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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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"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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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What's the best way to kick off Reels & Wheels, a new podcast about cars and movies? By going straight to the movie that made us love cars at the the main characters in the first place - Duel! Duel started out as a 1971 network movie of the week. Working with a 10-day shooting schedule and a $450,000 budget, Continue Reading
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