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Internet Movie Cars Database: A Ticket to Ride, from James Bond to Batman

Thompson on Hollywood By Maggie Lange | Thompson on Hollywood August 12, 2011 at 8:46AM

An iconic set of wheels can be the perfect prop in a film: the right car reveals personality as well as a speedy cut to the chase. And jaw-dropping car design can add just the right tone--from the sexy masculinity of James Bond's Aston Martins and the fantasy futurism of the latest Bat vehicles to the adrenaline rush of the Formula 1 race-car documentary Senna.
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An iconic set of wheels can be the perfect prop in a film: the right car reveals personality as well as a speedy cut to the chase. And jaw-dropping car design can add just the right tone--from the sexy masculinity of James Bond's Aston Martins and the fantasy futurism of the latest Bat vehicles to the adrenaline rush of the Formula 1 race-car documentary Senna.

Giving due credit to the key role of cars in films is the goal of the new Internet Movie Cars Database (IMCDb), which provides an obsessive repository for info on wheels in films. The IMCDb catalogs vehicles in nearly 24,000 feature films, shorts, TV shows, and documentaries.

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The cars are rated by stars for the amount of screen time and plot orientation devoted to the model. A car will receive four stars if the vehicle stars in the role in the movie (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The Italian Job, or Cars) and one star if it appears simply in the background.

Geared more towards compulsive documentation than analysis, the site is too excessively complex to be entirely useful. Drive at your own risk.

This article is related to: Franchises, Genres, Web/Tech, Media, Batman, Action


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.