As much as we love Star Wars at Reels and Wheels, we can't do much with it since there are no cars (Unless you count the car they used to stand in for the ship that crashed into the Super Star Destroyer's bridge). However, there is a new hope! To celebrate the debut of Star Wars Episode 7, Reels and Wheels presents Star Wars Episode 4.5 - Corvette Summer!
It's 1978 and Mark Hamill is Kenny, a whiny brat who loves a car he saved from the junkyard along with his shop class. When the car is stolen, said whiny brat finds himself in a far off galaxy (Las Vegas) battling evil (Brion James!) only to find out that his father figure is the main villain all along. Sound familiar?
Except this time Luke's mom is a bit of a slut and he falls in love with a girl who is an aspiring prostitute.
Ok, so it's not exactly Star Wars. As a matter of fact, Hamill hoped this movie would help him avoid being typecast. Sadly, it was too mired in the 1970's to endure - especially with the Corvette. A gawdy, overdone customized C3.
Join James and Sid in a galaxy far away for a movie that really isn't as bad as it sounds, even though it doesn't have Han Solo in it.
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Sid and James tackle another excellent movie on the latest Reels and Wheels - The 1967 classic, The Graduate!
Dustin Hoffman's breakout performance is enhanced by a lot of supporting players - a perfectionist director, SNL original Buck Henry as writer, an amazing performance by Anne Bancroft, the voice of KITT, and the mayor from Jaws. Perhaps even more important support for Dustin Hoffman comes in the form of a gorgeous 1966 Alfa Romeo Spider.
Enjoy one of the more enthralling discussions Reels and Wheels has had to date on an amazing, symbolic and satirical movie.
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It seems like everyone is talking about James Bond now that Spectre is out, so Sid and James decided to call in podcast extraordinaire Kris Roley to talk about one of the greatest Bond movies of all time, Goldfinger!
Goldfinger really has the best of everything - Sean Connery as Bond, an amazing villain in Auric Goldfinger, a female need actually named "Pussy Galore," a killer henchman name Oddjob with the most lethal hat ever, and, of course, the greatest Aston Martin DB5 to ever spy on stuff.
Goldfinger was the Bond movie that started it all when it comes to cars packed with gadgets. Since Goldfinger, James Bond's car has become central to each movie. Join us as Kris Roley chats it up with James and Sid about the movie, the cars we see, and some of the best of James Bond vehicles.
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When you run a podcast called "Reels and Wheels," an episode about 1977's "The Car" isn't just appropriate, it's inevitable. The Car is the grandaddy of evil car movies. It's also terrible. It's really terrible.
It's terrible enough that we felt it was important to invite our good friend, comic, screenwriter and critic, Jeff Davis to share the torture with us and help us break down what about this movie we so horribly, horribly wrong.
It seemed to have some keys to success - The Car itself was created by legendary customizer George Barris (You know him. He made the Batmobile!). The stunts were great. James Brolin was, um, creepy. Plus, a young pre-RoboCop Ronnie Cox is there as a whiny deputy.
Spoiler alert, the car gets destroyed, all the terrible actors act terribly and all the terrible characters learn no lesson and remain terrible. Better to listen to our podcast than actually watch this one. Subscribe on iTunes and Stitcher and leave us some feedback on social media - @ReelsAndWheels!
On this episode of Reels and Wheels, Sid gets his revenge on James. Being forced to watch Pretty in Pink for the last episode, Sid fights back the only way he knows how - by having James watch Maximum Overdrive.
Maximum Overdrive is the greatest movie ever (according to Sid) - mainly in the first 10 minutes. Then it just kind of drags on until the stupid ending slaps you in the face.
It's easy to overlook this movie's hour-long shortcomings because it has what no other movie has - A non-stop AC/DC soundtrack, a homicidal White 9000 tow truck with a compressed-air starter, a pre-Lisa Simpson Yeardly Smith annoying the hell out of you, and a coked-out-of-his-mind Stephen King as screenwriter AND director AND hilarious cameo.
How could you NOT love this movie? Unless you're James. How did James cope watching a movie he couldn't stand? How should you watch this movie? What we be the best way to edit it into something decent?
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Disclaimer: James picked this one. James said "Hey Sid, we're doing Pretty in Pink on our next episode of Reels and Wheels!"
Sid took the challenge seriously and used a request that could have ended a friendship as a opportunity to prove there's nothing he wouldn't do for his beloved co-host.
Pretty in Pink is a horrid, vapid train wreck of a movie fraught with heavy-handed symbolism and human caricatures fighting cliched battles. The only redeeming quality James and Sid could agree on was that James Spader does an awesome job playing a douche.
Was it worth it? Was James justified in making Sid watch this metaphoric coffee stain on the brat pack tuxedo? Is the Karmann Ghia the perfect car for Molly Ringwald's Andie? Would she even have a car?! How about that BMW 318i? Awesome... or a bit boring?
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For this episode of Reels and Wheels, Sid and James are joined by legendary automotive journalist Phil Greden, AKA Murilee Martin!
Two Lane Blacktop is easily one of the greatest car movies of all time and Phil gives Sid and James quite an education on the climate of the time - 1970, the peak of the muscle car era. So what's really going on in this movie? What's everyone's theory on the strange ending? How do we place it all in historical context?
Listen to one of our most fascinating episodes yet as Phil Greden tells some excellent stories and demostrates his vast knowledge of the cars and the players. This episode is required listening for any car buff.
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It was a tough to be a kid in 1986. We begged our parents, saved our money and did everything we could to buy the latest Transformers toys, only to see them mercilessly killed off in traumatic fashion. This was Transformers: The Movie (1986).
To help navigate through their childhood trauma, Sid and James welcome Cenate Pruitt, someone who can best be described as a "Transformers Scholar" as they go beyond the scope of a normal episode of Reels & Wheels to discuss not just the cars and the movie, but the far-reaching effects these toys had on our lives, the ins and outs of how they were brought to life in various forms, and some extremely cool behind the scenes stories about the movie.
How does the movie hold up after 30 years? When you strip away the parts that upset you as a kid, is it now fun to watch? And how about Orson Welles! Fat jokes aside, he was a cool guy in his final days. Listen and learn.
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In the mood for a 90-minute car chase with a few sprinkles of existential plot thrown in? Well, Sid and James definitely were when they decided to watch Vanishing Point! Touring stand-up comedy pro David Beck drops in to talk about this cult classic movie, where the show is stolen by an Alpine white 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T, driven to Continue Reading
Great Scott! It was only a matter of time before we covered Back to the Future on Reels & Wheels, and to mark the occasion, Sid & James are joined by Mr. Regular, of the popular Regular Car Reviews YouTube channel! Mr. Regular has driven and reviewed two DeLoreans and brings his vast car knowledge and off-beat humor to Reels Continue Reading
Warning: This movie is actually about a small town in Australia called Paris and no cars actually eat anything. This week, Reels & Wheels takes a journey into the bizarre and intellectual as Sid and James try to sort out the somewhat obscure horror/comedy The Cars That Ate Paris. Mad Max brought us to this place. George Miller's use of Continue Reading
This week on Reels & Wheels, Sid and James are joined by a special guest, comedian Chop Allen, to discuss the 80s classic, Road House! Chop brings his perspective as a former bouncer as we discuss the movie's accuracy, the allure of Patrick Swayze, and, oh yeah, the cars! Road House came out at in 1989 - the peak of Continue Reading
On this episode of Reels & Wheels, James introduces Sid to Taxi, a French comedy featuring the Knight Rider of taxi cabs, a modified Peugeot 406 that's not afraid to take on the legendary Mercedes 500E in the David & Goliath of car chases. It's also an entertaining buddy/cop film, but don't let that distract you from the cars. Especially Continue Reading
It's 106 miles to Chicago. We've got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it's dark, and we're wearing sunglasses. In this episode of Reels & Wheels, resident muscle car geek and long-time bass guitar player Sid gives James a thousand more reasons to love The Blues Brothers. What (or who) does the Bluesmobile truly represent? Did Continue Reading
Max Mad: Fury Road has finally hit the theaters after spending more than a decade in development hell, and this special occasion demands a special, extended episode of Reels & Wheels! This episode was recorded in two parts: In part one, Sid and James sit down minutes after returning from the theater to discuss their first impressions of the movie while still Continue Reading
Sid and James venture into the wasteland for this special bonus episode of Reels & Wheels! What happens when you fight for justice only to have everything you love violently taken away? You take to the road on a quest for vengeance in a black Ford Falcon XBGT. Mad Max is a peek into Australia's ethos, a raw, gutsy country where the Continue Reading
This week on Reels & Wheels, Sid and James get back on track and review the excellent F1 racing movie Rush. Director Ron Howard chronicles the drama and the characters of the 1976 Formula 1 world championship. Nikki Lauda nearly died at the German Grand Prix, but he was back in the car after only missing two races, and the Continue Reading
On this week's Reels & Wheels, James and Sid celebrate Sid's purchase of his own Pontiac Firebird Trans Am by celebrating one of the greatest Trans Ams in history - dare we say a source of hope to the world - the Bandit's 1977 Trans Am from Smokey and the Bandit, complete with 6.6 V8 and screaming chicken hood graphic. How is Continue Reading
This week on Reels & Wheels, Sid and James discuss the ultimate 80s high school movie, John Hughes' Ferris Bueller's Day Off, and why its stars - a Ferrari 250 California, a Pontiac Fiero, and several Chrysler K-cars - helped make it what it is. (Alan Ruck, Matthew Broderick, Mia Sara, and Jennifer Grey are in it, also.) Was Ferris Bueller's Day Off all a Continue Reading
Do you have a guilty pleasure you aren't sure you want to share with people? Is it a movie that's so insanely stupid that you're thoroughly embarrassed you love it and watch it regularly? On this episode of Reels & Wheels, Sid makes James watch Midnight Madness, an early attempt by Disney to create a movie for adults that resulted Continue Reading
"A wraith, man! A ghost! A evil spirit - and it ain't cool!" Clint Howard's Rughead pretty much sums it up for this week's episode of Reels & Wheels, The Wraith. James and Sid dive into this 1980s masterpiece which features plenty of automotive flotsam and jetsam from the height of the "Malaise Era". Two Dodge Daytonas, a C3 Corvette, a Continue Reading
Sure, Paul Verhoeven's original RoboCop is a groundbreaking movie about a heartless corporation turning a man into a machine, but what about the cars?! Verhoeven's ability to predict the future has been proven over and over again, but did you notice he predicted the future of cars, too? RoboCop's satirical 2000 SUX predicted the early 90s' return to prominence of the Continue Reading
John Frankenheimer's post-Cold War espionage thriller Ronin stars Robert De Niro, Jean Reno, and Jonathan Pryce. More importantly, it stars insane French stunt drivers and big German luxury sedans. Ronin is the action movie - and everything else - The Bourne Identity isn't. The action sequences in Ronin feel real because they are. The writing has David Mamet's signature weird Continue Reading
Have you ever gotten so obsessed with something that it consumed you to the point that even your best friend couldn't save you from impending doom? Christine is about that car you should know better than to buy... if your emotions hadn't gotten the better of you. It's about getting carried away, whether it was a nerdy high school kid Continue Reading
Second chances are important for everyone, even a complete jerk like Steve McQueen. Well, that covers the plot to Le Mans, let's watch some racing! Le Mans was Steve McQueen's baby - a 1971 movie about a race he wanted to actually be a part of. Its strength is in its portrayal of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Every Continue Reading