robert Emslie November 11, 2014 Hoonivercinema

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In the video game Far Cry 4, which is debuting next week in Great Britain, you get to drive around in a 3-wheel Tuk Tuk and shoot stuff with a bolted-on machine gun. British stunt man, inventor, film maker, and inveterate whack job, Colin Furze liked the idea of this so much he decided to build his own Far Cry 4 Tuk Tuk in real life. Ha, Fun Zone!

Of course, while the adding of guns isn’t all that interesting, the adding of a 600-cc sport bike engine in place of the 150-cc wheezing kitten that typically calls the Tuk Tuk its home is pretty cool. You can watch the transformation from traffic obstacle to tiny terror right after the jump.

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Hoonivercinema- Monday Movie Trailer

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(Ed note: I’m repurposing parts of an earlier review of this movie for this week’s Monday Movie Trailer. Yes, I’m that lazy.)

Called a “definitive American road movie” by Netflix, 1971’s Two Lane Blacktop is a transitional cult film that bridges 1960’s hippie eclecticism with 1970’s Viet Nam cynicism. Directed by Monte Hellman, who had just come off a stage production of Waiting for Godot, and would later go on to helm such classic fare as Cockfighter and Silent Night, Deadly Night III: Better Watch Out!, the film stared noted ’70’s action hero James Taylor, as well as Beach Boy and former Manson Family friend, Dennis Wilson.

As if these major thespians weren’t enough, the film also stars character actor Warren Oates and Art Garfunkel then-current squeeze Laurie Bird. Neither Bird, a photographer, nor the two rock musicians had any professional acting training prior to the film, and Bird only completed two other films before her untimely death in 1979. Oates, the only professional actor in the troop, later stared in the aforementioned Cockfighter.

But the real stars of the picture are the cars, headed by a primer gray 1955 Chevy with a 454 big block and a 1970 455 GTO.  The Chevy also appeared in American Graffiti. Each car is meant to be the embodiment of the respective driver’s persona, but don’t watch the film for the heavy-handed symbolism, watch it for the cool races and the high-revving soundtrack.

The film is spare with both plot and dialog, but the story is basically: James Taylor is the Driver, and Dennis Wilson is the Mechanic of the Chevy. They drive around, looking for challengers (note lower case “c”) to race, sort of a retro version of Pinks. They meet up with Warren Oates driving the GTO, and issue the throw down for a cross-country race.  For a movie about high-octane high-stakes racing, it’s remarkable how laconic everyone behaves. I guess that’s what you get when you replace actors with musicians. Check it out, right after the jump. … Continue Reading

RJ Anderson is your new Hoon God

Jeff Glucker November 5, 2014 Hoonivercinema
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Last year I watched RJ Anderson become a mental person with his XP1K video. In it, Anderson rips around a crazy course in his modified Polaris RZR side-by-side. Now he’s gone off the reservation because XP1K2 just launched, and it’s dropped the mic on vehicular shenanigans.

This is the greatest video you’ll watch this year.* Seriously, watch it over and over because it’s excellent.

 

(*Unless Gymkhana 7 is as good as it could be thanks to the Hoonicorn)

Hoonivercinema- Monday Movie Trailer

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When I was a kid, my summers were taken up with a daily ritual, which was watching re-runs of I Love Lucy that one of the local stations played every weekday morning. I would follow the arc of the series, with Lucy and Ricky moving from a small apartment to a bigger one, traveling to Hollywood and Europe, and eventually settling out of the city in a large house in the suburbs. All of this took place with the accompaniment of landlord/manager/best friends, the Mertzes, Fred and Ethel.  I Love Lucy first aired from 1951 to 1957.

The Long, Long Trailer was released in the middle of that run, in 1955, and is pretty much the same format only with the characters named Tracy and Nicki instead of Lucy and Ricky, and Arnez playing a civil engineer and not a Cuban band leader. You couldn’t fool me, they were just the same. Not only that, but they had somehow cut themselves free from the shackles of Fred and Ethel. Directed by Vincent Minelli (yes, Judy Garland’s husband for a while, and Liza’a dad) the comedy is based on a 1951 book of the same title by Clinton Twiss.

Following a similar basic style as Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House from seven years earlier, the story is of a couple who, on the urging of the wife, buy a trailer to travel between each of the engineering jobs the husband is assigned. This being Lucille Ball and Dezi Arnez – respectively the queen and king of the screwball comedy – you know hilarity ensues. In fact, I would pore over the TV Guide every summer as another local channel ran old movies in the morning, as I wanted to catch this every time it was one. If you like I Love Lucy, you will probably also like The Long, Long Trailer. Check out the Trailer trailer after the jump and see if you might. … Continue Reading

Watching This Two-Engine 2CV Sahara Run is Blowing My Mind

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America has the Jeep, Great Britain the Land Rover, and and Japan the Land Cruiser. When it comes to the task of off-roading, almost every great car-building has an iconic – and usually very traditional – 4×4 to call to duty. Of course, the French always have to be different, and when it comes to all-wheel, or 4-wheel drive vehicles, it doesn’t get much more different than the Citroën 2CV Sahara.

The Deux Chevaux, or two-horse was developed before the war. Not wanting so radical and innovative a design – it could traverse a farm field without breaking a single egg in a passenger seat-mounted basket – to fall into the hands of the Germans, Citroën’s engineers hid them in attics and other out of the way places. Post-war, the car became France’s answer to the VW Beetle, and perhaps the country’s most iconic representation in motor vehicle form. Over more than four decades of production they changed very little, all being front-wheel drive and featuring an air-cooled two cylinders for power. Well, almost all. … Continue Reading

Hoonivercinema- Monday Movie Trailer

On The Beach

On the Beach was released in 1959, at the height of the Cold War. Based on the 1957 novel of the same name by Nevil Shute, it’s a post-apocalyptic story set mostly in Australia. Don’t expect to see Mad Max however, as this story travails the last days of mankind on Earth as radiation from a nuclear war slowly engulfs the globe, killing off everyone in its path.

What the hell does the slow pitiless self-eradication of humans have to do with cars? Well, along with a slew of ’50s A-listers in the cast – including Ava Gardner, Anthony Perkins, Fred Astaire, and Gregory Peck – it also has a ton of cool old iron. Gardner drives a sexy Big Healey, while Astaire plays a character who is a race driver. Road & Track did an article back in the day on how the film makers staged the race and (spoiler alert) its incidents. Astaire’s last scene with his Ferrari is also… well, you’ll never listen to Waltzing Matilda the same way again.

The film takes several liberties with the story line from the book, and the less said about the 2000 remake the better. It’s hard to make a film about the end of the world that isn’t a downer, but time has at least tempered the liklihood of Shute’s scenario from ever happening. Plus, there’s all those cars! Check out the trailer (it actually starts at 1:40) after the jump. … Continue Reading

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