Thursday, June 14, 2007

Cinematic Silliness when Searching for Some Classics

Since Amanda had never seen it, I was hoping to rent First Blood (Rambo 1) a couple of nights ago. But I couldn't find it in either of the video stores near us, although they both had Rambo 2 and 3. She has never seen Rocky either, or Escape from New York, Mad Max, Christine, Jaws, or Smokey and the Bandit. All classics that we will have to rent someday, especially since it seems like it's getting harder and harder to find good movies in the new rental section.

But I ended up renting Death Race 2000. I found this gem under the "Sci-Fi" category and remembered seeing it on a list of The Top 40 Best Car Movies on DVD. It was made in 1975 and depicted what the U.S. would be like in the year 2000. Sylvester Stallone was in it, but his name wasn't even in the opening credits since he hadn't made a name for himself yet.

The plot was about a transcontinental race where the winner must not only get to the finish line first, but must kill the most people with their car along the way. I am certain that this movie inspired the video game "Carmageddon", which was actually a very fun game.

It's always interesting to see how people predict the future to be, especially now that it's already in the past. Unfortunately, there were a few scenes with gratuitous nudity in them, and the special effects of the movie were hilariously outdated. Ok, so the movie more or less completely sucked, but it was still kinda fun and silly too.

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