Miami International Auto Show

In honor of the Miami International Auto Show the fine folks over at Priority One Jets have started a discussion on the most iconic cars from the big screen. They’ve asked me to help share their post as well as add a few thoughts on a car that I believe to be iconic. First off let’s look at a couple examples that they’ve come up with followed by my own inclusion at the end.

This week, thousands will be traveling to Miami for one of the largest and most prestigious car shows in the nation. In honor of the Miami International Auto Show (November 8th- November 17th), we have compiled a list of some of the most iconic cars in film and television. Whether you plan oncatching a private jet to Miami, or just following the action through your computer screen, auto enthusiasts will be left begging for more!


Aston Martin DB5

Skyfall: “Bond. James Bond.” Besides having one of the most recognized phrases in movie history, the quintessential spy films are also famous for their lust-worthy selection of automobiles. Considered by the Aston Martin company as “one of the most iconic cars ever produced”, the DB5 model has appeared in 6 of the Bond films. From its film debut in 1964’s “Goldfinger” to a small-scale 3D printed replica in  “Skyfall”, the Aston Martin DB5 continues to be an irreplaceable piece of Bond history.


Lincoln Continental

The Godfather: Hailed as one of the greatest gangster films of all time, Frances Ford Coppola immortalized the Lincoln Continental for both movie and car enthusiasts all over. The two most recognizable models are the Limousine and the Coupe, which were featured in pivotal moments such as (Spoiler Alert!) Sonny Corleone’s untimely demise. In January 2013, two of the vehicles used in the film were auctioned off for a cool $120,750. Guess they made him an offer he couldn’t refuse!


1992-1993 Ford Explorer XLTs 

Jurassic Park: Now I feel obligated to preface this by saying you’ll never find anyone more useless than me when it comes to vehicles but if I had to choose an iconic car it would be the Ford Explorer XLT from Jurassic Park (1993).  The vibrant greens, yellows, and reds of the custom painted tour vehicle easily stood out in the film and are featured in some of the most memorable scenes from the classic film. The Ford Explorers are such a huge centerpiece for our first introduction to the T-Rex that they’re nearly inseparable. Whether it’s being pushed off a ledge, or being smashed through the sunroof, the Ford Explorers XLTs served it’s purpose through some truly gripping and terrorizing scenes, easily becoming an iconic piece of cinema.

For the full list of iconic cars and more sure to head on over to Priority One Jets and join in on the conversation!



Brilliantly shot, wonderfully acted, and highly entertaining, Skyfall delivers the best Bond of the Craig era. The success of the movie lies with the great performances, in particular with Javier Bardem as Silva. The action scenes are big and impressive creating a fun and thrilling ride. With subtle cues and callbacks Skyfall keeps the tradition of Bond alive, while still deviating from the familiar path.

Until last week I was only vaguely familiar with the 007 series. Of course I could pick out famous quotes and nods through various pop culture references but other than that I wasn’t that well versed in the history and tradition of James Bond. It made the task of reviewing Skyfall a bit daunting, but still exciting. With over fifty years of James Bond to sift through, there were numerous ways to approach it, but ultimately I decided to start with Daniel Craig’s Bond.


Before Skyfall, I was beginning to think that I just wasn’t into the secret agent’s films. Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace didn’t do much for me, and left me a little underwhelmed. The action was great, I liked Craig’s take James Bond well enough, but overall nothing really gripped me. Skyfall on the other hand had me hooked from start to finish. The action was superb, the character arcs fulfilling, and humor sprinkled nicely throughout the film. Even with the movie sitting at 2 and half hours, I found myself wishing that the fun ride could keep going.

A hero is only as good as their villain and that’s where Skyfall succeeds over Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace. Silva, played by Javier Bardem, is menacing, flamboyant, and straight up creepy. The thing I liked about this villain was that he made things personal and it gave the film a better sense of urgency.  The other villains, although evil in their own ways, never felt like a real threat to Bond, which didn’t make them as interesting for me. Silva on the other hand had history with the MI6 agency, which provided great parallels between Silva and Bond as well as depth to the conflict. The dialogue between Silva and Bond is extremely entertaining and shows just how much you love to hate Bardem’s character. Although some of Silva’s “masterful plans” follow familiar arcs (See The Dark Knight, The Avengers), the performance by Bardem is more than enough to overlook it. Overall, the cast was well done and added a lot of great additions. Ben Wishaw in particular was one of my favorites in the film and worked really well along side Daniel Craig’s Bond. Wishaw’s performances in Cloud Atlas, as well as Skyfall have been spectacular and I really can’t wait to see him in bigger roles.

Visually Skyfall is the best out of Craig Trilogy. The scenes in Shanghai were gorgeous and featured some great cinematography. There’s a scene where Bond takes on an enemy in front of a giant flashing billboard providing an awesome fight scene comprised of only silhouettes. I’m still scratching my head at the inclusion of a scene in Shanghai where Bond comes across some computer-generated reptiles. It looked extremely rough, and could have used a little more polish. It was minor, but still big enough to be a distraction.

With over fifty years of Bond it’s got to be hard to please everybody. The thing that was nice about Skyfall was that it seemed to balance the subtle cues and callbacks, as well as deviating from the familiar path. As a relative newcomer to the series it was a great way to solidify my interest in James Bond.

The climatic scene of the movie features a lot of impressive action pieces, which was set among beautiful nighttime scenery. The final scenes contained such high energy that I must admit I was a little disappointed with the fact that the climax seemed to lose a little bit of that momentum. The way certain characters were handled could have been done a little better. However, the movie wraps things up nicely and paves the way for Daniel Craig to continue his take on James Bond.

Brilliantly shot, wonderfully acted, and highly entertaining, Skyfall delivers the best Bond of the Craig era. The success of the movie lies with the great performances, in particular with Javier Bardem as Silva. The action scenes are big and impressive creating a fun and thrilling ride. With subtle cues and callbacks Skyfall keeps the tradition of Bond alive, while still deviating from the familiar path.

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Movie Monday Update Week of Nov. 5th

Hello and happy Monday TC readers! Got a lot of great things to catch up on this week! A lot of big news as well as some big releases! Let’s start things up with a quick glance of movie news!

In case you missed it:

Last week Disney bought Lucasfilms for 4 billion dollars but that’s not all. They have confirmed that they’re moving forward with Star Wars VII with 2015 release schedule! Reactions have been mixed but I for one am excited and welcome Star Wars back to the big screen! Click here for more information on the deal!

Wondering where you’ll be able to enjoy The Hobbit in 48 FPS like Peter Jackson intended? Well it’ll be in 3D only and you can check the list of theaters that will be supporting the experience here!

Here’s a look at this week’s releases!

For Blu-Ray/DVD we have:

November 6th

November 9th

Coming to theaters November 9th:

Wide release

Limited Release:

See anything that’s missing? Comment and let us know!

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