If you are passionate about anything and everything to do with motorcycles, Hollywood has plenty to offer that goes with your passion. Be it superhero movies, war movies, documentaries, or action movies, motorcycles have always been used as the ultimate props. Following is a list of 5 unforgettable motorcycle movies about those who built them, rode them, and used them as a symbol of change, rebellion, youth, and culture.
The Motorcycle Diaries (2004)
If you’re looking for an ideal combination of motorcycles, adventures, youth, and revolution, The Motorcycle Diaries ought to be on top of your movie watch list. Released in 2004, the movie is a biopic based on the journey and written memoir of a 23-year old medical student Ernesto Guevara, who several years later went on to become the iconic Argentinean revolutionary and Marxist guerilla commander Che Guevara. The movie revolves around a trip taken by Ernesto Guevara and his friend Alberto Granado, on an old Norton 500 motorcycle they called La Poderosa or “the Beast”. As they travel across South America, the trip plants the initial seeds of transformation, radicalization, and awakening within Guevara as he observes the people, cultures, impoverished peasantry, economic inequalities, and class injustice that he encounters on the journey.
The World’s Fastest Indian (2005)
If speed biking is your idea for a thrill, here is one movie that will give you a high. Hitting the screens in 2005, The World’s Fastest Indian is yet another remarkable biopic that will set your heart racing. The movie is based on Kiwi speed bike racer Burt Munro and his modified Indian Scout motorcycle. It is a true story based on the life of Munro, who at more than 60 years in age, set three separate land-speed records in 1962, 1966, and 1967 at the Bonneville Salt Flats in northwestern Utah. He visited these flats (known worldwide for their many miles of flat compacted salt ideal for speed testing) ten times in an attempt to set world speed records. Out of his ten visits, he managed to set three world records, one of which stands unbroken even today. The stunning performance of Sir Anthony Hopkins who plays Burt Munro, the Indian Scout with its streamlined body, and of course the dizzy speeds, make this a movie a must-watch for motorcycle lovers.
Dust to Glory (2005)
If off-road races and bikes interest you, Dust to Glory is one amazing movie totally worth watching. The movie is essentially a documentary that covers the notorious Baja 1000, an annual off-road race which takes place across the Baja peninsula in Mexico. Every year, the race attracts hundreds of racers along with their badass machines, as well as thousands of cheering fans. There were a number of helicopters and a huge crew involved in making this film, which covers the race and all the competitors throughout 650 miles of the Mexican desert. It is indeed riveting to watch racers dodging some precarious terrains and harsh weather conditions as they ride. Moreover, the riders also need to watch out for sadist spectators who take pleasure in sabotaging the track course by burying/hiding obstacles, digging holes, and laying all sorts of other traps! Even if you don’t like bikes, this movie is a must-watch!
Easy Rider (1969)
If you consider yourself a true motorcycle enthusiast, Easy Rider is definitely a must watch. Arguably one of the most memorable motorcycle movies of all time, Easy Rider is a landmark American movie which tells the viewers a story about two hippie bikers who ride across America on their piston-powered stallions. Starring Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, and Jack Nicholson, Easy Rider is essentially a counterculture film that explores the societal issues, landscapes, drug culture, communal lifestyle, and the hippie movement that plagued the United States during the 1960’s. The movie is indeed a gem, which beautifully tries to capture the rebellion and restlessness of the youth culture which resulted into an alternative lifestyle, as well as the hatred and disagreement between separated generations.
Electra Glide in Blue (1973)
A neglected classic released during the early 70’s, Electra Glide in Blue is basically the story of a good cop entangled in a world of evil fellow officers and squad-room politics. The good cop is John Wintergreen (Robert Blake) who is ultimately demoted and made a traffic cop. Named after the Harley-Davidson Electra Glide motorcycles issued to traffic cops, the movie goes on to show John Wintergreen and his partner Zipper (Billy ‘Green’ Bush) cruising along the open desert road of Arizona on a mission to prove a suspected suicide case as a murder. Overall, the outstanding photography, amazing scenery, some great motorcycle footage, and of course Blake’s acting make this movie unforgettable.
Miley Stevens, the author of this article, is part of the team with, Pit Stop Parts and Apparel, leading dealers of motorcycle parts and accessories.She is passionate about bikes and enjoys participating in amateur racing events.
I didn’t really dig this film at all, and I knew I wouldn’t. I think I became disinterested when I realized at the very beginning that this movie was going to take place in two different realms. For me, this made things very corny, especially when people from the Asgard realm were on earth in their ridiculous costumes and speaking in their over the top tongue. I also found the name of Thor‘s realm, Asgard, to be hilarious because each time someone says it aloud it sounds like Ass God. I was also tickled that the bridge in the film was referred to as The Rainbow Bridge. I couldn’t help but think of My Little Pony.
There were a few powerhouses in the cast, such as, Idris Elba and Anthony Hopkins, but Natalie Portman, who I like very much, didn’t fit well in this film. Also, for me, the Thor character is not very likable. I guess a person really needs to be into comics and all Marvel films as a whole to fully enjoy this film.
The special effects and plot were cool, and that’s where my two stars come from.
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Take a look at my friend, Katie Burrell:
Is Katie Black? Is Katie White? Is she both?
Katie’s ethnic background will be revealed at a later date, but carefully look at her face, study her features and skin tone because she is my poster child for this series. More pictures of Katie will be shown later.
Over the past eight years the above quotes have all been said to or asked of me because of my daughter. I am a Black woman and I have a child by a White man. Those words once bothered me when my daughter was a baby, but I am used to it now and I respond accordingly with a healthy amount of venom in my tone.
When I found out I was carrying a baby by a White man I wasn’t happy. There is a long story behind this that will be shared with you in my memoirs one day, but one of the reasons is the fact that I knew I was going to have to deal with all these insulting questions and statements. And, the staring…oh gawd, people could win staring contests when they see a dark skinned Black woman with a child that appears White or is more than a few shades lighter.
I also worried that I would not know how to or be able to deal with raising a biracial child. It may seem ridiculous to you, but I really thought about what type of things I would have to teach her about her background and how to deal with people liking or disliking her because of things like her skin tone or her hair texture. I also worried that she would be different than me and that she would catch hell because of it.
I was right and I was wrong. I’m her mother. She has my DNA. I am raising her and I deal with any issues that may occur quite well. If she had come out half of whatever the hell Yoda is from Star Wars I would still love her lil’ brownish-green ass to death.
Ethnicity and color are not issues for me. They never have been. I love everyone and I dislike everyone. My feelings are equal opportunity. I won’t love you just because you’re Black and I won’t hate you just because you’re White. Like someone once said – “Just because you’re my color, it doesn’t mean you’re my kind.” Truer words have never been spoken.
For some odd and stupid ass reason many of us continue to be color struck. I really think most of us are ignorant or at the very least forgetful. Black people who look White is not a new phenomenon. Back in the day Black folks who appeared more White than Black “passed” all the time. Hell, some people are still passing today. There are some people that could pass but don’t like actress, Jennifer Beals, and my man, actor, Wentworth Miller.
Look at him:
Would you have guessed that Wentworth Miller has a parent with Black heritage? Well, he does! Wikipedia says: his father is of African-American, Jamaican, English, German, Jewish, and Cherokee background, and his mother is of Russian, French, Dutch, Lebanese, and Syrian ancestry. I first laid eyes on Wentworth in the film . The film is about a man who passes for Jewish, but is really Black. If you haven’t seen it, check it out. It’s a good flick! plays Wentworth’s role as an older man. We all know Anthony Hopkins is not Black in any way, shape, or form (that we know of), but I’m sure he was cast in the role to make a valid point, not all Black people appear “Black”.
Anyway, back to Wentworth; I fell in love as soon as I saw him on the screen. He is a beautiful man. I saw The Human Stain around the same time Prison Break started on the FOX network, so I became a groupie and began watching it every week thereafter. Wentworth has also appeared in two Mariah Carey videos, It’s Like That and We Belong Together.
Some of you who know me are laughing and probably saying,”Yea, she likes ‘em light, bright, and damn near White.” True, I do tend to go gaga more for light skinned men or mixed dudes. I guess I like the best of both worlds. Sue me! When Black and White come together it creates something beautiful. That’s not to say that when anyone else comes together that it’s ugly, so don’t go there, but I like what I like! There are no self hating reasons for it and I love chocolate brothas too. I like men! Period.
I can’t find one to make my boyfriend, but that’s another story.
Again, back to Wentworth, I was sprung after seeing him in The Human Stain, but when I read an interview where he explained that he only portrays a White man for TV, I fell in love. Why? Because he had the nerve, courage and pride to reveal who he is despite the fact that he does not typically fit what most people perceive as a person of color.
These are just a few of the ridiculous things I have heard aimed at Michael and his children. These comments upset me and I take them personally because as you have already read, I get some of the same ignorant reactions because of my daughter.
In the next part of the series I will get deeper into Michael’s children and the issues many people have when Black and White DNA come together to create a child that appears only White.
In the meantime, let’s get back to Katie. Answer this poll: