2001: Worst Year Ever for Movies?

Kevin: Every movie buff often assumes that films were better “back in the day.” Hell, in 1989 I remember seeing articles lamenting the quality of the then-current crop of films compared to 50 years earlier, and this was in a year that produced “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade,” “Field of Dreams,” “Dead Poets Society,” … Continue reading 2001: Worst Year Ever for Movies?

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The Countdown is Over: “Furious 7” and Thoughts on “Fate of the Furious”

Kevin: That’s it, we’re finally done. No more speeches about family from childless criminals, no more hearing the word “nos” 800 times, no more watching Jordana Brewster act. Our long march toward the “Fate of the Furious” (see bottom of the page for links to previous movies) is concluded with “Furious 7,” in which the … Continue reading The Countdown is Over: “Furious 7” and Thoughts on “Fate of the Furious”

The Countdown to “Fate of the Furious” Continues: “Furious 6”

Kevin: It’s appropriate that the newest entry in the “Fast and Furious” series has been released on the weekend in which we celebrate the resurrection of Christ, as the franchise over the years has performed an even more divine miracle: resurrecting the careers of Vin Diesel and Paul Walker. With the addition of The Rock in … Continue reading The Countdown to “Fate of the Furious” Continues: “Furious 6”

The Countdown to “Fast 8” Continues: Kevin and CJ Tag Team “Fast Five”

Kevin: We’re officially past the midway mark in our march toward “The Fate of the Furious.” So far we’ve been introduced to Vin Diesel and his monumental belief in his own awesomeness in “The Fast and the Furious.” We’ve wondered about what’s really up between Tyrese and Paul Walker in “2 Fast 2 Furious.” We’ve … Continue reading The Countdown to “Fast 8” Continues: Kevin and CJ Tag Team “Fast Five”

The Countdown to “Fast 8” Continues with “Fast & Furious”

Kevin: Well after a weird detour into the world of “drifting” by high school kids in Tokyo with “The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift,” the “F&F” franchise is back to doing what it does best: trying to pass off Vin Diesel as the coolest, sexiest badass of all time. That’s right, Vin is back … Continue reading The Countdown to “Fast 8” Continues with “Fast & Furious”

The Countdown to “Fast 8” Continues: “2 Fast 2 Furious”

Kevin: In the early 1990s, John Singleton made cinematic history when his debut feature “Boyz n the Hood” made him the first African-American and youngest person ever nominated for the Best Director Oscar. The talented and socially conscious filmmaker was expected to be a powerful voice in the film world in the years ahead, highlighting … Continue reading The Countdown to “Fast 8” Continues: “2 Fast 2 Furious”

The Countdown to “Fast 8” Revs Up with the Original “The Fast and the Furious”

Kevin: When it was originally released in the summer of 2001, no one could have foreseen that the modestly budgeted “Point Break” rip-off “The Fast and the Furious” would eventually spawn 7 sequels over more than 15 years, generating $4 billion at the box office and turning its anti-heroes from low-rent L.A. truck hijackers to super-rich … Continue reading The Countdown to “Fast 8” Revs Up with the Original “The Fast and the Furious”