Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Car Chases

Over at Hollywood Elsewhere today, Jeff Wells posted a deserved dismissal of Justin Lin's upcoming Fast Five (Universal, 4.29), which I think looks somewhere between revolting and intolerable, but the talk quickly diverged into discussing what the best car chases in film are. 
Obviously you can't start that conversation without mentioning Peter Yates' Bullitt ('68) and William Friedkin's The French Connection ('71), but some of the deeper cuts being thrown around are from Ronin, Bourne, Matrix Reloaded, To Live and Die in LA, etc. 
Personally I love the race through the desert in the criminally panned Speed Racer and the finale of Death Proof is pure throwback goodness.

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