Vehicular Viewing: New on Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu for February 2019
It’s time for another installment of Vehicular Viewing. In this monthly feature, I round up notable car-centric films and TV shows that are new to Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu. Whether you love to geek out over movie vehicles or you just enjoy a good car chase or road-trip flick, you’ve come to the right place.
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Final Destination (2/1)
If Death wants you, Death will get you. That’s basically the premise of this 2000 horror flick (and its four sequels, which aren’t available on Netflix), which devises all sorts of gruesomely creative ways to (eventually) dispatch its Death-cheating characters. The movie’s vehicular demises include death-by-bus and death-by-helping-someone-escape-from-a-car.
Pretty in Pink (2/1)
In this classic teen comedy from 1986, Molly Ringwald’s outsider status in high school is underlined by her car, an endearingly quirky and battered 1959 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia.
The Blues Brothers (2/1)
“What do you say, is it the new Bluesmobile or what?”
“Fix the cigarette lighter.”
The Matrix: Reloaded (2/1)
I remember being let down by this Matrix sequel back when it came out in 2003, but one part that definitely did not disappoint was the spectacular freeway chase scene.
Terminator 2: Judgment Day (2/1)
Speaking of spectacular chase scenes, this action classic contains one of the best ever, involving a motorbike, a semi, a Harley, and two cyborgs. (Note: This movie is also coming to Hulu in February.)
Thelma & Louise (2/1)
In this movie, one of the greatest road-trip flicks of all time, Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis go on the lam in a Ford Thunderbird. You’ll never forget that final freeze frame.
Wacky Taxi (2/1)
Honestly, I’m only including this because I wanted to type Wacky Taxi. Based on the reviews I’ve read, this 1972 movie is pretty bad, and not in a “so bad it’s good” way. Even more disappointing: The taxi is not, in fact, wacky.
Dazed and Confused (2/1)
Set in the 1970s, this easygoing hangout comedy features a killer classic-rock soundtrack and a killer lineup of classic cars. A few of the highlights: a 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 454, a 1970 Pontiac GTO Judge, a 1972 Chevrolet C-10 pickup, and a 1973 Plymouth Duster.
This movie’s vehicular significance? It’s the first James Bond film to feature the Aston Martin DB5, the most famous of all Bond rides. (It’s also one of the best Bond films.)
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A longtime editor/writer and recently transplanted Hoosier, Caleb Cook lives in Xenia, Ohio. His favorite activities are reading and listening to music, although he occasionally emerges from the heap of books and vinyl records in his basement to stand blinking in the sunlight. Once fully acclimated to the outside world again, he can be observed hanging out with his wife, attempting a new recipe in the kitchen, attending movies, walking the dog, or wandering into a local brewery to inquire about what’s on tap. See more articles by Caleb.