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The big movie night in

A triple header – Original film night.


  1. Vanishing Point
  2. Duel
  3. Two Lane Blacktop

For no reason other than I have memories of enjoying these films from al on time ago I decided to sit and have a marathon effort.

What a brilliant decision it was, and I don’t have many let’s be honest.

Vanishing Point. A film that develops the backstory of the protagonist as the film develops, unpeels it, and shows the disintegration of a man who’s lost a lot. The car a 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T 440 Magnum. Supercharger. Mad then, probably mad now.

Duel. A short cast list, you don’t get to see a face for the first 5 or so minutes, it’s a bumper mounted camera. Steven Spielberg  a director, I didn’t know that, I do now. Joe Average drives like he has Miss Daisy in the rear, but finds a slower truck to overtake, just, and then it goes wrong. Some magnificent work in this, the faceless driver, the other bystanders, and of course the finale. A must of a movie.

Two Lane Blacktop. Another movie with a car, a  Chevrolet 150 two-door sedan. Wandering driver and mechanic making dollars from racing. Minimal dialogue between the actors, none of which have names, a tour though some of Americana.  Ends in a classic what happens next fashion.

Such a good way to spend not many hours.

I’m think next might be “Get Carter” and then some of the other Michael Caine movies like “Billion Dollar Brain” but I’m open to suggestion.



2 comments on “The big movie night in

  1. kingmidget
    September 1, 2015

    Wasn’t Duel Spielberg’s first movie?


    • Philip Walter
      September 1, 2015

      It was a TV movie, so no theatrical release, and it was a great start to a career. Movies were so much simpler way back when.


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