Ridiculous. Hilarious. Outlandish. Real. The Cannonball Run wasn't the first movie about the legendary illegal cross-country race, but it was the most iconic. Penned by Car and Driver editor Brock Yates and helmed by Stunt Driver/Smokey and the Bandit director Hal Needham, The Cannonball Run is one of the happiest accidents in movie history.
James and Sid are joined by comedian Derek Williams to discuss this 1981 ensemble masterpiece that probably should have been terrible. Filmed in only a few weeks with an cast that was basically a bunch of Burt Reynolds' friends hanging out and being drunk, Needham somehow captured lightning in a bottle and set the course for 1980's pop culture.
What was the goal of this movie? What exactly was Roger Moore doing here? How did Derek learn to drive a manual? Enjoy the latest Reels and Wheels!
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Punk rock, drugs, 80's fashion and decaying aliens in the trunk. Only 1984's Repo Man could bring such greatness together and contain it on one screen. Joining Sid and James to help understand this complicated/insane movie is Ed Carden of The Pushers - a renowned sketch comedy group who runs The Push Comedy Theater.
Emilio Estevez and Harry Dean Stanton carry this cult classic which also happens to star a sinister 1964 Chevy Malibu with radioactive alien corpses in the truck that vaporize anyone who dares to open it and take a peek.
What was this movie really about? What other magical powers did some of the cars have? Did you know that Ed Carden used to have a Volkswagen Quantum?! Find out more on this episode of Reels and Wheels! Follow us on social media - @TheEdCarden, @ReelsandWheels, @SidBridgeComedy and @S2KJames. Subscribe on iTunes or Stitcher and leave us feedback!
In the early 1970's, outlaw culture was at its height and car chase movies with jarring endings were all the rage - Like Vanishing Point and Two Lane Blacktop, Dirty Mary Crazy Larry is a chase movie with an outlaw protagonist, fueled by Detroit muscle.
James and Sid are joined by the Educated Redneck Dan Ellison, a touring comic who knows his cars and has plenty of insight about what life was like when this movie came out.
What was the true lesson of this movie? Are we supposed to root for the outlaw? And how about those cars - a sleeper Chevy Impala and a flamboyant Dodge Charger steal every scene in this movie.
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Rarely do James and Sid agree that both a movie and its cars are awesome. When it comes to Death Race 2000, both hosts give it a thumbs up and that's pretty disturbing.
Death Race 2000 is Roger Corman's masterpiece of satire - poking fun at the dumbing down of society years before Idiocracy came about. Innocent people are killed with deadpan/slapstick comic timing and characters are ridiculous/off the wall.
And then there's the cars. Customizer Dick Dean goes all out to give us some of the wildest, personality-filled and unreliable cars ever filmed.
Why is this movie so amazing? Why didn't the cars run? Why should a car be an extension of your own personality? Is this movie for real?
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Quentin Tarantino never misses a detail, so the vehicular choices of the main characters in Pulp Fiction make for a pretty exciting episode of Reels and Wheels. James and Sid are joined by CB Wilkins. CB is a stand up comic, member of Plan B Improv and really knows his Tarantino.
What did the cars say about the characters? Can James talk about an Acura NSX without needing a cold shower? How far off the rails will a discussion go if the word "monocoque" gets used?
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Another must-see for fans of great car chases, Reels and Wheels talks The French Connection. Based on a true story, The French Connection includes a history, 5-minute car chase that pits a basic 1971 Pontiac Lemans sedan against an L-Train!
James and Sid talk about New York City's abusive relationship with cars and how the muscle car age was an inconvenience to them. Were the cars in the true story more interesting than the movie? Why were the sedans so awful compared to the coupes?
And how about that chase? How much danger were people really in due to the reckless actions of director William Friedkin? Enjoy Reels and Wheels! Follow @ReelsandWheels on Twitter and Facebook. Subscribe on iTunes and Stitcher and leave us feedback! Follow Sid @SidBridgeComedy and James @S2KJames, too!
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
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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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