(I hope this hasn’t already been recently covered, but I did a search and came up with nothing.)
I’ve always been intrigued by the concept of these short films (seen at http://www.bmwfilms.com ) but with an abysmally slow internet 33.6 K connection, I never bothered to see them.
Then I got Comcast! Woo hoo! I downloaded the 60 - 100 MB Quicktime files (they do have smaller file sizes available too) and started to get hooked. The “enhanced” versions of these films are very good indeed, and the “movies” themselves are fun to watch. Each directed by a different (and well-respected) director and featuring notable guest stars. The somewhat enigmatic Driver (Clive Owen, who you might remember as the orphaned valet from “Gosford Park”) is in each film, and ties them all together with his presence.
I have enjoyed the films immensely. They almost always feature amazing car chases (showing off BMW vehicles being the motivation behind the films in the first place) but they are artfully done. It’s interesting to compare the directing styles of each director, which can be radically different. Download them if you haven’t already!
They just came out with their latest release, “Beat the Devil”, which I admit, isn’t my favorite (but is growing on me). James Brown plays himself and Gary Oldman plays the devil. There is a surprise celebrity cameo appearance at the end, which I confess made me laugh out loud. This film was directed by Tony Scott, and while I liked it well enough, it was too rough and frantic for me. (And I can hardly understand what James Brown says!)
My favorite film is “Star” with Madonna. (It’s from Season One.) Directed by her husband (can’t remember his name) it has her taken on a Wild Ride all around Philidelphia. Very funny.
Also, “The Follow” (starring Mickey Roarke and Forrest Whitaker) is excellent, though it is no longer available for download at bmwfilms.com. (I found another place which had it, thanks to google.com.)
So, anyone else seen these films? Which is your favorite? Huh? Huh?