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Postby ajokay » 08 Apr 2013, 10:46

With the rush trailer being released today, I thought I'd start a thread about motor racing films (and TV shows I guess). Which do you recommend? Or even not recommend... every motor sport fan should watch Driven at least once!

They don't have to be works of fiction, they could be documentaries or based on real events. I'd just like a nice list of racing movies to watch through. (no spoilers though, please)

Here's a couple I've seen:

Driven - Sly Stallone movie that was going to be about F1 but later changed to being about CART. Uses footage from the 2000 season with the cars and helmets of Mark Blundell and JP Montoya used for the main characters. Entirely awful, but needs to be watched just because of that.

Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby - Comedy movie about NASCAR starring Will Ferrell (Anchorman) and Sacha Baron Cohen (Ali G, Borat). Seen it once but can't remember it too well, Can't have been concentrating. I need to watch it again.

Archer: "Jeu Monégasque" - Season 2 Episode 11 of animated TV series Archer in which dysfunctional intelligence service ISIS send agent Sterling Archer on a mission to Monaco during the Grand Prix weekend. The entire show is set in a completely ambiguous time period, with modern technology like GPS and mobile phones, but with cars, computers and décor straight out of the 1970's. The F1 cars and the circuit itself seem to be modelled on those of the 1960's.

So... any more? I know there are classics like Grand Prix and Days of Thunder... but I've never seen them. worth it? tell me!
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Postby DanThorn » 08 Apr 2013, 11:00

Driven is just brilliant. Ridiculous continuity errors, hilarious acting, a panning shot of Montoya looking thoughtful and someone breaking their leg because they went swimming.

Talladega Nights is ok, watched it not long ago but I too don't really remember it so it can't have been that good. If you want a NASCAR film watch Days of Thunder, which is hilarious in a similar vein to Driven but made a whole lot better. It's basically Top Gun but with NASCARs instead of F-14s.

Grand Prix is a very twee, predictable and sentimental film but I really like it. It's nearly three hours long but the footage is brilliant, has the likes of Graham Hill with acting parts, lots of gratuitous split screens with air intakes and throttle linkages and the cinematography is excellent. Probably the best motor racing film there is I'd say.

Speed Racer is great too. Get it on Blu Ray if you can, it looks spectacular. Again, a very predictable and basic story but the comic book style and general retro-ness is great.
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Postby JayCoops435 » 08 Apr 2013, 11:11

Grand Prix is a fantastic film. Let's not forget Days of Thunder either. Also I'd recommend (maybe not to Alex as he's not a Ferrari fan but it is still worth a watch) Enzo Ferrari. It goes through his whole life as a child right up to the 88 season about his love for speed and how he was inspired by Tazio Nuvolari to start Grand Prix racing and also looks into his personal life.
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Postby Icthyes » 08 Apr 2013, 14:37

Wreck-It-Ralph. Does that count?
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Postby Covamalia » 08 Apr 2013, 16:47

Ah yes. Had forgotten the Enzo Ferrari film. Not seen it all in one sitting before though
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Postby OrpheusFirbrand » 08 Apr 2013, 17:46

Death Race was one of my favourites... Not Death Race 2000, I'm talkin' the Jason Statham film.

But then, I'm the sorta guy that likes carnage, explosions and death in his films so...

I'll go sit in the corner...
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Postby thescottwilkes » 08 Apr 2013, 18:36

You're all talking shit.

Driven is a brilliant film. No mistakes.
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Postby PJTierney » 08 Apr 2013, 19:16

It was one of those "so bad it's kinda good" movies for me.

Wouldn't watch it again though.

I've watched the 2 Audi LeMans documentaries (Truth in 24); despite being very pro-Audi and knowing the end result, they were both quite dramatic and entertaining, and only served to make endurance racing more excitable for me.
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Postby nOc75 » 08 Apr 2013, 19:33

TT:Closer To The Edge is a good watch.

Them boys are mental. And good craic.
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Postby DanThorn » 08 Apr 2013, 19:55

I've had TT3D on my wish list for months, I really should get around to watching it! I've also had Fastest sitting on my shelf for a while, need to watch that too. Same with Truth in 24. Yes, I buy things and then don't watch them for months. :)

In terms of docu-films, 'Love the Beast' is well worth a watch. Features the relationship between Eric Bana and his first car and really nails what it means to be a petrolhead.
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Postby Storming83 » 08 Apr 2013, 20:58

IMHO TT3d is better than Senna, but that's only because I knew all that was going to happen in Senna after reading and watching so much about it throughout the years. I don't know bikes at all, so it was all new.

And now I've mentioned it....Senna.

Kudos to Alex for bringing up the Archer F1 episode. Such a brilliant show (even if season 4 is beginning to slow down a bit).

Grand Prix is good too. Some incredible on-board footage in that movie in an era where it had never been seen before. And Graham Hill owns every scene he's in.
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Postby DanThorn » 08 Apr 2013, 21:31

Yeah I was massively disappointed by Senna. I walked out of the cinema thinking 'that was an expensive YouTube tribute video'. The odd bit of unseen footage was interesting but other that that I don't really rate it.
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Postby Covamalia » 08 Apr 2013, 22:09

Oh. Quite obvious, but Iron Man 2, which has a snippet of Monaco Classics racers
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Postby Mr Flobadob » 08 Apr 2013, 22:40

Not so much a movie, but I thoroughly enjoyed Grand Prix: The Killer Years, in a morbid sort of way.
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Postby Ripster014 » 09 Apr 2013, 02:48

My choices would be Senna, Le Mans, Grand Prix and the original Cars.
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Postby D0n M4730 » 09 Apr 2013, 08:01

Good point there, the original Cars is a great one. It may be a kids' movie but you can tell it's been made by some proper petrolheads and the attention to detail in the racing scenes in particular is brilliant.
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Postby ajokay » 09 Apr 2013, 08:13

Of course, yes. Cars is pretty good. Cars 2 though... a spy movie about cars that goes way beyond the boundaries of how much anthropomorphic cars should be shoehorned into a human-esque world. Which is a shame because the actual racing sequences were brilliantly done.
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Postby DanThorn » 09 Apr 2013, 09:08

Completely forgot about Le Mans, the endurance race of films. Whether the intention was for it to slow I don't know, but it's great. Apart from the end, where the battle is resolved because someone suddenly realises they can use full throttle. Excellent footage though of beautiful cars.
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Postby blairy20 » 09 Apr 2013, 21:14

Just seen Dempsey Races Le Mans on Eurosport. Only been watching for 5 minutes but seems decent.
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Postby TommyWTF1 » 23 Apr 2013, 22:52

I'M QUICKER THAN ALL OF YOU!
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Postby Mr Flobadob » 23 Apr 2013, 22:53

So let's race!
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Postby camp_bell » 30 Jun 2013, 16:52

I just watched Talladega Nights. Completely crazy, but pretty funny. Think it's one of those films you enjoy more when you're drinking (which I wasn't).
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Postby Covamalia » 06 Jul 2013, 15:44

"I want you to go out there and hit the pace car"

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I need to watch these films again to get me into the NASCARRR spirit ;)
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