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Considering all the car chase and crash movies made in the early ’70s it’s a wonder that there are any automobiles from the era left at all. If you believe Hollywood of the time, Detroit’s main purpose was to churn out cars that were predestined to end up in a roadside ditch or upside-down. One of the purveyors of this impression was Steven Spielberg, whose first full-length film was the TV movie Duel, and whose first theatrical feature was The Sugarland Express. Both of these films demonstrate a general distain for the automobile.

The Sugarland Express was released in 1974 and was not just directed by Spielberg, but was co-written by him as well. The story is based on an actual event but is heavily embellished. It’s about a woman – played by Goldie Hawn – who breaks her husband – Ghostbuster’s William Atherton – out of jail, and then leads every cop in Texas save for one, on a low-speed chase across the state. Hawn’s character is determined to be reunited with her baby, which the state has taken away. The one cop not involved in the chase is in fact in the car with Hawn and Atherton, having been kidnapped by the pair. There’s a good bit of Stockholm Syndrome thrown in for good measure, but mostly what this movie is about is two-lane and highway chases.

Those involve a slew of ’60s and ’70s American iron, but it seems like Buick get’s the star treatment. There’s a sweet 1956 Buick Roadmaster, a ’63 leSabre, ’65 Electra, and a ’67 Riviera all getting in on the action. And that action typically involves lots of tire squealing, body roll, and wayward hubcaps from those plus all the cop cars chasing the baby-seeking duo. The trailer after the jump was crated for a video release, and it gives you a good sense of the film’s tone, as well as a bunch of that car action. Check it out. … Continue Reading

Hoonivercinema- Monday Movie Trailer

Mini Skirt Mob

American International Pictures was founded in 1954 and their first release was The Fast and the Furious. No, not that Fast and Furious, but a B-grade black and white actioner in which a fugitive kidnaps a girl while carjacking her Jag. AIP developed a system for churning out low-budget grind house fare aimed at teens, one that their PR department called the Peter Pan Syndrome (hey, that sounds like a good title for a movie!). That posited that a younger child will watch what an older child would, but that an older child wouldn’t watch what younger kids would. They felt the same thing held true for girls who would watch what boys liked, but that boys would shun girly fare. This led the company to zero in on their ideal target audience – the 19-year old male.

I can’t think of a more appropriate audience for The Mini Skirt Mob, which AIP released as part of its 1968 slate. It’s an action film about an all-female motorcycle gang who are as adept at brawling as they are at keeping their bouffant hairdos in place while racing down the highway. It also has one of history’s best movie tailgates – They’re hog-straddling female animals on the prowl! I’m going to seek out opportunities to use the term ‘hog-straddling’ in conversation whenever possible. Hey, back to school night’s coming up!

The movie has girl fights and guy fights, motorcycle crashes – and a bevy of sweet sixties bikes – as well as molotov cocktails and some pretty campy acting. That acting is provided by a cast of mostly forgotten actors, however you will likely recognize Patty McCormack who had previously played the creepy little girl in The Bad Seed, and Harry Dean Stanton who you will know from damn near all your favorite films including Alien and Repo Man. 

The trailer itself is chock full of bikes and action – and mini skirts! – so check it out right after the jump. … Continue Reading

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red_line

What if you were fast and were furious, and were also insanely rich? Would you want to race some of the last decade’s most expensive and highest performance hypercars? Of course you would. In fact, you’d race them to the redline. That’s just what happens in 2007’s cars and crashes actioner, Redline. This movie is perhaps best remembered – if it’s remembered at all – for co-star Eddie Griffin having crashed and seriously messed up a Ferrari Enzo during its filming. You’d expect that kind of behavior of Peter Griffin, but Eddie?

Griffin stars with Animal House alum Tim Matheson, and Nathan Phillips, who only a year before had to battle snakes on a plane with SLJ, so you know he’s got some action creds. The action here centers around illegal racing, mob bosses, and a hot rock band singer who’s also one of the world’s greatest drivers. Oh yeah, and that Porsche Carrera GT that crashes in the trailer – that’s the real deal. Check it all out after the jump.

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C’était un Hoonez-vous – BMW 850CiA prowls Dutch streets

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You know C’était un Rendez-vous, right? The amazing French director, Claude Lelouch, strapped a camera onto the front of an unconfirmed car and drove through Paris like a hellhound was on his trail. The resulting ten-minute footage was overdubbed with Ferrari 275 GTB sounds that almost fit the driving, and it’s accepted knowledge that the car in question was a Mercedes-Benz 450SEL 6.9 that belonged to the director.

But enough of that 1976 film, and back to modern day. 2015, whoa. What would you use as your ideal camera car for filming a casual blast around some European streets? A friend of mine happens to own a very black and very cool 1994 BMW 850, and the V12 in it is now a 5.4-litre lump instead of the 5.oh with which it was delivered.

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Sidecar Donuts Make 2015 Awesome

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You already know that my riding buddy Rusty is awesome. Here is how he chose to celebrate New Year’s Day: doing one-handed donuts on his Ural Gear-Up. Note the snow flying from the powered sidecar wheel.

Video credit to his lovely wife, as captured by her smartphone potato from an upstairs window.

Hoonivercinema- Monday Movie Trailer

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“You just can’t stay seventeen forever.” So says Ron Howard’s character in George Lucas’ iconic 1973 cruisin’ and a-bruisin’ film, American Graffiti. Of course for generations of kids, growing up has been their primary goal, only leading to the discovery once reaching adulthood that staying seventeen forever wouldn’t have been such a bad thing.

American Graffiti was Lucas’ follow up to the low-budget sci-fi flick THX-1138, and preceded Star Wars, which was another coming of age story only set long ago in a galaxy far, far away. American Graffiti doesn’t seem that long ago nor that far from pretty much anybody’s youth, and it takes place on a single night while its ensemble cast suffers through the torture of adolescence on the cusp of adult responsibility. Oh, and it also features a ton of cool cars including a sweet Deuce Coupe, a ’58 Chevy, and of course a creamsicle T-bird carrying the mysterious and very blonde Suzanne Somers. Check out all of the cars, and all the teen angst in the trailer right after the jump. … Continue Reading

Video: Regular Cars Reviews Doug Demuro’s Ferrari 360

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Our friends at Regular Car Reviews have had one hell of a year. How do they top their metaphorical tree? With a review of Doug Demuro’s recently sold Ferrari 360. This is probably the best RCR video since the main man went all Hunter S on our asses.

 

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What's Up Doc

The screw ball comedy is of vaudevillian origin and enjoyed its greatest popularity with movie-goers in the 1930s and ’40s. It’s surprising then that director Peter Bogdanovich would attempt to add his take on the genre in the 1970s, but that’s just what he did, and pretty successfully as well.

Bogdanovich has had an uneven career as a director, and probably what would be considered to be his most memorable work behind the camera are 1971’s The Last Picture Show,  Paper Moon in 1973, and 1985’s Mask (no, not The Mask). The first was nominated for multiple Oscars while the last one garnered a Palme d’Or nomination at Cannes. In many ways, 1972′ What’s Up Doc? is the polar opposite to all of these dramas, but all of the films share one thing in common, which is a core male/female relationship driving the picture forward. Of course, most of you probably better know Bogdanovish as Dr. Melfi’s shrink on The Sopranos, which offers yet another take on gender relationships.

Here, the male/female relationship is embodied by Ryan O’Neal and Barbra Streisand, neither of whom you might take as masters of slapstick, but who accommodate the genre incredibly well. What does the movie have to do with cars? Well, just like in the earlier Bullitt, there’s a car chase through the streets of San Francisco, only here played for laughs. Despite the humor – check out the poor VW Bus in the clip after the jump – it’s one of the best composed and edited chase scenes in movie history.  Check out the extended trailer, and the chase, after the jump. … Continue Reading

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It’s the holiday season and while this week’s movie, Planes, Trains and Automobiles is set during the Thanksgiving holiday, its theme of travel misery is befitting of any time when you’re desperately trying to get someplace and its seems like kismet is working hard to ensure that you do not.

Starring a top of form Steve Martin and the late great John Candy – also top of his game – this John Hughes film from 1987 is one of the funniest, and at the same time most heart-warming movies I’ve ever seen. Martin plays an account manager for a marketing firm, and all he wants to do is get from a client meeting in New York to his home in the Chicago suburbs so he can spend Thanksgiving with his family. Candy plays a sweet but boorish traveling salesman who alternately aids and stymies Martin’s efforts to get home.

One of the coolest things about the film is all the character actors who show up throughout. Those include Martin Ferrreo – who would later get eaten by a dinosaur while sitting on the crapper in Jurassic Park, Spinal Tap’s Michael McKean, and former Nixon speechwriter and master of the monotone, Ben Stein. The movie is really about as perfectly cast as it is scripted. Check out the trailer – and a little extra treat – after the jump, and if you’re traveling this holiday season, try not to talk to any strangers. … Continue Reading

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Duel

The American Broadcasting Company, also known as ABC, basically created the made-for-TV movie with their 1969 to 1976 Movie of the Week. The series took up two nights – Tuesday and Saturday, later Wednesday – of the network’s prime-time schedule at a time when they were distant third in the ratings. All of these 90-minute films were done with limited budgets, but that didn’t stop some film makers from creating quality entertainment.

One of the best of the series was Duel which first aired on Saturday, November 13th, 1971. This was the first feature film directed by Steven Spielberg, and is based on a short story by Richard Matheson originally published in Playboy. Matheson is of course the master of macabre story telling, having given us some of the Twilight Zone’s most memorable episodes, as well as The Incredible Shrinking Man and I am Legend. Spielberg brings his story of a man tormented by the unseen driver of a tanker truck to gritty reality and Dennis Weaver plays the harassed protagonist with the perfect mix of incredulity and ever increasing terror.

Duel was so well received as a TV movie that it was released in an extended form theatrically. You can check out the theatrical trailer right after the jump. … Continue Reading

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