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acc
01-08-2011, 08:11 AM
Because it is a lousy day I thought I'd recommend two bike oriented movies.

2 Seconds
An award winning film about a female champion mountain bike racer who hesitates at the start gate and finds herself retired and looking for a new career. She becomes a bike messenger. Her antagonist is a gruff Italian bike shop owner and they verbally spar. She eventually finds fulfillment outside the racing world. Warning: There is a fair amount of sex and not just straight sex so if you are easily offended, and from what I've read on this forum that won't apply to many, you may want to skip this film. It is funny and has insights into racing and biking in general, as well as mentioning a female malady associated with biking that I hope never happens to me. Additional warning: Subtitles are involved.

Bicycle Dreams
"They are seekers, madmen, and angels hell-bent on riding across America on a bicycle in less than ten days." Need I say more? It is fascinating to watch and try to understand why these rational people undertake an irrational act. There is a tragedy, a teeth-sucking, gut-wrenching tragedy during the race.

ann

WillStewart
01-10-2011, 02:13 PM
And of course, The Flying Scotsman (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Flying_Scotsman_%28film%29), a true story about the Scottish cyclist Graeme Bree, and his achievements and struggles in the racing community.

Brock
01-11-2011, 06:53 AM
Thanks for the recommendations! The Flying Scotsman has been in my Netflix queue forever - it's time to move that one up. 2 Seconds will be here today, but unfortunately, they don't have Bicycle Dreams.

Another one I've been meaning to see is Ride the Divide (http://www.ridethedividemovie.com/), a documentary about the 2700 mile ride along the Continental Divide. A friend of mine (http://1gear1cause.org/) is doing that ride later this year to raise money for cancer research - I really need to get my hands on a copy and watch it soon.

skreaminquadz
01-11-2011, 06:55 AM
Thanks you two! I'll be sure to check those out! Only one I've ever even heard of is the Flying Scotsman.

acc
01-11-2011, 07:44 AM
Thank you for the suggestions, it will give me a nice break from "Land of the Lost," my kid's current favorite.

acc
01-13-2011, 12:32 PM
I enjoyed Ride the Divide, the individual personalities are captured well and the participants are generally good natured and friendly. Love the scene of Matthew eating a cherry pie with dehydrated coffee sprinkled over the top. I was able to rent this film via I-Tunes.

txgoonie
01-13-2011, 12:44 PM
You can't have a bike movie thread and not mention 24 Solo, about Bike Arlington's own Chris Eatough in his bid to win his 7th 24 hour solo world championship! Netflix says it's available, but it sat in my Saved list for ages. So I bought a copy. http://www.grippedstore.com/ I was able to get another Gripped film from Netflix, Off Road to Athens, which is equally entertaining.

Tim Kelley
01-13-2011, 12:53 PM
You can't have a bike movie thread and not mention 24 Solo, about Bike Arlington's own Chris Eatough in his bid to win his 7th 24 hour solo world championship!

Chasing Legends (http://chasinglegends.com/), done by the same film crew lead by Arlington resident Jason Berry, is also extremely good too!

DaveK
01-13-2011, 01:26 PM
Chasing Legends (http://chasinglegends.com/), done by the same film crew lead by Arlington resident Jason Berry, is also extremely good too!

I was going to post the same thing - really great "on the ground" look at a Grand Tour you'll never get from Phil and Paul on Versus. And I love Phil and Paul.

txgoonie
01-13-2011, 01:45 PM
I was going to post the same thing - really great "on the ground" look at a Grand Tour you'll never get from Phil and Paul on Versus. And I love Phil and Paul.

Yup, I own that one, too! And the soundtrack;)

CCrew
01-13-2011, 01:49 PM
What, 10 post in and no one's given "Breaking Away" (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0078902/) ?

acc
01-13-2011, 04:27 PM
As a kid I saw "Breaking Away" then bugged my parents for a "good" bike. Back in the day, there were no helmets. I shudder to remember.

skreaminquadz
01-13-2011, 04:53 PM
On the MTB side there is Seasons (http://www.thecollectivefilm.com/), which is awesome! Produced by a company called The Collective.

I agree, Race Across the Sky was much much better than I thought it would be. Not sure why but I had low expectations for that one, but I was very impressed.

Brock
01-14-2011, 07:13 AM
My copy of Ride the Divide arrived last night. My buddy Erik (the one doing it this year (http://1gear1cause.org/)) will be in town this weekend, so I need to make time for it tonight so I know what he's getting himself into.

acc
01-14-2011, 01:17 PM
Congratulations to your friend! What a very cool thing to do. I hope he has an excellent adventure. Please let us know how it goes.

the sloth
01-22-2011, 08:07 AM
This thread is not complete without Quicksilver (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0091814/).