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Reel Reviews – Bullitt

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Reel Review #15: “You work your side of the street and I’ll work mine.” Time to go back to 1968 for a terrific cop drama. Yeah, it is a little slow for the MTV generation – but real life moves along at an ordinary pace. Cops don’t really get in shootouts every ten minutes. This film is driven forward by Steve McQueen’s portrayal of Lt. Frank Bullitt. Better yet, Bullitt has what many consider to be the best car chase scene ever to be put on film. I also announce the winner of the Bullitt DVD giveaway. Buckle up – it is time for Bullitt!

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11 Responses to “Reel Reviews – Bullitt”


  1. Gravatar Icon 1 Pete Prodoehl Dec 13th, 2004 at 10:08 am

    Great review of Bullitt, except for the part where you said “Drew Domkus” when you meant to say “Pete Prodoehl” after picking my winning entry. ;)

    I mean, I had to first scream in the general direction of the dashboard and then rewind to make sure I heard it right.

    No worries, the matter is in hand, thanks to the aforementioned Mr. Domkus, stand-up guy that he is…

  2. Gravatar Icon 2 Michael Dec 13th, 2004 at 11:26 am

    Pete, glad you enjoyed the podcast – remember now – both hands on the wheel!

  3. Gravatar Icon 3 K. Todd Storch Dec 14th, 2004 at 6:00 pm

    Michael,

    You and I are almost the exact same age and I cannot believe I’ve never seen this movie. Shame on me, but I’m all over it now. If TiVo doesn’t pick it up soon, I’m off to rent it for a “after the wife hits the sack” watch.

    Great job on the podcast. I’ve subscribed recently after hearing Evil Genius give you props.

    Keep up the great work.

    You could get real commonplace and throw down some Fletch! Sorry, had to do it.

  4. Gravatar Icon 4 MikeC Dec 14th, 2004 at 8:18 pm

    First off, great podcast as usual. About the comment about podcast length. I think you could stand to go a few minutes longer from time to time, though I would try to keep it under about twenty minutes. Also I come bearing a suggestion:

    Django
    Around the time Bullitt was coming out, there was a surge of films coming from Italy that were a re-interpretation of the American Western, or Spaghetti Western. Most commonly known from this genre would have to be the Man With No Name Trilogy (“A Fistful of Dollars,” “For a Few Dollars More,” “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly”) All directed by Sergio Leone and starring Clint Eastwood. But while Leone was defining the genre with these films there was another director, Sergio Corbucci, who was off taking the genre to its complete extremes. Django was quite a controversial film for its excessive gore, getting itself banned in multiple countries, but more than that it was one of the best implementations of the vengeance-seeking stranger plot wonderfully acted by Franco Nero. In fact, it was such a success that it spawned somewhere around 60 unofficial sequels (only one actual official sequel, somewhat dissapointingly.) If you’re interested in Spaghetti Westerns, but aren’t really sure where to start, Leone’s movies and Django would be an excellent starting point.

  5. Gravatar Icon 5 Michael Dec 15th, 2004 at 3:28 pm

    Mike, thanks for the Django suggestion. You are actually the second or third person to suggest the film. I don’t say this too often – but I have not seen it. However that will soon be rectified as I picked up the Blue Underground DVD Special Edition today. Apparently it is from a new negative that was just found in a vault in Rome. True or not, it is some sexy hype.

    I don’t know if you saw it, but check out my Reel Review for Once Upon A Time In The West. I’d like to hear your thoughts.

  6. Gravatar Icon 6 MikeC Dec 15th, 2004 at 5:43 pm

    The Blue Underground version, while it does show some negative damage, is much clearer and the color is much improved over the Anchor Bay version. Hopefully you can deal with the mono soundtrack (though it is fairly clean, still…I mean, its mono)

    I just started coming to your site recently (your Spinal Tap ‘cast was the first one I heard) but so far I like what I have heard and have been going backwards through your older podcasts and I must say, I love almost every film you have done here so far (and the two that I haven’t seen I made sure to add to my Netflix Queue)

    Once Upon A Time In The West is just an amazing film. Its got a great cast, great director, great script…It’s an all around good movie. Leone does his magic again in the directors chair with some amazing actors to work with and the story thye have is awesome. The story is quite the molding of Leone and Argento’s styles. This was early in Argento’s career, before he even started directing on his own, and I am a bit onclear on who influenced whom, but you can see there are simmilaries in style in Argento’s later films to this one and I think his hand in this film was a major boon.

    Also I must add that I really have enjoyed your Cinephile Series, and would like to see more! I had seen Memento a few times and read online before about some of the intricacies of the film and you still managed to point out some things that I had not seen before. Can’t Wait for the next one!

  7. Gravatar Icon 7 Michael Dec 15th, 2004 at 6:42 pm

    MikeC, thanks for the kind words. I’m glad you found and are enjoying Reel Reviews. Don’t worry, there are more Cinephile Series to come. However, they end up taking a good deal of time to prepare. As such, I announce them when I am confident I’ll have the time to do the chosen film justice.

    As for you insightful comments on OUATITW and Dario Argento- I don’t know if too many people caught that I went right from that film to my pick for Halloween – Suspiria. ;)

    Please keep commenting, It is great to have folks tossing in their own opinions.

  8. Gravatar Icon 8 Michael Dec 15th, 2004 at 9:35 pm

    Since it has come up I’ll mention it. We had a party last night with plenty of car guys in attendance. 9 of us went down to the theater in the basement for a Bullit vs. Ronin car chase showdown. Final vote: 7 to 2 with Bullitt as top pick. I haven’t seen Ronin in over two years – but sure enough there was that CGI smoke that I mentoned in my Bullitt podcast. We even played both major Ronin car chases, just so there would be no further debate! It was a good time.

  9. Gravatar Icon 9 Brian A. Dec 16th, 2004 at 12:58 pm

    I was never a big fan of the car chases in Ronin… mostly because of the CG. My general opinion on anything CG is that if you’re going to use it, use it to show something that’s never been shown before. The chases in Bad Boys 2 were half CG, but the crashes and the shots combined to make one of the craziest car chases ever conceived. A little bit of smoke is a poor use of the technology.

  10. Gravatar Icon 10 Brian A. Dec 16th, 2004 at 1:28 pm

    On another note, if you’re going to have a great modern car chase, I’d give it to The Bourne Identity’s Mini chase.

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