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film review: “Drive”

By now you’ve probably heard all sorts of ‘hype’ surrounding the release of “DRIVE” to the cinemas.  Besides the over-ambitious title, and the blatant Steve McQueen-like imitations of Ryan Gosling in the photos and trailers leading up to the release of the film—–I feel it would be appropriate for a petrolhead perspective on the film.

For the first 15 minutes of this film, I sat in my seat in awe—–thinking that this may join the ranks of one of the greatest car films/films ever made.  My mind slowly changed over the course of the next 1 hour and 25 minutes as “Drive” entertained the hell out of me, but fell into the trap of uber-violence, as american films generally tend to do.  That being said, the classic Steve McQueen-isms and the slightly over-acted role of Ryan Gosling actually work pretty damn well.  The degree of straight up violence in this film is pretty heavy, so don’t think that watching a V8 being dismantled is what’s around the corner.  You are in for some gore.

From the perspective of actual driving and automobile references in the film—-i think there are many references to the love of actually driving, rather than the love of automobiles.  The Dodge Charger Chrysler 300c (thanks Anon) vs. Ford Mustang chase in here, which only lasts a minute or so—-is a good one, but a blatant tribute to one of the most famous car scenes ever put onto film from “Bullitt”.   Other than that, there are some decent car scenes, but i am pleased they were not drenched in absurd special effects like other hollywood car films tend to be.  The guy loves to drive though, and he’s got perforated driving gloves to back it up!  Those driving gloves (see picture) are a nice touch.   I’m not sure why they gave him an old grey Chevy Malibu to drive in the rest of the film, however the car is obviously ‘modded’ (interior and exterior).

All in all, this film is the perfect combination of “Bullitt”, “Taxi Driver” and the utterly fantastic TV series “Dexter”.  It is violent, interesting, and very well made.  The soundtrack is cool, the cinematography is cool, and the acting is good.  I enjoyed the film very much, although I think it could have been EVEN better with a bit less violence, and some better cars.

trailer:

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Steve McQueen’s Porshe 911s heads to auction.

Cooler than f*ck.  Wonder how much this is going to fetch on auction.  Yes, this is the 911S from the opening scene of Le Mans and yes this is the 911s that Steve McQueen bought after filming the movie for his own collection.

http://www.leftlanenews.com/king-of-cool-steve-mcqueens-le-mans-porsche-911s-headed-to-auction.html

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must see film: “The Belgrade Phantom”

“A new film exploring the life and crimes of Serbian Vlada Vasiljevic premiered earlier this week in Amsterdam. Titled The Belgrade Phantom, for Vasiljevic’s nickname, the story follows the man after he stole a white Porsche 911, and used it to torment the police over a ten day period during Serbia’s communist era.

First-time feature director Jovan Todorovic used a mix of archive footage, radio interviews, and original dramatized material to tell the story. Several car chases were shot throughout the Serbian capital of Belgrade to recreate the Phantom using his stolen Porsche to easily outrun the 60hp Zastava police cars.

In the story the Phantom gets more daring, starts stealing more white Porsches, in more risky ways, and becomes even more popular by taunting police over the radio. By the end of the ten-day stretch, the Phantom had drawn the support of tens of thousands of people, something highly unusual in the Soviet era.

For production, they used a 1979 Porsche 911 Targa, police vehicles from the era, as well as the actual car that belonged to the former dictator, Tito.”

LINK: http://www.worldcarfans.com/109112623249/trailer-the-belgrade-phantom–documents-porsche-thiefhero

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Maserati……Ramblin

This video was posted on Vimeo, and I dunno much about the video….aside from the fact that it’s great! Love it.  It might be a commercial for the Quattroporte—judging by the outro….

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Brad Pitt playing Steve McQueen in biography film…

McQueen Driving

Word is that casting for the upcoming Steve McQueen film Steve McQueen: Portait Of An American Rebel has commenced and that the role of Mr. McQueen is being offered to Brad Pitt.

Pitt Driving

I’m a huge Steve McQueen fan..and am really excited about a film portraying the adventures and life of Mr. McQueen—and while i think Brad Pitt is a pretty decent pick for this role, i just hope he gets into the role enough to really transmit the soul of McQueen.

Steve McQueen fully absorbed himself in films while he made it; during the film Le Mans, he fully integrated himself with the race, the lifestyle, and the actual driving.  Such is that I hope Pitt is able to understand the character of McQueen and really display McQueen’s character rather than his own…When i told my wife about this—she thinks Jude Law would be a better choice, mainly because he looks more like McQueen.  I think my wife just digs Jude Law! ha.

Either way, i’m looking damn forward to it, and it will surely be the most anticipated film of 2010.

Source: Top Gear

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Ayrton Senna film given to the ‘go’

ayrton-senna

Not too many details out about this, however it seems that an Ayrton Senna documentary has been given the go ahead and is currently casting and organizing.  I wonder if F1 and Bernie-the-keep-everything-F1-related-inside-of-F1 will even allow this film to happen…..they should, as if anyone deserves a film about himself, it is most certainly Ayrton Senna.  More details HERE

Meanwhile, to keep you busy til this film comes out, here is a 6-part documentary about Senna.  Well worth watching:

part 1

part 2

part 3

SEE ANOTHER 3 PARTS AFTER CLICKING HERE: Continue reading

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