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The Next Reel • Season 11 • Series: Great Car Chases • Member Bonus • The Blues Brothers
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The Blues Brothers • Member Bonus

We’re returning to our Great Car Chases series to look at John Landis’ 1980 comedy ‘The Blues Brothers.’ It’s our monthly member bonus episode. Thanks for your support! Enjoy the conversation.

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Drive

Ryan Gosling plays such a mysterious, quiet character in Nicolas Winding Refn’s 2011 film, “Drive,” that he’s never even given a name — he’s simply credited as Driver. The film has shades of noir and of 80s crime films, creating a dreamy neon quality interrupted by horribly violent outbursts that wake you up. It’s a fascinating film that critics really took notice of when it was released.

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Ronin

One of John Frankenheimer’s best films came late in his career — 1998’s Ronin. A seemingly simple story about a group of mercenaries who take a job trying to get a mysterious case is twisted around with double-crosses and plot twists, and becomes a perfect example of Hitchcock’s MacGuffin.

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The French Connection

It’s our ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY, everyone! That’s right, we’ve been doing this podcast for one year now, and what better way to celebrate than with the next in our Great Car Chase series—William Friedkin’s 1971 Best Picture Oscar-winner, “The French Connection.”

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Bullitt

Steve McQueen was one of the coolest actors out there. He brought amazing performances to the screen time and time again. The Magnificent Seven. Papillon. The Thomas Crown Affair. The Great Escape. The Getaway. The Sand Pebbles. The list goes on. In 1968, he played Frank Bullitt in Peter Yates’ film Bullitt, and brought incredible realism, sensitivity and intelligence to the role of a San Francisco policeman. He also brought his desire to create realistic car chases, and because of this ended up a part the granddaddy of all car chases put on film.

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