I love the Fast and Furious franchise. I love it because it’s a series of movies that are really just a series of ludicrous car chases (some of which feature Ludacris!) which aspire to be more than the are with an overreaching theme of family, and comic book like continuity.
When Paul Walker died they lost a member of their family and, kinda sorta, so did we. Today it was announced that the 7th film in the franchise has completed filming, and they did so with a heartfelt letter to the fans. Hit the jump to read it.
District B13 is one of those movies: a foreign-made film with just the right combination of factors working in its favour that it managed to cross over and do a bit of business here in North America and because of that an American remake was inevitable. If I’m surprised by any of this coming true it’s only that it took so long to happen.
Brick Mansions is trying to do two things. First it’s trying to recreate some of the most iconic moments from the original verbatim, but it’s also trying to do its own thing and tell its own story which is a good thing. Does it work though? Well… no. Not really. Which is disappointing.
This week on a very special Awesome Friday Podcast we’re playing catchup. We haven’t recorded an episode in several weeks so we’re discussing The Oscars, The games _Luft Rousers_, _Gang Beasts_, and _South Park: The Stick of Truth_ as well as some discussion of the PS Vita, movie news about the District B13 Remake _Brick Mansions_ and the _The Incredibles_ remake, the films _300: Rise of an Empire_, _The Grand Budapest Hotel_, and _Divergent_.
It’s a lot to get through in 80 minutes so let’s get going!
This week on the Awesome Friday Podcast we’re talking about The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Frozen, Battlefield 4, World of Warcraft, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman and a few minutes talking about Paul Walker.
Did I mention holy shit? Paul Walker, best known as the star of The Fast and the Furious franchise, has died in a fiery car crash today at age 40.
Details are sparse but it seems that he was driving that he and a friend were leaving an event in a Porsche in Valencia, California, and the driver lost control. The car struck a light pole and a tree and caught fire. Both Walker and a passenger were pronounced dead at the scene.
The tagline for Fast and Furious 6 us “All Roads Lead To This” and it’s actually pretty apt. I’m a fan of the series because I like watching fast cars but this is probably the first film where everything went right. In fact Furious 6 (as it’s called by it’s own title card) is likely the best film in the series.
Yeah, I’m saying that after 6 tries (or five, depending how you count) they’ve finally gotten the formula right and the movie is entertaining as hell from start to finish.
This isn’t to say the movie is objectively good by any stretch but a movie doesn’t need to necessarily be objectively good to be solidly entertaining.
We saw the first trailer during the Super Bowl and now there’s an extended version.
I’m looking forward to this movie. Like I’ve said before the 4th and 5th entries in this series were both good, with Fast Five being the best in the series so far if you ask me. This looks like it’s going to tie up all the loose ends from the story so far and bring (almost) every character into the action. Luke Evans appears to be a bit of a stereotype “ex special forces bad guy” but as long as he has the charisma there’s nothing wrong with that in a movie like this.
And let’s face it, some of the stuff they do with the cars is pretty freaking sweet.
If I have any complaints they’d be that at 3 minutes 20 seconds this trailer doesn’t really leave me wanting a lot more. I’m worried that I’ve basically seen the whole movie now (which wouldn’t be the first time that’s happened) and also I kind of wish they’d stuck with one system for naming the movies so that this one would be called 6 Fast 6 Furious.
Fast and Furious 6, yes it’s the 6th film in the franchise, gets a Super Bowl spot.
Well, it’s certainly a Fast and Furious trailer isn’t it? Lots of ridiculous car driving action, explosions, women wearing not a whole lot, this is all but guaranteed to make a boat load of cash. And you know what? If it’s anything like Fast Five then it’ll be deserving.
Seriously, Fast Five was all kinds of fun.
Plus, based on shots in this trailer it looks like they might be tying up loose ends from Fast and Furious and Fast Five, forming a loose trilogy. I’m not opposed to that.
Also, Han Seoul-Oh is still in this one. Since he died in Tokyo Drift (that’s the third one) that makes all the films since prequels to that one, which begs the question: what the hell year does Tokyo Drift take place in.