Vanishing Point (1971)
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If you're a fan of Death Proof, then you have to see Vanishing Point. That's where the car comes from, and probably Tarantino's entire reason for making the film. If you're not a fan of Death Proof, you still have to see Vanishing Point. It's a brilliant, artful, PURE car movie that turns a 90-minute car chase into the American Myth. Filled with amazing shots and well-used music, this flick stars Barry Newman as the iconic driver Kowalski, who with the slimmest of possible motivations, is trying to drive a car from Denver to San Francisco in under 15 hours. Along the way, he has all sorts of crazy encounters that smack of something more, tapping into something Jungian, and he's guided by a kind of oracle, Cleavon Little's blind, psychic D.J. It's all very strange, but it works. And as we get closer to the end, we've learned just enough about Kowalski that we start to understand him, and that simple motivation becomes more complex. He's freedom seeker, yes, but seeking freedom from what? Vanishing Point isn't just a car movie, it's an experience.
What a nice surprise! Now since my geekie brain has a bit of a soft spot for 70's and 80's cult-movies, it might result that I am being a bit bias when it comes to films like this. But I think it comes off more than just being a fun car-chase movie to acturlly being a good movie. Due to it's interesting main character and themes, that centers mostly around the melancholy that was going on in America at the time.
An underrated 70's classic! And now one of my personal favorites.
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This movie ranks #37 in Grindhouse Cinema Database's Top Grindhouse Classics
This movie ranks #63 in Time Out's The 101 Best Action Movies Ever Made
This movie ranks #90 in BFI's 100 Road Movies
This movie ranks #976 in Time Out's 1000 Films to Change Your Life