Thursday, June 5, 2008

I get around, round, get around I get around

Living in LA now means I do a lot more driving. A lot more driving. Considering I didn't own a car and public transportation is the norm in my beloved NYC I'd say about 100% more. As a result I often find myself driving a long stretch of highway (yes, HIGHWAY) blazing my iPod from it's auxiliary hook-up. This is all a roundabout way of asking what's your favorite road trip movie (or even road based scene in a movie).

For sheer fun I'd be hard pressed to name a film that tops John Landis' (the most LA director I've ever had the good fortune of seeing speak in person) Blues Brothers. Jake and Ellwood Blues are cool, confident customers with a solid, intriguing motivation to drive (they're on a mission from God, duh), lots of fun pit-stops along the way (MUSICAL NUMBERS!) and lots of Illinois Nazis and cops on their tails. But that's just one man's opinion, what's your favorite pick for a road trip; will it be the thoughtful journey of sexual awakening in Y tu Mama Tambien, the unprepared journey of Alexander Supertramp in Into the Wild, the dysfunctional fun of Little Miss Sunshine, maybe you prefer the open rebellion of the men in Easy Rider or DJ Qualls finding some queen sized love in Road Trip or a different movie entirely? Put your favorite road trip movie in the comments and a word or two about why it's your favorite if for no other reason than to give me something to think about when the 101 gets congested.

9 comments:

Frank said...

Um... The Muppet Movie, of course.

"You don't go to Bombay, India, to break into showbusiness. You go where we're going. Hollywood!"
"Sure, if you want to do it the easy way."

Gabe said...
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Gabe said...

Overnight Delivery. It has Paul Rudd, Reese Witherspoon, a delivery man with a Gilbert-and-Sullivan-esque sense of duty, and did I mention...Paul Rudd.

El Gigante said...

The Muppet Movie, of course! Complete with one of my favorite movie endings EVER. Every movie should end with Orson Welles offering the characters a standard rich and famous contract.

Not familiar with Overnight Delivery (so I doff my hat to you on stumping me) and I'll give anything with Rudd a chance. Good start guys, keep it up.

gi money said...

The Wizard of Oz!

neonspecs said...

everything is illuminatedddd

elaine said...

Im Juli (German for "In July"). My friend recommended it to me after seeing it in her German language class. Moritz Bleibtreu (Run Lola Run) is in it. Just another feel good romantic comedy road trip film.

sarah said...

Thelma and Louise, or Y tu Mama Tambien.

sarah said...

Also--if you never drove here, and you drive 100% more in LA, doesn't that mean you still don't drive?