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Tom@VC:Rad because of Lori Loughlin
ray333:I'm surprised that no one mentioned "The Flying Scotsman," the story of Graeme Obree's pursuit of the hour record, how he got screwed by the UCI and nearly succeeded in committing suicide.
billd:The main character is a bike messenger who rides a fixie. It even had a genuine top cyclist (Nelson Vails).
A masterpiece of cinematic quasi-magic-realism, very much in thrall to Godard and Truffaut's aesthetic, replete with a distantiating Verfremdung that evokes Brecht at his most polemically abstruse. The spectator is at once him/herself simulacrum (or indeed fractured cultural mirror) and bearer of celluloid epiphany in this disquisition on unceasing motion, which evokes image as thief (or "bandit" - highwayman) of desire in Debord's ideologically moribund "society of the spectacle". The BMX - the "cycle" - becomes a metonym for life itself, turning as if a wheel on the caprices of youthful abundance and fecundity, to end its superficial existence as a superannuated fad must perish, in a dwindle to aged redundancy. The very nature of recreational cinema is thus called into account; through a mise-en-scene that purposefully and self-reflexively explodes notions of suture and consequent artistic rupture, Bandits holds forth against its own, revolutionary coups de theatre, challenging, distorting and toying with our perceptions of classical justice, the "natural", and the sublimely revolving (yet easily punctured) inner-tube of carnal temporality: thus "spoke" Zarathrustra.
Just watched the "The Flying Scottsman" Graeme Obree is absolutely brilliant!
Cecil:Just watched the "The Flying Scottsman" Graeme Obree is absolutely brilliant!I just caught some of that on Versus-- the guy who played Obree was Sick Boy in Trainspotting!
As well as Angie Jolie's first husband. They met filming Hackers.
markphilips:Just watched the "The Flying Scottsman" Graeme Obree is absolutely brilliant!This is probably the first bike movie that indicated how the WCF changed rules many times to keep "newcomers" from dis-gracing reigning champions...
ray333: Makers of the film "The Flying Scotsman" referred to the UCI as the World Cycling Federation in order to evade liability in case the leaders of the organization took umbrage (which they did)
AllisonEquality:Not a movie, but i love the bike dancing in this episode of the Flight of the Conchords: I enjoy, a lot, trying to emulate their bike moves....PS. The context for the scene is that the fruit stand guy won't sell Bret fruit because he is racist towards New Zealanders...