Have been concentrating on Iron II – sci-fi which is so much easier to work on when I am busy at work. I find writing about religion very draining so Ordo II will have to wait for a while.
The science for Iron I has been fascinating but trying to cram in enough of a framework to make a world or indeed a universe, believable while not boring the reader is quite a challenge. Sometimes I have a very simnple idea in my head but in order to make it happen I have to do all sorts of contortions in the book.
Is it possible to have this sentence, about an alien, or does the use of ‘morse-code’ kind of break the illusion cos morse-code is only of our world? Please let me know.
“He tapped the chloro-funnel with his extended thumb-claw, in a kind of irritated morse-code, as if to warn anybody off who might want a conversation.”
Okay now I have a really good competition (or I think so anyway).
Top 6 car/vehicle-chases. I can start off by telling you of the worst one I have ever seen: John Wayne in the 1973 film McQ. He is driving a 1973 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am (confirm please – video link below) which really sounds quite nice. I don’t know what the engine is but must be at least 4 Litres. He is chasing a Laundry-van – and a very slow-looking one at that – and the van gets away. I couldn’t believe it. What sort of a chase is that? In fact the whole film is pretty crap. The only real encounter with the baddies takes place in a government laundrette and the Trans Am gets crushed – with Wayne in it. The only thing of note in the film is a half-hearted car chase on a beach where one of the cars is rolled – apparently the first time this was done deliberately in a film.
Okay here is a selection of vehicle chases just to get things going;
Bullet (obviously and probably my favourite)
The Italian Job (original)
The French Connection
Gone is 60 Seconds (the new one with Nick Cage – chase in the Mustang at the end)
Gone in 60 Seconds (the original – where do I start?)
Diamonds are Forever
Chase including bridge jump in Man with the Golden Gun
Boat chase in Live and Let Die
Plane chase in Capricorn One
Some more suggestions from Gary:
Car and vehicle chases?
There must be hundreds, and I guess ‘Bullit’ will always be the first to come to the mind of any well-seasoned film connoisseur/buff, but I must say that my all-time favourite car chase is without a doubt the one featured in the second installment of the ‘Matrix Trilogy’ – ‘Matrix – Reloaded’. It is just awesomely mindblowing. I recall, on obtaining the DVD, watching that particular sequence over and over and over again until I drove my poor wife crazy (I mean crazier).
Second place would go to another second installment in a trilogy (Although there is now rumors of a 4th on the way), namely ‘Mad Max 2 – The Road Warrior’ (The title says it all).
Other films that come to mind are:
Mad Max 1 + 3
Dukes of Hazard
XXX 1 + 2
The Fast & The Furious movies
Lethal Weapon (The one with the house being transported on the highway)
To Live and Die in L.A.
Death Race 2000
Star Wars V (The Chase scene through the asteroid field)
Star Trek – Insurrection (Riding off the cliff in the dune buggy onto the back of the space ship)
Back to the Future 3 (The skate/hover board chase)
Silent Movie (Mel Brooks and co. chasing Paul Newman in golf carts)
Mission Impossible 1 – 3
James Bond Movies in General
The Indiana Jones movies (Not forgetting the minecart or cocopan rollercoaster chase in ‘Temple of Doom’)
Die Hard 4
Not to forget some of the classic Harold Lloyd stuff
And lastly, the movie with the record for having the most cars smashed in a car chase (And also my third place favourite) – ‘The Blues Brothers’