August 3, 2008
Of all the chases that have ever taken place, which one has been the best, the most exciting, the most gripping? Was it the ski chase in Her Majesty’s Secret Service? Was an old chase? Perhaps the numerous ones in “It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad Mad World?” Was it a new chase? Perhaps something in a Die Hard — before Bruce Willis lost his hair. Was it something in the sky? On the road? In the snow? On foot? Maybe when my two dogs chasing around my house? But no, this chase is probably something you don’t have in mind, but if your old enough, you probably remember. Not calling anyone old here. Yes, this chase is an instant classic, it got my adrenaline pumping even as I watched it on Youtube.
So in honor of the extremely fast cars here in Uruguay, I present to you…the greatest chase ever, by perhaps the greatest driver ever: starring OJ Simpson’s Ford Bronco vs. the police. This chase reminded me deeply of the Tour De France, where people line up on the side of the road and run next to the bikes. Well, it was sort of the same case here. I don’t know what kind of Jungle Juice OJ put in his Bronco, but let me say, my pet rock wasn’t impressed. (Maybe Olive oil?) Its not OJ’s fault – he was really hitting the gas, but with all his money, maybe he could put more than 10 horsepower in his golf cart. I bet the entire exertive board of Ford Motors was screaming: “FLOOR IT, JUICE!” That day must have been disappointing for them to see OJ’s Bronco and the Ford police cars all doing an exciting 20 miles per hour. But aside from the part when the chase witnesses (all 500 of them) shouted: “Don’t squeeze the juice!” my favorite part of the chase was when (if you look closely) the people on the side of the freeways were starting snail races when the cars came up next to them. Man, that thing was suspenseful, and it will always win my heart for the best chase ever. Heck, they should make a movie about it and throw in Mr. T as OJ. That way he could ad a new dimension to the chase by periodically screaming “you can’t touch this FOOL” to the police.
August 1, 2008
After a string of horrible movies this summer that didn’t exactly hit the spot, I am looking for a savior in Daniel Craig’s new Bond. In each and every movie that I have watched this summer, the preview for Quantum of Solace has shown, and sadly, each and every time it was the best part of the entire two and a half hours for me. This summer, in fact, I have been reduced to seeing good 70′s and 80′s movies to keep my sanity at the movie theater. So after seeing that the new Bond is out, I have been so ready — ready for a good movie, which is due for me right now.
Everything in this Bond movie seems better than the last. Its set with a more mature Bond, that is more experienced in the field. But what I’m looking for is a more mature Bond in the way of his etiquette. What do I mean? In Casino Royale, Bond was still classy, but not very sure of himself in some situations. For starters, he fell in love, which is not acceptable in a Bond movie, and lastly he didn’t ask for a double Martini, shaken not stirred when at the drink counter. But in a larger scale, a darker and more intellectual Casino Royale was fine with me, but in my opinion, putting a poker tournament as the centerpiece of the plot was pretty weak. It was advertised as win all-end all tournament, but in truth when it actually started it was pretty boring. But in all fairness, the last Bond was in sense all about Bond beginning again and learning the game.
So what looks good out of the new one? It looks like it is a little more action packed, which is a tell tail sign from the main movie poster — with Bond holding an automatic rather than his customary Glock. And also, judging from the trailer, Bond may go rouge from MI6, so that may be interesting. And judging from the price spent on the movie and the many stuntman, it looks like their cranking up the explosions and big jumps. I’m sure it will have at least an up to par, customary Bond plot, which can be complex. The bond girls look good, a little retro with the hairdo’s but that may be a good sign. The only thing that I am not looking forward to is the Bond theme song. Its not Alicia Keys that bothers me, I’m just not happy about hearing Jack White’s painful voice. If the music coordinators over in Great Britain has any sense in their brains, they will let Jack do the guitar and let Alicia do the sining.