Appalachia is a region that has an image on the world stage that is coloured by stereotype. Poor white people. Bootlegging, moonshining, drug running, and everything that leaps to mind when you think of the movie Deliverance. It is, of course, more than that. There are good people there and culture that has a deep respect for family and loyalty.
Left behind in recent years as the industry that once drove the region gives way to resources being imported, and jobs drying up. There’s a vast amount of interesting societal issues at play in the region, and one that I am sure is fascinating to read about in the book Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis. Written in 2016 by JD Vance, the New York Times best-selling book has proven divisive, with fans and detractors alike claiming it either knows everything or is already out of date.
Unfortunately, much of the examination of class struggles in the region is basically ignored by this film.
_note: I’m finally back from vacation so regular posting will resume._
Movies about people driving fast cars can be pretty hit or miss. It’s a good thing then that _Rush_ is a movie about the people who drive fast cars instead. The film follows the 1976 season of Formula One racing and the rivalry between James Hunt and Niki Lauda, the former a hard drinking fast living playboy with a natural talent for driving and the latter a cool headed, clean living son of a businessman who relies on technical genius and precision. In short these men are polar opposites, an unstoppable force and an immovable object, and while both at the top of their game it makes complete sense that they would end up butting heads.
We’ve seen [trailers for this film before
](http://awesomefriday.ca/2013/05/rush-trailer-fast-cars-in-the-rain-by-ron-howard/) and they’ve done a pretty good job of conveying that this movie is going to be about a rivalry where two men go to extremes to beat each other, but now there’s a third trailer that makes the movie look exciting.
A good movie can be made of anything. Professional rivalry? Fast Cars? Beautiful people living the high life? People overcoming personal setbacks? There’s a whole bunch of things in Ron Howard’s upcoming film _Rush_.