Movie Review – Drive

Drive has been this little enigma in the midst of big summer movies, slowly creeping up the release date schedule as it comes off the end of the summer movie season.  I had blogged about this movie before, getting excited to see what the Danish director Nicolas Winding Refn will come up with next.  If you aren’t familiar with his works, I suggest you get on Netflix and check out his films Valhalla Rising, the cult smash Tom Hardy driven film Bronson and his Pusher trilogy.  All these films are the product of a meticulous director and one that encapsulates cinema.  His films have been in the back of my mind and I consider Bronson to be one of the best unseen movies around and it was a Tom Hardy vehicle as well.  So when Drive came about, it was this signal to the start of his first mainstream movie.  A director that gets a shot like this needs to come out of the gate and Drive was going to be the pace car for his debut.

What got me excited was the premise and the cast.  Most notably was the dramatic actor Ryan Gosling taking the wheel as the lead and having him become this rough, action star.  Judging by the trailers, we were going to get a fuel injected shot of adrenaline and kinetic action scenes that would set the stage for a fantastic movie.  Well if you aren’t familiar with Refn’s movies, you were going to get something both unique and intense.  So avoiding reviews and press releases, I got an opportunity on Sunday to get a glimpse at Drive.

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Movie of the Day – Bullitt

If you are a fan of Steve McQueen, (if you are male and aren’t familiar with Steve McQueen, grow some balls and a beard then come talk to me) then you know why I choose this movie today.  Seriously, every guy, car enthusiast, and gear heads will know exactly the scene I will inevitably refer to in this post.  Bullitt harkens back to the time when muscle cars and car chases go hand in hand.  Hell it is the sole reason muscle cars exists is to see them go really fast and preferably chasing another muscle car through the twists and turns of a crowded city.  Bullitt has one of the best car chase scenes in movie history.  Other people will contend that other movies have better chase scenes, which is fine opinion to have.  If you think to bring up anything of that Fast and Furious franchise into the car chase ring, prepared to be laughed out of the ring in your supped up 97 Honda Civic.  I realize I am focusing on cash scene a lot but to be honest, this is what the movie will be forever remembered for.  So buckle up suckers and get ready for Bullitt.

Haters Gonna Hate

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