Director : Justin Lin – Cast Includes : Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris
Can you believe there’s been NINE Fast & Furious movies and that Justin Lin has now directed 5 of them with two more in the works… I mean Lin’s the David Yates of this franchise, yeah he’s done other shit that includes the brilliant Better Luck Tomorrow and Star Trek Beyond but it’s working alongside Vin Diesel and his family of insane petrolheads that he’s mainly known for… before F9 I decided to rewatch Fate followed by Hobbs & Shaw, a whole day of crazy entertainment was enjoyed and it was nice refreshing my mind with what had come earlier… F9 pretty much starts where The Fate and the Furious ends with Dom, Letty & Brian now living off the grid, taking some time away from the big city, soaking up the quiet life until Dom’s ugly past returns and forces him to confront the sins of his youth to save those he loves the most… I have to admit the Fast & Furious franchise is one of my guilty pleasures, yeah I know what your thinking (your easily pleased then aren’t you?) well you may be right, I just love the movies and whether that film’s story sucks or it’s acting smells of cheese as long as I’m entertained then I’ll keep on watching… the main focus of Justin Lin’sF9 was the past merging with the present and this was handled superbly with flashbacks of those early days when daddy Torreto raced and had Dom & his kid brother working the pitts, a big tip of the hat goes to New Zealander Vinnie Bennett who’s terrific as a young Dom, I really though he not only looked like Vin Diesel in stature but captured his glare… although the Fast & Furious movies are not comedy centric I found with Fate and that 2019 spin off that characters Hobbs & Shaw played by Dwayne Johnson & Jason Statham sparred with terrific humor, their fabulous chemistry built around their dislike for each other ignited the franchise further so watching Lin’sF9 without the pair did create this graveyard of lack luster humor that felt pushed and awkward at times, that being said the action is utterly banana’s, the infectious adrenaline fuelled chase scenes involving the electromagnet, the truck that goes vertical, the return of Charlize Theron’s Cipher firing missiles from an operated drone and of course that “what the shit… Ludacris space moment” had it’s 2hrs plus runtime zooming by… yeah I know it’s not close to being Lin’s best work in the franchise butnevertheless it’s still a rollicking good time, best seen on the big screen and don’t forget to stay around into those end credits ★★★½
Director: Christopher Nolan – Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Mackenzie Foy, Michael Caine, Matt Damon, Casey Affleck, Anne Hathaway & Jessica Chastain – Synopsis: Nolan crafts yet another sublime movie mind twister that’s all about following your heart and delivering on a promise made – Interstellar is a cinematic ride that delves deep into the heart of the darkness of space, it pulls on the toughest of heart strings and is a visual cocktail of mesmerizing imagery that’s beautiful to watch – the cast delivers tenfold with relative newcomer Mackenzie Foy and veteran Matthew McConaughey giving the movie it’s emotion & backbone igniting the screen with compelling performances that allow the viewer to feel engaged & invested in their journey – once again the magic of a Nolan picture is further enhanced by its score with Hans Zimmer bringing us a fresh & at times loud original sound that accompanies the movie beautifully – Overall: INTERSTELLAR is the most ambitious, audacious thought provoking science fiction movie for many years – it deserves to be seen on the big screen – so go on what are you waiting for !!
THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY (2013) – Movie Review ★★★★½
Cast – Ben Stiller, Kristen Wiig, Kathryn Hahn, Adam Scott and Sean Penn – Walter Mitty (Stiller) is an employee at Life magazine the head of the negative assets department and has been for the last 16 years, he often daydreams of fantastic adventures and one day at work he receives some negatives from Photojournalist Sean O’Connell for what will be the last print of Life magazine – upon checking the package he discovers that negative 25 is missing and since Mitty has never lost a photo in all his time at the company he decides to go on a real adventure in search of Sean O’Connell and negative 25 VERDICT from them opening shots of Walter in front of his computer deliberating whether or not to send a work colleague he’s grown fond of a “wink” on the eHarmony site, to the beautiful scenery of Iceland & the Himalaya’s this is a picture directed by a more mature Ben Stiller who takes us an unforgettable, heartwarming & humorous film ride, whilst reminding us all that instead of dreaming about the possibilities we can all make things happen to get the most out of life – some of my favorite scenes in the movie include the ridiculously badass fight scene between Stiller’s Mitty and Scott’s Ted on the streets of New York and the really funny Benjamin Button scene that almost felt out of place but was hilarious nevertheless – the soundtrack to the movie also deserves a big mention, with Kristen Wigg’s acoustic rendition of Bowie’sSpace Oddity still playing over in my mind and the classic Hall Oates track Maneater setting their respective scenes perfectly – overall The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is such a rare cinematic experience these days – it’s cinematography is beautiful, it’s context is touching and it’s message is inspiring – this is an incredibly bold and ambitious picture that I just simply adored….
with all the hall marks of an 80’s kids adventure movie with hints of E.T., Super 8 and ChronicleDave Green’sEARTH TO ECHO lands next April and looks pretty exciting – the film follows a group of young kids who uncover something magical & mysterious in the desert – that’s the first of our two new posters – the second is Frank Miller & Robert Rodriguez’s film sequel SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR that stars the red hot Josh Brolin, Eva Green, Bruce Willis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt – having loved the original 2005 movie I’m pretty excited for this sequel – here’s the posters…. Enjoy!
“I'm a mog - half man, half dog. I'm my own best friend” - Spaceballs (1987)
“I once stole a pornographic book that was printed in Braille. I used to rub the dirty parts” - Bananas (1971)
“Roses are red, violets are blue, I'm a schizophrenic and so am I” - What About Bob? (1991)
“Yeah I called her up, she gave me a bunch of crap about me not listening to her, or something, I don't know, I wasn't really paying attention” - Dumb and Dumber (1994)
“Fat, drunk, and stupid is no way to go through life, son” - Animal House (1978)
“Like a midget at a urinal, I was going to have to stay on my toes” - Naked Gun 33 ½ : The Final Insult (1994)
"Yes, it's true. This man has no dick" - Ghost Busters (1984)
"I have nipples, Greg. Could you milk me?" - Meet the Parents (2000)
"They called him 'Fast Eddie'... He was a winner... He was a loser... He was a hustler" - THE HUSTLER (1961)
"For Three Men The Civil War Wasn't Hell. It Was Practice!" - THE GOOD, THE BAD, THE UGLY (1966)
"The night HE came home" - HALLOWEEN (1978)
"All the power on earth can't change destiny" - THE GODFATHER PART III
"In space, no one can hear you scream" - ALIEN (1979)
"Be afraid. Be very afraid" - THE FLY (1986)
"Cruise like Thunder" - DAYS OF THUNDER (1990)
"Same Make. Same Model. New Mission." - TERMINATOR 2: JUDGEMENT DAY (1991)
"Houston, we have a problem" - APOLLO 13 (1995)
"The greatest fairy tale never told" - SHREK (2001)
"We've Sensed It. We've Seen The Signs. Now... It's Happening." - THE HAPPENING (2008)
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In John Carpenter's HALLOWEEN Michael Myers' mask is actually a Captain Kirk mask which was altered for the film
On the set of 1982's THE THING the whole cast and crew was male
BLAZING SADDLES was shot on the same MOVIE set as Yul Bryner's WESTWORLD
The first TWILIGHT movie is the only film in the saga to not receive any Razzie Award nominations
In a deleted scene from James Cameron's ALIENS Ripley's (Sigourney Weaver) daughter was played by Elizabeth Inglis, Sigourney Weaver's real-life mother
Prints of the movie INCEPTION were shipped to theaters under the name "Hour Glass"
The Dude from the superb THE BIG LEBOWSKI says "man" 147 times in the movie