If you’re looking for film that epitomizes ‘cool’ then The Driver from 1978 may be the film for you. However, is this neo-noir thriller going to prove the theory that just because you’re cool doesn’t necessarily mean you have any substance. We all have slightly differing views this week on a film that was somewhat despised in it’s day, but is starting to show it’s influence on film and video games 40 years on. This time we focus on: fewer (but longer) car chases than we expect, Bruce Dern being Bruce Dern, humorous car demolition, 70’s “style” and getting confused somehow by the very simple plot.
Abi was watching wrestling (of course) and thought of Al Pacino (obviously!), so this week the Spoiler Filled Crew are watching Serpico, a gritty slice of 70’s cinematic americana based on the life of cop, whistleblower and all-round cool dude Frank Serpico. This time around Abi herself is pressured into whistleblowing, Rich dreams of slapstick crossovers, Jamie keeps reminding us that everybody is dead and everyone marvels at the many, many beards of Al Pacino.
Dir: Sidney Lumet
Wri: Waldo Salt, Norman Wexler, Peter Maas (Novel)
Cine: Arthur J. Ornitz
Edi: Dede ASllen
Mus: Mikis Theodorakis
Production: Artists Entertainments Complex Inc, Produzion De Laurentiis International Manufacturing Company S.P.A, Paramount Pictures
Cast: Al Pacino, John Randolph, Jack Kehoe
[Ep. 175, Rec, 08/2017]