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Apr
17
Kevin Bacon, Footloose

What, exactly, does Kevin Bacon have in common with Clint Eastwood? Read on…

Few film genres employ characters more cookie-cutter and two-dimensional than do Westerns. Generally speaking, the whole good guy/bad guy, cowboys/Indians thing is the stuff of mediocre legend. Anyone who’s watched any Roy Rogers movie knows exactly what I’m talking about.

Nov
16
Star Wars Nissan Rogue

2017 Nissan Rogue: Rogue One Star Wars Limited Editions

LA Auto ShowLOS ANGELES—Nissan is taking movie marketing tie-ins to a whole new level with the latest addition to its compact SUV lineup. In advance of the December 16 release of the latest film in the Star Wars saga–titled “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”–the automaker just unveiled the 2017 Nissan Rogue: Rogue One Star Wars Limited Edition.

Sep
01
Mitsubishi OUtlander Sport Stormtrooper

2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport (left), First Order Stormtrooper helmet (right)

Last year, the nation seemed to collectively lose its mind over the long-awaited return of the Star Wars franchise to movie theaters. Chief among the visual elements of Star Wars: The Force Awakens (and the all-out merchandising blitz that accompanied it) was a stylized Stormtrooper helmet design that deftly brought the look of the original 1977 movie’s helmet up to date for modern audiences.

Jul
05
Columbo's Peugeot

Columbo’s car got a fair amount of screen time. Do you know the make and model of the rumpled detective’s convertible?

by Jack Stewart

For most of Seventies, NBC broadcast a group of mysteries under the umbrella title of The NBC Mystery Movie. Starting in 1971, the original series rotated Columbo, McMillan and Wife, and McCloud in the same weekly time slot. At the peak of the series, there were NBC Mystery Movies on both Sunday and Wednesday evenings. The three original mysteries were the most popular (Columbo in particular), but there were 14 shows associated with the series before it ended in 1977: Columbo, McCloud, McMillan and Wife, Banacek, Snoop Sisters, Cool Million, Hec Ramsey, Madigan, Faraday and Company, Tenafly, Amy Prentiss, McCoy, Lanigan’s Rabbi, and Quincy, M.E. A few of the shows prominently featured interesting cars. Here are our favorites:

 

Jun
16
Adam 12 TV Show

The TV police patrol team of Malloy and Reed enjoyed the services of several different cars during the run of Adam 12.

by Jack Stewart

If you’re a car guy of a certain age, chances are you have fond memories of the original Adam 12 TV series. The half-hour police drama ran between 1968 and 1975, following veteran LAPD patrol officer Pete Malloy (played by Martin Milner) and junior partner Jim Reed (played by Kent McCord) as they went about their job to protect and serve the citizens of Los Angeles.

Jun
15
Scene from Uncle Buck

As seen in the 1989 theatrical release “Uncle Buck,” this beat-up Mercury looked out of place in this upscale Chicago suburb.

by Jack Stewart

The popular 1989 John Hughes film Uncle Buck has inspired its second TV spinoff this season on ABC. (There was a little remembered TV spinoff in 1990.) Proving the universal appeal of Uncle Buck, there was also a Bollywood movie version titled Uncle Bun.

May
05
Munsters Koach with cast

The Munster Koach

By Jack Stewart

Abnormal was the norm for TV shows in the Sixties. The airwaves were full of Martians (My Favorite Martian), witches (Bewitched), genies (I Dream of Jeannie), costumed super heroes (Batman, The Green Hornet), and lovable mountain folk in luxury environs (The Beverly Hillbillies). Amidst this sea of wackiness, the dueling creep-show families of The Munsters and The Addams Family fit right in. However, The Munsters gets bonus points in our book for giving the family car a starring role. While the Addams’ 1930 Packard touring car was rarely seen, the Munster Koach was a regular costar. The wild stretched-wheelbase, Model-T hot rod/hearse hybrid made its debut in episode four (Rock-A-Bye Munster), when Lily goes to a used-car lot to buy a car for husband Herman’s birthday (she arrives in a 1937 Cadillac limo, by the way). She likes both a T-bucket hot rod and a 1920s hearse (a rare and expensive Cunningham V8), and asks to have a customizer combine the two.

Jan
14
Damnation Alley Landmaster

Damnation Alley Landmaster

What does it say about a movie if the best thing about it was a custom truck?

Apr
10
1970 Ford Escort RS1600

1970 Ford Escort RS1600

The seventh installment of the ludicrous, ludicrously lucrative Fast and Furious movies hit the theaters last week, and it’s making mounds of money as you read this. As expected, Furious 7 is gleefully ridiculous—a live-action cartoon fantasy of awesome cars, glowering tough guys, bone-crunching fist fights, over-the-top stunts, wanton mayhem and destruction, leering shots of scantily clad babes, AND enough tear-jerking melodrama to shame the cheesiest soap opera. (Note that we’re not counting the movie’s ending among those melodramatic moments—Furious 7 closes with an understated, genuinely touching tribute to deceased star Paul Walker.)

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