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Sunday, 01 July 2007 |  Written by Bill Warren  | 
Getaway, The (1972) Steve McQueen was pleased enough with director Sam Peckinpah during the making of “Junior Bonner” that he hired Sam to direct “The Getaway.” It resulted in one of the most satisfying movies of either man—and apart from “Papillon,” was the last genuinely good movie that McQueen made. His career and life off screen began to go offtrack during the making of “The Getaway;” he had a torrid affair with co-star Ali MacGraw, married to Robert Evans, then head of Paramount, and it ended his long-time marriage to Neile Adams. Soon, McQueen was involved in drugs and alcohol, though his early death was due to cancer. His marriage to MacGraw burned out in five years, and he left a third wife, much younger than him, a widow. Peckinpah had a few more good years, but he, too, was notoriously self-destructive, and he spiraled down to the likes of “Convoy” in much the same manner ...
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Friday, 01 June 2007 |  Written by Mel Odom  | 
Poseidon In the original movie, “Poseidon” is struck by a tsunami and overturned. At the time, as pointed out in the History Channel episode on the disc, no one thought that was possible. Since that time, the world has learned how frightening that force of nature can be. In the NBC remake, the destruction was caused by a terrorist bomb to exploit the paranoia heightened by 9/11. In Petersen’s version of the movie, the destructive force was changed to a rogue wave, unlike tsunamis, which resemble extremely fast, very high tides, and which cause destruction along shorelines; they’re not necessarily very hazardous to ships at sea. Rogue waves have been documented over a hundred feet in height and have totally destroyed ships as big as the “Poseidon” in the movie. The plot is simple. A huge luxury ocean liner is overturned at sea and a handful of people that survived the initial destruction struggle ...
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Friday, 01 June 2007 |  Written by Bill Warren  | 
Bullitt “Bullitt” was a medium-budget studio movie, basically a standard police thriller—but what it was about is not as important as its style, and that amazing car chase, still one of the best in movie history. It set precedents that many producers and directors have tried to top—and though many have succeeded (from “The French Connection” to “The Bourne Supremacy”), this blistering, beautifully-edited sequence in “Bullitt” is still the one everything else is compared to. Furthermore, McQueen cut such a stylish figure as the San Francisco police detective with the ludicrous name of Frank Bullitt that he established a new style for cops and their behavior. There wouldn’t have been a “Dirty Harry” or any Lethal Weapons without Frank Bullitt—or without Steve McQueen. He sometimes isn’t given his due as an actor, but he burned a hole in the screen—his sheer presence was electrifying and memorable. But like most such figures in movie history, ...
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Thursday, 01 February 2007 |  Written by Darren Gross  | 
Fast and the Furious, The: Tokyo Drift High school student Sean Boswell (Lucas Black) finds himself in trouble with the law after participating in a road race that trashes both his car and that of his competitor, an obnoxious jock on the football team. Sean’s mother makes a deal to save him from severe punishment and sends him to Japan to stay with his father (Brian Goodman), her ex-husband. Initially a fish out of water in Japan, Sean quickly finds his way (via fellow American student Twinkie) into the twilight world of “Drifting”-- a type of garage and road-racing that involves sliding the rear of the car as much as possible, especially around every corner. Sean is befriended by cool “Drifter” Han (Sung Kung) and finds himself falling for Australian Neela (Nathalie Kelley) which puts him at odds with the “Drift King” (Brian Tee). This third chapter in the “Fast and the Furious” series is a definite step-up from ...
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Monday, 01 January 2007 |  Written by Darren Gross  | 
2 Fast 2 Furious Brian O’Connor (Paul Walker), after betraying the police at the end of “The Fast and the Furious,” is hiding out in Miami, Florida among the road-racing crowd. When Brian is arrested by the police during a road-racing bust, he is offered a chance to avoid jail, by going undercover, as a member of the crew of local crime boss Carter Verone (Cole Hauser) in an attempt to catch him transporting large sums of money out of the country. Further complicating matters, Brian must work with both Roman Pearce (Tyrese Gibson), an ex-friend who doesn’t trust him, and Monica (Eva Mendes), an undercover agent, who is Verone’s current girlfriend and who may have turned against the cops. “The Fast and the Furious” was very entertaining popcorn junk. Fun, fast paced and loud, with a filmmaker clearly inspired by the milieu and the flashy cars that are the raison d’etre for the film. “2 ...
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