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Friday, February 11, 2011

G's Friday double Feature - Gone in 60 Seconds (1974) & Vanishing Point (1971)

Welcome to the double. As always, if we had a theater, this is what we would have on the marque for a Friday. Today we are taking a look at fast films. Back in the ol'video store days 6:00pm was go-time. That was when the boss left and we could play whatever we wanted. Usually what we wanted had to do with either tough films or what we called "fast films." "Fast films" are the films like Bullet, Smokey and the Bandit, Mad Max, and Thunder Road that make your foot heavier than it probably should be on the gas pedal. A good car chase is rare, a 35 minute car chase is even more rare, and a film that is all chase and little else hasn't been seen in a long, long time.

First up, Gone In 60 Seconds. This film is just as notorious for its 35 minute chase as it is for the complete destruction of more than 90 cars in that 35 minute slot. You can lock your car. But if he wants's GONE IN 60 SECONDS.

And the film you came to see, my favorite all-chase film, Vanishing Point. A 1970 Dodge Challenger never looked so good as it does in this film. Despite some great performances by both Barry Newman and Clevon Little, the film belongs to the super-charged Challenger. Tighten your seat belt, you never had a trip like this before.

See you on forty deuce,