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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