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Monday, April 1, 2013

Automobile Accidents

Français : Illustration d'un accident automobi...
Français : Illustration d'un accident automobile par Eugène Chaperon (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
       
The films that I'll be listing in my April postings will not necessarily be films that I'd call my favorite films, but they will be favorites in the genres I'll be naming.   The A to Z genres are very specific micro genres as opposed to the broader genres like action, romance, or comedy.

  Movies about automobile accidents or where auto accidents are a prominent element of the plot:

        Any action film will usually include car chases where there are many vehicle crashes.   This micro genre does not include these.        

Intersection (1994) --In this film starring Richard Gere and Sharon Stone, a successful architect watches his life flash before his eyes as his car careens toward an accident in an intersection on a country road.  The film has received plenty of bad reviews, but I actually liked it.  This may have had something to do with the time of my life when I saw the film and the serendipitous way I acquired it.  For some reason I found two unopened copies of the film along with some other peculiar items in a box I was unpacking at work.  The videos and other miscellaneous items had nothing to do with my business.   I guess they had been shipped to me by accident.

Amores Perros (2000) -- In this highly acclaimed Mexican film, an automobile accident intersects with the lives of an assortment of people and their stories.  It's one of those movies about how lives are intertwined even when we may not know the other people involved. 


Crash (1996) -- From the same named book by the great sci-fi author J.G. Ballard, the story of this film involves people who gain sexual gratification from car crashes.  I don't know if this weird fetish is real, but the film tells the story well, the acting is excellent, and the cinematography is well done.  Definitely an adult film with fairly graphic content.   But it's a Ballard story and he's good.

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About my recent presentation on blogging and the A to Z Challenge at the Children's Book Writers

       On Saturday March 30th I was hosted by Nutschell The Writing Nut and Alana from Writercize at the Children's Book Writers of Los Angeles meeting.   I was very impressed by both of these young ladies.  This had to be one of the most organized well run groups I've seen.   We had 22 writers in attendance with only about 6 with blogs already.  The group seemed very interested in blogging and had tons of good questions.  We had 3 hours set aside and I didn't even make it through all of the slides on my PowerPoint presentation.   But that was okay because we got a lot of good information out there.

     There was a lot of interest in the A to Z and so far there is one new blogger who started her blog the morning after my workshop and she immediately joined A to Z.  There may be more, but this is one that I discovered on the sign-up list.

       If you have time I'd appreciate it if you'd stop by and follow Kid's Math Teacher (She's #1647 on the list as I write this).  Check out her post about the A to Z and perhaps tweet it out.   A comment would be great too.   I think she's going to be an excellent blogger.  She's starting out the right way and has followed the instructions I offered at the workshop in starting her blog.  She deserves our support.


       If there are any others reading this who were there at the workshop, please let us know in the comment section.  Keep your eyes out for a report from Nutschell at The Writing Nut.  

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       Can you think of any films that feature an automobile accident?   Have you seen any of the films I've mentioned?    Have you read any of J.G. Ballard's work?




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208 comments:

  1. I found it interesting that you mentioned 'Crash' of 1996, but the one that I like is 'Crash' 2004, also involving but not entirely based on an automobile accident. :)

    Cheers!
    Meera

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  2. Although it's not really an automobile accident, I love the 'Speed' films! I always worry about something like that ever happening to me while driving and whether I'd know what to do..

    Happy Birthday Arlee! Thank you for coming up with this great idea that brings so many bloggers together :)

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  3. Will be looking forward to enjoying your movie blog each day.
    I am a A to Z virgin so I am looking forward to the experience.

    Happy Birthday and thanks for starting this whole crazy blogger frenzy.
    Came by from Tales of the Reborn Crafter

    http://talesofthereborncrafter.blogspot.com/

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  4. Here we go, off on another April adventure of fun and learning. Thank you for making this possible for us. It's always such a wonderful experience.

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  5. I haven't seen any of these- better go do my homework!
    Off to visit Kid's Math Teacher
    Have a fab April
    Lx

    Blogging AtoZ @ChickLitLove

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  6. HI Lee
    This is my first year for A to Z but panic aside I am looking forward to it.
    Thanks for setting it up :-)

    Declan
    http://humesofsaffronhill.blogspot.co.uk/

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  7. Crash was a really twisted movie.
    Awesome your presentation went so well with Nutschell's group!

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  8. Your serendipitous story won me.

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  9. It's an interesting idea for a subgenre. The only other car crash films I can think of Fight Club and Changing Lanes, but I suppose films with car chases are probably full of them.

    Dave
    Dave Wrote This

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  10. Hello, I can only think of The Great Escape but it features a motorbike crash not a car crash. Thanks for dreaming up the A-Z challenge, this is my first year and I am looking forward to taking part.

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  11. First things first...
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY LEE!!

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  12. Great theme. I can't think of any movies...

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  13. I was badly smashed up when hit head on by a nutter years ago so don't really do car crash films.

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  14. I haven't seen any of these movies. I look forward to seeing what other movies you list throughout the A-Z Challenge.

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  15. Crash (1996) had me think of the other Crash (2004) that won the Oscar. This is a good start, made me think about movies and car crashes. Yet the car crash fetish thing might be real because there are so many sexual fetishes out there.

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  16. I've not seen any of those films but The Italian Job has my favourite crash scenes. I love the mini car chase and as for the ending! Now that's what you call a cliff hanger!!

    Rosalind Adam is Writing in the Rain

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  17. Happy Birthday!

    Thanks for putting in all of the hard work to run this challenge. It's my first year, and I'm looking forward to seeing how it all works.

    Have a great day!

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  18. I feel like I'm standing in line at the midnight showing of Rocky Horror with a big ol' lipstick "V" on my forehead. Thanks for this inspiration! I can't wait to jump into the challenge!

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  19. thot of several movies with crash scenes...

    and my favorite airplane crash movie that came to mind was Flash Gordon!

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  20. This is a fantastic idea for an A to Z theme. I remember how weird and captivating Crash was when it came out. The Challenge is off to a great start. Thank you for starting it. :)

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  21. Happy A day! Great start and thanks again for getting the A to Z ball rolling.

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  22. Thanks for initiating this amazing challenge Lee. Crash got its fair share of controversy but I've heard it's excellent... need to see it!

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  23. Looks like you are off to a great start for A to Z! Have a great week!

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  24. Congratulations on another AtoZ getting started. I don't know any of the films on your list. Stretching it a bit, how about Dragonfly, without the crash there would be no story.

    Happy Birthday.

    Rhonda @Laugh-Quotes.com
    AtoZ #42

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  25. I saw Crash and was admittedly very weirded out by it. I've no doubt it's a real fetish though. Humans are strange beings.

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  26. I hopped on over to see Kid's Math Teacher. Looks like it will be a good one! Thanks for the tip!

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  27. I saw both Crashes-both interesting and different! Congrats on being part of the workshop-it sound like a wonderful experience and we have some newbies-how exciting!

    Thank you Lee for all you do and being such a gracious host! :D

    Is it your birthday? Happy Birthday to you~ I love all the unique themes!

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  28. Being a movie person, I'm sure you'll have seen "Changing Lanes". It has to do with a automobile accident as well as some road rage. I'm very excited for your theme. Looking forward for the next 25 letters.
    Elliot
    We Are Adventure

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  29. What a great way to start the challenge. Other commitments are keeping me from fully participating this year but oh, how I want to do it! Maybe I can create a 25th hour? :~) Good luck with the challenge...

    Donna L Martin
    www.donasdays.blogspot.com

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  30. 'If Only' another movie involving and revolving around a car crash.

    I'll go see the math teacher now.

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  31. This is quite an interesting kind of genre actually Arlee, I'd never really thought about that before, there's been some good ones too!

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  32. Happy Birthday! I, too, have a friend whose birthday is today - unfortunately she is a teacher - her kids get her every year, but she secretly looks forward to it!

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  33. Good morning Lee!
    I saw Crash and was appropriately disturbed by it . . .

    Congrats on your speaking engagement.

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  34. I don't think I've seen any of those films, though I do think a couple were on my to-watch list, but never made it to actually watching.

    Thank you for creating the A to Z Arlee. Have a great month.

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  35. A most thought provoking subject and one I shall read again.

    Yvonne.

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  36. I've not seen any of those, yet love films and looking forward to the rest of your challenge. hmm car crashes? There aren't many in the rom com's I watch.. I did love Car's though and there must have been a crash or two in that.
    Looks like someone's got a bday. Have a great one Lee.

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  37. Very interesting topic. That one had never crossed my mind. I must say I have never seen those pictures.

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  38. Interesting idea Lee. Haven't seen these movies. Sexual satisfaction from crashes, that is weird.

    JO ON FOOD, MY TRAVELS AND A SCENT OF CHOCOLATE

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  39. Happy A to Z Arlee! (I haven't seen any of those movies!)

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  40. I don't think I saw any of those movies, but I'm thinking that Shattered had a car crash in it that was the basis for the guy losing his memory.

    Thanks Lee for the Challenge! This is my third year doing it. It's such a great way to bring us all together!

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  41. Thanks for the A-Z Lee. Brilliant.

    I think of the movie Premonition when I think of an automobile crash movie. Great theme.

    T

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  42. Happy Birthday and I am looking forward to this Challenge and all the great blogs that will be found.
    Hope you have a fahtastic day.

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  43. Happy Birthday and many THANKS for your contributions to the Blogging Community. It's year 2 for me, and I have to say AtoZ has been a major factor in my story telling and has given purpose to my Blog.

    The French Connection with Gene Hackman...what a shocker for us movie goers in 1971. Looking forward to the rest of your 2013 AtoZ Theme.

    Sue
    AtoZ LoneStar Quilting Bee
    collectintexasgal.blogspot.com

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  44. I'm out of the loop and haven't seen those movies. Netflix here I come. Lol!

    Thank you for founding this way cool event! This is my first year doing the A-Z.

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  45. I love crash. So good...and so sad.

    Thanks so much for starting the A-Z challenge!!

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  46. Interesting choices. I have not seen any of those movies but you are not the first to mention Amores Perros.

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  47. Look what you've birthed.You should be such a proud papa.
    Karen

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  48. Oh dear, most films with automobile accidents put me right to sleep (really.) As me about a great kiss :) Thanks for hosting the challenge! Please visit our blog.

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  49. I'm looking forward to this series. I didn't notice the date on "Crash" until Alex mentioned it. I was thinking of the 2004 movie which I thought was a really great movie, but I couldn't remember any sexual parts...and this explains why!
    Happy Birthday! We're off to an excellent start!

    Tina @ Life is Good
    Co-host, April 2013 A-Z Challenge Blog
    @TinaLifeisGood, #atozchallenge

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  50. Oops, wasn't Alex, was Cuckoo...sorry.

    ~Tina

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  51. I wanted to see Amores Perros since it is a Mexican movie and the critic was very good but I couldn't stand the dog fights and to think it is a reality.

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  52. Wow, I haven't seen any of those movies! Yikes, I better do some searching on Netflix!! Happy A-to-Z 2013! ~Angela, Whole Foods Living

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  53. Here in South Africa we call them car crashes and we have PLENTY of them many of them causing fatalities.
    I saw the Crash movie - the Spanish one I don't know ..
    Lovely post thank you Arlee and congrats for the speaking engagement on Saturday! Lucky them!

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  54. I have not seen it. I always wonder, when movies involve lots of car crashes, just where they find all those nice-looking cars that they're allowed to smash up!

    By the way--happy birthday, and thanks for starting the A to Z Challenge. :) You're fantastic! God's blessings!

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  55. Cuckoo -- I thought of the other Crash(2004)--it is a good film and got Oscar recognition.

    Duncan -- The micro may tax some brains if they think about it.

    Ghadeer -- Speed is a good film with a great subway accident.

    MaryAnn -- Welcome to A to Z and thanks for dropping by here.

    Manzanita-- Couldn't be done without all of you.

    Laura - Support the fellow A to Z'ers.

    Declan --I'm sure you'll do great.

    Alex -- But Ballard is a great sci-fi author.

    Ida -- I always like serendipity.

    Dave -- The movie industry has trashed so many vehicles!

    DJ -- Glad you've joined us for 2013.

    Michelle -- A lot of us can't think right now with so much going on.

    Rob - Watching car crash movies are better than seeing real ones especially if you're in one.

    Susanne -- I'll probably mention a lot of films you haven't seen--I'm obscure like that.

    Lee


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  56. Thanks for initiating the A to Z Challenge! This is my first year attempting it.
    I couldn't help but think of one of one of Steven Spielberg's very first: Duel (1971)
    Very tense auto chase movie with a sweet (SPOILER ALERT!!) auto accident toward the end.

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  57. Happy A Day, sir. Thanks for starting the madness.

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  58. I haven't seen any of these films. The Gere and Stone film sounds intriguing--maybe I'll rent it.

    I'll check out the math teacher too.

    ...and we're off on our April challenge!

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  59. I can't remember any automobile accident movies - it is still early here and my brain is fuzzy. I do love movies, though, and I look forward to learning more new-to-me movies to watch via the A-to-Z challenge!

    Happy April!

    Julie Jordan Scott
    Our Literary Grannies from A to Z
    tweet me - @juliejordanscot

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  60. Wow this is a great theme. I have an unfocused theme going on my a-z posts, this is my first year, thanks for the challenge.
    I am off to the commenting!

    Katie atBankerchick Scratchings

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  61. Great topic and shout out to new bloggers. I know a different movie called "Crash," with Sandra Bullock and Don Cheadle, a look at social interactions and how our prejudices affect our actions.

    I gave the A to Z Challenge a plug on the blogspot I have on the Brainerd Dispatch!

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  62. Great start... strong start.

    I am thinking of The Blues Brothers and Gone in 60s with Nic Cage...

    All the Best Boss!

    Jeremy [Retro]
    AtoZ Challenge Co-Host
    Oh No, Let's Go... Crazy

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  63. Would you believe I haven't seen any of those?

    Love this theme and looking forward to more of your posts!

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  64. I haven't seen any of these. If I Stay is a powerful book about a girl injured in a car accident.

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  65. I can't think of any films, but I wanted to pop by and say thanks for the challenge Arlee. <3

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  66. A is for Arlee! Thank you for the genius idea that became this blogfest. It's evolved into something amazing, and I look forward to what's to come!

    Happy A to Z-ing! from Laura Marcella @ Wavy Lines

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  67. Hi Arlee,

    Thanks for creating the A to Z blogging challenge. The contagion finally spread to my wee neck of the woods in Texas, and I've taken the plunge!

    As for movies featuring auto accidents, 3 popped into my head:

    The Great Gatsby
    Frida (Well, it was a tram accident)
    and... Oh, what's the name of the other... It's that Jackson Pollack bio-pick. Can't think of the name of it!

    I'm not sure if the Pollock pic really featured the crash, but since I knew he Pollock in one, I got nervous every time Ed Harris took a car ride in that film. Ha!

    ~Tui, @mentalmosaic on Twitter

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  68. It's a common comment, but I haven't seen any of these either! I am looking forward to these posts to read about what else I am missing out on :)
    I read Nutshell's blog and heard you were going to be in El Segundo, I was tempted to swing by but it didn't work out - glad it was successful!

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  69. p.s. Oooooh, how could I forget the Blues Brothers?!?! The last half hour of that show is a big car chase scene in which one car after another is wrecked!

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  70. Fun post. I must admit I close my eyes in crash scenes reminds me too much I'v my own crash up. Thanks for this awesome challenge.

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  71. For some strange reason, "Intersection" sounds familiar. I saw -a lot- of movies in the 90s, so this might have been one of them.

    I also wanted to say thank you for coming up with this challenge. It's a great community builder and a wonderful tool for meeting new blogging buddies.

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  72. A month of film posts should prove interesting!

    Charlie @ The Semi-Retired Gamer

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  73. Good morning Arlee :) Great theme for this year's challenge. The first car crash movie scene that popped in my head was the scene in Meet Joe Black where Brad Pitt's character gets smashed by a car while trying to cross the street. Ugh. Then I was able to conjure up "Gone in 60 Seconds" (the Nick Cage version). Now there's a lot of cars crashing into one another and other things.

    Happy Challenge!
    Jen

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  74. I can't think of a movie I loved that contained a car crash but I LOVED Car Crash by The Candyskins. I can't listen to it quietly. Happy A to Z and April :D

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  75. Interesting!
    Amores Perros was a very good film.
    Happy A to Z!

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  76. Crash was my favorite. I haven't seen the other two!

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  77. Firstly, Thank you so very much for "birthing" this brain child of A-Z Challenge! Hopefully we all can raise it to your expectations!

    Most interesting choice of themes. Can't wait to see more!

    Patricia, Sugar & Spice & All Things ? Nice

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  78. I would be embarrassed to say how few movies I've been to in the past 20 years. Thank God for Netflix though!
    Looking forward to following you again!
    Laura @ The Sweet Simple Things

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  79. Excellent post, sir!

    Congrats on all the A to Z success!

    We appreciate the hard work that must go into this challenge.

    Going trolling!

    HMG

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  80. Happy Birthday!!
    Thank you for coming up with such a wonderful concept. Loving my first experience with the challenge so far. Off to read some more. Denise at Organization and Inspiration for Fellow Writers, participant of A to Z Blogging Challenge

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  81. Hi Arlee, thank you for hosting this amazing challenge again this year. And Happy Birthday! Your post reminded me of Mission Impossible 2. There's a car chase/crash scene where part of it is filmed close up and in slow motion, and I though it gave the whole scene an intense feel.

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  82. I laughed out loud when I originally heard the description of CRASH. Never saw the movie...and I don't think I ever could without chuckling the entire time. :)

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  83. I didn't realize there was an earlier Crash movie.
    I'm also stopping by to say, THANK YOU, ARLEE, the best 'A' subject of the day.

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  84. I just wanted to shoot a hello to the one who started this all. Thank you so much for coming up with this!

    You have a very interesting theme. I haven't actually seen any of the films you mentioned, but now I'm curious about them, haha!

    Looking forward to your next B-Z posts! :D

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  85. I've never seen any of this film, but I'm happy to have found someone writing about it, so I can be helped in deciding next one to watch!

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  86. And...they're off....

    So begins another wonderful A-Z Challenge!

    Your post sent shivers up my spine. Having had two serious car accidents I try to avoid watching movies with them - that being said I'm a fan of action flicks so I'm looking forward to seeing what's next on your list.

    Also...you are Amazing and Awesome for having thought up this Adventure in the form of this A-Z Challenge. Thank you, with smiles! :) :) :)


    Jenny @ PEARSON REPORT

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  87. Hey, Lee! I am not much of a film person--so no to all three questions. I have, however, been in a few auto accidents, and would not recommend them for a good time! :)

    Happy "A" Day, and thanks again for coordinating this fun blog hop!
    tm

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  88. What a brilliant and intriguing theme!

    I'm be back for some blood and gore.

    All the best with the challenge.

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  89. Thanks for swinging by Oozing our my Ears. I feel relieved the first comment wasn't someone telling me I was nuts not to love animals and that their just like people. I debated about my post. I like Richard Gere, but can't remember if I saw that movie...have to go look at a picture or two to job my memory. How cool someone started a blog right after the lecture. I'll go visit her next.

    of topic...I used to know how to make a hyper link, but apparently I've written it down wrong, as it's not working. With so many only having the generic google...like your's, I've been doing a cut and paste of the url for the blog in the comment. I find the generic google just doesn't work well for so many of us with multiple blogs. Just thought with your background you might know. Thanks.

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  90. I always liked the ridiculous number of cop car crashes in The Blues Brothers.

    I'm a follower of Nutschell's blog, so will keep an eye out for mention of you over there.

    mood
    Moody Writing

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  91. I'm not much of a film person, but I'd sure as hell like to be. looking forward to seeing all the interesting micro-genres you mention here this April!

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  92. Arlee, I just want to thank you for coming up with the A-Z Blog Challenge. And I'm so happy to finally be able to participate, since I'm usually away for some part of April. Let's get this thing rolling!

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  93. Didn't see the the second movie and I have to admit although I am a Richard Gere fan I didn't care for Intersection and Crash didn't do it for me either.
    btw, just a word of appreciation the you for starting A-Z I'm starting my second year, Thanks Lee!

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  94. thanks for the movie tips- I've got Amores Perros in my list to see! I am a first time A-Z blogger- looks like a lot of great blogs to peruse....now just to find the time! hah hah Cheers- see you in the movies!
    ps I'm #1430.

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  95. I can't think of one off the top of my head...I will have to think on it some more...Happy A day Arlee!

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  96. Though they are intentional, Death Race has some really great accidents. Happy A day Arlee, and thanks for sharing your great idea of the A to Z Challenge.

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  97. Haven't seen any of your three films listed, but I love how you were attracted to the interconnection-of-lives aspect of the three stories (oh you of the A to Z interconnecting Blog Challenge.)

    The first car crash film scene that came to mind was actually the motorcycle crash that opens Lawrence of Arabia, ending a bigger-than-life persona with a blink-of-an-eye, everyday sort of fatal injury.

    Happy Day 1 of A to Z!

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  98. At first I thought you meant the more recent film, Crash, about race relations and the lives that intersect in LA. I've never seen the 1996 film.

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  99. Thank you for coming up with the A-Z, Lee! It's amazing what you have created. Nutschell is one of my favorite bloggers, and I look forward to checking out Kid's Math's blog.

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  100. Thanks to All! I can see it will be impractical today to keep replying personally to most of you, but I'm enjoying the nice words and the movie recommendations.

    Thank you all for being a part of this great event.

    And for the record, it is not my birthday. I think we may be part of an April Fool's joke. But it's fun!

    Lee

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  101. Lee - Happy Birthday (or Hippo Bath Day - not sure which it is) and thank you sooooooo much for starting this fun month-long party. I'm looking forward to checking out your micro-genres. I'm scared of accidents but I did see one of the Crash films. Yikes.

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  102. Hi Lee,
    I've joined the masses this year. Better late than never, right? I saw in the comments a happy birthday, so if in fact it is your birthday I send best wishes for an amazing year! (and even if it's not your birthday!)

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  103. I saw Crash and loved it I should keep up with this as taking a screen writing class. This is my first foray
    into the A-Z.

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  104. This is my first time in the A to Z Challenge. Just wanted to say thank you for starting it.

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  105. Hi Lee,
    Great idea for a theme. It will be a great catalog of movies too. I don't think I have seen any of those you listed, but isn't it like almost a rule that every movie have an auto accident at some point. Sure seems that way sometimes. Thanks for the A to Z. What fun! God bless, Maria at Delight Directed Living

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  106. Oh, I don't remember the title, but back in the 80s, there was a TV movie about a huge freeway pile-up. Many of the characters were introduced, with all their life's struggles--and then the crash.

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  107. I haven't seen any of these, and the only one that comes to mind is a movie whose name I can't process. It starred Sandra Bullock and started with "P" and my mind stops there. Her days were all messed up. She was living them in the wrong order. Her husband was dead. Then he was alive. Then he wasn't. It all culminated in this car crash that she was trying to put together with the jumbled days. It was an interesting concept. Maybe it was called Perception. That would make sense...

    Anyway, like your theme. Very clever.

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  108. I go to the movies with my hubby. If guns, aliens, or weird stuff isn't involved, we don't see the movie! :-)

    I'll be ready when you get to the gun-toting alien from an alternate universe genre.

    MM

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  109. Hello from A to Z! Off the top of my head, I recall that I Know What You Did Last Summer was based on a car crash. The movie didn't follow the book though, but car accidents were in both of them, as that was a major turning point in the story.

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  110. I read the book in college, and we watched the film afterward. Wasn't particularly a fan of either.

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  111. Hi Arlee, I can't say this is a good start. So sad to note that you started with sad Note/incident. I read the other page that’s really wonderful.
    Anyways expecting more informative and educative posts from you.
    Since I am not a movie addict, i have no such experience to post.
    By the way Here comes my Greetings to you on this Happy occasion. Many Many Happy Returns of the DAY. May God Continue to Bless and Keep you safe. Our Prayers.
    This I came to know thru Tina,

    I am
    Phil @ Philipscom
    An ambassador to A to Z Challenge @ Tina's Life is Good
    And My Bio-blog

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  112. I did see "Intersection", and I saw the newer movie of "Crash". I, too, am a movie buff and am trying to work my way through AFI's 100 Best Love Stories.

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  113. I remember really unliking Crash. It's generally acknowledged these days that it should not have received the Oscar it won.

    The only car crash event that I really liked in a movie was one where the movie was ended by an abrupt car crash. It was so totally unexpected, but it was based on a real person, and that's how it happened. I didn't know that till I looked it up after, though. I can't remember the name of the movie :/

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  114. I love movies, so with you and Alex blogging about them, I'm sure to learn a lot of things I didn't know.

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  115. I do believe I need to read the book Crash now...sounds weird and interesting all at the same time!

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  116. Hi Lee!
    Was so happy to have finally met you in person last Saturday. Thanks again for your wonderful presentation and for being so patient with all the questions!
    hugs,
    Nutschell
    www.thewritingnut.com

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  117. Yikes! What a picture! Glad we haven't experienced such a toss-up firsthand!

    Happy A to Z!
    (I'm doing EIGHT blogs. Whew.)
    Here's one:
    A is for Absent - Rhymed Acrostics from A to Z

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  118. Micro-niche movie posts? I love it! What a cool idea.

    Also, how beautiful is it that you inspired a blogger to start, and immediately join A-Z.

    I'm very new to it myself, but I'm excited and appreciative of all involved.

    P.S.
    I also agree with Meera, the 2004 Crash is quite good also.

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  119. I'm not familiar with those movies but I love that you added a nice mention for Kid's Math Teacher. I'm going there next.

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  120. I've heard of two of these movies, but I haven't seen any of them.

    I'm looking forward to your theme this year. I love posts about movies!

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  121. I've seen Amores Perros. I have not seen the other two films, but I have seen Crash from 2004. What about Changing Lanes? Interesting topic, Lee!

    Ana

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  122. Happy birthday :) Thank you for making this challenge. I had the BEST time last year and I'm hoping I can make it through this year too! You superstar!

    Hugs from Nikki - thelittlenordiccabin.blogspot.com

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  123. Awesome post. I will have to check these movies out. Looking forward to this year's A-Z.

    Kathy
    http://gigglingtruckerswife.blogspot.com

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  124. Thanks for this ongoing stream of comments and the additional movie recommendations.

    Andrew-- The Crash to which you were referring is the 2004 movie which as I recall I liked, but don't know that it was Oscar-worthy. The Crash that I'm speaking of is actually a much more bizarre fetish film. I also liked the original book version by J.G. Ballard which appeared around 1970 or so.

    Thank you all for your comments!

    Lee

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  125. Having been in a car accident myself (run over and pinned underneath), that's not exactly the type of movie I'd be raring to see. One car accident movie I remember seeing before my accident is Chances Are, about a man who's hit by a car and killed, then reincarnated. He eventually begins romancing his widow and goes through the awkwardness of his daughter trying to romance him.

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  126. I'm lousy at movies. I so admire people like you and Alex C. who remember and can keep it all straight.

    Did you know you're on tons of "A" lists today?! It's my first year and having so much fun. Thanks Arlee!

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  127. Lee-

    I tend to forget movies as the credits start to roll.

    I remember liking "Intersection," (and not just because of a sophomoric crush on Sharon Stone) and not thinking "Crash" lived up to the hype.

    I like this concept.

    LC

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  128. It's always great to have a theme that gets everyone racking their brains to think of what movies they know that fit that theme! Love your list. And thanks for this magnificent bloghop.

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  129. Any of the Fast and Furious movies Arlee. I hope that Crash movie isn't real.

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  130. Hmm... trying to remember the name of the movie. I think it is "Splinter", but I could be wrong.
    Happy April 1st!

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  131. Cannot say I've watched any of said movies, though I've seen a lot of car crashes in different movies--Fast and Furious, and the recent Die Hard, come to mind.

    I understand you're the founder of the A to Z Challenge. This is my first year; I am looking forward to it, so thank you for establishing a fun kick in the A...to Z to rev up our blogging motors!

    Take care,
    Deborah

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  132. How about Signs? The wife is hit by a car and before she dies she tells Mel Gibson's character how to fight off the aliens that won't arrive for another six months. Great movie.

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  133. Seen Crash - an icky fetish if real - but not the first two. I can see that you are going to be upping my movie watching with the challenge this year with those tempting snippets.

    Thank you for founding this challenge, I enjoyed it last year,which was my first one, and am sure I will be again this year.

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  134. Wow. I've never seen any of these. Thanks! New movies (new to me at least) to watch.

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  135. That really is a micro genre! Maybe you can supplement it with great movies featuring motor mechanics or doctors?

    Can't wait to see what else you've got lined up for April.

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  136. Haven't seen any of your picks, I'm more of a classic movie buff and lover of period pieces.
    I really stopped by to say thanks a billion for creating the A-Z Challenge. I signed up late last year, early this year, but I still didn't write much in advance.
    Life is an adventure and you're terrific.

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  137. I think I've seen Crash. Auto trouble can lead to... lots of trouble. :) Thanks for another year of AtoZ, Arlee.

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  138. I'm popping over to thank you for starting the Blogging from A to Z Challenge and to wish you the best of luck (and times) as you blog your way through this month!

    ~ Rhonda Parrish

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  139. Weird films but good topic. :) I liked the shout outs to the fellow writers the best. I will follow and check them out. Thanks so much for starting A to Z. Hope you find the time to check out my A to Z posts. Thanks.

    Mary Hill

    http://mary-anderingcreatively.blogspot.com/

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  140. I haven't seen any of the films that you've mentioned but two movies involving car accidents come to mind: CRASH - the 2004 Oscar winning film where the lives of strangers cross each other. There is a car accident in the movie involving Thandie Newton and Matt Dillon. Also, the movie CHANGING LANES with Ben Affleck and Samuel L. Jackson is about a car accident that causes the two main characters to try to ruin each other's lives. I don't think I'm familiar with any of Ballard's work.

    Thanks for starting the A to Z Challenge years back, Arlee!!!

    ~Nicole
    The Madlab Post

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  141. I've only seen intersection and Crash and these are good movies!

    I've also stopped by to say "thanks!" for such a wonderful, creative idea that helps bloggers around the world connect easier and learn discipline!
    Have a wonderful month!

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  142. Seriously Arlee, how do you keep up with all the comments?!?! I've not seen any of the movies you mention but I do recall one about a crash that I thought I toss out there: 11:14. It's about a crash and lives all intersecting around it.

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  143. I haven't seen any of the films but wanted to pop over and say a HUGE thank you for organizing the A-Z. For this year I am organizing my whole writing group to blog (http://writeonmamas.com/blog/), one member on each letter. What a great way to join us all in writing. Will pop over to Kid's blog soon.

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  144. Happy birthday, Arlee! I have not seen any of these movies but the Fast and Furious movies come to mind when I think of auto accidents!

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  145. First off, thanks for the A to Z, Lee. What an amazing accomplishment!

    Second, I kind of liked Intersection, too. It's not in my top ten, but it was certainly compelling to watch. And I'm intrigued by Crash. I feel a visit to Netflix coming on.

    ~VR Barkowski

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  146. I can add one -- the last scene from "Downton Abbey," not well done, the very last shot could have been deleted. Not the car crash but. . . .

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  147. Hey Lee,

    It was no accident I came and visited your site. No kind sir, it was not.

    As you may well know, even though I would rather go to a Justin Bieber concert that participate in the A to Z, I have promoted your blog, the A to Z Challenge, via my site. I believe it sent folks your way and they joined. So, despite my tongue-in-cheek alternatives, it's all positive stuff.

    I can tell you about a real life accident. Very ironic. My car got wiped out by an ambulance. Thankfully, nobody was hurt.

    All the best to you, Lee and to all those participating.

    Your friend,

    Gary

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  148. i haven't seen any of the films--but i think my daughter did a jazz dance to one of the songs from the movie crash--if so, i loved it--happy a-z :)

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  149. Those are all films I've never heard of. I'll have to check them out.

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  150. Thanks foe everything, Lee! What bout Smokey and the Bandit? Love those flicks.

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  151. Happy Birthday Lee! Crash is my favorite movie on your list. Thanks for getting A to Z off to a wonderful start, and I'm glad the Children's Book Writers meeting was a success.

    Julie

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  152. Thank you, Arlee, for hosting A to Z. It's awesome! You're awesome! We're all Awesome!

    Jamie Dement (LadyJai)
    http://writebackwards.we3dements.com

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  153. Crash has been on our netflix queue forever, I should really watch it...
    BTW, when you get a chance:
    My A post today was about you:
    http://bev-thebevelededge.blogspot.com/2013/04/a-is-for-arlee-bird.html#links

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  154. Gosh, I haven't seen any of those films... The only film I can come up with right now is The Italian Job (original, of course)

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  155. Thank you for organizing the A-Z challenge! Liking where you're going with the challenge. : ) First time I've participated and it is a challenge.

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  156. Hmmm... I can't think of any that aren't full out action. I've seen Crashed, but I think it was a newer version, and Intersection.

    I'm a newbie to this blogging event like many others, my thanks as well! :)

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  157. This is my first year doing the challenge. I found it through Alex's blog, which I found through the Insecure Writer's Support Group, which I found through another blog with which I had shared participation in a totally unrelated blog hop.

    Good to hear you had a great session with the CBWLA.

    I counted 1947 people on the sign-up list for this year's A to Z, and figured out I would have to visit 75 blogs a day to get through all of them once. Well, that's probably not going to happen ... but I'll visit/comment/follow as many as I can. Have a great month!

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  158. What a fun idea to divide movies into really small subsets of genres. I haven't seen any of these (although I did see the other Crash), so I'll most likely be giving my Netflix account a workout. Thanks for coming up with the idea of this crazy blog challenge!
    Jocelyn

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  159. I just saw on Tina's blog that it's your birthday? HAPPY BIRTHDAY, LEE!!!!

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  160. Wow--what a great idea! I look forward to seeing what the other letters have in store. Happy birthday! Thanks for mentoring us in the A to Z challenge!

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  161. Great way to start things off. I didn't know any of the movies other than Crash, but they sound interesting. And I have to take my hat off to you taking the time to tell us about a new blogger joining the ranks. This is a classy move that just demonstrates how cool you are.

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  162. How crazy is Crash? - it's like a road wreck; you don't want to look but nor do you want look away. Great job in starting the challenge; it's really gone big this year.

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  163. I wish I'd read Ballard before seeing the film, as I didn't enjoy the movie too much, but it might have been because I wasn't so familiar with the characters...

    So excited for the A-Z this year!

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  164. I have not seen any of the films, but I am curious about them. I might have to check them out.

    Thank you for starting the A to Z Challenge for new bloggers like me!

    Also, one of the other co-hosts blogs said it was your birthday today, so: Happy Birthday!

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  165. Great theme! I don't remember the details of Crash (1996), but I remember that I liked it. Funny, because that movie came up in conversation just a couple of days ago. Thanks for initiating this challenge!

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  166. Thanks for starting A to Z! Hope you have a wonderful birthday!

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  167. Greetings Lee! Having been in a car crash, i hate watching them on the screen. On the other hand, when I was in college a friend of mine met her future husband via a minor fender-bender!

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  168. Funny, I thought the Crash movie was going to be the one with Matt Dillion and Don Cheadle in it.

    This is an interesting theme and for curiosities sake I may have to check these out.

    Chuck at Apocalypse Now

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  169. Hmm only seen Crash out of the listed movies. I am really hoping it isn't a real fetish. If it isn't, though, someone apparently had to have thought of it for the focus of a movie lol

    Congrats with the workshop and I'd wish you luck with the A to Z, but I'm sure you are a professional!

    Jak at The Cryton Chronicles & Dreams in the Shade of Ink

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  170. Hey, Just wanted to say thanks for creating the a-z blog challenge, it's an exciting adventure that can include everyone!

    As for a movie with an accident... I saw 'Crash' but it was a later version, it was good from what I remember.

    Happy Birthday!

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  171. The first movies I could think of that have wicked awesome automobile accidents are the Bourne series films. Holy cow, can I say crazy-town? Oh, I just did.

    Arlee, thanks for the inspiring challenge. I look forward to the journey. :)

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  172. I haven't seen any of those, actually. But as far as Crash, I am fairly certain that's a real sexual fetish after seeing a TLC program on people's weird fetishes. There is some sort of weird gratification for anything you can imagine! And things you can't imagine, too :)

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  173. I've never heard of any of these movies, but will add one of them to my list of things to watch.

    Enjoy the A to Z challenge.

    You can visit me here during the challenge, if you have a chance:
    http://www.deborahdera.com

    Good luck!

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  174. Oh... I didn't know there was more than one movie with that title, but I have heard of that fetish.

    I was wondering if you could do me a juggling favor. Shoot me an email, and I'll explain.
    Thanks!

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  175. I haven't seen two of these films, Arlee, but I've heard great things about Crash--it's definitely on my list. I did see Intersection, and like you, I enjoyed it more than I expected after reading the reviews. Perhaps they helped me lower my expectations...

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  176. I'm enjoying this A to Z challenge, found some great blogs, which is the point! doh.
    See you soon,thx.

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  177. I did not care for Crash at all but I did like Intersection. I need to check out the other one.

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  178. 'The Majestic' has a car crash as a pivotal point in the plot. Great topic - now you've got me thinking!

    Jessica @ Visions of Other Worlds
    Twitter: @jmarcarelli, #atozchallenge

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  179. I'd have to answer no to all of your questions. :(

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  180. Again thank you and again it's not really my birthday but now I wish it had been--such great birthday wishes.

    HeatherL -- Yes 11:14 is an excellent choice--a very cool car crash movie that I had forgotten.

    Also I think several here are confusing the 1996 and 2004 movies of the same name--totally different films with different stories.

    Lee

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  181. I met you this weekend at your blog workshop and I really enjoyed your presentation. I haven't seen these films you mention and am not familiar with Ballard's work, but Crash...what an odd way to get off! Thanks for this awesome idea and challenge.

    Chontali Kirk
    chontalikirk.blogspot.com

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  182. I will have to check out the Richard Gere movie, it sounds interesting. There are a few different movies and book I have come across in an odd manner that I usually ended up developing an attachment to despite them not being my normal cup of tea.

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  183. Funny, the only one that comes to mind is the crash at the end of "No Country for Old Men." The story doesn't revolve around it, but the bad guy DOES get away.

    This is my first year doing A-Z (after blogging for two years). I just wanted to say thank you for everything :)

    Sam
    Writing Through College

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  184. Lee,

    No to all your questions about the movies, but I do like the idea of how people's lives intersect in unexpected ways.

    Interesting post.

    Sunni

    http://sunni-survivinglife.blogspot.com/

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  185. Thanks for this great blog hop! Are you familiar with Magnificent Obsession, an old B&W number starring Rock Hudson, where he goes into medicine & becomes a dr, just so he can operate on a woman's eyes who was blinded in a car accident (his fault)?

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  186. Well, someone got us good for April Fool's since it's not your bday. Just remember on your real birthday to come back to this post and reread all the comments!

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  187. The 1996 Crash is hard to find, but I agree that there was something darkly well made about it. Twisted, yes, but well made and interesting.

    That workshop sounds great! I'm so glad it went well.

    Shannon at The Warrior Muse

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  188. Thank you so much Lee! It has been a wonderful start for the A to Z challenge! I really appreciate you spreading the word about my blog in particular--It means a lot : ) I forgot to give a shout out to you today, but I'm grateful you have such a neat community of bloggers to give me a warm welcome.

    I have a lot planned for my blog already. I still have a lot to learn too, but I'm certain things are only going get better.
    Kids Math Teacher

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  189. I love your A to Z theme! Nice thinking. I have possibly seen Intersection but I'm not sure. Pretty sure I haven't seen the others!

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  190. Hi Lee .. I like the jalopy of a mess in the photo! also I have yet to see Crash and so thanks for reminding me ..

    I've just clicked through to your new recruit - sounds like an excellent workshop - thanks for reporting back .. I'll go comment now and welcome her

    Cheers Hilary

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  191. Thanks for creating A-Z! It's good to be a part of this challenge. Great theme by the way. Well... I can't really think of a particular movie right now but I've noticed that some of horror movies are involved in automobile accidents...


    Miss Uncertain---sidetracked

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  192. Happy belated Birthday!! And thanks for setting up this challenge, my sister and I are new to blogging but super excited to participate!!

    The movie Shattered had quite the car crash!

    The Good Twin @ thewinetwins.blogspot.com

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  193. Thank you for creating A to Z Challenge. It is my second year doing this challenge and I always find it fun! This year I am participating with my photography blog.

    I haven't seen either of the three movies you mentioned. Now I need to see if they are on Netflix...as I am curious.

    Cheers, Jenn
    http://imagesbyduffee.com

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