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 290: The Last Horror Film (1982)

the_last_horror_film-key_art_largeYesterday I ventured to Worcester, Massachusetts to attend the 13TH Annual Rock And Shock Horror and Music Convention for the second year in a row. While I was there, I stopped by the Troma booth and decided that this year I would pick up a film from them and I chose The Last Horror Film which is also today’s film. Vinny (Joe Spinell) is a New York City taxi driver, but that isn’t Vinny’s passion in life. All Vinny wants to do with his life is be the best horror director in the world and he hopes that his crush Jana Bates (Caroline Munro) will star in it. So, he packs up his things and he heads to Cannes, France to try and get her to star in his film. Meanwhile, people that are close to Jana are starting to get killed and Vinny is suspected of the murders. The film also stars Susanne Benton (Catch-22) as Susan Archer, Glenn Jacobson (Trick Or Treats) as Bret Bates, Judd Hamilton (Maniac) as Alan Cunningham, David Winters (West Side Story) as Stanley Kline, Devin Goldenberg (The Happy Hooker Goes Hollywood) as Marty Bernstein, Filomena Spagnuolo (The Godfather) as Vinny’s Mother, J’Len Winters as Girl In Jacuzzi, and the film was directed by David Winters. To see the rest of the review, please click here to go to Moshpits and Movies.