Dave Kehr tries to convince Times readers that just because he's reviewing an IMAX feature, about NASCAR, no less, it doesn't make him, you know, like those people. Middle Americans. Feh. [Even though he spent his formative years in Illinois.]
1. First graf, invokes French cinema pioneers the Lumière brothers.
2. Second graf, cites University of Chicago film scholar Tom Gunning's work on the cinema of attractions.
3. Third graf: Did you know NASCAR stands for National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing? I'll be damned. Next you'll tell me "3" isn't Allen Iverson.
4. Fourth graf: Did you read that porn is mainstream? That's why I, Dave Kehr, can say this: "they even score the ultimate money shot: a crash that sends a loose tire sailing straight toward the viewer's forehead."
5. Fifth and final graf: I, Dave Kehr, am so much better than this assignment. Look at what an arch and wry good sport I am: "Those seeking a serious sociological examination of the role of stock car racing in late capitalist America will probably want to search elsewhere, but audiences looking for a kick will find one — almost literally — in Mr. Wincer's work."
Dave, baby, it's just a movie.