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My Favorite Road Movies

by Fountains of Wayne’s Chris Collingwood

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Tommy Boy
I was wrong to dismiss this movie as a throwaway when I first saw it. I know this because it’s 16 years later and I’m still reflexively quoting it like an annoying Monty Python fan.

Zabriskie Point
It has a 1952 Buick Special Deluxe, a lot of open roads and a lot of open sky. The film’s star was a self-professed, real-life revolutionary who died in prison after taking part in a politically motivated bank robbery.

Planes, Trains & Automobiles
I’m pretty sure this is the only John Hughes movie I’ve ever liked. Perfect casting turns what could have been a dull series of odd-couple gags into a thoughtful piece on class and dignity. I get weepy at the end.

Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia
I bet Tarantino loves this Sam Peckinpah movie, in which a bartender and his hooker girlfriend are out to make a million dollars by retrieving the head of the man who knocked up a gangster’s daughter. There was probably something wrong with Peckinpah, whose turbulent personal life would make a great Peckinpah movie.

Your Highness
Filed in your video store under “Improvised While High” or “Made on a Dare.” I laughed almost all the way through this movie, mostly because I couldn’t believe they had spent all that money on props and sets and CGI for a bong-inspired plot about a medieval loser.

SEE IT: Fountains of Wayne plays Wonder Ballroom on Saturday, Oct. 8, with Mike Viola. 9 pm. $18 advance, $20 day of show. 21+.

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