Transporter 3: My Review
I dragged my nephew to the movie
theater on Friday to catch Transporter 3. I really enjoyed the
first one, was indifferent about the second one and was pretty fired up to
see the third one, which officially makes the Transporter movies a
franchise. First of all, Jason Statham was terrific. He's
quickly climbing the top 10 list of my favorite actors. A major plot
device, that Jason's Frank Martin couldn't be more than 75 feet from his
Audi A8 D3, ensured that there would be PLENTY of automotive action.
The scene pictured above, as incredulous as it was, was one of the movie's
most thrilling moments. In addition to car chases, there has to be
fight scenes, as well. There were a couple of good ones, but they
seemed more like an afterthought, not really contributing to the advancement
of the story, just sort of plugged in because we expected them. And
once again, I can do without the quick-cut-disorienting-close-up fight
scenes. It made me long for the fight scenes of pretty much ANY Jackie
Chan film. Another gripe I have relates to the forced-upon-us romance
between Frank and his passenger Valentina (freckle-faced
Natalya Rudakova). The character of
Valentina had absolutely no likeable qualities that would want me to see her
end up with our hero. She was annoying, guzzled Vodka, took Ecstacy (I
think), peed on the floor of a convenience store, stole Frank's car key and
made him strip to get it back, yet we are supposed to believe this behavior
was enough to crack Frank's cold-steely facade. I don't think so.
In summary, I found the movie
satisfying despite predicting every twist and turn. The fight scenes
were entertaining and the car chases thrilling. I could've done
without the romance, but eh, I can't complain too much. With this
effort, Jason Statham makes a claim for future induction in the Car Movie
Hall of Fame, with movies like The Italian Job, Death Race and the
upcoming The Brazilian Job on his resume.
I added the 7th release from Johnny
Lightning's The Dukes of Hazzard line to my collection after ordering
it from my sponsor Movie Car Mania. Once again, this release only
includes 4 cars limited to 2750 pieces each. Pictured above are the
General Lee, which doesn't seem to be any different than previous releases;
Cooter's '65 Chevy Pickup Truck; Lucifer, the '68 Shelby GT-500 featured in
the episode Luke's Love Story from Season 1; and finally, the
cringe-inducing Monster Truck (ugh.) The above pics have been added to
the ever-growing The Dukes of Hazzard
I've finally gotten around to adding
some new items to the galleries. Pictured above is the
Target-exclusive Grand Prix 6-pack, which includes two exclusive cars:
Zoomishi and Masurai. I held off buying the set because I couldn't
bring myself to spend that kind of dough just to photograph two new plastic
cars, but recently the 6-pack went on sale for $9.99, so I picked it up.
The pics have been added to Speed Racer
Movie gallery. There are several more cars I need to add from the
hard-to-find Wave 2, including Delila, Thor Axine, Taejo Togokhan and Three
Roses. I may have to resort to eBay to get these, ugh.
efforts to locate Motormax's American Graffiti yellow '32 Ford Coupe
have been fruitless in my area, but luckily, my buddy Dennis came through.
He found one at his local WalMart. This is a really great piece.
I've added a pic of the Mel's Diner diorama to the
American Graffiti gallery.
With Thanksgiving just a few days
away, I'm giving thanks I popped into my local Wal*Mart store this
afternoon. I didn't find anything new in the die-cast aisle, but I saw
a palette loaded with boxes of new toys waiting to be put out for holiday
shoppers. Sitting at the very top of the pile were two boxes marked
Hot Wheels cars. I had to take a peek inside and to my surprise I
found the second wave of oversize Cars. I saved some stocker
some extra work and grabbed them right out of the case. Pictured above
are Marco, Mack and Dinoco Helicopter.
Quantum of Solace: My Review
My review of Quantum of Solace
is a little overdue, but hey, better late than never. Any new James
Bond film is an event film and my friends and I gathered together for this
special occasion. Daniel Craig raised the bar in Casino Royale.
Did Quantum of Solace live up to expectations? In my opinion,
Picking up right where the previous
film left off, the movie kicked off with a bang. A fantastic car chase
featuring Bond in his Aston Martin DBS, a dark-colored DBS this time around,
that takes quite a beating. The car chase leads into the opening title
sequence that stayed true to Bond movies of the past. Womanly forms
blended in with sand dunes was a very creative idea. The theme song
was tolerable, but didn't really stick with me. As the movie kicked
into gear, there were elements I liked, and there were elements I didn't
really care for. I guess my biggest problem with the movie was the
villain. Mathieu Amalric portrayed Dominic Greene, who had some sort
of plan of getting rich by creating a drought, or something.
Personally, the whole villain thing came across as secondary to me, merely a
device to keep things moving, without ever taking center stage. And
without a menacing villain, Bond never seemed to be truly in danger at any
time. Daniel Craig's Bond was in complete and total control every
minute of the film, even when falling from the sky without a parachute, he
was always calm, cool and collected. In some ways I enjoyed that
aspect of the character, but c'mon, it's fun to see a vulnerable side of the
I did enjoy the pairing of Daniel
Craig and Olga Kurylenko as Camille. Both characters bonded in their
quest for revenge and I enjoyed watching that element of the story unfold.
Overall, though, Quantum of Solace failed to live up to the
expectations created by its predecessor. Casino Royale easily
ranks among my top five favorite Bond films of all time, where Quantum of
Solace fails to crack the top ten. It did have fun, classic Bond
moments, some stunningly beautiful Bond women, and fantastic action, and you
can bet my friends and I will be there opening night when the next
installment hits theaters.
Where were you in '62?
My buddy Dennis called me last
night to tell me he spotted these at Wal*Mart. Motormax has been
producing a 1:64 scale American Graffiti line for a few years now,
although none of the cars released had anything to do with the 1972
movie...UNTIL NOW. The '32 Ford Coupe pictured above not only
resembles the car from the film, it's parked in front of an awesome diorama
of Mel's Diner. I'll be searching for it today to add to my
collection. The above photo was found on eBay.
Holy Hot Wheels
Mattel has officially announced the
lineup for the 2009 release of 1:50 scale vehicles in the Batman
line. The website Entertainment Earth posted some of this info on
their site several months ago, then pulled it. But here is the
official confirmation from the
Hot Wheels Collectors website:
1966 BATBOAT™ (with trailer - New tool!) (SKU# N8016)
1966 BATMOBILE™ (with trailer hitch) (SKU# N8017)
1966 TV SERIES BATCYCLE™ (SKU# M7098)
1989 BATMAN BATMOBILE™ (New tool!) (SKU# N8014)
1989 BATMAN™ BATWING™ (New tool!) (SKU# P4407)
Animated Series BATMOBILE™ (SKU# M7100)
Animated Series BATMOBILE™ (with battle damage) (SKU# P4408)
BATMAN BEGINS™ BATMOBILE™ (SKU# N9235)
BATMAN™ Bat-Pod™ (New tool!) (SKU# P3636)
Comic Book BATMOBILE™ (SKU# M7101)
Super Friends BATMOBILE™ (New tool!) (SKU# N8015)
THE DARK KNIGHT™ BATMOBILE™ (SKU# M7099)
Mattel has also announced it will be
releasing the '66 TV Batmobile in 1:87 scale.
"A Blaze of Power! Iron Man!"
A while back Matchbox released a 1:64
scale Audi R8. I bought one, but in a Matchbox forum I complained that
it lacked the distinctive black "blade" as they call it. A Matchbox
representative told me to just be patient. Now, thanks to a tip from
Steve aka "Skinnybird" I found out Matchbox has indeed released the car as
part of its Superfast line. Although it's not an OFFICIALLY licensed
from the film, the Audi R8 with the black blade is a dead-ringer for the car
Tony Stark drove in the blockbuster Iron Man. I'll definitely
be adding this one to my collection when I find it.
Dukes R7 Shipping NOW!
Just a little over a month since
Series 6 was released, I've learned that Series 7 is now in the hands of
some online vendors. The pics above came in an e-mail from
Cooter's Place saying they have them in-hand.
You may remember that on the original
Knight Rider TV series KITT would, at times, transform into Super
Pursuit Mode. Well, Knight Rider fan Lars Groeneveld took Joy
Ride's 1:18 scale KITT and did some modifications of his own. Check
out his very impressive work:
The trailer for Clint Eastwood's film
Gran Torino has appeared online. In it we finally get a glimpse
of Clint's prized Gran Torino. The movie looks pretty good, although
Clint's growling voice makes Christian Bale in The Dark Knight sound
like a little school girl. Gran Torino was filmed here in the
Metro Detroit area and I had the pleasure of getting a glimpse of filming
back in July. Gran Torino hits theaters in December.
Check out the trailer by clicking