Moviedrome Mondays: Two-Lane Blacktop (1971)

Since I could not find a youtube video link to Moviedrome presenter Alex Cox’s intro to director Monte Hellman’s 1971 cult classic Two-Lane Blacktop, readers will have to make due with a link to his transcript for it (read here). The episode’s original airdate was August 6, 1989 (read here). Not unlike what the owner of Moviedromer.tumblr.com thought, I too disagree with Cox regarding the acting of singers James Taylor and Dennis Wilson (the latter from The Beach Boys). I too think it is just them improvising or making conversation. Nevertheless, I do agree with Cox’s sentiments on the late great Warren Oates (but then again, who wouldn’t?), who co-stars in this film. If you readers are interested in reading my list of my favorite Monte Hellman films, read here.

Here is a youtube video link to the film’s original theatrical trailer

My Favorite Monte Hellman Films

* * * * (Out of * * * *)

1.   Two-Lane Blacktop (1971)

2.   The Shooting (1966)

3.   Cockfighter (1974)

4.   Ride in the Whirlwind (1966)

5.   Iguana (1988)

6.   China 9, Liberty 37 (1978)

7.   Road to Nowhere (2010)

My Favorite Monte Hellman Films (Revised and Updated)

* * * * (Out of * * * *)

1.   Two-Lane Blacktop (1971)

2.   Cockfighter (1974)

3.   The Shooting (1966)

4.   China 9, Liberty 37 (1978)

5.   Ride in the Whirlwind (1965)

6.   Road to Nowhere (2010)

* * * 1/2 (Out of * * * *)

1.   Iguana (1988)

Note: If you want to know how I saw the 102 minute version of China 9. Liberty 37 (1978), the answer is TCM’s showing of it back during September 7th, which aired after midnight. Hopefully, with TCM’s showing of it in that format, a DVD company will release it in that form and not the chopped 78 minute version, which pales in comparison.