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NO SPOILER
Ieri sono andato al cine per Rush.
Fino a qualche settimana fa, ero davvero ansioso di vedere questo film. Negli ultimi tempi però, il trailer ufficiale ed alcuni spezzoni visti in TV mi avevano fatto un po' scendere la scimmia: c'era qualcosa nella regia (e soprattutto nella musica scelta per il trailer) che non mi convinceva, sembrava stesse per presentarsi l'ennesimo filmetto sulle corse stile Driven, Days of Thunder o Adrenalina Blu.
Ma ho voluto vederlo lo stesso, pur conoscendo già nei dettagli gli eventi narrati (per chi non lo sapesse, sono un appassionato di corse), pur con questi dubbi in testa. E meno male che l'ho visto.
Ron Howard ha fatto un eccelso lavoro: la sua regia è magistrale, e riesce a supplire persino a qualche piccola ingenuità della sceneggiatura. Le sequenze di gara di cui dubitavo si sono invece rivelate perfette, una delle cose più coinvolgenti che abbia mai visto in un cinema. Rush parte immediatamente scoppiettando, e si mantiene su un ritmo veloce (ma efficace e per niente frastornante) per tutta la sua durata: sono due ore, ma non sembra. Tutto funziona alla perfezione, perchè Lauda e Hunt sono due protagonisti che si contendono la scena letteralmente a sportellate, senza però mandarsi fuori pista l'un l'altro: proprio come in un duello in pista, i due protagonisti si sorpassano, si contro-sorpassano, si prendono le scie, restano fianco a fianco lungo la pista in un fremito di lotta.
Tutto il film, tutta questa metafora di una gara, è un perfetto gioco tra "il computer" austriaco e "lo schianto" inglese: all'inizio diametralmente opposti, in conflitto al punto da mandarsi a fancoolo ogni due minuti, le loro vicende poi li fanno avvicinare sempre di più (ma non in modo banale, questo NON è un buddy movie), sempre di più, fino al momento in cui i loro destini si incrociano definitivamente nella pioggia torrenziale del Fuji. E nel finale, quando – pur con le loro differenze se possibile addirittura aumentate da quell'epico campionato 1976 – i due si incontrano l'ultima volta, ci può anche scappare una lacrima.
Certo, la vicenda è un po' romanzata (ci sono un paio di scene inventate e l'ultima gara è un pochino diversa da come andò in realtà) ed i caratteri di Lauda e Hunt sono leggermente caricati, ma tutto è in funzione del racconto di una storia vera, dei momenti cruciali delle vite di due miti della Formula 1 come, purtroppo, non ce ne saranno più.
Andate a vedere Rush. Dovete vederlo, davvero. Se siete appassionati di motori, sarà una festa per i vostri occhi e per il vostro cuore (e se lo vedrete in un cinema con un buon audio, anche per il vostro stomaco), ed anche se conoscete già cosa è successo e come tutto va a finire, lo sguardo appassionato di Ron Howard darà una nuova luce a questa vicenda epica. Perchè Rush è si un film su Lauda e Hunt, ma è anche (se non soprattutto) un film sugli anni '70, su cosa conta nella vita (senza facili risposte)... e sulle corse in macchina: le corse vere, senza alettoni barocchi, neon e NOS, senza computerini, sponsor invadenti, sorrisi finti e cambi elettronici.
Se avete amici o fidanzate che non sono appassionati di corse, portateli al cinema lo stesso. Non solo perchè Rush è un gran bel film indipententemente dalla Formula 1, ma anche perchè il racconto è così appassionante che se non si conoscono le vicende, è anche meglio. Ed alla fine del film, quando la vostra ragazza – all'inizio scettica – si girerà verso di voi e stupefatta e un po' commossa vi chiederà se quello che ha visto è proprio successo davvero, voi con un sorriso le risponderete "si, è successo davvero". E saprete che lei avrà capito almeno un briciolo del perchè, tutte le domeniche, vi piace così tanto guardare venti automobiline colorate che girano in tondo.

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NO SPOILER
Yesterday I went to the cinema for Rush.
Until a couple of weeks ago, my hype for this movie was up to eleven. But in the last few days, first the release of the official trailer and then some scenes I saw on a TV special, got down this hype quite a lot: there was something about the movie editing (and, above all, about the music chosen for the trailer) that was quite unconvincing for me... I got the sensation that even this Rush was going to be the usual, sad, crappy racing movie, something like Driven or Days of Thunder.
But I decided to see Rush in a good cinema anyway, even if I already knew all the historical facts in detail (if you didn't know, I'm a car racing enthusiast), even with that "something unconvincing" from the trailer. So I watched the movie. Thank God I did.
Ron Howard made a great job: his directing is excellent, and with his astonishing editing he even manages to compensate for the – luckily very few – script naiveties the movie has. The racing scenes that gave me doubts are actually awesome, among the most captivating things I've ever seen in a cinema.
Rush starts with a fast pace, and keeps it for its entire length without being dazzling: it's two hours long, but seems shorter. Everything works perfectly, because Lauda and Hunt are two protagonists that battle each other for the light spot on the scene, but without pushing the rival out: just like in a real duel on a race track, in Rush these two main characters overtake each other several times, they follow each other trail, they fight side by side along every bend.
All this movie, all this race metaphor, it's a perfect balance between the Austrian "human computer" and the British "shunt": at the beginning they're the exact opposite of the other one, constantly in a clash; but their stories make them steadily closer and closer each other (not in a prosaic way, this is NOT a buddy movie), up to the point when their destinies really meet and cross in that epic final race, under the rainy Mount Fuji. 
And in the movie ending, when Niki and James – with their differences if possible even accentuated – meet one last time, you could even cry... 
Yes, of course the story is a a bit novelized (there are a couple of made-up scenes, and the last race is little bit different from what actually happened) and the characters of Lauda and Hunt are slightly exaggerated, but that's all functional to telling this real story, all functional to show these crucial moments of the lives of those two real Formula One myths.
You HAVE TO SEE RUSH. You have, I really mean it. If you are car racing enthusiasts, Rush is going to be a fest for your eyes and for your soul (and, if you'll see the movie in a cinema with a good sound, also for your stomach), and even if you already know what happened and how all eventually ended, the passionate and fresh look Ron Howard gave to this story will show you Lauda and Hunt under a new perspective. Because Rush is a movie about Lauda and Hunt and about their clash, but is also (and perhaps mainly) a movie about the seventies, about what really matters in our lives (but without any easy, definitive answer)... and about car racing: the real car racing, without funny spoilers, neon lights, NOS, without computers, annoying sponsorships, made-up smiles and electronic gearboxes.
If you have friends or a girlfriend/wife who can't be bothered by car racing, get them to the cinema with you anyway. Not just because Rush is a very good movie whether Formula One or not, but because its storytelling is so captivating that if someone actually doesn't know what happened in that 1976 F1 World Championship... well, it's even better. 
And when the movie will eventually end and your – initially skeptical – girlfriend will look at you, and being amazed and a bit moved will ask you "but did all this happen for real?", you will smile and answer her "yes, it did".
And from that moment on, you are going to know that she understands a bit of why you like so much to look at a bunch of funny, noisy cars, going along a tarmac ribbon every sunday.
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Matteo Bacchin
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Born in dicemder the 21st 1982 in Milan, Italy.
I’ve always been interested in drawing and writing stories since I was a child. My fantasy grew a lot thanks to the Italian "Anime Boom" in the late '80s / early '90s, when hundreds of Japanese cartoons were broadcasted on TV. At the end of the Intermediate School (6th to 8th grade in US), I attended the Liceo Artistico A. Frattini (Art High School), in Varese.
In the summer of 1999 – between the 3rd and the 4th High School year – I saw the light: Comics. A friend of mine suggested me to see some Anime movies, such as Ghost in the Shell and Akira, and the TV series Neon Genesis Evangelion. In those years I started developing my drawing style and writing stories (which are only waiting to be published) I still continue.
In 2001 I got a diploma with good marks, but even before the end of High School I worked on some drawings for school text books, for Italian publishers like Bruno Mondadori and Principato.
In 2002 I met Greta, my kindred spirit, and my life has been pushed forward by a great positive force.
During 2004, I was bogged down in hundreds of ideas and projects, but then I saw the light again: my old passion for dinosaurs came back into me powerfully. During the summer of the same year I met the paleontologist Marco Signore, and we soon became friends and a fantastic work team in my first project, which begun in 2006: the "Dinosaurs" series, which tells the Mesozoic in six graphic novels published in Italy, USA, Japan, France, South Korea and Germany. This big project is finished after more than 4 years of work, and now I'm preparing to go on this difficult road.
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TGping Mar 6, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
I found your graphic novels on Amazon, is that the best way to acquire them?
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Kronosaurus82 Mar 6, 2014  Professional Artist
You should find them in any good bookstore, no matter if online or in real life. :)
I'm the author, not the publisher or distributor... ;)
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TGping Mar 8, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
alright, did not find it in B&N, so Imma go with Amazon :)
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Kronosaurus82 Mar 9, 2014  Professional Artist
Good. :)
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:iconfaust-neomania:
Hello you !
Would you want to make me one commission ? I have still never had it and I like very much what you makes... :) (Smile)
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Kronosaurus82 Feb 19, 2014  Professional Artist
I'm sorry, I don't take commissions. :)
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Kazuma27 Dec 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Buon Natale!
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Kronosaurus82 Dec 25, 2013  Professional Artist
Grazie cumpà. :)
Altrettanto a te e alla tua famiglia! :)
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