Friday, June 23, 2006

"Climb Dance" and "Rendezvous" - two very good alternatives to "Fast & Furious: Tokyo Drift" trailers

I read reports that the film Fast & Furious: Tokyo Drift is a somewhat plotless, action packed flick. If the drift action is good, I would not mind forking out a bit of money to watch it on the big screen.

A look at the trailers available convinced me otherwise. I’ll openly admit it, I’m extremely critical when it comes to movies, which is why I rarely ever watch anything.

Anyway, here are two much more satisfying ways to spend a few minutes than watching crappy trailers.


"Climb Dance" is a multiple award winning short film by starring Finnish rally driver Ari Vatanen. This is re
al footage of the Pikes Peak Hill Climb, a time trail competition event held in Colorado, USA. Watch out for the hairpin turn where the car’s rear overhang literally overhangs the cliff edge (3.51). Ari’s control of the wheel is particularly impressive between the times 3.35 and 3.48. If only they had thought to include a pedal cam...

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Another magnificent short film is "C'était un rendez-vous" (English title "Rendezvous"), an 8-minute blitz through Paris in a Ferrari 275 GTB at dawn. In this film, you can feel your pulse quicken as the driver snakes through traffic, dark and narrow alleys and makes abrupt turns.

It is said that at one particularly risky intersection, an arrangement was set up using walkie-talkies such that if there was traffic, a sentry will inform the driver to abort. Everything went smoothly to the end, where they discovered that the walkie-talkies were in fact not working.

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And finally, here is something completely daft: the Dead or Alive Xtreme 2 (by the way, it’s an Xbox game) trailer that was released in the E3. Seriously pointless eye candy for heterosexual boys and homosexual girls, this video appears to be a technological showcase of Microsoft’s might.

Observe the amount of detail gone into solving the differential equations of motion (of breasts) and the video rendering quality. Beyond that, there is probably not much of significance. But the differential equations of motion...

Credit goes to Jun Ian for highlighting the existence of this video.

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