Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
I went to see Quentin Tarantino's latest at the theater last night, and I liked it a lot. If you like his movies, then you're pretty much guaranteed to like this one. I'm bringing this to you car folk, who may or may not be fans of Tarantino's hyper violence played for laughs, or of his revisionist takes on historical facts, or of his super long scenes of people just talking and talking and talking, because it is a window to 1969 SoCal, and the cars are done very well.
Tarantino puts us in the back seat several times as cars are driven spiritedly in the Hollywood hills, and on the big screen it was thrilling. It made me feel like I was three years old again, leaning forward between the front seat backs, feet on either side of the trans tunnel of my dad's '69 Mustang coupe. In the age of GoPro cameras mounted everywhere, I was surprised to feel so transported by a simple movie camera in the back seat. It was enthralling.
There are a few Mustangs rumbling about (a red '66 with a valve tap stuck out particularly), but the overall look of the movie got the cars just about perfect. The only period incorrect detail I noticed was the yellow Firebird had retro-style aluminum wheels that were either 16" or 17". Beyond that, this movie was a giant window into 1969.
I will probably see it again just for the nostalgia value!
(And yes, I know it's probably a little weird for me to feel nostalgia for 1969 when I was born in 1974!)