Day 342: Bullitt (1968)

bullitt-car-chaseThere are films that I truly believe that people need to see before they die or before they end a challenge. I found one of those films that believe it or not I have never seen in Bullitt which is today’s film. Steve McQueen (The Magnificent Seven) plays no holds barred cop Bullitt who is really good at his job. That is until one day when a government witness who was put under his protection was killed. Now he’ll dive head first into the criminal underworld to try and catch the guys who did this especially with the DA (Robert Vaughn) breathing down his neck. The film also stars Jacqueline Bisset (Murder On The Orient Express) as Cathy, Don Gordon (Lethal Weapon) as Delgetti, Simon Oakland (West Side Story) as Captain Sam Bennett, Norman Fell (Three’s Company) as Captain Baker, Robert Duvall (The Godfather: Part II) as Weissberg, Georg Stanford Brown (Stir Crazy) as Dr. Willard, Felice Orlandi (Another 48 Hrs.) as Albert Renick, Pat Renella (Moonchild) as Johnny Ross, Vic Tayback (Papillon) as Pete Ross, Justin Tarr (The Rat Patrol) as Eddy, Carl Reindel (Tora! Tora! Tora!) as Carl Stanton, Ed Peck (Heaven Can Wait) as Westcott, John Aprea (The Game) as the killer, Paul Genge (The FBI Story) as Mike, and the film was directed by Peter Yates (Krull).

bullitt-charger-mustang-1I am certainly glad that I get to cross this one off the list and one question for all of you. Why is it that San Francisco had all the bad ass cops from Bullitt to Dirty Harry? I am not complaining, but that is where they seem to come from back in the late 60’s and 70’s. One of the coolest sequences of the film is definitely the car chase scene with Bullitt’s 1968 Ford Mustang 390 GT 2+2 Fastback and the bad guy’s 1968 Dodge Charger 440 Magnum which is a slight bit faster than the stang. The chase scene really made you feel like you were in the car with McQueen and the camera angles from inside the vehicle with him. That definitely sets him part from everyone else and very cool to have in the film.The foot chase towards the end of the film was also pretty good and suspenseful, but not like the car chase (Obviously).  It was great to see Jacqueline Bisset who was definitely the eye candy for the film and for the most part the film contained good acting. McQueen was the strong silent type who when he needs to, he’ll tell you like it is. Besides the car chase scene, the cinematography is pretty decent in the film and the writing was OK. The film is pretty bad ass, but it is what it is and you understand that going in. I am going to give the film an B+ for a final grade.

Day 284: Blood Feast (1963)

blood-feastAnytime I ever watched a documentary on the genre of horror, they always talked about one director and one film that the director made because of it’s legendary status. Of course, I am talking about the only man who can rightfully call himself the Godfather of Gore in Herschell Gordon Lewis (Two Thousand Maniacs!) who directed today’s film in Blood Feast. There is a killer on the loose in the streets of Miami and the cops are having a hard time catching the guy or at least knowing who it is. The killer happens to be Egyptian caterer Faud Ramses (Mal Arnold) and he is killing women and he is stealing their body parts as part of a sacrifice. You see he is stealing them to resurrect an old Egyptian Goddess while the police scramble to end the madness. The film also stars William Kerwin (Two Thousand Maniacs!) as Det. Pete Thorton, Connie Mason (The Godfather: Part II) as Suzette Fremont, Scott H. Hall (Color Me Blood Red) as Frank-Police Captain, Sandra Sinclair (Scum of the Earth) as Pat Tracey, Christy Foushee (Scum of the Earth) as Trudy Sanders, Louise Kamp as Janet Blake, Gene Courtier as Tony, and Jerome Eden (Color Me Blood Red) as High Priest. To see the rest of the review, please click here to go to Moshpits and Movies.