Consider this: In three weeks, an asteroid will strike earth, ending all life on the planet. Everyone in the world has three weeks to live. What to do? I’d probably try to travel if I could, see Japan and Egypt and Vienna. Of course, time with loved ones would also be a priority, and watching every movie and reading every book I could. Lorene Scafaria’s characters in Seeking a Friend for the End of the World react to this news in a variety of ways: suicide, drugs, orgies, riots, relentless optimism, and the like. After his wife literally runs away from him, hypochondriac insurance agent Dodge (Steve Carrell) comes to the realization that his entire life has been meaningless.
We were pretty down about Hal Needham’s passing. His movies are always lots of fun and I love his respect for and dedication to stuntpeople. I remembered that I’d never actually seen The Cannonball Run so that felt like an ok way to celebrate his career. The film tracks the events surrounding a cross-country road race that attracts all manner of speed demons and goofballs, all with their own ideas about how to evade the police as they speed down numerous interstate highways.
A condescending businessman named David Mann (Dennis Weaver) sets off on the road for a very important meeting with a client, hoping to close a big deal or something I don’t know. On the lonely desert highway he finds himself running up against a dirty, obstinate trucker, who seems hellbent on making him late. As their drive progresses it becomes clear that the trucker wants to kill David, and their inconvenient cat-and-mouse game becomes a fight for survival.
When dweeby, nondescript businessman Charles Driggs (Jeff Daniels) meets the unpredictable Lulu (Melanie Griffith), he finds himself thrown into a wild weekend road trip in which his outlook on life and his reasons for existence are called into question. They meet in a restaurant where he intentionally doesn’t pay because petty crimes give him a thrill, and she calls him on it, and he accepts a ride from her back to the office for some reason. She essentially kidnaps him, wins him over with kinky sex and kleptomania, and then convinces him to pose as her husband for her high school reunion.
Seen: On our projector set-up, streamed from netflix instant. Remember when I went to Toronto After Dark last year and it was super awesome and I loved it? Yeah. Good times… Anyway, DeadHeads is one of the movies I missed…