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Hubcap is now spinning.

Fake Name | Apr 25, 2013 05:11 AM

Tried Hubcap last nite- remember it JUST opened- still a work in progress. Neither fair nor accurate to draw conclusions at this point. I had the Hubcap burger, the gravy fries and a blonde beer. Mr12 had the Hubcap burger, plain.

Normally, I hate TVs in dining rooms and bars. But they were showing a fairly obscure yet important film by Steve Mcqueen called Le Mans. Released in 1971 (I was a wee lad) it features great footage of the 1970 24 hours race. Really well-shot, and tragically unsuccessful, it was on the coat tails of one on the best motorsports movies ever made, director John Frankenheimer's Gran Prix. Gran Prix was a directorial masterpiece, using film technique we now use everyday with tiny GoPro cameras one can purchase at the local skate shop. Frankenheimer, however, had to make those shots with enormous motion picture cameras. Tight shots of pedal controls, POV shots from within the cockpit etc. Frankenheimer much later directed the spy thriller Ronin- another enjoyable film with great action and, in my opinion, the best car chase scene ever filmed. Yes, better than Bullit. And no CGI.

Mcqueen's LeMans was a good film, but at best, an homage to Frankheimer's. The plot lines on both are pretty silly, and during our meal we enjoyed watching the film without sound.

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