Re: Cars & The Movies
Here's a curious one: Michael Chimino's Desperate Hours. A stinker of a movie, it fundamentally fails to deliver any kind of thrill or suspense, which would be somewhat welcome, given it likes to see itself as a psychological thriller.
And this is despite a superb cast, including Mickey Rourke as god created him and Anthony Hopkins right before he developed a penchant for Fava beans. Almost equally excessive is the film's car casting - someone (probably either Cimino or one of the screenwriters) really likes his European cars: Hopkins drives the then brand new BMW 750iL (E32) and Kelly Lynch - who must rank among the most unconvincing barristers in movie history - can be seen driving both a Jaguar XJ-S convertible and an Aston V8 Volante.
Mind you, Desperate Hours' failure certainly wasn't due to a lack of funding or capable craftsmen. The eyes behind the lens, for example, belonged to Doug Milsome, who had previously helped turn Beckton Gas Works into Vietnam for Stanley Kubrick's Full Metal Jacket. And he also knew how to present BMW's breakthrough executive saloon in the right light.
And if you're still with me, you might even care to learn that Desperate Hours' editing was supervised by Peter Hunt, who invented a fast paced editing style for the Bond movies, which would help establish what we today know as the action movie. Not only that, Hunt also directed arguably one of the finest entries into the 007 franchise, involving Emma Peel, Theo Kojak and that Aston DBS with the world's screechiest tyres.