Ride Baby Ride

Ride Baby Ride (2023)

In Michael Bay’s Transformers (2007), adolescent protagonist Sam Witwicky (Shia LaBeouf) purchases a banged-up 1976 Chevrolet Camaro to be his first car, although it is not Sam but Mikaela (Megan Fox), the object of Sam’s affection (also objectified by the film, right from the very first leering pan up her bodywork) who actually knows something…

Stellar A Magical Ride

Stellar: A Magical Ride (2022)

Stellar: A Magical Ride, first presented as an on-stage introduction to its screening at the London Korean Film Festival 2022 You wait for one Korean film where various parties go in chaotic pursuit of a car and its contents, and two come along. Lee Jae-won’s capitalist parable Thunderbird is a tense, shabby, Safdie-esque tale of…

Monolith

Monolith (2016)

The Monolith is, at least according to the slick corporate advertisement with which Ivan Silvestrini’s eponymous film begins, “quite simply the safest car ever built and the safest place for you and your family.” This state-of the-art, jet-black SUV comes with ‘adamantine nanotech body armour’ and a high-tech onboard interactive ‘drive companion’ bearing the ominous name…