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PostPosted: Mon Jul 05, 2010 5:24 pm    Post subject: Oh yes I Remember this... Reply with quote

These flicks came out when I was in 2nd grade. I had just barely moved from Mexico to california, and had never heard of NASCAR before, nor I had barely a grasp of imagination regarding movies. I however, watched a NASCAR race back in late 1989 and was suddenly hooked. I was more of a "cool thing" rather than a serious following if you get my meaning, in terms of it leaving a deep impression on my 7-8 year old self. So naturally of course I was excited when this flick came about. We didn't watch it at the theater so we waited when it came out on video.

I'll be honest, I enjoyed the thing. Mainly because I saw cars racing, and some of them one-liners were funny as hell. And of course, this is where I met Nicole Kidman and had probably one of my first boners. Wink

However, as years passed and got into racing more and got older, I saw it again, just to relive what I experienced many years ago, and came off disappointed. I couldn't believe how cliched the thing was. The love story was vapid, and the racing sequences in the end although exciting, they were completely unrealistic. And I was annoyed at Scott for doing edits of different race tracks and then say it was this track (Example, Phoenix has shots of Daytona, come on...) I know, this maybe nit-picking but since I grew up around racing, I can't help but being annoyed at those bits. The one-liners are still funny, and I can see Towne and Cruise trying their damnedest in analyzing the mind of a race car driver. they come up short but I'll give them an A for effort. (I've raced with my legs broke, heart bruised, eyes popping out of my head like dead hot springs!)

However, Kidman's tirade after Cruise chases a cab, was just plain idiotic.

In the end, I guess you could say that this is one of them "priviliges of youth" movies. The ones you enjoyed when you were a kid but wonder how did you liked it in the first place later on when you watch it as an adult.

Duvall as Hogge kicked ass though.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 10, 2010 1:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

To director Tony Scott's credit, the racing sequences were more spatially coherent than his jet sequences in Top Gun.
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