Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Dreams and passions...

Years ago I had a series of affairs. They lasted for about 8 years; there are times I have a hard time not rekindling one of them even today, though the costs would be astronomic.

My first was a '71 Yamaha 650, and we lasted a couple of years, '73 to late '74. For a while I was solo, then came a '58 Triumph, a basket case that took about 5 months to assemble and sort, just in time to take my wife and I on our first date (and cause the 2nd when she had to borrow her cousin's van to come pick me up, broken down in Balboa Park, San Diego). Later, there was another '58 that was for her, and a '47 Speed Twin 500. When our boys were 1 and 2 I had a couple of close calls, and she asked me to give them up until the boys were grown, which made sense like most of the things she's ever asked of me. People here forget how to drive between rainstorms, let alone when they don't see something for months at a time!

This is my long winded way of introducing you to a movie I saw last weekend, a lovely little "art house" flick about "The World's Fastest Indian". We went to it Saturday evening, though it was a work day for her because I was afraid it might only be around a week, like so many I end up missing. Instead, I found out they had sold out two shows, and the line for ours started forming an hour before showtime! It wasn't quite a sellout, but close.

Anthony Hopkins is great, and so much of the story is true that the little bits of Hollywood thrown in don't detract from it. No, it's not "Good Night and Good Luck" or "Syriana". It's just a heartwarming story, told and acted well, about a man witha passion for speed and a dream he has to follow. Would that I had a tenth of his courage!

If you have ever had an affair with anything mechanical, or loved someone who did, I hope you get to see this!

I tried to put a trailer link in for this, but Blogger didn't like it; still a lot for this old dog to learn here, sorry! Instead, here is the IMDB page, and it has a trailer link if you are interested:

http://us.imdb.com/title/tt0412080/

Trying for that trailer again at 3AM:



alan

14 comments:

Cathy said...

I just wanted to drop by and thank you for commenting on my blog yesterday. It has been a hrad few days in this community.
Blogging about it is very helpful.

Heidi said...
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Heidi said...

Dropping in as well. Thankyou Alan for your kinds words as always. :)

Mechanical " Affairs" you got me for a second ;)

CrackerLilo said...

I was thinking of seeing it--perhaps Friday night? Thanks for your review.

kath said...

i saw Hopkins intervied on letterman about this movie..

it actually looked good to me, even though i have never been able to warm up to Hopkins..

doubt i will see it before DVD I always want to see some movies.. but cannot commit to th=wo hours in a theater.. or even in front of my tv.. i just get.. antsy

but now and then i rent a couple and watch ..

thanks for this !

Barbara said...

Saw it advertised and I want to see this movie too. My first car was a 1969 Chevelle - my Frankenstein car - I helped build with my boyfriend at the time. He had rebuilt a 55 Chev and after helping him with that I wanted to rebuild a car of my own.

boo said...

i have not seen this one but i think will put it in my plan :)

beadinggalinMS said...

Dropping by to say HI! I found you via Boo's blog :)
I seen this movie advertise the other night and looks good. Thanks for the review. It is a must see on my list.

Mystical Me said...

Ive always known men could have affairs with mechanics!! But no man would ever admit to it, until now!! Thank you for clearing this up for me. :) AS for the movie it sounds like a must see me movie to me, thanks for the review. Also, thanks for stopping by, anytime!! Take care, MM XOXO

nancy =) said...

wow, you really had me there for a second =)...

thanks for the review...i already knew i'd be seeing this one...

peace...

~ n

cathie said...

This reminds me of my brother! Although we both had a need for speed when we were kids (in fact he blames me for burning the drive belt off the ski-doo by speeding), I outgrew it while he did not. Just a few years ago, he asked me if I wanted to go for a ride on his bike. Promised to go slow, then hit the pavement at top speed!

Some mechanical affairs are a forever thing.

Dr. Deborah Serani said...

I love Anthony H. He is, bar none, my favorite actor.

Love your spin on things, and wish you more wonderful affairs of speed and metal. Passion is a good thing.

~Deb

Jen said...

OK, now I have to see this movie!!

sttropezbutler said...

Alan..

Genius as usual....I saw trailers for this film and thought I might enjoy it!

STB