Archive for ‘Movie’

February 21, 2022

Look skyward!

Zombie chasing eighties style

Blurb from the back of the VHS box: “After a rare comet sighting, teen sisters Regina (Catherine Mary Stewart) and Samantha (Kelli Maroney) find that they’re among the only survivors of a zombie attack. The girls partner with another survivor, Hector (Robert Beltran), but as they try to avoid the zombies, they’re sought by scientists who want to experiment on their bodies in the hope of finding an antidote. Dodging both the doctors and the undead, they keep moving in the hope that they can continue to stay alive.” A Triumph motorcycle is the vehicle of choice for the protagonists.

February 9, 2022

Group Dynamics

Motorcycle Gang
January 9, 2022

If you see Sid, tell ‘im!

Mister Tibbs

– another passing this week was Sidney Poitier. He flew the door wide open for minority actors. This lesser known film that he directed and starred in sees him as an american, Dr Matt Younger, who travels to Britain to take part in scrambler races. Whilst there he falls for a young woman who is an African Ambassadors daughter. Romance ensues. Sidney was 94. The bike is a BSA B50 MX which, incidentally, was the very last competition model from the Small Heath factory. Models were still rolling off the line during BSA’s demise.

January 8, 2022

Wild Angel

– One of the “New Hollywood” directors from the seventies, Peter Bogdanovich, passed away this week aged 82. His first foray into movies was as an assistant director under Roger Corman in Wild Angels. A pivotal film that set the scene for what was to come. I’ve always got time to watch his first directorial debut triplet: The Picture Show; What’s up Doc? And Paper Moon. here he looks on as Corman discusses a scene with Peter Fonda.

December 23, 2021

Pygar rides

Barbarella pillion

– John Philip Law and Jane Fonda running around on a period Norton in the late Sixties.

October 12, 2021

Devils Tower

Close Encounters of the Triumph Kind

– someone has a travel laden Bonneville passing through Wyoming. Waiting for UFO’s to appear over the porphyry columns looming over the Belle Fourche River.

October 10, 2021

Well worth the wait

Double Oh

– with over a year waiting for its eventual release; the latest Jane’s Bond outing is all you could want in a 160-odd minute action movie. The initial bike chase sequence, through the narrow and steep streets of Madera, Italy, sets up the film in true 007 fashion. An exciting final outing for Daniel Craig as the agent protagonist.

October 4, 2021

Alpine meadow

The Swiss border is this way

– let’s enjoy the King of Cool from a legendary scene in The Great Escape as he readies for the fence jump.

August 21, 2021

Remake

The Blob

– afternoon TV was airing this 1988 revisit of a classic ‘58 Steve McQueen horror. Kevin Dillon is the high school teen protagonist who tears around the town on his vintage Triumph.

April 18, 2021

The Great Escape

Heading for the Swiss border

– what better way to escape across the Bavarian countryside than on a rugged tyred Triumph TR6 in German wartime feldgrau. Of course Steve makes it look effortlessly cool.

February 11, 2021

Strabler’s Steed

Fifty Two Thunderbird

– bright red Triumph in homage to Brando’s film from that era. Good form, clean details and a might fine looking machine to go tooling around on.

Johnny : “Nobody tells me what to do. You keep needlin’ me, if I want to, I’m gonna take this joint apart and you’re not gonna know what hit you”

January 17, 2021

la photo française

Le Film Noir

– posed like some emotionally distanced couple in a Jean-Luc Goddard outing; this BSA Starfire plays a central role in the discourse between the laconic reserve of the anorak bespectacled male lead contemplating the idea of home, against the young femme fatale toying with a solitary freedom of the open road.

Tu me fends le coeur… J´ai le coeur fendu par toi !”

You are breaking my heart… My heart is being broken by you!

FIN

January 16, 2021

Din Djarin

Bounty Hunter

– I started watching the Disney Star Wars series The Mandalorian this week. All I can say is: it’s what we’ve been waiting for since 1983’s Return of the Jedi. Except for Rogue One it’s pure SW. speeder bikes ‘n’ all!

December 4, 2020

Toecutter

RIP Hugh Keays-Byrne (1947-2020)

– KZ1000 ridin’ charismatic gang leader in a near dystopian Australian outback. also Toyal Shakespearean actor, poet and artist. “Anything I say? What a wonderful philosophy you have. Take him away.”

September 2, 2020

Topless Ted Logan

Johnny Utah

– genuine nice guy Keanu Reeves is 56 today. True motorcycle enthusiast and manufacturer. He’s currently starring with Alex Winter in the long awaited latest installment of the Bill & Ted buddy outing franchise.