Month: July 2011

best Vehicle Chase- Results

Here are the results. Looks like a draw between Bullitt and Matrix Reloaded.

19 Bullitt
19 Matrix Unloaded
16 Mad Max II the truck at the end
10 smokey and the bandit
9 Blues Brothers
9 The Italian Job
8 Batman Begins
7 Boat Chase in Live and Let Die
7 Mad Max
7 Death Proof
6 Gone is 60 Seconds remake
6 True Lies
5 Gone is 60 Seconds original
5 Rhonin
4 The French Connection
4 Italian Job (Original)
4 Cannonball Run
5 Die Hard 4.0
3 Diamonds are Forever
3 Duel
3 The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift
2 Vanishing Point
2 The Transporter
1 Mission Impossible (Helicopter chasing train into tunnel)
1 Taxi (1998)

Best Vehicle Chase

Here is my vote for the best Vehicle Chase (as usual in reverse pts order – 10 pts for best)

10 Bullet
9 The Italian Job
8 Mad Max II the truck at the end
7 Boat Chase in Live and Let Die
6 Gone is 60 Seconds remake
5 Gone is 60 Seconds original
4 The French Connection
3 Diamonds are Forever
2 Vanishing Point
1 Duel

The following candidates (not in any order)

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
Matrix – Reloaded
Mad Max 2 – The Road Warrior’ (The title says it all).
Other films that come to mind are:
Mad Max 1 + 3
Sugarland Express
Vanishing Point
Dukes of Hazard
XXX 1 + 2
The Fast & The Furious movies
Lethal Weapon (The one with the house being transported on the highway)
G.I. Joe
Taxi films
It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World
Smokey and the Bandit
Cannonball Run
To Live and Die in L.A.
Death Race 2000
The Transporter
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)
True Lies
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’)
The Hitcher
Die Hard 4
Con Air
The Blues Brothers

Too Bright the Sun published

I finally published my Sci-fi Book Too Bright the Sun yesterday.

Sort of Cross of Iron meets Blade Runner. Thanks to Ash for a brilliant cover and Ash, Gary and Lorna for reading it.

Here is the blurb:

Jake Nanden is a man scared of his own soul.

It’s been over ten years since Gary Enquine sent my friend Przeltski to a certain death. Not one day has gone by without the memories of that battle prowling my mind like a waking nightmare. Many times I have woken in a cold-sweat thinking about it. I will not rest – can not rest until Gary Enquine has been brought to justice and been forced to pay for his cowardice. Ten years; its a long time but I can be patient. 2101, Feb 3. 1.

Major Jake Nanden is a soldier so well decorated that his fame reaches far beyond the desolate moon Io where he is stationed. His victories in the Jupiter Wars are hollow though, for he is a man scared of his own soul. Seeking vengeance for the death of a friend ten long years ago, he has pursued his own personal demons with an almost religious fervour through life and through battle. But deeply buried memories will turn his world upside down and reveal just how fragile life and beautiful the human spirit can be.