A Hell Of A Commute
By happenstance or by hijacking, we tackle three films this week in which getting from A to B goes horribly wrong. We start with 1974’s “The Taking of Pelham One Two Three,” our first example of the triangle formed among helpless passengers, a mysterious invader, and the everyman hero who tries to intervene. At 18 minutes, we hop aboard a similar movie that’s about twice as long and twice as fast (at least over 50 mph). It’s 1994’s “Speed,” and we discuss what would be different if Tom Cruise played the role of Officer Travern instead of Keanu Reeves. Lastly, we revisit the Miracle On The Hudson with 2016’s “Sully.” Only in Clint Eastwood’s version of events, airline suits and talk show hosts are the bad guys. Nothing to do now but hang on.
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Be Reel is a movie reviewing & reappraising podcast hosted by Chance Solem-Pfeifer and Noah Ballard.
Each time out, we select three movies based around a genre and call up guests ranging from submarine captains to Oscar winners. Then, we rate the movies, weighing both technical quality and entertainment.
Noah and Chance are old friends who mostly respect each other’s opinions. Even though Chance is a fool and a traitor. Find their show presented at ThePlaylist.Net and follow them on Twitter for the latest on Noah’s literary agenting and Chance’s work in the Portland arts scene.