Movie of the Day – Faster

I might be one of the few people out there that actually like this movie, more so enjoy it for what it is, a little hard-boiled noir-ish film with Dwayne Johnson (The Rock) getting a little more opportunity to be a fleshed out character instead of being just a slab of buff meat who punches or shoots things.  Maybe shooting things with his rocket fists or something.  What hooked me is the teaser trailer and the voice over work.  I will admit, I am a sucker for a little subtext that gets the mood set for this movie….and The Rock just goes on a revenge spree.

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Movie of the Day – Drive (LP Edition)

So I have talked about this movie several times in the past, mainly since I first reviewed it and then another time when it was also a Movie of the Day post as well.  But today folks, today is special.  The LP Edition of this post is mainly so I can show off two pieces of Mondo goodness that are related to the movie that I have gotten in the past month, basically culminating with the acquisition of the long awaited Mondo Drive LP pressing. Behold!

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Yeah I even managed to score the rare pink pressing of the LP.  I can’t even begin to tell you all how excited I am and that this LP is the little brother to this beauty that is currently hanging up in my house:

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So yeah I feel that with today’s haul, this is a good enough time to pick Drive as my Movie of the Day.

You know the drill, here is an excerpt and  link to the original review I did to the movie and really, if you haven’t seen this movie yet, DO IT!

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It’s rare when I will come out and say “that is a perfect movie”.  Everything just vibes and connects so well that it’s a seamless experience watching the movie.  I love having my expectations altered in the movie and the play on the genre was refreshing and changed the game for me.  I have been impressed with Refn’s previous movies and this is no exception.  Refn take the simplistic genre of action and car chases, injects it with this European sensibility and gives us one the most stylish movies of year.  Shocking and beautiful violence, electro-pop soundtrack tempo, strong character types, and an unconventional genre skewing film all produce one of my favorite movies of the year.

Click here for the full review.

Movie of the Day – Ronin

Today’s post is both a special one and also an easy one since this evenings events sparked this movie in my mind and I just had to post it.  During my nightly walk around the neighborhood of Westport, me and my dog Dexter witnessed a high speed chase through the residential area of town.  It was pretty interesting and dangerous being literally just 30 feet from a beat up suburban driving down a one way street doing 75 with 4 police cars and a helicopter following by.  I have seen numerous Worlds Wildest Police Chases and I hate to say that the getaway driver never wins.  Only in the movies will you see someone outrun the police and copters following them.  So I know this guy ain’t Jason Statham, so yeah, he got caught.  But then this got me to revisit some movies with amazing chase scenes and Ronin shot right to the top of the list.

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Movie of the Day – Drive

Drive.  I could go at length about how amazing this film is and how it was a damn travesty that it wasn’t nominated for more Oscars other than the sound mixing one which was just a meager bone thrown to the fans of Drive.  I guess that is why I am posting about it today, to make a point about how unbelievable this movie is.  Sure, the movie is made out to be this Fast and Furious clone, which I guess if you are in it for the car chases, you won’t enjoy this movie.  Hell, some lady sued the people who made the movie because the trailer made it seem like a action film.  While I that lady should kick rocks, I guess that might be a deal breaker for a lot of people.  If you can look past this “flaw”, what you will fine is one of the most dynamic films that is a genre mash-up like no other.


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Documentary of the Day – Senna

Well in honor of my start to a month long documentary post, I want to pick a documentary that is on something I have no clue about.  The wonderful thing about documentary films is that it gives you a glimpse into a world you aren’t familiar with.  It opens your eyes to something more that is out, either a social issue, politics or life of a singular individual.  I want to know more and I want to see something I have never  heard of before.  It makes film watching exciting and when a documentary can present you a story that can only be imagined having been written by studio writers, it’s a good feeling.  So today I wanted to talk, briefly I guess, about the 2010 documentary film Senna.

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Movie of the Day – Who Killed the Electric Car?

Well after some technical difficulties (ie drinking and going out on a Saturday night), I hadn’t thought of a movie of the day for today until I was at the gas pump filling up my 13-gallon car.  I was shocked to find out that I had just spent almost $50 dollars to fill up my tank.  So instead of posting a movie about dudes shooting other dudes or a movie where I have to read subtitles, why not a movie about some social awareness.

Who Killed the Electric Car is an absolutely wonderful documentary about the little electric car made by GM that essentially changed the game of fuel and automobiles.  A wonderful look into the history of the electric and how it was buried by the same company that championed its engineering.

The documentary does make you think about how this all played out.  A viable and efficient electric car that had a vast infrastructure behind its release and the large demand for the car.  To us, it was the saving grace for our fuel and cost woes, but for some it was seen as a gas killer and ruffled many feathers.  The documentary takes a strong look at the political pressure and clout that eventually forced GM to scrap their greatest achievement.

This documentary couldn’t be more relevant to us now in our time of high gas prices.  It makes you think about GM and why they aren’t bringing this car back into production.  Definitely give this documentary a look.