Another Saturday means another Saturday Double Feature!
Okay, let’s start with a quick recap of the “rules”, shall we? The basic idea here is to take a movie that is out in theaters now, and pair it up with another movie from the 1980s or before. Sometimes the connection will be obvious, and sometimes it’ll be a little less so, but that’s part of the fun.
I suppose there’s no avoiding this weekend’s big release, and if I’m being honest I have to admit that I’m rather looking forward to seeing Avengers: Infinity War. Marvel has been doing a lot of things right lately with their movies, and I have high hopes that the trend will continue with this one.
Of course, it does run the risk of being an impossibly bloated movie with its ambitions of bringing together pretty much every hero who has ever appeared in a Marvel movie,but nonetheless, if it’s approached with the same thoughtfulness, style, and sense of humor that have characterized the studio’s film of late, it may very well pay off its premise and its promise.
I’m sure you’ve seen plenty of promos and trailers already unless you’ve just been completely abstaining from media for the past few weeks, but let’s go ahead and take a look at the trailer anyway.
Okay, so as we have been all month I wanted to stick to the theme of pairing the new film with one from 1968. Not one of the easiest tasks of the month, since there wasn’t exactly a proliferation of superhero movies during the era.
There was, however, one hero who made his debut that year, and to make it even better, since Marvel is now owned by Disney, they were also the studio behind this film.
If there’s one thing that Marvel movies have shown us, it’s that heroes come in all shapes, sizes, and forms. After all, this is the studio that had a movie where the breakout stars were a perverse space-faring racoon and an animate tree. So I don’t think it’s that much of a stretch to call a Volkswagen Beetle, especially one as talented and charming as Herbie, a hero.
That’s right, the movie I’ve picked for our double feature today is The Love Bug.
Dean Jones plays Jim Douglas, a down-on-his-luck race car driver who is now competing in demolition derbies. He goes looking for a new car and runs into a white Beetle that is being abused by its owner. He defends the car and the next day wakes up to find it sitting outside his home.with the owner charging him with grand theft. He is finally persuaded to buy the car which soon proves to have a mind of its own.
Herbie, as the car is christened, soon proves his mettle on the race track, while at the same time proving that he is also a master of the heart as he works at bringing Jim and his girlfriend Carole together.
The movie went on to spawn a number of sequels and even a short lived TV show..
Here’s your trailer:
So what do you think? What would you choose for a double feature with Hurricane Heist? Leave your thoughts in the comments, along with ideas of any other upcoming movies you’d like to see “double featured”. Consider it, if you will, your chance to challenge me to come up with an interesting pair.
Until next time, Happy Viewing!