Boys and their Toys -Fast and Furious 5 Review

So the other night, I finally sat down to watch the fifth instalment of The Fast and the Furious franchise aptly named Fast and Furious 5 directed by Justin Lin, returning as the director for the franchise since the 3rd installment. Released in 2011, even though I had never watched any of the previous films, I became intrigued by the film after seeing the trailer. It looked slick, fast paced and entertaining – a great action film in the making (and I like action films).

The film opens with a recap of the ending of Fast and Furious (the 4th instalment which brought back original cast members Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and Jordana Brewster) in which Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) is jailed for a minimum 25 years. It seems all is lost until ex-cop, turned good friend Brian O’Conner (Paul Walker) and Toretto’s sister and O’Conner’s girlfriend Mia (Jordana Brewster) elaborately crash the bus allowing Dom to escape. All this takes places in the first minute and a half of the film, so it certainly starts with a bang.

The three are then on the run; Brian and Mia end up in Rio, and running out of money they take part in a simple heist; as Dom joins them the job goes drastically awry causing the deaths of three federal agents. This is where the film properly starts, with the three facing the wrath of a powerful drug baron (Ramon Salazar from series 3 of 24 for the observant eyes out there), and also Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson), a special elite task force leader sent to take the trio down, as they’re wrongly blamed for the deaths of the federal agents. The three decide that with the information they unwittingly stole, they will perform one last job and disappear forever.

This sequel brings together quite a few familiar faces from the franchise including Matt Schulze, Tyrese Gibson and Ludacris, giving loyal fans of the series a film representing the entire Fast and Furious franchise, truly playing on the importance of ‘family’ that is constantly mentioned by Dom Toretto during the film. The film features fast-paced car sequences with even better cinematography, making you feel as much a part of the action. The acting isn’t going to be winning any of them any Oscars, but the script is filled with typical boyish one liners and the chemistry between some of the returning actors is definitely there. The three leads gel nicely together, particularly the tough-guy, ‘bromance’ style relationship that Paul Walker and Vin Diesel’s characters share.  Jordana Brewster (who I definitely recognised from The Faculty after a quick IMDB search) is a nice addition also, bouncing off the two men, whose characters clearly care about her equally. Dwayne Johnson is a good addition to the action series, a man no stranger to action considering his past within the WWE. Hobbs and Toretto also serve as great sparring partners, with a competitive one-upmanship of cat and mouse going on between them.

If you have never seen the other films in the franchise don’t worry you can definitely get away without having watched them, although after a little read of Wikipedia, the film and characters’ background makes more. If you’re in the mood for a action film that doesn’t require a lot of over thinking then grab some popcorn and watch this. Fast forward to the end of the credits as well for a bonus scene that sets up Fast and Furious 6, which is currently shooting, scheduled for release in 2013.

Rachel

“We find ‘em, we take ‘em as a team and we bring ‘em back. And above all else we don’t ever, ever let them get into cars.” Hobbs, Fast and Furious 5

“Cut Loose” Footloose Review

 

As well as reviewing new releases, there’s always time for films that I’ve either re-watched or just got round to watching. This time it’s a re-watch of the classic 80’s musical hit Footloose starring a younger and devilishly charming Kevin Bacon, Lori Singer, John Lithgow and a Sarah Jessica Parker pre Sex and the City. The 80’s musical has since its release spawned a musical version of the film and a remake of it in 2011.

The film’s basic plot starts with the introduction of Ren McCormack (Kevin Bacon), a city boy who moves to a small town with his mother and immediately realises it is vastly different to his city living. The small town is a tight knit community, with everyone knowing each other’s business, and what’s more it has banned dancing and rock music. Ren however begins to make some friends, and also falls for Ariel (Lori Singer), the rebellious daughter of the over-protective Rev. Shaw Moore.

For anyone that has never seen this movie, I full recommend that you head on down to your local HMV and buy this movie, (you’ll more than likely find it for about £5) then head home and prepare for an all-round feel good movie, which will leave you severely foot-tapping or (if there’s no one in the house) dancing around to 80’s classics.

As well as the brilliant soundtrack, and the dancing, it features protective parents and society censorship gone mad. This film launched Kevin Bacon into a star, and one that should definitely be on the list for top 80’s films to watch. Go ahead and prepare to have the catchy soundtrack stuck in your head for days afterward.

Leave your comments about the movie below – is it one of your classic musicals to watch?

Rachel

 “If we don’t start trusting our children…how will they ever become trustworthy?” Reverend Shaw Moore, Footloose

Annoying New Habits…

It seems that I am somewhat behind the times having only JUST been graced with the world of Serena van der Woodsen. It happened one Sunday afternoon while I was trying to work – and getting nowhere may I add – when I handed the TV remote over to the younger sister and the 4th box set of Gossip Girl started to play. Now I used to be one of those who couldn’t stand all the facebook statuses counting down the days until the newest season hit our screens; relaying what was happening in each episode as it happened; and going on and on about this annoying ‘Chuck Bass’ character.  But after half an hour of it playing in the back ground I was hooked.

So it has begun, I have borrowed the first series and so far have spent my day catching up – and considering the 6th season is just around the corner I have a long way to go! The thing is I don’t know why I am addicted to it?! It’s a standard American drama, but I can’t stop watching it. Their lives are nothing which I can relate to, or even aspire to; I don’t want to be like them, well maybe the dresses, but not the drama. It’s so superficial. Yet I can’t turn it off. And what makes it worse is that I used to be addicted to this sort of thing about 5 years ago (but then it was The O.C.) not now! Surely I should have grown out of this sort of thing, but no I can see myself already falling for the characters, even annoying Chuck Bass!

So I guess what I’m trying to say is that I have added another TV series to my guilty pleasures list (although I do believe this is one I’ll only watch once) and I don’t even feel bad about it. Life is full of surprises.

Xoxo

Gossip Girl

(Unless you’ve seen it you won’t get that)

Kat

‘I’m Chuck Bass’ – Chuck Bass, Gossip Girl.

Jodie Foster defends Kristen Stewart, blasts the public for ‘destroying childhoods’

 

 

Very interesting hearing Jodie Foster’s thoughts on the way the media treat actors, particularly in relation to Kristen Stewart. As a veteran of the industry, and one that directly worked with Kristen very early on in her career, her insight into Kristen as a young child actress is powerfully written and does strike a nerve especially as her career seems to be hitting some bumps.

The fact she was DROPPED from the Snow White and the Huntsman sequel was I thought, a little too far. There is no word on Rupert Sanders fate but, ‘cheating’ is a two person game and people will never get to hear what really happened and who was the pursuing who. I think it is slightly unfair to punish her yet leave Sanders go ‘unpunished’ professionally.

Now that Robert Pattinson is performing press duties for his new film, the awkward questions are starting to appear and he is handling them with grace, wit and a smile, whilst reporters are for the most part avoiding using Stewart’s name and being blunt with the actor. However, once Kristen begins to reappear into the public, and especially in 2 months time when Press begins for the last installment of the Twilight franchise-the s**t is gonna hit the fan!

 

Rachel

“Eventually this all passes. The public horrors of today eventually blow away. And yes, you are changed by the awful wake of reckoning they leave behind. You trust less. You calculate your steps. You survive.” Jodie Foster

THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN.

July 2012 saw the release of the long awaited second take of the modern day The Amazing Spider-Man. Fans were nervous (myself very much so), critics were eager and the youngsters excited. Was it going to live up to the comics? Was it going to live up to the first trilogy? Or was it going to be a complete and utter flop?

Marc Webb stepped up and took the challenge of the Spider-Man remake and boy, has he done it justice. The film sees a dark and more twisted side of Peter Parker revealed as he takes on his mission to fight evil. Although the basic gist of the story is the same there are some slight changes, the main for me being the fact that Peter Parker makes his own web, rather than it being a part of his inherited powers. A second element which I didn’t take a liking to was the amount of times Spider-Man unmasked himself! Come on!! Rule number one of a MYSTERY superhero: don’t show people who you are!

Despite this, Garfield gives a spectacular performance, making geeky sexy, tough and a wannabe trait. His scenes with Emma Stone (playing Garfield’s on screen love interest Gwen Stacy) were captivating and I think every girl will have gone weak at the knees out of lust for him. Stone also gives a surprising performance. A risky choice for the character as we usually see Stone in comedic roles; she shows her abilities of taking on a more serious role and does this very well.

Webb has done well to make the story fresh and it fits in well with the current superhero theme we’re seeing across our silver screens. Although some parts could probably have been left out – too much cheesy mobile phone action for me – the film on a whole is definitely worth a watch!

Kat

Spider-Man: ‘Ahem, you know, if you’re going to steal cars, don’t dress like a car thief.’
Car Thief: ‘You a cop?’
Spider-Man: ‘You seriously think I’m a cop in a skin-tight red and blue suit?’

Avengers 2 Assemble!!!…And guess who’s coming back to the helm?

That’s right folks, after announcing the obvious -that there will be an Avengers 2, Disney have now confirmed that Joss Whedon will be back to write and direct the film!! This is excellent news, given the way The Avengers performed at the Box Office, Whedon is definitely a good man to put at the helm of the sequel and it just means the world can experience more of Whedon’s utter genius.

Don’t get too excited yet though (not that I am) Avengers 2 has no release date yet, and the earliest it will probably be slated for would be Summer of 2015. Next year with the release of Iron Man 3 sees the start of Marvel’s Phase 2 so we still have plenty to look forward to before the release of Avengers 2

For a little bit more info see here:

Also, it appears that Whedon has agreed to develop a live-action TV series for US network ABC based on Marvel characters – a little bit more info here at SFX 

Stark: “Then tell him to suit up. I’m bringing the party to you” (The Avengers)

Doctor Who vs. Merlin

So, the star of Autumn is almost upon us, which for me brings an end to boring Saturday night TV and the return of my favourite kind of show – and no I’m not talking about The X Factor (although I will probably be watching it as I do every year.)

No I am of course talking about the anticipated and long over-due return of Doctor Who, and the annual fall return of Merlin. I discovered Doctor Who when the re-boot of the show happened 7 years ago, with Russell T Davies at the helm and Chris Eccleston as the 9th reincarnation of the Doctor, although I will admit to not becoming totally obsessed with it until David Tennant’s portrayal. My discovery of Merlin was partly because of Anthony Stewart Head’s involvement with the show as a main character, and because it filled the hole of Doctor Who in the autumn, a position which used to be held by BBC’s version of Robin Hood (and don’t get me started on that show – I had so many expectations of it….). I kept up with it from a distance, but over the years became much more in love with the series until last year when I did not miss a single week.

Now that, because of scheduling changes with Doctor Who, both series will be appearing around the same time it has come to my attention that the series that I thought I’d be looking forward to the most, isn’t actually the one I thought it would be. Even though there isn’t a definite air date set for either series, it is thought that Doctor Who will start to air around the last weekend of August and because it is only a 6 episode season this year, Merlin will start to air pretty much the week after – around late September, fitting in to its usual slot in the schedules.

Anyway, to the whole point of this post. It suddenly dawned on me having seen both trailers, I was struck by the fact just how poorly put together the Doctor Who one was-the teaser released earlier this year was a bit ‘meh’ although this one shows more promise. However compared to the Merlin trailer, it just pails in comparison. Maybe it does have something to do with the fact the Merlin trailer is accompanied by an immense Muse song, which I now cannot keep off repeat. But even without that, it shows a darker season, and one that I’m looking forward to seeing!

Take a look at both trailers and see if you agree with me.

Merlin Series 5 Trailer

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BV2PDaBbvNw&feature=BFa&list=WL24951D0FFE12044B

Doctor Who Series 7 Trailer

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R7YGoVyRSik

Rachel

The Doctor: Today I honour the victims first- his, the Master’s, the Daleks, all the people that died because of MY mercy

Amy Pond: See this is what happens when you travel alone for too long

(Doctor Who Series 7)