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From my new movie review in Taki’s Magazine:

When The Future Was Faster
Steve Sailer

November 20, 2019

2019 was supposed to be Hollywood’s year of Intersectional Diversity, but the handful of good films—such as Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Joker, The Irishman, and now Ford v Ferrari—keep turning out to be period pieces about straight white men made for straight white men by straight white men.

Reliable Matt Damon plays Texan race-car impresario Carroll Shelby (one of the more glamorous names I recall from my 1968–1970 Car Craze years), and Christian Bale is inspired as Shelby’s hotheaded English test driver Ken Miles.

While sizable opening-weekend audiences gave this buddy picture an A+ CinemaScore grade, presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg’s media empire was incensed by it. Hannah Elliott complained in Bloomberg that the hit film dared to lack today’s obligatory Diversity-Inclusion-Equity (DIE):

“But what I saw is a devastating picture of the lack of diversity that permeated the industry in the 1960s…. Because ‘Ford v Ferrari ’ shows a generation best left dead and gone.”

Read the whole thing there.

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  1. BB753 says:

    My guess is that we’ll see more and more nostalgia p0rn for Boomers as they reach their sixties.

  2. OT, but I think I read somewhere that “Joker” (which I haven’t seen) has passed the $1 billion dollar mark, apparently the first time an R-rated movie has hit that target.

    I seem to recall that “Black Panther” was a hit comic book movie ostensibly about a downtrodden, under-served minority who are, for instance, nowhere at all to be seen in TV commercials. When it hit $1 billion and became a mega-sensation, there was all sorts of celebration and pandemonium and righteous gloating at the Oscars.

    I wonder if those same voices will have any celebratory cork poppings for another entrant in the billion dollar club, another big comic book movie about another despised downtrodden minority.

    Nah, just kidding, gotta go, I’m late for my cousin’s kid’s bat mitzvah out in Pacific Palisades.

  3. In reading the movie critics reviews on Rotten Tomatoes after seeing the (very enjoyable) Ford v. Ferrari I’m struck by not just the fact that the reviews are almost uniformly positive, but by how they avoid carping about the lack of “wokeness” or racial or gender tokenism.

    In particular, several of the women reviewers clearly just enjoyed the confident all-male, all-white world of 1966 America and Europe that it depicts.

    Perhaps everyone just got tired of writing reviews that they felt they should write and instead, relaxed and told us how they really felt.

    It certainly does seem like there’s a mini pushback by some Hollywood directors this year, against The Narrative, as Mr. Sailer points out. As before, I’d add this year’s documentary Apollo 11 to the small list of really good movies this year that remind us just how excellent the 1960s mostly were, because white folks made it that way.

    • Replies: @Anon
  4. I just got back from seeing FvF myself tonight. My thoughts:

    1) James Mangold is not a car guy. Nor is he particularly concerned with history. The movie is nonetheless great as a work of fiction inspired by actual events, except , that as in Joyce Carol Oates’ Blonde, it uses the names and personae of real people, almost all of whom are now dead and can not defend themselves. Visually it’s stunning. And the cars are from almost the apex of great Le Mans cars-the peak was the short tail Porsche 917, and it was downhill from there.

    2) In the now roughly 120 year history of motor racing, there are between fifteen and thirty, maybe a couple more, people who could be considered great race car constructors. It depends on what you consider legitimate motor sport and what you categorize a constructor-for example, did they have to build their own engines?-and a certain ineffable sense of who did what in some cases. All male, all except maybe one or two Japanese were white, all as far as we know quite heterosexual. You had Bentley and later Broadley and McLaren and A.B.C. Chapman in England, Harry Miller and Kurtis and Cunningham and AJ Watson in the US, Bugatti in (no, not Italy) France, and so forth. Italy had several. But there is one man who stands as high above everyone else as anyone in any field does, with the very possible exception of John Moses Browning in firearms design. That man is, without question, Enzo Ferrari.

    3) In reality, HFII and his minions treated Il Commendatore shabbily and that’s why he told them to shove off. A Ford/Ferrari marriage would have given him not only F1 and European sports car racing but US sports car racing (which was more about prestige than substance-it sold few cars, unlike stock car and drag racing) and above all Indianapolis, which he wanted almost as bad as another F1 championship. And, as would happen with the Fiat Dino with its Ferrari designed V6, a Ferrari badged engine might have been sufficiently homologatable in a Ford to even put the prancing horse in NASCAR, which he’d have probably considered minor fun as beating the Americans at two of their own games. The marriage would also have given Ford access to one of the world’s greatest light alloy foundries with skills available nowhere in the US and allowed them to do prototypes at substantially lower cost and faster turnaround than in Dearborn and its union-bound job shops.

    4) The Ford GT40 is as much a Ford as the Cosworth Ford DFV engine is a Ford, which is to say it is not at all. It’s really a Lola, built by Eric Broadley. Only the engine was Ford-everything else was bought, and Ford spent a fortune sorting out the engine despite years of previous long distance racing, because unlike Chevy, they built a bewildering variety of similar engines with no interchangeability and had to do it all over again repeatedly. For instance, there is a 427 side oiler, a 427 SOHC, a 428, a 429 and a “429 Shotgun”. Chevy built two engines, a small block and a big block, and only had to do twice what Ford did six or seven times.

    Ford also couldn’t build a transaxle and there wasn’t really a good one available then off the shelf. The mountain of money they spent on the GT40 yielded very little usable in a road car for them. Had they taken a little more time and thought it out they could have done in 1969 what GM took until 2019 to do-build a really proper and modern American sports car. (To be fair, they did have the Pantera, but that was a screw-up of monumental proportions too: they finally got it sorted, but only after they’d ruined the market, and it was never cost effective or profitable. Meanwhile, GM kept selling Corvettes and Corvettes brought people in the showrooms who bought Malibus and Camaros and Caprices and Monte Carlos and Vegas.

    Ford could not only not win for losing, they couldn’t win for winning.

    5) Ford won the race, but Ferrari won the war. He stayed in the game for the rest of his life and the company bearing his name is still at it, and vintage Ferraris bring the stupidest of stupid money in the collector market today. It’s doubtful that any motor vehicle could beat the record prices the most expensive Ferraris are bringing-probably not even a Bugatti Typ 41 Royale if one ever comes on the open market again.

  5. Anonymous[425] • Disclaimer says:

    RUSH by Ron Howard was really good.

    • Replies: @Father O'Hara
    , @Polynikes
  6. Realist says:

    The fact that the shitlib SJWs don’t like the movie makes it all the better…very entertaining movie.

  7. Realist says:

    Reliable Matt Damon plays Texan race-car impresario Carroll Shelby (one of the more glamorous names I recall from my 1968–1970 Car Craze years), and Christian Bale is inspired as Shelby’s hotheaded English test driver Ken Miles.

    Your car craze lasted only two years…not too inspired?

  8. The 2013 Ron Howard film “Rush”, about the Nikki Lauda vs James Hunt rivalry in the 1976 Formula 1 season, is another excellent motor racing movie.

    James Hunt could have been cast as an English Haven Monahan. He was actually a rather sweet guy – kind, impulsive, impossibly good-looking and very funny.

    His life fell apart after racing and he then landed an F1 commentating gig on the Beeb.

  9. El Dato says:

    Those were the times when movies dared to imagine going to Jupiter in nuclear-powered spaceships by 2001.

    We now dare to imagine going to absolute 100% recyclable burndownsville (electricity at best intermittent) where transgenders and diversity rule the street at night, all managed by the loving hand of The Wymen of the Uniparty by 2030.

  10. Danindc says:

    Damn. You know that history well. How psyched were you when this movie came out?

  11. Whenever I come across these Bloomberg Bimbo types I take pleasure in pointing out that 90% plus of civilization today is a creation of normal European men and that its current decline is a function of mistakenly allowing lesser types, such as herself to impose their ignorance and arrogance on the productive.

    It’s increasingly met by smiles and nod from the spectators rather than the embarrassing shuffling of a few years ago.

    • Agree: jim jones
    • Replies: @Anonymous
  12. Anon[257] • Disclaimer says:

    I’d add this year’s documentary Apollo 11 to the small list of really good movies this year that remind us just how excellent the 1960s mostly were.

    Hey man, is that Freedom Rock?

    Yeah, man!

    Well turn it up, man!

    • LOL: Autochthon
  13. Should Hannah Elliot, a blonder Becky than any Becky’s been blonde, even have a column these days?

    • Replies: @AceDeuce
  14. FvF is worth seeing in Imax.

  15. @donvonburg

    Thanks for going to the trouble of spelling out all of car racing history for us wannabes. I was a “student” in France in 1954 and thought of attending the Le Mans race but didn’t. That was the year a Mercedes crashed disintegrated and killed ~140 spectators.

    • Replies: @Joe Stalin
  16. El Dato says:

    “Michel Vaillant” in ’57

    The sad part is I don’t even know how to design an internal combustion engine.

  17. BB753 says:
    @The Germ Theory of Disease

    You seem to be confused. Because The Joker was not about Krusty the clown, real name Herschel Shmoikel Pinkus Yerocham Krustofsky, son of a rabbi. So, the film is not about the most downtrodden and opressed minority on earth. Though it would have made a great film. Krusty needs a gritty reboot as an even more evil, seedy and embittered clown.

    • Replies: @Anon87
  18. Paul says:

    Better that Hannah Elliott were dead and gone along with other moral preeners.

  19. @The Germ Theory of Disease

    Also OT but wouldn’t it be great for Steve to say a word for Nick Fuentes and the Groypers who are catching so much heat for trying to ask important questions of TPUSA and Conservatism, Inc. and for Michelle Malkin, who just got fired from YAF for doing so.

    Ann Coulter has been providing some oblique support by retweeting but direct defense who be better, if any of you have her ear.

    I know you guys all have had your differences but now would be a good time to rise above that for the new Covington kids!

    • Replies: @ATBOTL
  20. Anonymous[192] • Disclaimer says:

    2019 was supposed to be Hollywood’s year of Intersectional Diversity, but the handful of good films—such as Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Joker, The Irishman, and now Ford v Ferrari—keep turning out to be period pieces about straight white men made for straight white men by straight white men.

    If you can get the goyim to fork over a billion dollars to you, it’s not exactly losing, is it? Is making a movie about a now irretrievable time going to get them to riot, let alone turn off pornhub?

  21. Paul says:

    What does Hannah Elliott think of the “devastating lack of diversity” among movie moguls — plenty of Jews and no Arabs, for example? And what does Michael Bloomberg think of that? How did Hannah Elliott miss a chance to mention that? 😉

  22. Anon7 says:

    “… ‘Ford v Ferrari ’ shows a generation best left dead and gone.”

    No, progressives and leftists, tell us what you really think.

  23. mmack says:


    Thanks for the review. As I said in my OT post earlier it’s a “problematic” film for the SJW crowd.

    One thing I thought of seeing Ford Versus Ferrari and that you probably mentioned in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is that it depicts a California that is dead, buried, and gone. I mentioned on another site before the movie came out that I couldn’t imagine someone like Dan Gurney, who won the 1967 24 Hours of LeMans in a Shelby American entered Ford GT40, starting a company to make internal combustion engine powered racing cars in 2019 California, much less naming it All American Racers, and calling the cars Eagles, as Dan did in the mid 1960’s.

    The 2019 equivalents of Carroll Shelby and Dan Gurney are living in a $1200/month pod in San Francisco hoping their takeout delivery by drone start up gets bought out by Google.

    And speaking of Just Getting Things Done, unmentioned in the movie is the Le Mans program was a part of Ford’s “Total Performance” approach in which Ford intended to win races in all major forms of auto racing including:
    Formula One
    Endurance Racing
    Indy Car Racing (Including the Indianapolis 500)
    NHRA Drag Racing
    Off Road Racing

    And by 1970, when Ford pulled “official” support for auto racing and ended the Total Performance program, they had achieved wins in all of the series listed above, either by building the cars, supporting racing teams, or building and supplying engines.

    2019? Ford’s big news is you can get an electric 4 door CUV called the Mustang Mach E. Awesome.

    • Replies: @scrivener3
  24. Rob McX says:

    One of the purposes of Hollywood remakes seems to be to retell the story of the original film with a more diverse cast and updated political outlook. I expect this will happen to F vs F in a few decades. Who knows, the Trans Am might make a comeback for reasons nobody could have suspected.

    • Replies: @Dave Pinsen
  25. Because ‘Ford v Ferrari ’ shows a generation best left dead and gone.

    I am shocked to my very core to find out Hannah Elliot also writes for Jewish World Review.

    • LOL: fish
  26. Heymrguda says:

    One thing that’s often overlooked is that the ford GT was the last road car to be the overall winner of the 24 hours. All the cars following, including the Ford GT mk IV, the 1967 winner with A. J. Foyt and dan gurney aboard, were race only.

    As far as Chevy goes, traditionally they only race when they can dominate. Great strategy, I guess.

    • Replies: @Alfa158
  27. Steve, great review. The movie also contains subtle arguments against diversity. The whole question of whether we should bow before the demands of marketing/PR reps versus strive to win and to make the most excellent product is (for the contemporary world) a question of about whether we should cater to Diversity or not. The film chooses the side of those striving for excellence. You can even see this in Mangold’s direction, which I think gets better as the movie goes on. He deliberately he ups his game in the last twenty minutes for the Le Mans race. He seems to care about more about making an excellent movie than bowing to the demands of Diversity.

    (btw, have you noticed that Mangold might be one of those closeted conservative directors? Cop Land, Walk the Line, 3:10 to Yuma, Wolverine, Logan, and now Ford v. Ferrari. There’s another essay there for you.)

    • Agree: Polynikes
  28. ‘Ford v Ferrari ’ shows a generation best left dead and gone.”

    Their crime being that they were white, and what’s worse, unashamed of being white. (Never mind what they may have accomplished.)

    Don’t kid yourselves. This MSM habit of celebrating the death of white culture at every opportunity is just ramping up.

    The clues are everywhere in their “coded” language that it’s not just the culture they’re keen on exterminating.

  29. @The Germ Theory of Disease

    Could someone explain to me why The Woke think of the Joker as alt-right? His kill the rich seems more like Antifa, and his supporters seem like Occupy Wall Street meets Antifa.

    What am I missing?

  30. TWS says:

    Rode in a Shelby once. Fastest I’ve gone without leaving the Earth. I’ve been in police chases, hospital runs and races to the scene and nothing was as fast.

  31. Now this is a movie I gotta see … finally.

    I’ll read the rest of the review later. Thank you.

  32. No nonwhite or nonmale characters were concocted to make the history more palatable to today’s anti-white-male prejudices.

    Someone is already working on the story of how a group of unsung black women actually designed the GT40.

    • Replies: @Just another serf
  33. Perfect Sailer Snark at the end of the review.
    Are we going to get a review of Midway?

  34. Anonymous[134] • Disclaimer says:

    Straight white men (used) to keep things running, for everyone else, by being obsessive/compulsive, focussed, fixated, energetic, self a sacrificing, but most of all being bold and brave.

  35. A123 says:

    It is hard to see how historical films can be made ‘diverse’. We know the race of everybody involved in these programs. The Woke, are short on Wisdom. The primary ticket buyers are young men, and young men like fast cars.

    The timing of the release is mildly awkward as Ford just ended its current GT racing program (1). The cars will likely continue to run for 2-4 years in private hands. LeMans 24 (ACO) are generating a new rules set. Top tier car development is a bit frozen until those regulations are released.

    The Mustang GT4 program is doing well, but that is the under card — IMSA Pilot Challenge Races.

    You can replay the entire 2019 Pilot season (2), though a couple of the races were marred by exceedingly long periods under yellow.




  36. Anon[383] • Disclaimer says:

    Carroll Shelby’s “Personal Life” section on Wikipedia does not shy away from his seven wives. It seems that he, like Tiger Woods, are among the GOATs for infidelity.

    Shelby was married a total of seven times. Shelby’s first wife was Jeanne Fields, they married on December 18, 1943. Their daughter Sharon Anne Shelby was born a year later on September 27, 1944. Shelby and Fields had two more children — Michael Hall (born November 2, 1946) and Patrick Bert (born October 23, 1947). They divorced in February 1960. Although the marriage was mostly happy, it began to break down due to his extramarital affairs, which he later admitted. Late in his first marriage, Shelby embarked on a long-running passionate affair with Jan Harrison, an actress, and although he still loved his first wife, the marriage had effectively ended following years of infidelity.[34] In 1962, Shelby married actress Harrison before the marriage was annulled the same year.[35] His third marriage, which he entered into as part of a deal with a New Zealand woman to get her into the United States, lasted only a few weeks before ending in divorce. His fourth marriage, to a woman named Sandra Brandstetter lasted a couple years before ending in divorce.

    After 28 years single, Carroll married Cynthia Psaros,[citation needed] formally an actress and a beauty queen.[citation needed] Her father, a retired Marines colonel and fighter pilot, was quite enjoyable to Carroll. During this marriage, Carroll received his long-awaited heart transplant. Their marriage lasted only a few years before ending in divorce. Then he married Lena Dahl, a Swedish woman whom he met in 1968. She died in a car accident in 1997. It was his only marriage which did not end in divorce, annulment, or separation. Shelby married his final wife, Cleo, a British former model who drove rally cars, in 1997, just four months after the death of his sixth wife. She was 25 years his junior. They were in the process of getting a divorce when he died in 2012.

    • Replies: @J1234
  37. Arclight says:

    The extreme envy that drives the hatred of our woke gatekeepers is largely absent among ordinary people, especially when it comes to entertainment. In my experience, people of whatever stripe don’t really care what people look like on the screen so long as they find the story entertaining.

    • Replies: @Old Prude
  38. Jack D says:

    1. It’s interesting that even at its post WWII peak, the US (or at least Ford) was unable to execute a program like this without the involvement of a lot of Europeans and Commonwealth guys. The engine was Ford but most everything else was not – the chassis was British, the transaxle was Italian, the drivers were mostly non-American – not just Brits but the Mexican Pedro Rodriguez.

    2. The reviews omit the element of physical danger in all of this – Miles (spoiler alert) was killed driving a Ford prototype not long after his victory against Ferrari. Most of these guys had been in combat in WWII and were no strangers to breathtaking risk. We live in a much more risk averse society (in part due to their sacrifices – after the death of Miles, Ford added roll cages to its race cars – the car that Miles was in, built for lightness and speed (but not safety) shattered like glass and ejected Miles to his death – in a modern race car he would have walked away from that crash). I’m not sure that females, who are so eager to declare that generation dead and gone, are really willing to take on similar risks but those are the risks required to advance technology – we get to be bored on plane rides because of the aviation pioneers who took terrifying risks.

    • Replies: @mmack
    , @Altai
    , @Anonymouse
  39. Alfa158 says:
    @Paleo Liberal

    Much of the Alt-Right, White Nationalist movement, or whatever name is current, is becoming genuinely National Socialist, as in nationalist, and, socialist. They are sometimes ironically referred to as NazBols; Nazi-Bolsheviks. They believe in policies like highly progressive taxes, strong controls and limits on big business, government healthcare for all, free education, trade protectionism, unions and foreign non-intervention. They also argue that these thing only work in ethnically homogeneous, high trust societies.
    They have discovered that international capitalism is at least as great enemy of their movement as the government.. So yes, they are even more genuinely committed to a policy of “eat the Rich” than any masked anti-fa.
    Many of them started out in the Left. Eric Striker whose writings are now being posted here on Unz is one of the leading activists in that wing of the Alt-Right, White Nationalist movement.

  40. Jack D says:

    Ferrari was the one who approached Ford about a buyout and Ford spent a lot of money on “due diligence” before Ferrari pulled out at the last moment, which left Ford angry. Nevertheless, you can just say that it was Ford’s fault or Ferrari’s fault. Usually what happens in these kind of failed negotiations is that the two sides have different (stated or unstated) goals from each other and the differences just cannot be bridged. One side or the other has to pull the plug in the end when they realize that they are never going to get what they want but the real problem is that neither side is willing to compromise its goals enough to make the deal happen. In this case, what Ferrari really wanted was to get rid of his production car responsibilities but to keep control of the racing program. This did not fit with Ford’s goals. From their POV, Ferrari was being (what was once known as) an Indian giver – he wanted to take Ford’s money but keep control. Ford had its own US Indy Car racing program and didn’t want Ferrari muddling their message. Later Ferrari worked out a deal with Fiat to sell 90% of the company and allow him to remain in charge of racing – this was probably a better fit for both of them.

    “Win on Sunday, sell on Monday” doesn’t necessarily mean the same cars. Look at NASCAR today, where the only thing “Ford” about the Fords, etc. are the stickers on the grill.

  41. Lugash says:

    because unlike Chevy, they built a bewildering variety of similar engines with no interchangeability and had to do it all over again repeatedly. For instance, there is a 427 side oiler, a 427 SOHC, a 428, a 429 and a “429 Shotgun”. Chevy built two engines, a small block and a big block, and only had to do twice what Ford did six or seven times.

    Ford did reinvent the wheel multiple times with production engines, but some of these are one off race engines. If you look at GM overall during this time period they were way worse… every division had their own engine program. I’d guess it didn’t impact GM’s balance sheet too much up until the 1970s when they had 50%+ market share, but they should have started consolidating engine lines during the 1980s.

    Chevy also had the straight six as their third engine.

    • Replies: @Jack D
  42. @Alfa158

    Many of them started out in the Left.

    And stayed there. National socialism is well to the left of the GOP, let alone any genuine American right.


    There’s that word again.

    They also argue that these thing only work in ethnically homogeneous, high trust societies.

    Which socialists hate to their core. Because those societies are known for their political fractiousness, multiple parties requiring coalition governments. To a socialist, his is the only legitimate party.

    (“Democratic socialist” is an oxymoron.)

    Thus, they prefer racial fracture to the political kind, because it keeps returning them to office. Look at California. Look at Chicago.

    Even Hitler invaded diverse countries. He was a one-party internationalist.

    (But then, what do you expect from a faggot?)

    They are sometimes ironically referred to as NazBols; Nazi-Bolsheviks.

    • Replies: @Jack D
  43. @Alfa158

    Thank you for the clarification. Greatly appreciated. In that respect, much of the alt-right is similar to the early-mid 20th Century southern Democrat populists. To be fair, there were populists of that type in the north as well. Remember as late as 1968 a segregationist southern populist was able to carry five states as a third party candidate.

    In some respects, this was similar to the Bernie Sanders of 2015, except on racial issues. Sanders was a staunch integrationist.

    What seems to scare the left-wing “Green New Deal” types the most, according to what I have read in places like Mother Jones, are the alt-right environmentalists. One would think that a true environmentalist on the left would be happy to work with true environmentalists on the right, the way Ralph Nader worked with Pat Buchanan on trade issues. Instead, the left wing enviros are stuck on a complete fallacy that it is possible to be an open borders environmentalist.

    In other words, the face of left wing environmentalism has changed from the rational and clear thinking Gaylord Nelson, who had a very left wing civil rights record, to the less clear thinking AOC. God help us.

    • Agree: jim jones
  44. Yummy.

    S’pose it wasn’t meant that way 😉

  45. Jack D says:

    they should have started consolidating engine lines during the 1980s

    No good deed goes unpunished. When they finally did start sharing engines between divisions, they got hit with a class action because someone claimed that they had been defrauded when their Oldsmobile car did not come with an Oldsmobile motor. After all, for decades, Olds had promoted their “Rocket” engines as a selling feature and now they were sneakily giving you a cheapo Chevy engine and not even telling you. Never mind that the Chevy engine was just as good as the Olds engine – that only meant that GM had been lying to you before. Either they were lying then or lying now.

    Arguably, when GM had a 50% market share, competition between divisions was healthy and kept everyone on their toes. And it was win/win – if Olds beat Buick or Buick beat Olds, Papa GM won either way. Better to have Chevy compete with Pontiac than have Chevy compete with Ford. And oddly enough, when the GM marques all began sharing the same platforms and engines, their market share went DOWN, so maybe the “cost savings” from “eliminating duplication” were illusory. If you close ALL of your factories, then you have ZERO costs. Many a corporation has died of beancounter poisoning. It’s a Zen kind of thing – if you seek to make great products then the profits will follow but if you seek only to make profits then they will elude you.

    • Agree: Old Prude, AceDeuce
    • Replies: @Anonymous
    , @anonymous
  46. Alfa158 says:

    Based on what little I know about him, I think that Huey Long was considered dangerous because of the socialist elements of his populism, and that is ultimately what got him popped.
    I’m glad you mentioned environmentalism, the alt-right has become Greener and more anti-war than the Left. That also would make the AR a threat to the ruling classes if their numbers weren’t so tiny.

    The disconnection from reality of the Left on the environmental issue is a whole, rich subject. The First World, consisting of the Anglosphere, Europe and Japan have effectively solved the environmental crisis. Their peoples, taken by themselves, have shrinking populations and, even per capita, declining consumption of raw resources and emissions of greenhouse gases and pollutants. The exploding populations and economies of the developing world and massive migration of people from low carbon and resource footprint countries to high prosperity countries is also destroying our environment. You are not going to hold off global warming by changing your thermostat setting and taking public transport if 2 billion Chinese and Indians want to buy cars. Meanwhile Greta Thunberg is going from house to house, in a neighborhood burning down in a wild fire, and haranguing the residents to blow out their dinner table candles.

    • Replies: @Jack D
  47. AnonAnon says:

    Saw the movie Sunday, loved it. The Amazon show Grand Tour (Jeremy Clarkson, James May, Richard Hammond of the old Top Gear) did a great segment on the same topic a few years ago:

  48. Barnard says:

    OT: Jussie Smollett counter sues the City of Chicago for malicious prosecution, even though they didn’t actually prosecute him, in an attempt to get out of paying for the police investigation.

    • Replies: @Father O'Hara
  49. Jack D says:
    @Reg Cæsar

    Thus, they prefer racial fracture to the political kind, because it keeps returning them to office. Look at California. Look at Chicago.

    Look at any American university. “Diversity” to the Left only means racial diversity. Diversity of opinion is anathema. You have universities where the faculty votes 99% Democrat (and they wouldn’t mind if it was 100%). Any attempts to air different political views are literally shouted down. The 1st Amendment is now regarded with more suspicion than the 2nd. It provides a safe harbor for haters – enlightened European countries don’t have comparable laws. You can go to jail there for expressing incorrect opinions, which is only right and proper. They want diversity of skin color but strict unification of political views. There is no degree of Leftism that is too far left, but anything to the right of RINOism (we want the same thing as Democrats, but in slightly watered down form) is Fascism and makes you an unperson.

    • Agree: Redneck farmer
  50. In the UK (and IMDB) this film is titled Le Mans ’66.

  51. Jack D says:

    Meanwhile Greta Thunberg is going from house to house, in a neighborhood burning down in a wild fire, and haranguing the residents to blow out their dinner table candles.

    This sort of makes sense in its own crazy way. People like to be able to feel that they are in control. Most people are more afraid of flying commercially than they are of driving even though the risk from driving nowadays is hundred of times greater, because people feel that they are in control when they are driving their own car but have no control over the airplane. There is nothing you as an individual can do about the villages in the Philippines where they dump their plastic trash directly into the nearest river but you can control whether you drink with a straw or shop with plastic bags. There is nothing you can do about the towns in Indonesia where they use discarded American plastic (ironically the same stuff that you carefully pick out of your trash for “recycling”) as factory boiler fuel but you can turn your thermostat down to 66. You can’t personally fight the wild fire raging outside your windows, but it’s easy (and relieves your guilt) to blow out those candles.

  52. “But what I saw is a devastating picture of the lack of diversity that permeated the industry in the 1960s…. Because ‘Ford v Ferrari ’ shows a generation best left dead and gone.”

    A man devoted to preserving the “dead and gone.”

    Jay Leno states the 1960s was when we thought the USA could do anything like going to the MOON!

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  53. Old Prude says:

    “people of whatever stripe don’t really care what people look like on the screen” as long as its historically and biologically plausible. And the people are attractive: That sweaty, pudgy black storm trooper was skeevy.

  54. mmack says:
    @Jack D

    Not a surprise at all that Ford bought either off the shelf components or developed from existing platforms. Spinning a racing program up from scratch is a time consuming and expensive proposition especially if you’ve never raced in a particular series and have a short timeframe to achieve your goals.

    A quick high level example that mirrors Ford at Le Mans was the last time Porsche tried to race in IndyCar. In 1987 they entered the CART series with a car where they built the engine and chassis. The engine showed promise, their chassis was a failure. Other CART teams were years ahead of them. So for 1988 they bought a March chassis (English built March cars having won the Indy 500 from 1983-87) that any other CART team could buy and modified it to use their engine. It worked better than their original chassis so for 1989 and 1990 they had March build them cars specifically around their engine and in 1989 scored a win in the CART series. Unfortunately economic issues meant 1990 was the last year they ran in Indy Car.

  55. Alfa158 says:

    Must see movie for me, I was a teenager at the time of the events and followed them avidly. Despite my ethnic origin, I was a Ford guy and was rooting for them. I built the kits of the Ford GTs as they were released, from the original crappy Ford GT that had to be drastically redesigned, through the Mark II, the fatal J Car, and the Mark IV.( Speaking of another type of model, I sometimes quote a statement from Henry the Second on the occasion when he was arrested for DUI late at night, while accompanied by a Model who was not the Model he was married to: “Never complain, never explain”.) I even read articles on the Ferrari P4 and was concerned because the car looked like a winner.
    In those years on the way to the beach or an impromptu street race on Pershing Drive, we would drive by the Shelby plant located off of Imperial Highway on the south side of Los Angeles International . I remember the rows of GT350’s and Cobras queued up to be completed or to be shipped out for delivery. How many millions of dollars would that little lot of cars I was looking at be worth today?
    Also, the wives in our little group who saw the movie loved it as well, so I think the film has some legs. Next will be to get the 4K Blu-Ray disc when it eventually comes out.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  56. Altai [AKA "Altai_4"] says:
    @Jack D

    1. It’s interesting that even at its post WWII peak, the US (or at least Ford) was unable to execute a program like this without the involvement of a lot of Europeans and Commonwealth guys.

    I think it’s not that they couldn’t but that it was faster. Ford didn’t build those kinds of cars. If they wanted they could have built it all from the ground themselves but why not bring in experts to help?

  57. @Jack D

    A woman auto driver killed herself recently in trying to set a land speed record. They are outliers to their sex but some few women have the souls of dare-devils.

  58. @Hypnotoad666

    Someone is already working on the story of how a group of unsung black women actually designed the GT40.

    Good point. There were certainly some complex calculations the white males struggled with before Ford was able to steal several Italian African-American women of color from Ferrari.

    • LOL: Dan Hayes
  59. Dmitry says:

    American capitalist culture was great at bigness, but would Ford beat Ferrari at building cars as works of art?

    And by 1970, they are building some of the most strangely beautiful, although also unpractical, cars.

    This is a Ford Thunderbird of 1970; parking space and fuel efficiency not being an important priority in the customers of that epoch.

    • Replies: @mmack
  60. ‘Period pieces’ are suddenly popular as a means to avoid the Diversity Kenpeitai for casting choices.

    It won’t last. They already complain that movies about medieval Europe don’t have enough POCs, to the point that they are now pretending that Europe was full of POCs at the time.

  61. Anonymous[233] • Disclaimer says: • Website
    @Paleo Liberal

    Well, simply put it can be explained as a revolt against jewish international capitalism, as many in the so called ”alt-right” are or atleast show sympaties to NS ideologies. The general rejection of international capitalism due to many of them prioritizing money over their own people; this phenomenon can for instance be observed in them allowing in individuals of non-white origin to get cheap labour, etc.

    If we look at Robert De Niro and observe him as an individual, what does he represent?
    1-He married a negress:

    2-He looks and to a large degree acts like a jew.
    3-He is a staunch supporter of Israel; from an Israeli newspaper:
    ”In real life, De Niro is an outspoken supporter of Israel. He frequently lends his name and presence to pro-Israel fundraisers, although his love for Israel hasn’t put him into the pro-Donald Trump camp”.
    So generally speaking, there is no reason for him to be an appreciated individual and most generally believe that he ”got what he deserved”(even though it is a film ofcourse).

    Also, this revolutionary ”spirit” evoked is naturally something encouraged by some elements who believe in seizing control, this ofcourse ought to be done by ”acceleration” (the books SIEGE, The Turner Diaries and Hunter argue for this as a ”political solution” is a ”rigged game” and thus encourages a more ”radical solution”; I must emphasize that I am not arguing for this, just making observations).

    Does this answer your question or would you like me to go more into detail?

  62. Once Upon A Time in Hollywood was an awful film

    • Replies: @Harald Balzac
  63. @BB753

    They’re almost all in their ’60s already, BB, going by the Strauss & Howe (Generations) definition of being born from 1945(?) to 1961.

    • Replies: @BB753
  64. @BB753

    Reach our 60’s…we’re in ’em…
    Whachu talkin’ ’bout willis?


  65. J.Ross says:

    Establishment journalists attacking a movie about the height of supercars and untrammelled masculinity, as a time which ought to be forgotten, remind us that in our brave new tolerant times EVERYBODY’S GETTING ASS CANCER!!!

    Anal cancer cases and deaths are rising dramatically in the United States, especially among older people and young black men, a new study says.

    Researchers examined trends in anal cancer cases over about 15 years, and identified about 69,000 [heh] cases of anal cancer and more than 12,000 deaths during this time.

    “Our findings of the dramatic rise in incidence among black millennials and white women, rising rates of distant-stage disease, and increases in anal cancer mortality rates are very concerning,” the study’s lead author, Ashish A. Deshmukh, an assistant professor at UTHealth School of Public Health [sic], said in a statement.

    The most common subtype of anal cancer is squamous cell carcinoma, caused by human papillomavirus, known as HPV.

    Over 90% of cases of anal cancers are associated with HPV, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    Remember that characterizing homosexual activity as dangerous is bigotry.

  66. Barnard says:

    What do you mean? All of the Boomers with the exception of the very youngest are already in or past their 60s. This movie’s target audience is Boomer men who remember this fondly. I wonder how well it plays in the international markets.

  67. Anonymous[129] • Disclaimer says:

    Steve, I love you man, but this was just your usual non-review movie review where you riff on your usual obsessions and concerns.

    2019 was supposed to be Hollywood’s year of Intersectional Diversity, but the handful of good films—such as Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Joker, The Irishman, and now Ford v Ferrari—keep turning out to be period pieces about straight white men made for straight white men by straight white men.

    None of these movies were very good. Except for maybe Once Upon, which was decent. Joker was terrible. Ford v Ferrari wasn’t boring, but it was one of those formulaic, based on some non-fiction sports storyline movie like Moneyball. Scorsese hasn’t made anything original since Goodfellas, and The Irishman was a stale retread of that, even bringing back all the same old actors.

    Your Boomerism and Boomer nostalgia is really on display here. Joker of course is not a Boomer movie, and was bad, but here I think because of the largely marketing driven hype created a following for the movie among a subset of the Alt-Right, your usual affirmative action cheerleading for Jewish guys involved in anything associated with the right wing kicked in.

    • Agree: Autochthon
    • Replies: @Anonymous
  68. Bob bob says:

    Fuck Steve & diversity

    • Replies: @SunBakedSuburb
  69. @Annoyed cinemagoer

    Remember, it’s just as important that everyone else is miserable as it is that you are happy…maybe more.


  70. @mmack

    Mencius Moldberg was right on more things than I believed at the time.

    Blue nosed puritans run the public space. No fast cars, golf carts for everyone. And the US Gov is run by bureaucrats, with the Pentagon vying with the Department of State for total control. Who would think the Department of State, which is concerned with foreign relations and should never touch the lives of ordinary Americans, would be removing a president?

  71. Whiskey says: • Website

    There are consequences for the second most important graph in the world.

    All over the media White Women are joyously discussing the ways in which a Chinese style final solution to the White man problem can be found.

    China’s solution to Uighurs has White Women, the Bill Ayers types, Sharpton etc licking their chops at the chance to implement the same here. Warren is beside herself with the desire to do so.

    Our best hope is that the Deep State civil war breaks the neo con way with Buttgig. Not Warren. War with Russia might keep us out of camps as we’d be needed.

    Hannah Elliot is not saying anything that thousands of other White women in media say every day.

  72. Anonymous[316] • Disclaimer says:

    For the longest time, I didn’t see SMOKEY AND THE BANDIT because it got terrible reviews. I finally got around to seeing it on Blu-Ray, and it’s lots of fun.

    GUMBALL RALLY is a stupid movie but fun. I wonder what happened to Michael Sarrazin. He was a big deal in the 70s, but no one talks about him.

    • Replies: @mmack
    , @Autochthon
  73. Bloomberg’s comment is interesting.

    You can feel the hate. One should draw conclusions.

  74. Anonymous[316] • Disclaimer says:

    Real good documentary on race car driving.

    Remake of KILLERS did a neat job of pushing a race car angle to the Hemingway short story.

  75. Currahee says:

    “While Hollywood titans deliver tedious speeches at the Oscars about how much they care about social justice, the truth is that the best movies usually get made by guys who love fast cars, big explosions, and beautiful women.”

    Love you, Steve.

  76. @Anonymouse

    Biologically speaking, few women should be daredevils.

    As the saying goes, sperm is cheap, eggs expensive.

    • Replies: @prosa123
  77. J1234 says:

    Remember those days? When celebrities like Johnny Carson and a long lineup of Hollywood entertainers seemed to be trapped between the two opposing moral dimensions of promiscuity and an adherence to the social propriety of marriage? This resulted in multiple sequential marriages throughout the entertainment industry back then – three or four failed marriages were common, five weren’t uncommon. Do any celebrities today have this kind of marital history? I checked Gwyneth Paltrow’s wiki right now for comparison and she’s only on her second marriage, and I don’t think an aversion to promiscuity is a big factor in her case, though I could be wrong. Of course, she’s only in her late 40’s, so there’s lots of time for the number to increase.

    • Replies: @SaneClownPosse
  78. Anonymous[170] • Disclaimer says:

    None of these movies were very good. Except for maybe Once Upon, which was decent. Joker was terrible.

    I haven’t seen most movies from this year, but it seems like it’s going to be one of the worst ever. Last year was pretty terrible too. Except for AMERICAN ANIMALS and few others, it was run-of-the-millennial.

    Among past movies I’ve viewed recently, I especially enjoyed GAMBIT that says much about post-colonial perceptions of the Other. Fun stuff.

    It seems there was a remake few yrs back. Coens wrote it but apparently didn’t think much of it and passed it onto someone else to direct.

    Also on Blu-Ray is I WANNA HOLD YOUR HAND, a double nostalgia piece for me. Though not around when Beatlemania conquered the world, even those born later came to participate in a kind of collective nostalgia via TV shows, documentaries, narratives of boomers. A kind of shared nostalgia. But then, I saw the movie on TV when falling into a personal belated Beatlemania of my own. Tony Smerko, who is 50% of what makes the movie work, is one of the funniest characters ever. Zemeckis’ first film and total bomb. But, in some ways, his best and most endearing film.

  79. @Bob bob

    Hey Cedric: Enough with the meta.

  80. Anonymous[170] • Disclaimer says:

    Maybe all movies should come with diversity option.

    If you press the option, the software will add diversity to the movie. So, a diversity-optioned ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD will show many more black, mexican, hindu, or asian extras. Or lots of homos. The viewer decides. So, if you go for hindu-option, 50% of extras in the background will be hindu.

    And the option would apply to main characters as well. So, if you want the Ford guy to be Hindu and Ferrari guy to be Mexican, you press the option, and there you go. The computer software will Hindu-ize one character and Mexicanize the other. That way, everyone is happy. Or turn all the characters ‘gay’.

    • LOL: BB753
    • Replies: @Anonx
    , @Jim Don Bob
  81. J1234 says:

    And maybe even more WW2 “porn,” which (as in the recent Midway) allows straight white men to say the word “Japs” over and over again. I saw Midway last week and I was honestly expecting some black Navy cook to be featured as a hero right along side the Douglas Dauntless pilots and gunners, but it didn’t happen. Not even a Japanese-American crewman “overcoming racism.” In fact, the closest thing to “diversity” were sort of Italian-ish New Jersey types who seemed to be getting along just fine with Anglo-ish Texan types. No victimhood that I could detect.

    The movie did relate a Japanese perspective of the battle, too, but I think that’s a legitimate historical approach. I appreciate when WW2 movies about the European conflict do that (on rare occasion.)

    • Replies: @J.Ross
    , @Prof. Woland
  82. @Anonymouse

    I think it was one of the women on Myth Busters.

  83. J.Ross says:

    Flash — Ukrainian petrochemical concern Burisma investigated by Ukrainian government, Hunter Biden named!
    Why, gosh, this bears out Trump’s case (that Hunter Biden was corruptly over-compensated by Burisma), and frustrates the Democrat case (that there never was anything to those concerns, and that Trump is literally Hitler for asking that it be looked into). I wonder how Sanpaku Schiff —

  84. J.Ross says:

    Midway especially has to always have a Japanese sequence because there was this critical moment where it could have gone either way, and the Americam commander was taking a huge risk which paid off massively. However, if you look at war movies overall, we seem to progress toward rejecting war and seeing the humanity of the enemy, but in recent decades have backslid into clumsy (and, oddly enough, emotionally empty and boring) xenophobic jingoism. Whoever it could have been starting that current, the Han is in the driver seat now, and their idea of a not-simplistic war movie is to have really good photography. One of the funniest things about Chinese TV is that at any given moment, there’s a pornographically dumb WWII movie on, modelled after Rambo II and consuming slant-eyed yellow Jap monkeys like the bad guys in Metal Slug.

  85. @J1234

    I remember watching Tora Tora Tora when it first came out in 1970. At the time, it was I believe the 3rd more expensive movie made. They had a lot of extras and they were using real Zeros!!!!

    Nowadays, they use computers to recreate the scenes giving everything a surreal feel to it. It helps the story line along because the narrative always matches the graphics but it ends up looking like every other made for teenagers dystopic-end-of-the-world movie.

    • Replies: @Jack D
    , @J1234
    , @PiltdownMan
  86. mmack says:

    THANKS anon!

    I hadn’t thought of The Gumball Rally in years! My brothers and I watched it on late night TV in reruns and to this day I still remember “The Firsta Rule of Italian Driving!” 😆 Much better than any of The Cannonball Run movies. Admittedly that’s a low bar to clear.

  87. mmack says:

    Dmitry if you think that 1970 T-Bird was huge, that’s nothing! The next generation (1972-76) was even bigger and longer. It shared it’s platform with the Lincoln Continental Mark IV. I almost had a rusted out 1973 Mark IV as my first car:

    Love the fuzzy dice hanging from the rear view mirror in the video, and the red velvet interior.

    Now all you get is an SUV, and you’ll like it.

  88. @Anonymous

    Did anyone see “Bobby Deerfield”? This came out at the height of Pacino-mania,but it was a dreadful bore.

  89. Jack D says:
    @Prof. Woland

    Not true. They used modified T-6 Texans as Zeroes because there were no airworthy Zeroes left. Whatever Zeroes still exist are mostly replicas with a few authentic parts and usually have American engines – by the end of the war they were all pretty well smashed up.

    • Replies: @Prof. Woland
    , @Alfa158
  90. Jack D says:

    She was trying to set the WOMAN’s land speed record, which is about 400 mph. This is about what the actual land speed record was in 1964 and just under half of the current record. We don’t have a “man’s” speed record (although only men have held it). We have a land speed record and a woman’s land speed record.

    I can understand why we need women’s records for things like running where women are not as fast as men due to biology, but what prevents women from DRIVING as fast? Why did this woman have to die pursuing a record category that shouldn’t really exist in the first place?

    • Replies: @PiltdownMan
  91. Anonx says:

    That may be the future especially for online delivery of craptent. The delivery agent could quickly check you out and customize it for you. Hero looks sort of like you from your fbook page etc. Prolefeed supports the Narrative. Elite version is a bit different. Makes me want to puke but I’m just an Ok Boomer dumshit. Maybe Ix’ll read an old book instead.

  92. prosa123 says:
    @Paleo Liberal

    As the saying goes, sperm is cheap, eggs expensive.

    I’ve said this before, but if anyone ever says that to me in person it will take every bit of self control I have not to physically assault them. And that might not be enough.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    , @syonredux
    , @J.Ross
  93. @Paleo Liberal

    Could someone explain to me why The Woke think of the Joker as alt-right?

    The movie was promoted as somehow emblematic of the putative “threat” of so-called “white supreemist terrorism,” “incel mass shooters,” etc., in a virulently anti-white marketing campaign — so many non-self-hating whites attempted to co-opt that message in a semi-ironic fashion. The message that resulted from the combination of the two was somewhat… muddled.

  94. Anonymous[157] • Disclaimer says:
    @Jack D

    Almost always the Chevy was GM’s best engine between 1957 (the SBC started in ‘55 but the first two years were not the best) and mostly after that, well, forever.

    There were oddities and turds. The Vega engine, and the boat anchor 348/409 W engines. The inline sixes were good but heavy for power. There was also the Chevy II four, which is NOT unfortunately half a SBC but is still made for OEM marine and industrial use.

    Next best GM engine was generally the Olds. Cadillac made the desirable large V8 early on but also many pieces of shit. Pontiac and Buick had decent but unexceptional mills after Buick finally retired the nailhead. Pontiac had a lot of trick pieces available to keep the buffs happy though.

    BOP engines all had one bolt pattern, all Chevys another. You could get an adapter plate or a transmission with a universal housing so if your BOP/C engine took a shit a SBC swap was easy. Conversely if you had a Chevy truck and a rusted out Caddy or deuce and a quarter you could put it’s still good engine in the truck pretty easily. The South is full of such trucks even today.

    Ford made it a serious effort to do anything like this. Young white males who built hot rods went on to get married, have kids, and buy grocery getters every three years and often stayed loyal. Chevy alone outsold Ford most years. And that stayed a constant for almost a long generation. Ford could have beat GM if they had exploited GM weaknesses better and corrected their own. The huge hodgepodge of engines and transmissions they made was a big one.

    GM vehicles also usually had better heating and air conditioning and better choices of paint colors, which is why most custom Fender guitar colors are GM rather than Ford paint codes. GM also tended to use less variations of wiring colors and different brake and suspension and electrical parts in a given model and year, mechanics liked that.

    Ford interiors and suspensions did often hold up better. The beneficiary was the used car buyer, didn’t help sales that much. Overall, mechanics, hot rodders, and parts places all liked GM better and recommended Chevy over Ford.

    • Replies: @AceDeuce
  95. J1234 says:
    @Prof. Woland

    Interesting comment by Jack D, and information worth noting. That aside, I agree about the use of computer generated images, at least in the context of historical movies. Sometimes those images just can’t recreate an incredible reality. For example, there’s a very minor scene in The Battle of Britain that struck me: three or four British ground crew members lift up the tail end of either a Spitfire or a Hurricane and start walking the aircraft backwards into storage. I remember being amazed that it was possible to do that with a 350+ mph fighter plane. (Might’ve been a Hurricane since some early versions were, as I recall, wood and fabric in the aft section.) That scene was able to convey the fragility of the planes those men were flying and fighting in.

    Apparently there was no CGI in Ford vs. Ferrari? That’s what I heard. If that’s true, some of the crash scenes I’ve seen in trailers are pretty impressive. BTW, I also agree with others that Steve’s review of the movie was excellent; he really makes me want to see it. Hopefully by this weekend.

    • Replies: @Jim Don Bob
  96. @Realist

    1968-1970 is three years. ’68, ’69, and ’70.

    The apex of muscle cars for the streets, without much in the way of limitations on horsepower.

    In 1964, I was building slot cars using the Lola GT body (actually a vacuum molded clear plastic blister, apply paint on the inside). I considered the Lola as the coolest looking GT prototype at the time.

    The hey day of Can-Am Challenge Group 7, seven liter naturally aspirated engines. Unrestricted exhausts and intakes. Drivers included Jim Hall, Bruce McLaren, Denny Hulme, Mark Donahue, Dan Gurney, et al.

    I had an all access pass for the 1968 Stardust GP in Las Vegas. Watched at track level as Jim Hall’s Chaparral climbed over Lothar Motschenbacher’s Ferrari, ripping the red bodywork off the Ferrari.

    • Replies: @Realist
    , @JMcG
  97. @Prof. Woland

    I thought the CGI in the movie Dunkirk was nicely done, and not obvious and synthetic looking. But I recall only one scene with a close up of a plane, and that was a Ju-87 Stuka attack which was also the most CGI-ish looking scene. Maybe the art of CGI warplanes in movies is the least developed. Perhaps they depend too much on video game inspired angles and shots.

  98. Anonymous[157] • Disclaimer says:

    Nevertheless, mostly it is true.

    Arguably the best sperm is expensive. Which is why most male cattle are steers and most male horses geldings. Bulls and stallions are a lot of bother.

    I have long advocated castrating violent criminals in addition to all other punishments.

    • Replies: @SaneClownPosse
  99. El Dato says:
    @Joe Stalin

    Holy sh*t.

    Le Mans: Predator Drone Edition!

    …but the race continues!!

  100. Dave Pinsen says: • Website
    @Rob McX

    Hollywood would make more money with less effort, I suspect, simply by re-releasing great movies as-is, or perhaps with some restoration as needed. I bet most of us here haven’t seen the latest woke Terminator movie but would have gone to see the first two if they were re-released in theaters.

    Similarly, after the success of the Queen movie last year, putting Highlander and Flash Gordon back in theaters would have been a no-brainer.

    • Replies: @Corn
  101. @Barnard

    Kim Fox is now running for re-election and her TV ad is quite…troubling.
    She is not,ya might say, very photogenic.

  102. @J1234

    Most men in Hollywood are gay. Rock Hudson was a norm, not an aberration.

    Hollywood marriages are beard marriages, and if not that, they are couplings for promotional purposes.

    Multiple serial marriages were part of a long term project, making divorce acceptable, and fashionable, to the American public, to destroy the institution of marriage and family.

    When I was a teenager in the early 60’s, I was asking out loud, “if they are such failures at marriage, why do they keep doing it?” Made no sense.

    Actors are ALWAYS acting according to a script given to them by their handlers. Modeling the latest fashions on their way to the latest fitness craze or to the trendy food place, etc.

    And especially when they are making appeals for politicians and causes.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  103. @Realist

    Yep. Then,he discovered…STATISTICS!

    • Replies: @Realist
  104. @Anonymous

    If they can’t be execute them, at least castrate them.

    Then those males might pause a moment before doing a crime.

    Could go full North Korea and imprison the criminal, all of his baby mamas, and all his chilluns in some place where survival is a daily struggle.

  105. syonredux says:

    As the saying goes, sperm is cheap, eggs expensive.

    I’ve said this before, but if anyone ever says that to me in person it will take every bit of self control I have not to physically assault them. And that might not be enough.


    • Replies: @Autochthon
  106. syonredux says:

    Bale really overdoes the accent. Here’s a clip with Ken Miles speaking:

    • Replies: @PiltdownMan
    , @Jim Don Bob
  107. AceDeuce says:
    @Change that Matters

    (((Hannah))) isn’t the same as “Becky”…

  108. syonredux says:

    The challenge of delivering a Ford v Ferrari worthy of Hawks has finally been met by veteran director James Mangold (who made the Johnny Cash biopic Walk the Line and the proto-Joker comic-book drama Logan)

    Interesting to note that both Logan and Joker are shaped by prior art. With Joker it’s Scorsese’s Taxi Driver and King of Comedy, while Logan clearly shows the impact of Shane (At one point, the characters even watch a clip from the movie).

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  109. @Jack D

    I better go look again. It has been a while.

  110. @Jack D

    The land speed record changed rapidly in 1964-65. Your comment reminded me of my hearing from my brother, as a young boy in 1965, that someone had gone at 600 miles an hour in a car. And indeed Craig Breedlove’s jet engine on wheels Spirit of America broke the record repeatedly.The record was 400mph for a car with engine driven wheels and had been, for quite a while.

  111. AceDeuce says:

    The forerunner of modern automotive paint was the brainchild of one of the great geniuses of the 20th Century, a man who had many such brainchildren–Charles F. Kettering, who was GM’s head of research for decades.

  112. @syonredux

    It took me a couple of minutes before I could make out all of what Christian Bale was saying. I’m not familiar with the variety of British accents of 53 years ago, but perhaps an older British commenter can opine whether the Birmingham accent from 1966 was overdone. Ken Miles was born in 1917 so I assume his accent would have been thick. But yes, perhaps a tad showy and overdone for the dramatic purpose it was needed for, in 2019.

    • Replies: @syonredux
  113. Realist says:
    @Father O'Hara

    Yep. Then,he discovered…STATISTICS!

    Sailer was only interested in cars between the ages of 10-12…seems a little truncated. His interest in statistics started at 13?

    Are you saying Sailer wasn’t capable of having more than one interest at a time?

  114. Realist says:

    1968-1970 is three years. ’68, ’69, and ’70.

    Only if his interest started on January 1, 1968 and ended on December 31, 1970. What is your point?

    Strange that a boy of thirteen would lose interest in cars…just before they could drive.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
  115. @Anonymous

    I wonder what happened to Michael Sarrazin.

    Michael Sarrazin died.

    (Wonder no more.)

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  116. Alfa158 says:

    The McLaren F1 that won LeMans in 1995 was probably even closer to being a street car than the Ford GTs. It rained for 17 hours during the race, which helped eliminate the power advantage of the pure Prototype cars like the 240mph Peugeots. The narrower tires mandated by the rules for GT1 class that the McLaren raced in probably ended up being an advantage by reducing hydroplaning. Since then of course we’ve had UFOs like the zillion horsepower diesel Audis, but I suppose the cars still have to have that mandated little box for a piece of luggage.

  117. @Realist

    When you are a kid you go through a lot of phases. I was into airplanes before cars.

    • Replies: @Realist
  118. Ian Smith says:

    Not a good development. Since so many guys in the dissident right are ex-libertarians, are they taking an attitude that, since libertarianism is wrong, let’s go full Soviet? Striker seems like an affable guy, but he combines the worst aspects of tankies and white nationalism 1.0

    • Replies: @Alfa158
  119. syonredux says:

    It took me a couple of minutes before I could make out all of what Christian Bale was saying. I’m not familiar with the variety of British accents of 53 years ago, but perhaps an older British commenter can opine whether the Birmingham accent from 1966 was overdone. Ken Miles was born in 1917 so I assume his accent would have been thick.

    Miles moved to California in 1951-52 (Sources differ on the exact year). Hence, by 1966, he had over a decade of SoCal residency behind him, and, based on that clip, it seems to have had an impact on his speech, smoothing over some of the the more unintelligible aspects of the Birmingham accent.

    • Replies: @PiltdownMan
  120. Alfa158 says:
    @Jack D

    I understand the Zero at the Chino Air Museum is authentic but is the only flying one with a genuine Nakajima engine. The other Zero still flying uses a Pratt and Whitney engine because the Nakajima design borrowed a lot from the P&W which makes it possible to interchange them.

    • Replies: @Joe Stalin
    , @Jack D
  121. @J1234

    Apparently there was no CGI in Ford vs. Ferrari?

    The credits for FvF list several hundred people who worked on CGI.

    • Replies: @J1234
  122. @Anonymous

    I would pay to see movies with the Diversity Option set to Off. IOW, the faces you show would morph from bottom right to top left in the movie.

    As others have said, one of the great things about Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Midway, and now FvF is that there is no nod to diversity. None. Not one black/hispanic/woman/tranny who was not there.

    These movies are all story and no message, (except for White Guys are Great!) and they are all making money.

  123. @syonredux

    Bale really overdoes the accent.

    Agreed. I could barely understand some of his dialog and I was in an Imax theater.

  124. Anonymous[192] • Disclaimer says:

    Michael Sarrazin died.

    Okay, but what I really meant is what really happened to his reputation or standing in cinema.
    John Cazale died after a few movies, but people still talk about him. But when was the last time anyone talked about Sarrazin who was in some prestigious roles in 70s cinema, especially THEY SHOOT HORSES, DON’T THEY?

  125. Polynikes says:

    This movie was better than “Boomer porn.” My wife and I enjoyed it immensely, and we’re in our thirties. (Of course, we *are* white). It has a really old school big block buster feel to it.

  126. Polynikes says:

    If you’re more into the history than the spectacle of the movie there is a documentary. It is called the 24 hour war. Produced by (fairly) conservative podcaster and amateur racer Adam Carolla.

  127. Polynikes says:

    Yes it was. This is a better technical movie, though.

  128. J.Ross says:

    I cannot stop laughing out loud. There are so many possibilities here and none of them aren’t dirty. The cleanest would be something like the central plot point of a Seinfeld episode (“You did what? Why?” “I had to. He started discussing glandular economics”).

  129. JMcG says:

    Mark Donohue was a local guy. He didn’t have a drivers license because it was suspended for too many penalty points.

  130. Anonymous[157] • Disclaimer says:

    If that were true AIDS would have killed a lot more actors than it did. Most actors are actively and aggressively heterosexual and tend to have sex with a lot of women. Most gay men like being around women socially but do not relish sexual contact with them.

    • Agree: Jim Don Bob
  131. BB753 says:
    @Achmed E. Newman

    Well, I was going by the Boomer phrase that “sixty is the new fifty”! LOL!
    As the last generation of regular movie-goers, Hollywood is going to milk boomers with endless nostalgia p0rn which will bore to death younger people, like that last Tarantino movie. Of course, superhero and rom-com movies are even worse.
    How long has cinema been dead as an art form and as a viable industry?

    • Agree: Achmed E. Newman
    • Replies: @Thea
    , @Sol
  132. anonymous[354] • Disclaimer says:
    @Jack D

    “And oddly enough, when the GM marques all began sharing the same platforms and engines, their market share went DOWN, so maybe the “cost savings” from “eliminating duplication” were illusory. ”

    True dat. Remember the Cadillac Cimarron, or the Oldsmobile Omega?
    Loyal GM buyers were turned off by the “Chevy with velour upholstery.”

    I had one of those Chevy II engines in an old inboard-outboard Sea Ray, by the way. A real tank. Couldn’t kill it. Simple to work on, too.

  133. The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum has a Zero hanging from the ceiling from cables. I have no idea if the engine is operational, or if it even has one in it, but the planes seem perfectly restored and ready to fly. It is housed in the WW2 fighter room with a spitfire, mustang, Macci, and Me109.

    IMHO, the coolest plane is the Italian one. It is painted in beautiful desert cammo with a Ferrari sticker on it. The ME 109 has its tail tucked into a corner so you cannot see the swastika. The ugliest is the Zero. The Japanese used this green paint that was not attractive and up close, you can almost touch it, you can see the dings in the metal. I have been there 3 times in the last 5 years and if you like this type of stuff, it is the coolest place in the world.

    • Replies: @Jack D
  134. Anon87 says:

    Does anyone watch the Simpsons anymore? Have they done a rushed, unfunny Krusty-Joker parody yet?

    • Replies: @BB753
  135. J1234 says:
    @Jim Don Bob

    “Apparently there was no CGI in Ford vs. Ferrari?”

    The credits for FvF list several hundred people who worked on CGI.

    LOL! That’s funny. I saw this recent Jay Leno interview of Matt Damon and Damon says (at about 3:40 on this clip) that “Nothing is CGI.” [Referring to race and crash scenes.] And yet teams of CGI staff are listed on the credits.

    Maybe the CGI was for other things besides race and crash sequences. Possibly inserting actors into existing footage crowd scenes or something. Even then, risking – and sometimes destroying – valuable old race cars for a movie seems rather expensive (and wrong.)

    • Replies: @Jack D
  136. @Alfa158

    ” The other Zero still flying uses a Pratt and Whitney engine because the Nakajima design borrowed a lot from the P&W which makes it possible to interchange them.”

    I have a picture of me standing in front of this Zero!

  137. @syonredux

    Thank you for the clip. It wasn’t displaying when I typed up my reply to you. Ken Miles sounds gracious and vaguely upper-class to my ears, despite his regional British accent. I wonder if there’s a layer of a British military accent there too. Certainly Ken Miles would have spent a lot of time around British upper-class types in the post-war years at various British auto racing clubs and events, before he came to America, and so, that might be another layer.

    Compared to the real Ken Miles in that clip, Christian Bale appears to have decided to play him as an intense grease-monkey with a strong provincial accent, who also happened to be a champion race car driver and a design/engineering natural. That’s the actor’s prerogative, I think.

    • Replies: @Jack D
  138. Realist says:
    @Steve Sailer

    When you are a kid you go through a lot of phases. I was into airplanes before cars.

    Agreed. My sequence of interests was like yours. But my experience was most young boy’s interest in cars lasted longer than 2 or 3 years and became more intense as they approached driving age. Your different experience caught me by surprise.

  139. Jack D says:

    Miles was a tank driver during the war and rose to the level of staff sergeant. He was in from ’39 to ’46 so would have had a lot of time to pick up military speech. He would not have been posh but neither would he (did he) have the incomprehensible working class fresh from the slums Brummie accent that Bales gives him, especially after spending over a decade in California.

  140. Jack D says:

    Yes, I was off by 1 or 2 – out the 10,000 plus Zeroes built, 1 or 2 are still flyable. But the hordes of “Zeroes” that you see in Tora, Tora, Tora are all modified Texans.

  141. Jack D says:
    @Prof. Woland

    Not as good as seeing them in person, but the Smithsonian has a website where each of these aircraft are picture from a number of angles.

    In this shot you can see both the Zero and the Italian desert cammo plane plane with the Ferrrari horse – I don’t know whether it was any good, but it sure was stylish:

    • Replies: @mmack
    , @HunInTheSun
  142. Thea says:

    They’ve been boring us with boomer nostalgia since the 1970s so really it is just business as usual. Vietnam war movies began the moment the war ended.

    Trivial Pursuit made them a special version while they were still in their thirties. It appears their window for feeling nostalgic is rather short.

  143. Jack D says:

    Add that to the list of standard Hollywood lies, along with “I do my own stunts”. It’s not a coincidence that most Hollywood types are also Democrats – lying comes naturally to them. They even lie about stuff that can be easily checked. They are compulsive egotistical liars – anything to make themselves look good. You need to be a sociopath to end up on the top of the heap in Hollywood.

  144. ATBOTL says:

    Bloomberg news has really taken the mask off and is pushing hardcore anti-white propaganda lately. In the early days, Bloomberg news was pretty objective and seemed to have less liberal bias than say, the NYT.

  145. ATBOTL says:
    @Defend the Groypers!

    Goldberg got called out recently for NR throwing the Covington kids under the bus:

  146. mmack says:
    @Jack D

    The Italian aircraft is a Macchi C.202 Folgore (Thunderbolt). Per La Wiki it was one of the better Italian fighters of WW2, but very complex to manufacture and very lightly armed compared to US, British, or even Soviet aircraft: Flown by a well trained pilot it was a dangerous foe.

  147. Something like this film is too painful to watch…showing more of what we lost as we live the opposite of the promised bright future.

  148. BB753 says:

    I dunno. The Simpsons have gone full SJWs ages ago.

  149. @Jack D

    That’s a Macchi C.202 “Folgore” (Thunderbolt), a fine aircraft with which the Italian AF acquitted itself credibly against the RAF over the Med.

    • Replies: @Alfa158
  150. Sol says:

    I would argue Tarantino’s movie wasn’t made for Boomers but GenX.

    • Replies: @BB753
  151. Alfa158 says:
    @Ian Smith

    A few are going full National Socialist German Workers Party, but most seem to solutions that range from a nation that looks exactly like Sweden in the 1950’s only without the Bonniers, up through a Goy version of Israel, to a White version of the People’s Republic of China (which is now functionally a National Socialist state despite its use of Communist labels).

    • Replies: @Ian Smith
  152. Alfa158 says:

    Later Italian fighters were excellent once they started either buying or building under license German Daimler Benz engines. The Macchi 202 used the DB601 engine, some made by Alfa-Romeo and the MC205 used the DB605 engine, some made by FIAT.
    The Luftwaffe like them enough to put them into service.
    The Luftwaffe looked at a very similar plane being produced by FIAT, the G-55. The G-55 was tested in 1943 and found to be superior to the German piston fighters so they were interested in the possibility of replacing production of the ME-109 with the G-55 for their fighter fleet. The FIAT had superb performance and had been designed to accommodate much more powerful engines and armament than the ancient 109. It even had room for the DB603 engine that could produce enough power at very high altitude to take on impending B-29 fleets. Italian manufacturing inefficiencies however doomed sufficient numbers being produced when German engineers started looking at how the plane was built. The ME-109 was built for easy production and after years of production refinement, one could be built with 5,000 man-hours. The FIAT took 15,000 man-hours to meticulously machine and assemble. It would have been like trying to replace your fleet of VW taxis with Maseratis.
    The G-55 did play a further role in military history. FIAT resumed building them after the war and exported some. During the fight to create Israel a bunch of them waiting for delivery to the Egyptian Air Force were sabotaged.

    • Replies: @Jack D
  153. @Paleo Liberal

    Arthur Fleck, aka Joker, is a white man who was born to an emotionally troubled single woman who allowed him to be violently abused as a small child and raised him in urban squalor. So in that respect he can be seen as a victim of feminism.

    The Gotham City he lives in has no use for straight white males who were not born at the top of the social hierarchy; he is emblematic of men of his age who have no future other than the most degrading employment. So in this respect he is a victim of Corporate GloboHomo.

    Whenever he interacts with a representative of the state, the bureaucrat is an affirmative-action minority whose position, though modest, is more than he will ever be allowed to aspire to.

    The dark, gritty, poisonous atmosphere of the movie apparently speaks to the young white men of the Alt Right, or whatever the anti-Conservatism Inc. movement is called now.

  154. BB753 says:

    Interesting! Why would that be? Because Tarantino’s fans are mostly GenXers? Or because the film was fake 60’s nostalgia p0rn for people who have no recollection of the sixties?

    • Replies: @Sol
  155. Jack D says:

    It would have been like trying to replace your fleet of VW taxis with Maseratis.

    The relative production #’s were similar – 300 G55’s vs 35,000 (!) Me 109’s.

  156. Ferrari vs. Fellatio?

    Unfortunately the link below is bad:
    “Destinations in gogo kill bill from Montevideo › vndxyf › tzchdij0 › kvlbwlpmb=destinations-in-gogo-kil… In Tokyo Ferrari is slang for Fellatio. Although her screen time is brief and death swift Tarantino’s schoolgirl assassin Gogo Yubari is one of his best creations to …”

    This, however, remains an easily found classic:

  157. Anonymous[467] • Disclaimer says:
    @Joe Stalin

    Though not particularly fast, these things were built by Ghia in Italy and the coachwork is truly flawless on these cars. I’ve never driven one but I’ve sat in two of them and the detail and workmanship is amazing. The purpose built regenerative engine-basically a scaled down J33 or RR Nene with a power turbine section and the sidewheel regenerators-worked well. Fuel mileage in town was poor but no one cared, it would run on diesel fuel, K-1 or white gas.

    • Replies: @Jack D
  158. Ian Smith says:

    I can see that. Sweden, Israel, and China all had to reduce the amount of socialism to stay functional.
    Regarding the Bonniers, it’s amazing that country that even though there are only about 20,000 Jews in Sweden, they still wind up controlling the media!

  159. Corn says:
    @Dave Pinsen

    “Similarly, after the success of the Queen movie last year, putting Highlander and Flash Gordon back in theaters would have been a no-brainer”

    Love Highlander. Under appreciated ‘80s movie.

  160. Jack D says:

    Fuel mileage in town was poor

    This was always the killer for turbine engines – a piston engine’s fuel consumption is pretty much proportional to speed and load so that they use considerably less fuel when idling or at low revs. But turbines are really meant to run at almost full blast all the time. This works great on planes, for power plants , (for race cars), etc. because that’s how you actually use them – there are no stop lights or speed limits up in the sky. You could get OK highway mileage from a turbine engine but urban mileage was terrible.

    Maybe if this was being done today you’d do some kind of hybrid turbine/ electric where you would cut off the fuel to the turbine when idling or at low speed and only spin it up at highway speed.

    But these things were also not cost competitive – a piston engine is made out of cast iron or aluminum and other cheap materials but turbines require exotic (and expensive) materials in order not to melt or fly apart. Current turboshaft production is built in relatively low #s and to to aircraft standards and anything that goes on an aircraft is going to be costly but even building these things in volume in an auto plant would have still been expensive.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  161. Sol says:

    Tarantino himself was born at the tail end of the Baby Boom (1963) and the movie seems to play more to the nostalgia of those who were too young to live those years as adults but grew up with the shows of the 60s and 70s and had their imaginations affected by them. GenX is also more likely to have negative impressions of the changes in demographics and mass culture since then, and this adds to the nostalgia value. Boomers would side with the dirty hippies, or be sympathetic at least.

    • Agree: BB753
  162. Anonymous[427] • Disclaimer says:
    @Jack D

    The only critical hot section materials in purpose designed automotive gas turbines were the T-wheels and parts of the combustor, even at current prices with Waspalloy, Rene 41, Hastelloy or Inconel you would be talking less than a couple of hundred dollars (in material) , since they are not large parts, especially if they’re near net forgings or investment castings. If you hogged them out of billet, you’d be spending quite a bit more although the scrap would offset some of that. Everything else in the engines was usually good old Detroit wonder metal-cast iron, with lagged inner linings stamped of stainless or K-Monel sheet. basically a big turbocharger with a combustor in the center and an accessory drive PTO. The Chrysler engine was permanently attached to a 707 TorqueFlite and the whole thing weighed about 400 lbs-quite bit more than a PT-6 of much more power, but the PT6 is made largely out of titanium and stainless steel to keep weight down. The gross profit margin on a PT-6 is phenomenal, even with all the high energy metals and rampant billet machining, by the way. (Net profit is somewhat less, needless to say, but it’s still very good. )

    Later versions of the Chrysler and Rover engines got fairly decent part throttle bsfc numbers, but by then emissions was a thing and the turbines were plagued by high NOx numbers. Chrysler should have put their turbines in the boats they were then very successful with, but by 1968, Huebner and his team were politically out of favor at Chrysler and management had had enough of turbines.

  163. @donvonburg

    Porsche 917 ok, but then there is Derek Bell and he prefers the 926 – his experiences are quite interesting – entertaining, too:

  164. Anonymous[291] • Disclaimer says:

    Interesting to note that both Logan and Joker are shaped by prior art.

    This is a disease.

    It used to be serious/art directors made serious movies or art films. And stuff like 007 and superhero stuff were relegated to professionals, craftsmen, and/or hacks.

    But Nolan’s treatment of BATMAN changed so much… though one might mention Tim Burton’s artsy treatment of the BATMAN with Keaton. Still, Burton was always an entertainer and never claimed to be anything but. In contrast, Nolan began as an art director and made BATMAN a heavy dose of ‘art film’ antics. If Warhol gave us ‘Pop Art’, Nolan gave us Art Pop. Thus, the kids could enjoy the kiddie aspect, and adults-in-the-audience could appreciate the artistry and ‘themes’.

    Hollywood caught onto this and decided to hand over superhero stuff to directors associated with Art Cinema. So, the guy who did AMERICAN BEAUTY did 007. Ang Lee got HULK. To be sure, Lee has been all over the map for some time.
    Not along ago, there as the most ridiculous example of Art Pop. David Gordon Green’s treatment of HALLOWEEN. Green began as a personal director and made some interesting movies. His take on HALLOWEEN is unintentionally hilarious. The original Halloween is a terrific thriller, and it needs no explanations except the crudest pop psychology: A psychiatrist tried to communicate with Michael but realized the kid’s pure evil. That’s the premise and all you need to know for it to work. But here’s Green trying to make psychological sense to the material, rendering it utterly nonsensical. It’s like Hoffman in RAINMAN trying to make logical sense out of “Who’s On First”.

    This is a bad trend and must stop.

  165. Anonymous[206] • Disclaimer says:
    @Bill Jones

    The veneer is a bit thin in this case. Behind the social-justice shtick her entire output for Boomerberg Serious News is churning out wealth-porn blurbs worshiping the products of rich Anglo-Euro men not far removed from the Carroll Shelby generation.

    She wants you to know she has a problem with womanizers, yet hangs out with car collectors… Sounds like a reliable source.

    Here she is in Mantua posing at the piazza with her boyfriend “Magnus Walker,” a fashion/mechanic impresario who’s worked up a strange Jesse-James-meets-Rob-Zombie press image:

    The Robb Report (no relation to R. Zombie) still exists, evidently.

  166. danand says:

    “My wife said she thought she’d be bored by a racing film, but she liked how Bale talked to his car while driving, turning it into a relationship movie.”

    Have to agree, as much, if not more, relationship than “car” movie.

    If you enjoy loud cars-go-vroom noises, see it in a theater with good speakers. If you don’t, wait until you can watch it at home with closed captions to help you follow the often technical dialogue shouted over the roar of a 425-horsepower V8.”

    The theater I watched the show in worked with a perfect volume/clarity/pitch harmony, a rare experience in the last decade or so. IMO, this a movie that needs a theater viewing.

    Its previews don’t do this film justice. I came as close to loving it as any over the last few years span. Inclusive of all the others, including 2X viewed “Hollywood”, you’ve reviewed so far in 2019.

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