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Comment Archives: stories: Cinema

Re: “Drifting Off Course

I can't say I agree with your complaint that the film has too much focus on "Hunt's blasé marriage". Both Niki's and Hunt's marriages have central importance to the movie as a stark way of establishing and reinforcing their differences - it's another chicaine in the course of their rivalry. Furthermore, it's simply wrong that Hunt's marriage is overexaggerated. It consists of precisely three scenes - one where they meet, one where they fall out, and one where they fail to patch things up. It hardly dominates the whole picture! Furthermore, these scenes don't exist for the sake of an irrelevant soap-opera subplot but all are important in tying into and further developing Hunt's character, through his determination to win and his racing obsessions. The last scene is also critical for setting the tone of the movie, it's non-judgemental nature. One of Rush's strengths is that it's determinedly not a formulaic baddie/goodie split between Hunt and Lauda (free-spirited dude vs. uptight jerk? Boorish jock vs. shy nerd? The film's not so simple). We might be tempted to drift towards assigning Hunt villain status because his marriage failed whereas Lauda's succeeded (well, until after the movie ended at least); however, when Miller concedes "you're just who you are at this point in your life" without rancour it gives Hunt the pass to continue without baggage and so quite smartly respects the actual history without letting it compromise the story.

Incidentally, with regards to the complaints about the lack of racing - it may sound counterintuitive but you really don't want too much racing in a racing movie... the thrill of screeching around a corner ebbs after the 30th bend! Try watching Steve McQueen's "Le Mans" for a film that's really all about the vroom-vroom - and an interminable and stultifying experience in tedium that I've fallen asleep while trying to watch.

Altogether, Mr. Grimm, I'm afraid I feel that you've really misjudged Rush.

6 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Robert John Frazer on 10/08/2013 at 6:14 PM

Re: “Drifting Off Course

DryHeatHere, you're missing the point. You have to have some premise of feel good or anyone who isn't fully interested in F1 wouldn't go see the film. The fact he was able to keep the story almost entirely intact is what makes the film good. For 10 dollars I can sit at home and watch the Korean Grand Prix tonight with some popcorn, but that's a sporting event, not a movie.

12 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Mark William Witte on 10/05/2013 at 3:10 PM

Re: “Drifting Off Course

In the past 60 years there have been at least 20 "Racing" movies produced & in everyone of them "racing" is just the flimsy platform for another love story with the exception of WINNING & Grand Prix which both were littered with "love" as well .
RUSH is just another clone, Hollywood raises the flag of racing but once you've paid your money & invested your time you walk out to the Theater having seen yet another "love story".
I would expect the reputation of Ron Howard to suffer for this alternate premise film and I wish Hollywood would just once produce a Love Story premise with a racing core . This film was made for $39 million which means each minute of screentime cost $325,000.. it sure doesn't show it . Compare it to being lured to see a film entitled "Fort Knox Gold" only to discover it's a love in a vault movie using unpainted concrete blocks for gold bars . There is plenty of "GO Camera " footage on YouTube as good or better than the CGI & Action Shots here & they are FREE with NO love to distract the viewer
For $10 I can buy a 6-pack, sit on my front lawn or at the park, be more entertained & have a better time for 2 hours, and I don't have to pay another $10 for Popcorn either !
- MY PREDICTION -
RUSH will go straight to the bargain bin at WallyWorld where it will mold along with it's equals DRIVEN & DAZE of Thudner .
Ron Howard's name is worth less today because of films like this, it's sad to say .

5 likes, 18 dislikes
Posted by DryHeatHere on 10/05/2013 at 2:13 PM

Re: “Drifting Off Course

Quite honestly Bob I think it more so comes down to the fact you have no idea of the history. If you want a straight biopic, by all means find one. This was for the people who would rather have the romance of he 1976 season played out into a watchable film. In all honesty if you wanted to have a quip with something it should have been the special effects that were forced by this meager budget. The rest of the film, up until the race at Suzuka were almost 1:1.

16 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Mark William Witte on 10/04/2013 at 11:44 PM

Re: “Drifting Off Course

Wow...you Rush fans are a nasty bunch.

7 likes, 19 dislikes
Posted by Bob Grimm on 10/04/2013 at 6:12 PM

Re: “Drifting Off Course

Richard Poole....I had meant to type "documentary" not "autobiography." I clearly made a mistake on that one. The point I was making is that the story was so amazing I would've preferred a recently made documentary rather than this movie. My bad.

4 likes, 15 dislikes
Posted by Bob Grimm on 10/04/2013 at 6:10 PM

Re: “Drifting Off Course

"It also had me wishing that the movie was just an autobiography of Lauda, who is still alive, and Hunt, who died of a heart attack at the age of 45."

Does this writer know the difference between an autobiography and a biography?

23 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Richard Poole on 10/04/2013 at 2:29 PM

Re: “Drifting Off Course

Clearly you know nothing of the actual history. This film stays completely accurate right up until the last race, and that was only altered so people like you would go see it in theaters. Stay ignorant, Im amazed anyone would give you a job writing reviews you self righteous idiot.

27 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by Mark William Witte on 10/04/2013 at 8:23 AM

Re: “Drifting Off Course

Just because your a minority doesn't make it overrated. It's called an opinion, and just because everybody else's is different than yours doesn't make you right. Pretentious critic

24 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Rammer on 10/03/2013 at 9:40 PM

Re: “Drifting Off Course

What's with these 'professional critics' calling it overrated? It's called an opinion. Critics love the film, get used to that. If you don't, fine. Don't call it overrated just because your one of the minorities.

31 likes, 7 dislikes
Posted by Rammer on 10/03/2013 at 9:39 PM

Re: “Family Despair

Plus that sister was completely covered up the whole time. I contemplated waiting for the tit and ass shot as a reward for sitting through the movie but then I remembered I have the American Apparel ad. And left.

0 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Yes Bob on 09/26/2013 at 6:06 AM

Re: “Family Despair

I thought De Niro and Pfeiffer were completely mismatched. I hated hated HATED the daughter. One minute she's telling her brother how she just beat up a girl in the bathroom, and the very next he's asking her, "What's the first thing you notice about a guy?" "His eyes," she says, shoehorning clichéd and out-of-place dialogue down our throats. Also, didn't anyone find it weird that these kids are beating a lot of people up without the principal getting involved? And that everyone in the town magically speaks English without any of the American characters trying to speak a word of French? I walked out after forty minutes.

Posted by Ex-Arizonan on 09/25/2013 at 7:16 PM

Re: “Family Despair

Ha! Yeah...the Normandy thing baffled me as well.

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by Bob Grimm on 09/22/2013 at 1:36 AM

Re: “Family Despair

Lasted less than 30 minutes. You only need to know two things.

1. Michelle Pfeiffer and that hack accent.
2. Mafia relocated to Normandy?

Posted by Yes Bob on 09/21/2013 at 6:11 AM

Re: “The Fall TV Preview

Back in 1961, Newton Minnow, the new chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, you know, the folks that 'used' to regulate broadcasting, made a speech to the National Association of Broadcasters declaring that television was "A Vast Wasteland'.

At the time, he blasted them for the mindless drivel that passed as entertainment and the blaring commercials that interrupted all too often to cajole the viewer into buying something they didn't want or need.

Many years ago, I read a sci-fi story that posited that aliens invented television to dumb down the populace and make them docile. Hm, I wonder if that author knew something?

2 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by gcohn on 09/05/2013 at 8:08 AM

Re: “Failed Franchise

Well, I loved it.

1 like, 1 dislike
Posted by AlderGod on 09/01/2013 at 4:30 PM

Re: “Everything Is Ruined

Like the previous poster said it's told in the movie why Lucas worked at the kindergarten, the school was closed down. Secondly we know all along that the protagonist is innocent. He is and always was. No molesting at any time.

0 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by moviefan on 08/23/2013 at 12:19 PM

Re: “Everything Is Ruined

....why his last job didn't work out???! It is in the movie the reason he works at the day care. His last job was a teacher at the local high school where Klara's brother attended. The town closed the school so he had to find employment elsewhere.

3 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by eleanorrigby on 08/19/2013 at 9:42 AM

Re: “Brutality on BART

Apparently this kid is dead because his father never told him that when being confronted by cops-racist or not-sit the fuck down, shut the fuck up and put your hands behind your back. Do not move until told to.

Shot while attempting to r e a s o n with angry armed policemen?

The only fallacy of the first sentence of this comment is...surprise...the kid had no father and now his daughter has none. That's the African American Way.

1 like, 6 dislikes
Posted by Yes Bob on 08/01/2013 at 7:27 AM

Re: “Time to Sue Your Real Estate Agent

Set in the dreaded 70's. The movie opens with "city folk" moving in, perfectly happy, to an old dilapidated farm home far bigger than their needs in the middle of nowhere. And then it gets contrived.

Never seen that plot before.

Walked out of Conjuring and into the To Do List. Insulting. Even to 15 year olds. That floating Baby Ruth in the pool really gets them every time.

For both movies I spent a total of 60 minutes before I gave up.

Posted by Yes Bob on 07/29/2013 at 11:33 AM

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