Doesn't the title of the list explain it well enough? This is a list of 200+ quality "short" films. Easy…
Fear is the driving force.
Travelling businessman, David Mann, angers the driver of a rusty tanker whilst crossing the Californian desert. A simple trip turns deadly as Mann struggles to stay on the road while the tanker plays cat and mouse with his life.
Steven Spielberg's feature film debut is a highly underrated masterpiece which presents the master director making remarkable use of his talent, creativity & passion for filmmaking to craft a mystery-thriller that remains nail-bitingly tense from start to finish and is the first entry in what would later become one of the most celebrated film careers of all time.
Initially conceived as a TV film & later turned into a full-length theatrical, Duel concerns a business commuter who is stalked & terrorized by a psychotic truck driver throughout the Californian desert highway for no specified reasons. The story is mostly narrated visually & makes minimal use of dialogues or music yet there is an eerie atmosphere it retains throughout its runtime which is brilliantly executed.…
I'd like to report a truck driver who's been endangering my life.
Duel is a travelers worst nightmare.
Sure you can get caught by a murderous band of backwoods cannibals, but at least you have a chance to escape.
One of my worst nightmares is one that involves me being pursued relentlessly by an unstoppable enemy without anyone else to help. I mean nightmares in a literal sense.
I've had that nightmare before.
It was called Terminator.
But seriously, there is just something so dreadful and tense about a chase that will never end. The situation breathes urgency and wits into the characters and gives them a fight for their life that only exists in films. This is a scenario…
Not so long ago on Twitter there was a hashtag meme going around called #verylastfilm, to which I gave the answer Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. A fine answer, it will always be one of the greatest films to my mind ever made, yet the answer I should have given was the Steven Spielberg film everybody forgets, his very first: Duel. You see it was my very first film too, well to some extent. Back in the 1980's as a young boy, my love of cinema was formed by several different kinds of films I first saw at a very young age - some were science-fiction such as Star Trek, others action such as James Bond or adventure such…
Review In A Nutshell:
Steven Spielberg is now among the highest of legends, one who is personally responsible for birthing the idea of a summer blockbuster, at least from a creative point of view; he has built this reputation through his keen ability to understand the masses, he doesn’t pick out the intricacies and the fetishes of a specific individual like most filmmakers would. Spielberg has followed suit of the stylings of another cinematic legend, Alfred Hitchcock, as he also understood the mindset of his viewers, knowing exactly what strings that needed to be pulled at specific instances that would accumulate into a satisfying experience. Spielberg was inspired by him, but not dependant; over the course of his career he…
Part of Humble Beginnings
I really feel Spielberg's next film should be set at a budget of $450.000, the same amount for which he made his debut.
It is very interesting to see where a big budget, commercial director like Spielberg found his footing. With Duel he already displays his skill in allowing the camera to tell a story. Duel's strength and unavoidable weakness lie in its simplicity. Because of the simple nature of he story and the small budget, Spielberg is forced to become creative and look for clever solutions to keep his audience entertained. And at that he succeeds admirably.
He manages to make this cat and mouse game tense, making you participant of the protagonist's plight, which…
There is nothing worse when traveling than dealing with aggressive drivers.
But when the aggressor is in a huge dirty ass fume spilling semi truck it's just down right scary!
That's what this entire film is about.
Dennis Weaver as David Mann is a traveling business man headed to an appointment in another town and in a hurry, as he simply passes a semi truck a semi driven by a complete asshole and thats when a deadly game of cat and mouse ensues.
A tense filled 90 minute ride from Steven Spielberg that you won't soon forget.
I watched this as part of my Homework - Carsploitation list.
Turns out, Spielberg made a movie that's essentially one long chase sequence before Miller did. Is there anything Spielberg didn't get to first? It's crazy how assured this 25 year old was with his camera. This movie has very little going on and yet his camera speaks so loudly and participates in the action so deftly, that I was invested the whole time. Honestly the only thing that prevents this from being a highly re-watchable awesomefest is that poor man's Burt Reynolds (I'm sure Dennis Weaver would hate to know he's being referenced this way) isn't that much fun to spend a whole movie with. If I could get…
Working class version of Fury Road.
Completely succeeds at what it sets out to do. Great flick.
A fast paced, heart pounding hell of a ride in Steven Spielberg's first feature film, "Duel" a horror movie on the open, desert road!
Dennis Weaver in a riveting and extremely fascinating performance as David Mann, a business man on a trip to meet his boss before leaving for Vacation. You get the into the mind of Mann as he battles with a killer truck driver who acts as a force of nature against Mann. Weaver adds a kind of dorkiness to the role which makes it all that more relatable and grounded. The amount of sheer panic, awkward humor and quiet personality shines very strong in the film.
The story is simple, a man is being chased by a…
A movie without motive, a man driving to an unknown destination for no known reason gets chased by a truck driver for no apparent reason. To me this is a movie about the measure of a man. The star of the film is portrayed as a very weak, subservient person while the truck driver comes across as the exact opposite, asserting an "Alpha male" dominance while only being shown as having a little heart when he helps a broken down school bus that the weak male failed to try and help.
By the end of the film there is little to like about either character, they both represent assholes of a different sort.
As one of Steven Spielberg's first films there's a lot of amateur film work here, but to an extent, that's what give the film its charm. It's lack of detail forces you to think more.
War Rig: The Prequel
The original Fury Road.
After hearing about it for years,I finally saw the Tv cut of Duel. It is wonderful and much better then the theatrical version.
Films that come to mind while watching this one: Psycho, The Road Warrior, The Terminator, Christine, The Hitcher. Feels like a massive crisis of masculinity, and so it is at once a well of paranoia and a throbbing vein of schadenfreude. This one's hardly spoken of compared to Jaws, Spielberg's famous breakthrough — maybe a bit like Hitchcock's Rope when compared to almost any of his more famous films, and is similarly simplistic in its scope. Rope is set entirely within the living room of one apartment, while Duel is set on the unending road of the California desert. Of course, Rope also bears the conceit of taking place in real time through the running course of the film and…