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Mark Kermode | 17:40 UK time, Friday, 30 September 2011

I recently posted about the excellent new film Drive and asked for suggestions of other movies featuring the loneliness of the long distance driver. Here I pick out some of your favourites in the genre.

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  • Comment number 1.

    Hi Dr k, thanks for reading my comment as i'm writing this i'm watching The Culture Show waiting for your interview with Lars Von Trier, as you never mention it, i and many others assumed it did'nt happen.So if anyone is reading this later you can see the Frost/Nixon of film criticism on the Iplayer.

  • Comment number 2.

    Ack! Lars Van Trier. I just watched Antichrist and am now recovering. Gratuitous until the scissors scene... That's when it crossed... no, skipped over... the line.

  • Comment number 3.

    And I still say "Driving Miss Daisy'.

  • Comment number 4.

    wim wender's kings of the road . A road movie with cinema at its heart.

  • Comment number 5.

    How about ' ice cold in Alex ' Think about it for a moment.

  • Comment number 6.

    My favourite road movie has to be Low Lights (Artimos sviesos in its native Lithuanian). Sadly it's only done movie festivals so far but it's a beautiful story about a couple who have drifted apart and then themselves, through driving around Vilnius. It's quite exquisite.

  • Comment number 7.

    @ somefellacalledlime

    Thanks for mentioning that. I was wondering how that interview eventually went.

  • Comment number 8.

    Hey, wait up... I know it's a bike/truck/car road movie but lets have a shout out for 'Pee-Wees Big Adventure'. No?

  • Comment number 9.

    Hi - I need some advice from the good Doctor. My Old Man is the movie major in the house and I have him to thank for directing me towards the Kermode/Mayo Podcast, which is now a staple in my audio diet during my drive to and from work. Bizarrely, it helps to keep me sane. I have been trying to source some events/weekends/something movie related for my Old Man to go to for a break. He deserves a break and more importantly he deserves a break without me and without the kids. He sucks up movies like oxygen, and it would be fab if I could find a dedicated movie related something he could go on and enjoy without me constantly asking questions, looking blank, or generally irritating him. Can you help?!

  • Comment number 10.

    I've always really loved Sorcerer, the borderline hallucinogenic desert climax is one of the best scenes of 70s cinema in my opinion, Wages of Fear is a absolute classic but I probably do go back to Sorcerer more than Wages of Fear.

  • Comment number 11.

    Dam I wished someone would have mentioned Ghost Dog. Drive is actually very similar to ghost dog, minus some Japanese proverbs. Regardless Ghost Dog had some great shots that weaved together the plot with the ideal of being a "driver".

  • Comment number 12.

    Sorry I don't wan't to seem pedantic but isn't the 'nameless protagonist' in Vanishing Point called Kowalski. Surely not a little known fact seeing that Tarantino continuously name checked him in Death Proof, and Primal Scream even had a tracked named after him on their album called... Vanishing Point.

  • Comment number 13.

    I'm still trying to workout how someone thought Sunshine was a film "featuring the loneliness of the long distance driver"

    They are a team for starters unless the poster's point was Mark Strong in the film being left on his own and going mad.

    Couldn't find that comment and really wanna know now.

  • Comment number 14.

    Just remembered this one actually ....What about John Hillcoats "The Road" ....surely a worthy road movie right???

  • Comment number 15.

    Mark why do you assume that any British road movie would consist of someone going from London to Bristol? Why not from Land's End to John O'Groats and back again? At least 1400 miles. And at least you'd actually see stuff en route, as opposed to miles of empty desert...

  • Comment number 16.

    @ 13: I actually looked for the Walkabout mention (because I was curious how they explained its relevance to the blog) but I couldn't see it either. They were probably erased then? Or I missed it, I dunno.

  • Comment number 17.

    By the way, the Pale rider mention I thought wasn't as preposterous as Mark made it out to be. I mean whether you're driving a car or riding a horse; either way you're going to be pretty lonesome. Unless you know of any horses that can carry on a conversation... haha

  • Comment number 18.

    Cant believe Brown Bunny wasnt mentioned?

  • Comment number 19.

    Planes, trains and automobiles! 2 drivers are pitched together by fate and the lonely John Candy is invited into Steve Martin's family home.

  • Comment number 20.

    We have a cool video interview with Mark on our website -

  • Comment number 21.

    And the award for the best look that embodies Mainwaring's phrase "Stupid boy!" is there at the 1:46 mark.
    Oh that momentary withering glance to the Gods! It says it all.

  • Comment number 22.

    @ Arch Stanton Thanks for bringing this blog down to my level! I was most disappointed that DrK didn't give my 'Cannonball Run' post a mention...

  • Comment number 23.

    I think the person who suggested Sunshine meant to suggest Little Miss Sunshine but got the title mixed up... However Little Miss Sunshine is more of a roadmovie just as Thelma & Louise, and that was not what the good doctor asked for...

  • Comment number 24.

    Nice topless shot in the Vanishing point reference

  • Comment number 25.

    This is kinda late for a mention, but I have two suggestions. One is Kelly Reichardt's Lucy and Wendy, which is a kind of stalled and frustrated road movie - about being prevented to move, to find meaning, and loss. Could throw in her Old Joy, as well.

    The other is the more arty farty Sophie Calle's No Sex Last Night - a rambling lonely trip across America, of two people in trying to force a relationship that just isn't there, and remained estranged, even when they eventually have sex last night. It feels very existential to me...

    ... oddly, there aren't many real existential road movies, are there?

  • Comment number 26.

    Has anyone seen "Mr In-between"? I watched it the other day, and was shocked to find it is almost identical in style and story to Drive.

  • Comment number 27.

    Le Mans. Steve McQueen. A drive in the country; the country is France; the speed is 200mph.

    More octane hardware than you can shake a hairy stick at. Next to no dialogue. Driver Vs driver Vs car Vs car Vs track Vs time. Simples!


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