Drive and Contagion

  • Guest

    After being absolutely disappointed with Contagion I was curious to know what you guys thought of it.  To my surprise you seemed to enjoy it.  Having not yet seen Drive, I prepared myself for another let down after you drew some substantial parallels between the two films.
    Drive however, was fantastic!  Brilliant film-making.  While both of the movies had a similar deliberate pacing style, it actually worked with Drive.  Contagion had too many characters, and frankly none of them were interesting.  But with Drive, I was actually compelled into caring, and was intrigued by this understated and obviously damaged protagonist.The one shot in the strip club, where the driver is on the phone, clenching the hammer, with the camera staring up at him has he shakes with rage was just fantastic.  This one moment was greater than the entirety of Contagion. 

  • Marco

    I wonder, was the scene with the dog/VCR a metaphor that you guys went insane? Because it felt like that to me, when you said you couldnt recommend a movie you actually enjoyed.

  • Just watched Drive after numerous people I know said it was crap.

    I hate my so called friends. Drive is the best movie I’ve seen in years and years. I really enjoyed it, but I won’t recommend it to anyone becuase everyone is fucking retarded.

  • G-Town

    Ugh. Fuck Drive. Seriously

  • sixpack_cuda

    I hated Drive also. I’ve been so surprised to find myself in the minority that I decided to give it another chance, thinking that maybe I just wasn’t in the right mood the first time I watched it. After my second viewing I still hated it. It didn’t evoke any feelings, I was just uninterested. I didn’t care for the directing at all. But hey, that’s just me.

  • Dan-B

    Jay’s a necrophiliac?! That’s fuckin weird, dude.

  • On a random note, both of these movies have Brian Cranston as a supporting character, and have Cliff Martinez doing the soundtrack.

  • M.

    Ugh. Fuck G-Town. Seriously

  • I think they wanted people to envision Fast & Furious so as to get butts in theater seats.

  • guest

    LOL…He did say that!

    Why would he put that kind of information about himself on the internet?

  • TG

    Let’s not forget that Cliff Martinez scored both these films and nailed both.

  • I agree about Drive. Its easy one of the better movies I seen in recent years.

  • bananna hammock

    The thing about drive isn’t just that it is a “good” movie… but the fact that there are some parts of it that are REALLY good.

  • Me

    People who call Drive a ” crappy ” movie are very often the same people who think that transformers and avengers are the best movie ever. Just do loike me and get smarter friends.

  • Prometheussuckedballs

    Haha… i think he meant hypocondriac lol.. i laughed at that line too.

  • Youngski

    Perfect analysis. He’s forced to use an aspect of his persona to protect ‘the girl’ that he knows, will also drive her away. That’s tragic, but also noble because he chooses her safety over his happiness.

    Always wondered about why he puts the mask on, I think your explanation is probably correct, he’s distancing himself from events and preparing to be less human. This point is made even more explicitly in the game Hotline Miami.

    Which kicks ass. Just like Drive.

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  • Hey guys, I just watched Drive last night on your recommendation.

    It’s one of the best movies I’ve seen in a long time. I love a good slow-burning film. Ryan Gosling played the “man of few words” part perfectly. Also the sweet, understated romance between Driver and Irene was totally unexpected, but I really enjoyed it. I also appreciate that for once we have a film that isn’t all orange-and-cyan in every fucking shot.

    There’s some seriously horrific violence in this film, but we’re not supposed to enjoy those parts. It doesn’t glorify gore, which, in my opinion, is a very refreshing change. I cared about Driver so much that during one scene I was literally yelling “NO NO STOP STOP STOP” because he clearly lost his shit and was taking it too far. (If you’ve seen it you’ll know what I’m talking about.)

    I hear people say Drive is “style over substance”, but I think they couldn’t be more wrong. There’s a lot going on in this film if you pay attention.

    tl;dr If you thought Drive was a shitty movie, I don’t wanna know you.

  • Tyler

    Was that “loike” me a typo or a joke with “Loki” from the Avengers?

  • Wander

    Drive is a great movie indeed. One thing that didn’t get mentioned enough, I feel is how good the soundtrack/soundscape in the film is. Definitely lifts it an extra notch.

  • adanmgarcia

    Drive is great. I saw it when it came out and it immediately became one of my favorite movies. Contagion on the other hand I don’t really remember. I saw it in the theater and I don’t remember it all.

  • James MacLovin Treanor

    nec·ro·phil·i·a (nkr-fl-) also nec·rophi·lism (n-krf-lzm, n-)

    1. Obsessive fascination with death and corpses.
    2. Erotic attraction to or sexual contact with corpses.

    Oh Dear Jay. Not a health hobbies for someone who’s afraid of death.

  • Billy Whitman

    Yeah, I was trying to decide if that was a joke or a slip up haha.

  • M0I

    Same story here…

  • Martín Galarza Flores

    “I’m kind of a necrophiliac like that.”

    It’s not the line, but the weird calm way Jay says it that creeps me out.

  • Frank

    It’s funny how you mention Contagion has a very “typical hollywood” subject. I remember reading the movie was good, but never really felt the need to go watch it.

    I was just like “Viruses and Matt Damon? Meh…”.

  • Baron Teapot

    Contagion was great; a cool thriller, with a grounding in reality. It cleverly told how the world reacts to a pandemic by focusing on a handful of different characters all across the world.

    The evil, amoral Jude Law character, who was just trying to rip off as many people as possible, seemed perfectly realistic. I found myself hoping that he’d get what was coming to him, but of course, he got off scot-free.

  • No Mike and Jay, you are the demons.

  • Jrdn

    I uh, don’t think necropheliac means what he thinks it means. lol

  • Simon

    I didn’t see Contagion for the exact reasons you guys said, I thought it would be typical Hollywood bullshit for dullards. I’m glad it wasn’t as terrible as I thought.

  • kledynk

    So now Jay is officially a necrophiliac. Neat.

  • I would buy that for a dollar.

  • “Little gems like that continually crop up and make me feel good about the state of movies.”

    Oh PastMike. Little did you know Man of Steel was coming to bludgeon you into a coma.

  • Skewed_View

    I really liked ‘Drive.’ I too thought it was going to be like ‘Fast and Furious’ and I was really only watching it to see Albert Brooks as a gangster. However, it really took me by surprise and I ended up enjoying it.
    ‘Contagion’ I absolutely loved. I think I’ve seen it 4 or 5 times now because I keep showing it to people (so far everyone has at least been nice and said they liked it too). It probably has to do with my job and degree, which has an epidemiology aspect to it, but I found the movie fascinating. It was a lot better than ‘Outbreak.’

  • dollar store cashier wife

    “Relive 9/11 on the big screen this summer”!


    Jay, you need to google necrophiliac. Seriously.

  • Jennifer Elise Bunnell

    It’s hard to tell since they intentionally mess up names and terms so often. I just know my brain definitely shut down for a moment when he said that. :3

  • Jennifer Elise Bunnell

    Still, it’s definitely more interesting for people who are interested in epidemiology (which I was at the time it came out). From that perspective, it’s perhaps the most satisfying fictional film of this type that’s ever been made (and certainly good pro-CDC propaganda). But definitely a tough sell to a general audience.

  • Gary V

    I learned not to leave beer bottles sitting around because of… beer flies. I wonder if their set has this problem?

  • BM

    Great Contagion review, not.

    Here’s my review. It was shit awful. The screenwriter had to do the horror movie cliche of making everyone idiots just to advance the plot. “Don’t touch or go near anyone, ok?”, and the next scene she’s in a supermarket. “2.1 million people have died”, so in the next scene she wants to hug the guy who knocks on her door. It happened at least 5 times. Then there was the stupid Cotillard subplot.

  • You Got the Problem

    I could talk about how good Drive was or how not bad but not great Contagion was but All I want to say is this. Putting Ron Perlman’s Face on Sasha Grey’s Ass… FUCKING GENIUS!!

  • Ryan McCoy


    Great reviews guys.

  • Sam

    Is Mike drinking a Magic Hat #9?

  • Sharlto

    Why is the “shorter” YouTube version ten seconds longer?

  • Martín Galarza Flores

    Machinima logo at the beginning and end of the video. In reality the video isn’t shorter.

  • ellaelise

    Everyone correcting the necrophiliac line? This show’s humor might be too dry for you.


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