103. The Fast and the Furious (2001) - Watched this on Blu Ray. I binged on these movies last November, but hey, that wasn't the first time I had binged on the movies, and this won't be the last, either. Anyway, when I gave my take on this back in November, I said that this movie was definitely of its time. Sure, a lot of people don't think that there are any differences with how things are now compared to two decades ago (and yes, this movie came out two decades ago; don't even get me started on the people who put the 10s as still part of the aughts), but this movie is proof with how different things were. This movie was clearly of its time, especially with some stuff like the soundtrack and some offensive terms being used.
Aside from that, this movie still sort of holds up. I still find it entertaining and really, it's an unofficial Point Break remake/knock-off but it's really not bad. Also, a lot of people who complain about how the Fast & Furious films "used to be about cars and racing," well, I'd hate to break it to you, but only Tokyo Drift had racing as part of the plot. Still, it's entertaining, though it feels weird watching this knowing how the series would change come the fourth or fifth film. Really, the street-racing bit was clearly of this time period.
104. 2 Fast 2 Furious - Watched it on Blu Ray. This one I have an odd relationship with. I can agree with people when they say it's the worst of the franchise, but I personally never hated this movie. I mean, yes, it's corny, especially when compared to the first film (and that's really saying something because some people say that the later films are corny; I mean, I can't argue, but let's not derail the topic at hand), but it still has its charm. I liked the shots in Miami and some the race/chase scenes were fun, even with some visual effects that were clearly of its time (it didn't help that I watched it on Blu Ray, although I am certain it was clear that even in SD that some scenes were a bit cartoony). Like the previous film, it was of its time with the soundtrack and feel, but I personally never minded this film. I wouldn't go so far as to call it my favorite of the franchise, but I will still watch it even if I feel like it, not because I am binging.
I also must note that I find it hard to believe that John Singleton (RIP) directed this as this wasn't really his style. I know that Universal hired him to direct it, but still. I look at this film and think, "This is from the man who did Boyz n the Hood and Poetic Justice?" Granted, he had Shaft and Baby Boy before this, but the latter was different and Baby Boy was almost like another version of Boyz n the Hood.
105. The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift - Watched it on Blu Ray. It usually doesn't matter to me where I put this when I binge on these films. Hell, I can watch it on its own and it wouldn't make a difference. What I could say is that this movie is actually better than some give it credit for. Justin Lin did a good job and I am under the belief that with his style, there had to be a reason he directed three more after this (yes, I know he returned for F9, but he did four consecutive films). I also enjoyed the race scenes and the Downtown Tokyo chase scene. This movie is a bit of an outlier, but I still find it entertaining. You can watch this on its own and not have to worry about continuity and stuff.
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106. Fast & Furious (2009) - Watched this on Blu Ray. I felt like capping off my first round with this one. I have always felt that this one was underrated in regards to the rest of the franchise. I mean, really, compared to the subsequent films, or even the ones before it, I felt that this was among the films that are the least talked about. With that being said, it felt different compared to the previous films and the subsequent films. The dark lighting is one example of how different it was, as well as the gray color scheme in some scenes. As for other things, I know that there was only one race scene, but really, they changed it up a bit as the street-racing scene (as in world or realm) was no longer in fashion by the late-2000s and did the scene differently. Personally, I liked the approach that was made with that sequence as it showed them racing in busy streets with traffic and such.
I will note that when I saw those tunnel scenes that the visual effects looked a bit cartoony as I could tell that it was CGI. At least it looked a little better than some of the CGI used in the opening race sequence in 2 Fast 2 Furious.
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Post by The Kevstaaa on Jun 21, 2021 21:38:59 GMT -5
#183 - Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse
We’ve had so many Spider-Man movies in history and somehow, the ninth to feature the character feels the freshest. The filmmakers got every little thing right. From the animation to the voice acting to the story to the history to the post-credits scene. Outstanding. It's even better in 4K. [*****]
Post by adamclark52 on Jun 21, 2021 23:20:48 GMT -5
162. Hellbound: Hellraiser II
It’s really too bad Hellraisers 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10 had to happen because they lead to the popular belief that all the Hellraiser sequels were garbage. Which they aren’t. This is actually a really awesome movie worthy of being the sequel to the first one. I think it’s probably gorier as a whole than the first one (which is probably what turned a lot of viewers off) and explores the backstory of everyone involved in the first movie very well. And the attic corpses scene is more awesomer than almost anything in the first movie. It’s just not as cool a movie as the first one.
And yes, I omitted 3 in the first sentence on purpose. I kinda liked 3.
107. The Hitman's Bodyguard - Watched this on Lionsgate on Demand. I want to watch Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard sometime soon but I didn't want to go in without watching this first (although it wouldn't have been the first time I went into a sequel without watching its predecessor first and going backwards). This film is far from an original concept. It's almost like the 48 HRS of the 2010s with the law enforcement agent teaming with a criminal and there are people after them (I feel like Bulletproof was the 48 HRS of the 1990s, while All About the Benjamins was the 48 HRS of the 2000s). Yes, there are clichés like how those two can't stand another at first but grow on each other as time progresses. However, the chemistry between Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson was great as they played off each other so well and there were plenty of funny scenes. The action was fun, especially the bike/boat chase sequence. I will note that some scenes had a serious tone to them, while the comedy was mainly on the banter between Reynolds and Sam Jackson. Still, there's a lot of fun to be had.
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108. Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard - Saw this in theaters. I am so glad that I watched the first movie before seeing this. There were a few callbacks to its predecessor here and there, and I wouldn't have understood some things with the characters. Salma Hayek played a much bigger role in this film than in the first film, and man, she was just downright awesome. She was badass, she was funny, and still damn hot, too. She added a lot to the dynamic between Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson. Also, with Antonio Banderas playing the villain, there was a nice scene between him and Salma Hayek and it showed the same amount of chemistry that we had seen in Desperado and Once Upon a Time in Mexico. The action scenes were fun to watch and the movie was also funny. Although I would say that the first film was better, this was still a fun film.
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Post by adamclark52 on Jun 23, 2021 0:00:15 GMT -5
You know when you watch one of those movies and the cast is so annoying that you want them to die and take great pleasure when they finally do? Well being that Unearthed Films tends to release movies of the more extreme nature it only makes sense that they’d release a movie with even more annoying characters that die in even more extreme manners. Everyone in this movie was the 1980’s highschool horror cliche but dialed to “11”. So it was really tough to get through but more satisfying when they went out in the grisliest of ways.
Post by adamclark52 on Jun 24, 2021 0:40:20 GMT -5
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That’s the big takeaway from this movie for the male audience. Beyond that thought it’s actually a really cool sci-fi/horror movie. It’s too bad there wasn’t more vampire action (or Mathilda May “Space Girl”) but the underlying story of a potentially catastrophic planet-wide disaster was enough to keep me interested for this films (rather long) two-hour run time. I like “beginning of the end” movies and I wouldn’t have minded a follow-up to this.
I wasn't done with this binge. I watched them all on Blu Ray, by the way.
109. Fast Five - People have called this the best of the franchise. I cannot argue. In fact, I very much agree. This film was what got me back into the series completely when I had a bit of an on-off relationship with it during the 2000s but I was regaining interest when the fourth came out to some degree. Anyway, this film was when things really started getting a little more over-the-top, and that's not to say that previous films didn't have crazy stunts, either. Sure, anybody who has seen it can talk about the chase scene with Dom and Brian pulling the large safe. However, this film was just that damn entertaining. I love the shots in Rio de Janeiro and the on-foot chase scene in the favela, among other scenes. It definitely lives up to the hype.
110. Fast & Furious 6 - When talking about my top favorites of this franchise, this one is always tied with 5 as my top favorite. Hell, I sometimes switch them when ranking of my most favorite to least favorite. With that being said, things may have gotten crazy in some scenes, whether it's the sequence in Spain with the tank or the big climax on the airstrip and plane. I liked the fight scenes with Gina Carano and Michelle Rodriguez, and also Joe Taslim vs. Tyrese and Sung Kang. Still among my top favorites of this series.
111. Furious 7 - It seems that with each film the craziness outdoes its predecessor. This is definitely no exception. A lot of the stunts, chase scenes, and fight scenes are still entertaining despite being done by a different director. The plot didn't make much sense as there was no real reason for Dom and the crew to get involved in the plot involving God's Eye, though. But other than that, it's still entertaining, and there were definitely some heartwarming moments.
I will finish this off soon with The Fate of the Furious, and maybe Hobbs & Shaw. Although Hobbs & Shaw isn't necessary as it has its own story and is a standalone spin-off, I am kind of in the mood to watch it.
112. The Fate of the Furious - Watched this on Vudu. I am now done with my Fast & Furious binge, even though I may add Hobbs & Shaw sometime soon just because, but I am now prepared for F9. There is no question that each film gets more ridiculous after the other and this is no exception. You could talk about the big climax in Russia on the ice and snow with the submarine, you can talk about the bit in New York with the cars moving by themselves, or you could even talk about the opening race in Cuba. It's still a fun film, but it has a different feel in some areas even when comparing it to the previous three - Fast Five, Fast & Furious 6, and Furious 7. Charlize Theron played a good villain, I can't deny that. I even sometimes compare her a bit to Toni Collette's role in xXx: Return of Xander Cage, another Vin Diesel movie that came out the same year (as well as a few months before this one). However, there is just something a bit off as it's among my least favorites of the franchise, but that doesn't mean I dislike the movie. I can still have fun with it, but I liked the previous three films better. I even put the fourth film above this one in some areas.
I just realized that any time I watch 5-8, I always do the extended cuts. I think one day I might binge on those four and watch the theatrical cuts because I want to see how they could compare. Hell, I mainly watched the theatrical cuts for those films when I saw them in theaters. It didn't help that Universal only released the extended cut of F8 as digital only, even though I have the Blu Ray of it but it feels like a collector's item. Maybe when I do the theatrical version marathon I will finally put the Blu Ray to use.
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Post by The Kevstaaa on Jun 24, 2021 22:33:39 GMT -5
#186 - Prometheus
I think this movie had a lot going for it. Ridley Scott is a great director, the cast is loaded, and some of the visuals are well done. The thing that holds it back from being really good is that it felt like it was trying too hard to connect to the Aliens franchise and might've been better off as its own standalone story. [***]
Post by The Kevstaaa on Jun 25, 2021 14:46:00 GMT -5
#187 - Plan B
I had such a good time with this. It gave me Booksmart vibes and had a similar plot to Unpregnant, which I also enjoyed. Natalie Morales does great work as director, while the chemistry between Verma and Moroles carries this. It has some really funny moments and some heartwarming stuff. [****]
113. F9: The Fast Saga - Saw this in theaters. It's no secret that the franchise has gotten really over-the-top and after each film, they manage to turn up the ridiculous factor by a certain amount. Make no mistake about this - The series has always been rather over-the-top. Funny how grounded the first film was two decades ago, but there were some stunts that went a bit off the rails at times, like the final chase when they barely pass the train or even the climactic bit with the final-job-gone-sour. However, some argue that it was the fifth one that went off the rails, even when there were off-the-wall bits in the fourth one.
All I can say is that it would be a total lie if I said that I didn't have a blast with this movie. However, that does not mean that I didn't have problems with the writing. One of the primary examples is the retconning of some events that happened in past films that would explain the appearance of a certain character. I will give it to the screenwriter for some self-referential lines regarding a lot of events that had occurred. I didn't mind backstory for some events, but it felt a bit like much. But really, there are a lot of plot holes in the entire franchise that plot isn't really the franchise's most important element. Some of the plot holes can be looked past, but some of the other plot holes in this film, that's a different story.
Overall, I still had fun with the film. I wouldn't call it my favorite of the series thus far, especially after nine films (there has been talk that 10 and 11 are supposed to close out the series, like a two-part conclusion), but it was still a fun thrill ride.
114. Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw - Watched this on Blu Ray. I had told myself to watch this, even though it wasn't really necessary for my Fast & Furious marathon. But I had been in the mood, so here I am. Oh, and I know that I don't need to put in the whole title, but still, I felt like doing it anyway.
This movie really does feel like its own thing when comparing it to Fast & Furious proper. Not just the fact that there is more levity in some scenes, especially with the inherent bickering of the titular characters, but other things make it feel comical. Many of the sequences were indeed over-the-top but they were so damn fun to watch. Whether it's the scenes in London, Moscow, or Samoa, they just have the right amount of stuff you would want in an action movie. I still chuckle at some scenes when The Rock and Jason Statham try to one-up one another. Also, there were some nice scenery shots. One could watch this movie and not really need to see the F&F films that had these two in them. Sure, there were references made, but it's nice to also watch on its own as it doesn't really tie itself to the main series. I mean, sure, it can take place in that world, but it's necessary to watch the other ones before this one. Overall, a fun film.