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Monday, 21 October 2013

What I learnt from Rush

I went and saw Rush last night - I love Niki Lauda, so when I saw the ads and the poster, I was a little worried he'd be vilified for the sake of a good story, like Prost was in the Senna documentary (so not how it happened, peeps!) but the film is a really sweet little film with the Ron Howard touch, so if anything, it went into kindness overdrive on both parts.

I don't think you have to like Formula 1 to like it, but in my row, there were four people that did, and we laughed before jokes were made, because we knew what was coming (in a couple of cases). It was nice to be sitting in the row with infectious goodwill towards the subjects.

Without further ado, here's what I learned:

1.That Thor guy is very good looking, but I still liked Niki more, which means even when someone is fictionally pretending to be someone I like, I don't notice the looks of others. Which I think means something good about me, but it could mean I'm losing my eye sight.

2. Tyrells made a 6 wheel car. I need to investigate what on earth were they thinking??

3. The film should have been called Drive. Both men wanted to drive above all, both earned drives with F1 teams and Niki Lauda had an amazing amount of drive, from when he set his mind to becoming a professional race car driver to the incidents of '76. Astounding - the original poster boy for Nike's Just Do It.  I'll investigate why they went with Rush and get back to you (guessing that movie with Ryan Gosling was too recent to replicate the name).

4. Those floppy hats in the '70's should never have gone out of fashion. We'd all look so much cuter sporting them. I might get myself one...

5. I have no idea what made the film MA15+. The pot smoking?

6. I went to Monaco Grand Prix, and was watching practice inside the restaurant at Rascasse. Every time a driver walked into the pits, all the Americans would race over and take their photo but I'd just watch. Then Niki Lauda walked past, and I jumped up on my chair and leapt over the table (alcohol may have aided this agility) to get his photo (even though he hadn't raced for 10 years). This American came over and said 'We've all been wondering about you, you seemed so cool about it all. But it's Niki Lauda. All the girls love Niki Lauda". In the film when the reporter asks THAT question, that voice ran through my head "All the girls love Niki Lauda". Proving, that no matter how hideous the thing you're dealing with at the moment, time will put it in perspective. What he thought would horrify people made no difference at all. Hard to do, but it's something I'm going to try to remember, as life throws ugly issues my way.

7. "What's important is how it feels to me, and it feels like he adores me". A reminder that there is no reality, only perception, so keep that in mind when you see your partner tonight, and make them feel that you adore them...

8. Basically, don't see an fierce foe as a curse, it can be used to great advantage "A wise man will learn more from his enemies than a fool does from his friends"

9. I love in sports movies, that even when you know what the outcome is, you sit there, on the edge of your seat, hoping that the outcome is different. It happened twice for me in this film!

10. The biggest thing I learnt from Rush was that I miss Murray Walker. For those that have no idea what that means, he was a commentator  synonymous with F1. He was passionate and opinionated, he got things wrong but everyone loved him. His voice features in the film in the media, and I just started grinning like a loon as soon as I heard it. It's just not been the same since.

PS I also saw Lauda at the Opera House, kindly posing for photos with Japanese tourists. I stood at a safe distance and blushingly grinned like a school girl. Funny how fame and adoration can reduce a grown woman to an imbecile. I didn't watch F1 when he raced, but his legend is that of folklore and any F1 fan can tell at least 3 Lauda stories...

Linking up with Essentially jess for IBOT

This still makes me smile! (Maybe I'm just an imbecile that became a grown woman?)

Message to Ron Howard - if you are reading (like I'm sure you are), how do we avid fans get our hands on a copy of Arrested Development (new season) when we aren't allowed Netflicks? Please, please release a DVD for us downtrodden downunder!!

25 comments:

  1. I have seen a few shorts about Rush but not being a F1 girl I'm not quite sure of the history of it, but I do love a good peace of history made into a movie. A bit like the Bert Munro movie, a fellow Kiwi who did some amazing things. Great message to Ron BTW.. and yes Thor is a bit of alright.

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    1. Let's hope Ron reads it! I'm off to google Munro...

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  2. My parents went and saw this movie and said it was really good. These days I wait until movies come on DVD so I can watch them at home at night in peace when the kids are in bed.

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    1. Husband didn't want to see it (despite my hard sell for date night) so I went by myself Sunday night for some time out (I use movies like meditation)

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  3. I love the reminder that there is no reality, only perception. I am going to write this down and put it somewhere that I will continue to see it. Sometimes my perception gets so distorted....
    Anyway, sounds like you enjoyed the movie too much and I don't believe you are an imbecile who turned into a grown woman, I just think you have a love for something that makes you go all gushy :)

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    1. I loved that bit in the movie - and I'm with you on the distorted perception. It can really cloud things

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  4. Of all the words to describe you, imbecile is not one that springs to mind !!!!!
    I love how passionate you are about the things that you love ! I guess I sometimes sound like this when I am talking about baseball - and in particular the Red Sox !!
    My Dad and I used to play at being racing drivers when we went to school in the morning - he would drop me off on his way to work - but on the way there we would invarably pick a driver for him to be - Jodi Schekter, Mario Andretti, Nicki Lauda, Mickael Schumaker, Alain Prost, Ayrton Senna and my favourite, Nelson Piquet.
    I haven't seen the movie but I am sure that we will at some time - thanks for the heads up about it.
    Have the best day !
    Me

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    1. Nelson, Nelson, what was he thinking!!??!!
      I love Prost the most of all - sad day when he retired. You seen 8 men out? That's a good baseball movie...

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  5. I'd probably see it for Chris Hemsworth :) Is that his name lol?

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  6. I am not a fan of car racing, but to hear you speak so passionately about it makes me feel I should at least see the movie...lucky you, going to the Monaco Grand Prix!
    xx

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    1. It's hard to tell if non sport lovers will like it - it is more about the people than the racing...

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    2. Went to check out your blog but can't link thru? What is it called pls?

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  7. No idea about who that even is, that is the big sporting fan I am.. :) But the movie looks like it would be a good one, not that I can watch movies ever, one day I will! I also love the floppy hats from the 70's! #teamIBOT

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    1. Let's bring them back into fashion...

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  8. Love your passion, Lydia! No doubt Ron will get the message when he's reading your blog, so smart move there.
    70's floppy hats should never have left us x

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    1. 3 of us, that's officially a movement. 70's floppy hat reintroduction is happening...

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  9. I love your passion for this so much! Personally I can't stand any kind of car racing at all, but you make me wonder what's awesome about it :)

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    1. Watch some Dakar highlights in January....beauty, speed & majestic vistas. And fabulous stories. It has everything!

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  10. Paul loves F1, I think I'll get this for him when it comes out on DVD! Love reading how passionate you are about it.

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  11. My hubby is F1 fan and we watched the Senna doco and now I want to re-watch it to see what you mean?!? I would love to see Rush-can't wait x

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    1. Senna & Mansell had punch ups & piquet had issues with him. They made out as if Prost was a sneaky little cheat - I get they had to make a story but there was a LOT left out and stories told a little differently to how it actually happened. I was warned prior to seeing Senna, which was good as I might have stormed out otherwise. Good viewing but loose with facts...

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  12. I love arrested developement too!! I heard there might be a movie soon. Can you fake an american address to create a fake email address to logon to netflix??

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  13. Yes I agree with Number 4!!!! Let's bring back the floppy hat in the sun safe 21st century!

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  14. I miss Murray Walker too. I occasionally catch the Roary the Racing Car episode where he commentates and it makes me smile. He certainly had a way with words!

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