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Reels & Wheels with comedians Sid Bridge and James Rodatus is a podcast about movies where cars play a key role.
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Sep 9, 2022

It's a car movie starring a young Tommy Lee Jones as a sex symbol. And it's not Black Moon Rising. We already did that one. No, this movie is MUCH MUCH WEIRDER. The Betsy pretends to be a car movie, but it's possibly got the least car content of any movie we've covered here on Reels and Wheels (and we include Spaceballs in that tally).

Joining us for this podcast is Joe Ligo. Joe is a filmmaker working on a documentary about American Motors... and that's how he discovered The Betsy. In a rare moment, AMC allowed the cameras to roll at their headquarters and everyone he interviewed for the documentary talked about it.

But... but... this movie. It's all over the place. It's an attempt at a dramatization of Henry Ford's life, with a lot more sordid details added in (and given Henry Ford's life, adding more sordid details is an accomplishment). It's just bizarre. And bad. 

Find out more about Joe's documentary here: https://www.facebook.com/AmericanMotorsMovie

and consider helping out Joe's production at their GoFundMe page here: https://www.gofundme.com/f/the-last-independent-automaker-a-documentary

 

Jul 8, 2022

It's 1982. It's Eddie Murphy's first acting role. It's Nick Nolte when he was still considered a handsome leading man. It's a time when a 1964 Cadillac was considered a shitbox.

Sid and James are joined once again by Derek Williams, comedian, 80's expert, and alpha geek of comedy!

Jun 1, 2022

Reels and Wheels is back! And by request, Matt Cole, our resident Nicholas Cage expert, has returned to talk about the 2000 remake of Gone in 60 Seconds!

This movie definitely has some baffling moments. It's also got kind of a crazy backstory regarding it's relationship to the H.B. Halicki original. But... is it enough Nicholas Cafe? James, Sid and Matt discuss...

Mar 10, 2022

In 1991, an attempt was made to reboot Knight Rider with a new Pontiac Banshee-inspired version of KITT. It failed. 

However...

It's worth a second watch. Is it good? Not really. Does it do a good job predicting the year 2000? Mostly no. Is it a PG rip-off of RoboCop? Strangly, yes!

James and Sid have a lot of weird things to talk about, not the least of which is the presence of Chevy Beretta police cars. Weird. 

Jan 13, 2022

Ghostbusters Afterlife tries to strike the right balance between appealing to a new generation and diving into rich nostalgia for old-school Ghostbusters fans.

Joining Sid and James for this episode is comedian, podcaster and convention fixture George Plank!

We discuss the great story behind this movie's version of Ecto-1 and the other interesting cars that make up the supporting cast!

Oct 21, 2021

Get Shorty is a very 90's movie. And it features the Cadillac of minivans, the Oldsmobile Silhouette!

Joining us for this episode is Amanda Marks of the Sis & Tell Podcast!

Aug 10, 2021

How many movies can you name that started a religion? The Big Lebowski brought us Dudeism. It also happens to be an awesome movie, however... Get ready for an off-the-rails episode of Reels & Wheels as James and Sid are joined by Brad and Adam of the Gutterballs Podcast, two guys who really embody the ideals of Dudeism.

Consequently, the conversation meanders a lot. Still, The Big Lebowski and its cars get a lot of love here and there's a mystery that you can help us solve in the process. 

Make sure you visit Gutterballs: The Podcast at Gutterballs.tv and enjoy!

Jun 11, 2021

Is reality all it's cracked up to be? Does the value of fiction outshine real life? This is Big Fish. 

Joining us to discuss this Tim Burton masterpiece is Jalopnik's resident wrencher, adventurer, David Tracy!

David gets the opportunity to introduce Sid and James to his favorite movie and talk about choosing a life of adventure.

Find David's articles at Jalopnik.com and following his adventures on Instagram @DavidnTracy. Follow @SidBridgeComedy and @S2KJames - make sure you subscribe to @ReelsandWheels and leave some feedback!

May 7, 2021

James and Sid are joined by the biggest Nicolas Cage resource around. He's an actor, improv comic, and podcast host - Matt Cole!

This episode is hard to describe in a couple of paragraphs. Yes, we talk about the cars - especially the Corvette and the GTI, but this podcast has an insanity level that lives up to Nicolas Cage expectations.

Make sure you follow @ReelsandWheels and hosts @SidBridgeComedy and @S2KJames on social media! Spread the word about Reels and Wheels and leave us some feedback!

Mar 11, 2021

In part two of our episode on Clouzot's Wages of Fear, we discuss its along with its remake, Sorcerer.

Feb 17, 2021

Clouzot's 1953 thriller The Wages of Fear was a groundbreaking movie and was later remade into Sorcerer, a favorite movie of ours.

Joining Sid and James once again is Remi Treuer, comedian and host of "Say the X" on Twitch. 

Part one of this episode focuses on The Wages of Fear - its characters, its setting, and its artful build-up of tension. It's a true classic.

Dec 3, 2020

Can American auto workers get along with their new Japanese bosses? That was the big question in the mid-1980's as Ron Howard's Gung Ho, inspired by real events, tried to tackle the subject as an inspirational comedy.

In hindsight, it's an awkward movie to watch, riddled with racist/xenophobic assumptions about both the Japanese and American auto workers.

But hey, we need to talk about the cars! And joining us is Jason Torchnisky, Jalopnik writer, published author of Robot Take the Wheel, and legendary Changli owner!

The cars of the fictional Assan Motors are represented mostly by Fiat Regattas, but the movie has quite a few interesting featured cars!

Find Jason Torchinsky at Jalopnik.com or on social media @JasonTorch / @JasonTorchinsky and remember to subscribe to Reels and Wheels and leave some feedback!

Nov 5, 2020

Few shows nail nostalgia so perfectly while simultaneously endearing us to new characters. Cobra Kai knocks it out of the park. 

Cars have always been a key part of the Karate Kid franchise, from Mr. Miyagi's collection of classics to Mrs. Larusso's Malibu wagon to Johnny's Avanti II, Cobra Kai had a lot to live up to... and it does. Nicely.

Comedian, Comedy Instructor and friend of the podcast Tim Loulies joins us to talk Cobra Kai!

Find Tim Loulies online at @Big44Comedy and make sure you subscribe to Reels and Wheels!

Sep 8, 2020

CONVOY!

Hear us out on this one...

As a production, Convoy was a bit of a train wreck. A drug-fueled, past-his-prime Sam Peckinpaw was trying to direct a dark film that made a statement about unfair laws. The studio wanted something more like Smokey and the Bandit, which came out the year before. Neither side one.

The result is a tonally strange movie, but somehow... somehow... it's super relevant today. Derek Williams once again joins Sid and James to discuss this bizarre movie that has way more to it than you think. It's actually a strong statement against police using the wrong enforcement tactics and a reminder that black lives matter.

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Jun 10, 2020

In this special, co-branded episode of Reels and Wheels, Sid and James are joined by Brad McMurran and Sean Devereux of The Pushers, hosts of the Nerds of Comedy podcast!

...and what amazing, special, exciting movie could possibly be important enough to bring these two podcasts together? Cannonball Run 2, of course!

All kidding aside, Hal Needham's second Cannonball movie is mindless fun. It's ridiculous. It's over-the-top. It makes no sense. And it's just awesome. 

Sean and Brad are partners at The Push Comedy Theater. Like most comedy venues, it has had to close down during the COVID-19 Pandemic. The theater is not only a great place to experience comedy, it is also a key training ground for comedic talent in southeastern Virginia. Please consider going to www.pushcomedytheater.com and making a donation!

Don't forget to send us your feedback - and subscribe on all the podcast services you can find us on! @SidBridgeComedy & @S2KJames

Apr 27, 2020

There can be only one!!!

Sid and James tackle the 1986 classic Highlander, the story of an immortal, caught in a centuries-long struggle to claim a prize by beheading other immortals. And he drives a Porsche 356 Speedster.

A discussion ensues on the virtues and not-virtues of the 356 and we take a look at the other cars of Highlander. We also feel the need to single out Clancy Brown, who's portrayal of The Kurgan gave us an outstanding villain.

This episode was inspired by a Twitter conversation with our good friend, Lovell Porter - find him on Twitter @AboveAverageLLP. Make sure you subscribe to Reels and Wheels and leave us some feedback! @SidBridgeComedy and @S2KJames

Apr 6, 2020

David Michod's The Rover is a bleak, Australian post-apocalypse story. Sound familiar? It's definitely not Mad Max. 

Michod's anarchic landscape lacks hope... or even a real hero. The movie is a slog, depressing and gritty from start to finish. It's kind of character piece you would expect from a film that was chosen to be screened at Cannes.

James liked it. Sid hated it. Both agree: While relevant, it's a depressing watch during the COVID-19 pandemic. Save it for later and listen to Reels and Wheels instead.

Mar 17, 2020

This is the movie we've been waiting for. This is a story so crazy we're surprised it took this long to become a movie. This is Ford V Ferrari.

Joining James and Sid is racecar driver Aditya "Deech" Madhaven as we talk about the incredible story of Carroll Shelby and Ken Miles. Ford V Ferrari is a rare example of a car movie that is so good that it can be enjoyed by people who aren't into cars. 

Deech brings tons of knowledge to the table and this episode is entertaining and informing - and it was a blast to record. It's a bit longer than usual because we enjoyed this movie so much.

Make sure you follow us online - @ReelsandWheels, @S2KJames, @SidBridgeComedy!

Feb 13, 2020

Stuber is a movie where the hero car is an all-electric Nissan Leaf. It also stars WWE-wrestler-turned-actor Dave Bautista as a trigger-happy cop with bad eyesight. 

Joining us for this episode is Lovell Porter, creator of BlaqueRabbit.com and writer/play-by-play analyst for WrestleZone! 

So, is the Leaf a cool car? Can James become a wrestling fan? Is Stuber worth watching?

Find Sid @SidBridgeComedy and James @S2KJames online. Subscribe to Reels and Wheels in Stitcher, iTunes or Google Play and leave us some feedback! Find Lovell at BlaqueRabbit.com and at WrestleZone.com!

Dec 25, 2019

Merry Christmas from Reels and Wheels! On this special Christmas episode, James and Sid talk about Christmas Vacation and the bizarre 1989 Ford Taurus wagon with custom wood paneling!

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Nov 26, 2019

If there's one thing to be said for animation, it's that the sky's the limit. Whatever craziness is hiding in your imagination - if you're good enough to draw it - can become a movie.

Redline is a 2009 animated film that takes inspiration from all over the place - Death Race 2000, Aeon Flux, Aliens - you name it! This movie has dystopian governments, mutant bio-weapons, cyborgs, over-the-top hot rods, and a hero who sports a pompadour. 

Joining us for this episode is Anime aficionado Remi Treuer, who drops plenty of knowledge on us as we try to process this insane movie.

Find Remi at SayTheXPod.com and @SayTheXPod on social - don't forget to follow @SidBridgeComedy and @S2KJames and leave us some feedback!

Oct 30, 2019

It's our Halloween episode! It's become traditional at Reels and Wheels to pick a horror movie with a car or two in it to discuss on Halloween and this year it's the movie that gave us the modern definition of zombies - the original Night of the Living Dead (and it's 1990 remake)!

Joining Sid and James is their good friend and zombie expert, Derek Williams!

Zombies! Classic Pontiacs! Classic Pickups! What more could you ask for?

Find Derek online @Derek5letters - and follow @ReelsandWheels and leave us some feedback! @SidBridgeComedy and @S2KJames

Sep 19, 2019

Want to cry? Want to be sad? Have we got the movie for you! 

The Art of Racing in the Rain is a sad movie based on Garth Stein's really sad book of the same name. It chronicles all the sad stuff that happens to Denny, a racecar driver, through the eyes of his dog, Enzo.

It does a great job of showing the blue collar side of car racing. And it does a great job of making you cry. A lot. Joining Sid and James to cry together is JG Pasterjak of Grassroots Motorsports. JG has met the author and, as a racer himself, has a great take on the movie.

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Aug 15, 2019

Breaking the sound barrier. Going to space. The story didn't require a ton of embellishing to make a great movie. These pilots had the right stuff and speed was their life - from the planes they flew to the horses they rode to the cars they drove.

Our good friends Josh Horowitz and Brett Stillo from the 5 Minutes of Trouble and 5 Minutes of Banzai podcasts join us once again to talk about a great 1980's movie that gave us real heroes in some really cool 1950's cars.

Make sure you subscribe to Reels and Wheels on iTunes, Stitcher or Google Play and leave us some feedback!

@SidBridgeComedy, @S2KJames

And find 5 Minutes of Trouble here:

http://5minutesoftrouble.com/

Jul 23, 2019

Fans of the original Transformers toys/cartoons finally got the movie they wanted in Bumblebee - the first Transformers movie to diverge from the Michael Bay explosion-fest to bring us back to the 1980's.

Sid and James are joined by The Salty Seaman, Gabriel Owens, host of the Military Bulls**t podcast in this co-branded episode.

Bumblebee kind of took a risk in appealing to all the 40-somethings who loved Transformers when they were kids instead of trying to sell a new generation on new toys.

What we got was a great tribute to the 1980's, with some really great cars in the background - including a car chase featuring a Vista Cruiser!

Gabe has plenty to bring to the conversation - enjoy as we geek out over Bumblebee!

Make sure you subscribe to Reels and Wheels on iTunes, Stitcher or Google Play and leave us some feedback!

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@S2KJames
@ReelsandWheels

Find Gabe's podcast here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNJGW1TV7r_K4lsd7-wEf0A

 

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