Take Our Word: Cars

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Since it’s release on Tuesday, Grand Theft Auto V has already made over $1 billion, making it the most successful and best-selling entertainment launch of all time. That’s the kind of milestone that we here at Pop Modern like to celebrate, and with that game dominating the video game consciousness we’ve definitely got cars on the mind. That’s why this week we’re revving up and screeching out of the garage to deliver you some of our favorite cars-related pieces of pop culture.

The Recommendations


BullittI had never heard of Bullitt until it was mentioned on a podcast somewhere about good action movies, and I’ve never seen a film exactly like it since. The film stars Steve McQueen as Frank Bullitt, and it was essentially a 1960s revenge film with that focused less on violence and more on thrills. What set it apart was that it was a car chase film set in the bumpy, unpredictable streets of San Francisco. In the later half of the film, as Bullitt discovers who killed the witness in a recent crime spree that he was investigating, they engage in one of the most terrifyingly fast chases over some of San Francisco’s trolly lines. And if watching beautiful 1960s sports cars bounce up and down on hard pavement doesn’t cause a little distress in you when you watch it, then know that the scenes between the chases are just as well-done. It’s been a while since I’ve seen the film, but I specifically remember the final scene taking place on an airport landing strip, and the final gunfight being pretty cool for such an old film.If you’re not interested in seeing the actual film and just want to see the famous chase, here it is, you weirdo: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UBLOLi_Ex-Q

If you’re cool and want to actually see this amazing film, it’s pretty cheap on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Bullitt-Steve-McQueen/dp/B00407PNY2/ref=tmm_dvd_title_0

Finally, if you just want to watch somebody fetishize Detective Bullitt’s 1968 Ford Mustang engine ignition, then do I have the video for you: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rcs7GR1YzPE


Burnout ParadiseThis week, I am recommending the game Burnout Paradise. I know, I know, it is a somewhat straight-forward answer for me to give, but honestly, Burnout Paradise got everything right. This 2009 game is a graphically decent car crash simulator. With full disclosure, it is actually an open-world racing game, but due to my poor driving skills, I have seen more crashes than a driving school for the visually impaired. The game features multiplayer races, as well as a free-roam mode, allowing players to choose whether to race against each other or drive around the sizable streets of the game’s “Paradise City.” The game features an impressive selection of cars, with a variety of speeds and benefits. The race types are varied and fun, from the simple race to the demolition race. I would highly recommend this game.

Here’s a link to buy the game on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Burnout-Paradise-Playstation-3/dp/B000MUW98O

But, if you don’t feel like buying the game, go ahead and watch some gameplay footage: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TFJbE_hsQw4


The CarsThe Cars’ eponymous 1978 debut is the first thing that springs to mind when I hear the word “cars.” Although that may seem an obvious connection, I don’t think you’d be able to find a pop culture selection more fitting and enjoyable without a fair amount of stretching. With tracks like “Just What I Needed” and “My Best Friend’s Girl,” The Cars is a new wave classic from start to finish, and arguably one of the best debuts of all time, if not one of the best albums. The music is catchy and driving, but also possesses a distinct pop-rock flair and instrumentation. It’s surprising that such a unique musical experience can be wrapped up into just nine songs, but The Cars takes those nine songs and makes each one into an instant classic. If you need something to listen to inyour car, I would highly recommend giving The Cars a try.

Here’s the video for “Just What I Needed”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9hwE0slNd3Y

And this is “My Best Friend’s Girl”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=swunpZMkZAk

The Round-Up

There you have it, three pop culture vehicles that will get you where you need to go, Of course, none of them are as adrenaline-fueled as the newest GTA, so maybe just stick to that this weekend. And hey, if you still haven’t gotten around to buying the game, or you need another reason to, check out this week’s Round-Up: selected tracks from GTA V‘s soundtrack, sure to get your blood pumping and your motor running.

“A.D.H.D”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QjlFqgRbICY

“Adult Education”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s22ufU-67iM

“Night Moves”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_mRFWQoXq4c

“Party All The Time”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bDbpzjbXUZI

“Radio Ga Ga”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t63_HRwdAgk

“Regulate”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1plPyJdXKIY

“Still D.R.E.”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_CL6n0FJZpk


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