29 August 2012 12:45 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Here’s a new film that’s essentially a nostalgic trip down ‘ grindhouse’ lane. Or perhaps it’s more like a gravel-churning trek to the old drive-in. The “passion pit” was the showcase for the muscle car action-chase flick genre that may have begun with the success of Robert Mitchum’s moonshine-runner epic Thunder Road. This spawned countless imitators over the last few decades with Dirty Mary/ Crazy Larry, the original Gone In 60 Seconds and Ron Howard’s one-two punch of Eat My Dust ( with the immortal ad line ” Ronny Howard pops the clutch and tells Smokey to eat my dust” ) and Ron’s feature directing debut Grand Theft Auto. The genre hit its zenith in 1977 with the monster box office smash, Hal Needham’s Smokey And The Bandit ( and its two sequels ). Well, now comic actor Dax Shepard ( TV’s Parenthood ) has decided to put his own spin ( ouch! »

- Jim Batts

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