Movies That Inspired Baby Driver

(Welcome to Cinematic Inspirations, a series where filmmakers talk about the movies that inspired their latest release. In this edition: the first of two conversations with Edgar Wright on the movies that inspired Baby Driver.)

Leading up to the release of Baby Driver, director Edgar Wright was a guest programmer at the British Film Institute for a series of films under the banner Car Car Land. The filmmaker rounded up 10 of the movies that influenced Baby Driver in some way for cinephiles in London to enjoy. Since not everyone can attend those screenings and hear all the wonderful things he has to say about these movies, some of which he introduced himself, we wanted to hear from the man himself why he loves these movies and how they inspired his new film, which is being called a “dazzling car chase musical.”

A little over a week ago, we had an extensive phone call with Edgar Wright where he laid down his passion for these 10 movies and provided some fun facts. Since this is such an extensive conversation, we’ve split it up into two parts. Below is the first part going through the first five movies, and we’ll be posting the second part tomorrow with the remaining five. Read More »

craziest car scenes

Whether it’s trains, planes, or automobiles, speeding vehicles have made for some of the best nail-biting, jaw-dropping moments in cinematic history. Entire franchises have been built around car crashes and explosions that, while defying the laws of physics, have reinforced the magic of Hollywood. There’s probably no greater testament to this than the Fast and the Furious franchise, which never ceases to amaze when it comes to wonderfully ridiculous car-related stunts. I thought it would be impossible to top 2015’s Furious 7, which features the late Paul Walker and Vin Diesel crashing a red W Motors Lukan Hypersport through not one, not two, but three skyscrapers in Abu Dubai, but The Fate of the Furious could certainly unseat its predecessor.

In celebrating cinema’s love of fast cars and our love of the Fast and the Furious films, here are some of the best and the craziest car chases, jumps and stunts outside of that series.

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French Connection Matrix

The phrase “When it rains, it pours” applies to Mondo posters Wednesday. After a cavalcade of great work by Ken Taylor for their Austin-based gallery, Mondo revealed two out-of-left-field posters that’ll go on sale Thursday May 29. There’s the Oscar-winning thriller The French Connection by Adam Simpson and the sci-fi masterpiece The Matrix made by Kevin Tong. Check out both posters below. Read More »

Everything we’ve heard about The Wolverine has sold it as a very unique superhero movie. Star Hugh Jackman and director James Mangold have repeatedly explained how, though this is an X-Men movie, it’s much more character-based and emotional than most films derived from comic books. The foreign setting and international cast also lends a feel that is different from the average tentpole. Whether or not their ambitions have come to fruition probably won’t be revealed until The Wolverine is released on July 26. (Or maybe sooner when we finally get a trailer.)

Mangold bolstered these statements over the weekend when he took to Twitter to post ten images from films that influenced his style and storytelling on The Wolverine. Can you pick out what they are? Read More »


Drive Angry 3D Director/Co-Writer Patrick Lussier and Co-Writer Todd Farmer have provided us with a list of their favorite movie car chases. It’s worth noting that Lussier was just selected as one of Variety’s Top 10 Directors to Watch. Drive Angry hits theaters on February 25th 2011. Check out the list after the jump.
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