Nebraska is a film about life in grayscale. Our minds, our memories and the past are not always just black and white. They exist in a shade of gray, not just partially remembered, but rather selectively remembered.
In the film we are introduced to Woody Grant, played by Bruce Dern, and his son David, played by Will Forte along with a slew of other hilariously unique characters like Woody’s wife, Kate, played by June Squibb. Woody is in the twilight of his life and on the cusp of dementia. He thinks he won a million bucks after receiving a sweepstakes letter in the mail. [keep reading]
The Wolf of Wall Street is one of the most graphic and excessive movies I have ever seen. As a consequence, the outstanding vehicle lineup is overshadowed by a barrage of white collar crime, drugs, and naked women. But seriously, the cars are downright impressive.
Most of the fly whips belong to Jordan Belfort, a Wall Street weasel played by my favorite actor, Leonardi DiCaprio. Be warned, Leo does not always treat his sports cars (or anything else for that matter) with the respect that they deserve. Over the course of the film, Jordan’s modes of transportation chronicle his progression up the socioeconomic ladder. In the opening scene, he’s taking the bus to his first day on Wall Street. A few scenes later, his hair is slicked back and he is whipping a twosome of classic Jags. Soon enough, he’s gunning it down the highway in a Miami Vice-inspired white Ferrari while his wife, well, never mind.
It’s all helicopters, yachts, and Lambos from that point on. Oh, and his buddies have some flashy rides as well. [keep reading]
Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg star in 2 Guns, an action comedy about two fake crooks that don’t know they are both working for the United States government. Walhberg plays Michael Stigman, an ex-Navy officer discharged for injuring an MP. His assignment is to incriminate Washington’s character, Robert Trench, who is working a deal with drug kingpin Papa Greco, played by Edward James Olmos. Stigman is also ordered to kill Trench. If the mission is successful, Wahlberg will be allowed to re-join the Navy and his record will be cleaned.
Trench, meanwhile, is working on a three undercover assignment for the DEA in an attempt to bring down Greco’s drug empire. Stigman is Trench’s right-hand man, learning Trench’s business, doing his dirty-work and basically just waiting to kill him. It’s why Stigman thinks Trench is a real crook and also why Trench feels the same way about Stigman.
Unlike some other movies we’ve covered in the past like Pain & Gain or Jack Reacher, 2 Guns has one of the widest roster of cars with classics like a 1974 Chevrolet Impala convertible and a 1970 Dodge Challenger. Then there are the complete wild cards like a Pontiac Aztec or Plymouth Voyager minivan. Keep reading to see them all. [keep reading]
The Heat starring Melissa McCarthy and Sandra Bullock is like Training Day meets The Other Guys meets Starsky and Hutch meets Paul Blart: Mall Cop meets Observe and Report. A movie this funny could have been directed by Judd Apatow, but it was actually Paul Feig. He’s the same guy that directed Bridesmaids and a host of television shows like Mad Men, The Office, 30 Rock, Weeds and Nurse Jackie, just to name a few.
Melissa McCarthy plays Detective Shannon Mullins and Sandra Bullock plays FBI Special Agent Sarah Ashburn. The unlikely duo teams up to take out a Boston drug king pin named Larkin. The chemistry between McCarthy and Bullock is delightful, in a Vince Vaughn, Owen Wilson or Chris Farley, David Spade kind of way. [keep reading]
Pain & Gain is Michael Bay’s return to directing films that aren’t the Transformers series. In fact, the last movie he directed before Transformers was The Island way back in 2005. Pain & Gain is the true story about three Miami body builders, Daniel Lugo (Mark Wahlberg), Paul Doyle (Dwayne Johnson) and Adrian Doorbal (Anthony Mackie) that successfully extorted wealthy Floridians like Victor Kershaw (Tony Shalhoub) in 1994 and 1995.
The movie is supposed to be based on a true story, but it’s filled with so many absurdities, reporters have questioned Bay’s depiction. In a notable scene deemed false, Dwayne Johnson’s character is grilling the hands, on a charcoal grill, of a murdered porn-tycoon and his girlfriend to disguise their identity. For further coverage, check out this report here, here or even here. Decide for yourself, but one thing remains true – the cars in the film are outlandish and over-the-top in true Michael Bay form. [keep reading]
Ryan Gosling is no stranger to picking movies where he plays mysterious stuntmen, ahem, Drive. In The Place Beyond the Pines, Gosling is Luke Glanton, a motorcycle stunt driver for a traveling fair. Before going to the next town, Glanton finds out he fathered a child the year before when he was spending time with a young waitress named Romina played by Eva Mendes. The film follows Glanton and the people around him in the days and decades after he quits the fair to stay near Romina and his baby Jason.
While riding his dirt bike in the woods, Glanton is lucky enough to meet Ben Mendelsohn’s character named Robin who offers Glanton a job at his isolated repair shop. Glanton accepts, knowing he needs to support his family. After his wages as a mechanic aren’t enough, Robin half-jokingly suggests they should rob banks. Robin then admits to a couple heists in the past. That’s all Glanton needs to hear.
After a few successful robberies, Robin wants to hide out but Glanton insists on hitting more banks. When Robin refuses and even ruins Glanton’s motorcycle to prevent him from continuing his robbing spree, Glanton threatens Robin with a gun. Without a partner, Glanton’s ability to rob banks is limited and during his last robbery, a young police officer named Avery Cross played by Bradley Cooper guns down the perp. [keep reading]
The latest Tom Cruise action flick is Jack Reacher where he plays protagonist Jack Reacher, a former military cop wandering from one city to another. If you haven’t seen the movie, you might want to avoid reading this blog post as there are some spoiler alerts. If you have seen the movie, you know it wasn’t an all-out action movie like of Shoot ‘Em Up, but it is an action movie nonetheless with senseless murder, car chases and twists.
The movie opens with a sniper picking off presumably innocent people walking along the Allegheny River in Pittsburgh. The man charged with the crime, Barr, is a former military sniper. While in police custody for questioning, he writes on a piece of paper, “Get Jack Reacher.” And so the movie begins and Tom Cruise in all of his 5′ 7″ glory comes to town to find out who is responsible for the murders.
Reacher believes Barr doesn’t have the skills as a sniper to kill all those people so the lawyer defending Barr teams up with Reacher to find the real sniper. In the process of trying to find who framed Barr, Reacher discovers corruption in the city’s government and a gang using a construction company as a front.
There are a handful of cars in the movie including a 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS, a 2012 Mercedes Benz C250 CDI Coupe, a 2012 Ford Transit Connect, a 2006 Audi A6 C6 and a really old Silverado pickup from the late 70′s, early 80′s. Similar to the film Drive, cars driven by characters in the movie Jack Reacher serve as a reflection of the people who drive them. [keep reading]
The movie Drive, now playing in a theater near you is a mysterious and obscure action thriller starring protagonist Ryan Gosling as a mechanic and driver of the stunt, heist and motor racing variety. If you’re thinking along the lines of Fast and Furious or Gone in Sixty Seconds, think again. If the pink cursive font from the movie poster makes you think of Miami Vice, think again…again. While the film takes cues from Miami Vice with a soundtrack inspired by 80′s new wave and gratuitous scenes of violence, Drive truly stands alone in a hybrid of genres.
You’ve read the reviews here and here already so this post will take a different approach when breaking down the film. Cars take little precedence in Drive, but each vehicle serves as a reflection of the people who drive them. There’s a 1973 Chevrolet Malibu, an early 90′s Toyota Camry, a muscle car era Pontiac GTO, a 2011 Mustang GT 5.0 and a Lincoln Town Car. Let’s start with the white 1973 Chevrolet Malibu.