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Medieval England, Iowa
Favorite Movies:
Raiders of the Lost Ark, Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back, Die Hard, Ghostbusters, Moulin Rouge!, Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Back to the Future, Fight Club, Marvel's The Avengers, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, The Goonies, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Serenity, Seven (Se7en), When Harry Met Sally, Speed, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi, Jurassic Park, The Last Boy Scout, Scream, The Fisher King, Office Space, Empire Records, Forrest Gump, South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut, Pulp Fiction, A Christmas Story, The Fugitive, The Usual Suspects, Out of Sight, The Matrix, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Grosse Pointe Blank, The Princess Bride, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Iron Man, The Dark Knight, WALL-E, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Live Free or Die Hard, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Pirates of the Caribbean: At Worlds End, Back to the Future Part II, The Thomas Crown Affair, Dumb and Dumber, Shakespeare in Love, The Big Lebowski, Superman II, Can't Hardly Wait, The Hunt for Red October, The Way of the Gun, Romeo + Juliet, Memento, Some Kind of Wonderful, August Rush, Dan in Real Life, Kung Fu Panda, In Bruges, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang, American Pie, Home for the Holidays, BASEketball, Heathers, Rent, Go, The Rundown (Welcome to the Jungle), Juno, Desperado, Shaun of the Dead, Saving Private Ryan, The Crow, Father of the Bride, Tangled, The Lion King, Sleepless in Seattle, The Little Mermaid, Murder by Death, Die Hard 3: With a Vengeance, Annie, Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, Aliens, While You Were Sleeping, Kick-Ass, Bad Boys, Braveheart, Twister, Cruel Intentions, True Romance, Galaxy Quest, Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure, Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey, Léon: The Professional, The Mask of Zorro, Zombieland, Titanic, The Abyss, Fools Rush In, The Blues Brothers, Reality Bites, A Time to Kill, Better Off Dead, Scrooged, Strange Brew, Sneakers, The Silence of the Lambs, Three Kings, Wayne's World, Super 8
Favorite Actors:
Robert Downey Jr., Brad Pitt, Nathan Fillion, Angelina Jolie, Hugh Jackman, Denzel Washington, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, George Clooney, Ewan McGregor, Johnny Depp, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Justin Timberlake, Emma Stone, Kristen Bell, Ryan Reynolds, Will Smith, Kate Winslet, Shia LaBeouf, Jeff Bridges, John Cusack, Maggie Grace, Patricia Clarkson, Michael J. Fox, Justin Long, Ben Foster, Brandon Routh, Marisa Tomei, Alan Rickman, Harrison Ford, Seth Green, Chi McBride, Cate Blanchett, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Jodie Foster, Joseph Fiennes, Stana Katic, Jay Baruchel, Jason Sudeikis
Bio:
Movies are my life. If I'm not watching a movie, I'm reading about them, writing about them, or talking about them. Even the vast majority of my music collection is movie scores and soundtracks. My tastes are pretty eclectic, with films from every genre, and I enjoy mindless popcorn flicks just as much as deep, serious dramas. I never tire of a good movie discussion. That being said, a few notes: * I welcome friend requests IF they are genuine - and you should send a personalized talk message as well so I know it's for real. I don't even consider the kind of requests that are obviously just mass mailed. * I'm here to share a love of movies. I'm not here to flirt or even socialize unless it's movie-related. If that's what you're after, stick to MySpace. * If we have nothing in common at all, don't bother * If you have nothing on your profile - fave movies, actors, lists... what's the point? Come back to me when you've got something to share. * I don't want your spam, your widgets, or your advertisements. * If you find cool pictures, videos, quizzes, etc, that you want to share, bring 'em on! Just don't be obnoxious about it. This all sounds very negative, but I'm just trying to weed out the spam and find true interesting movie fans to share with. _____________________________________________________________________ <b>My Rating System:</b> I get really annoyed by people who just give 5 stars to anything they like and 1/2 star to anything they don't. The truth is, most movies lie very much somewhere in the middle. You'll see this reflected in my ratings: 5 Stars - a PERFECT film; I'm pretty stingy with these (as everyone should be), and rarely give them out immediately. If I'm still as impressed by a film after a while, I'll sometimes give them the bump to 5 4.5 Stars - An almost perfect film, but not <i>quite</i> 3.5 to 4 Stars - VERY GOOD/GREAT 3 Stars - AVERAGE/GOOD 2.5 Stars - AVERAGE/BAD 1.5 to 2 Stars - BAD 1 Star - TERRIBLE 1/2 Star - The WORST OF THE WORST, with no redeeming qualities whatsoever. Many get this rating from me ONLY because there is no "ZERO STARS" option. _____________________________________________________________________ <embed src="http://widget.flixster.com/static/widget/widget.swf?getRev=http://widget.flixster.com/servlet/publishrate/userId:814575010;listId:398724&bkgd=106ab6&fgd=ffffff" wmode="transparent" bgcolor="#d5e8fb" width="200" height="165" type="application/x-shockwave-flash"/> <embed src="http://widget.flixster.com/static/widget/widget.swf?getRev=http://widget.flixster.com/servlet/publishrate/userId:814575010;listId:401329&bkgd=106ab6&fgd=ffffff" wmode="transparent" bgcolor="#d5e8fb" width="200" height="165" type="application/x-shockwave-flash"/><br>_____________________________________________________________________ Click <a href="http://cinemaphile.livejournal.com/">HERE</a> for my LiveJournal. Feel free to visit and comment often.

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Fast & Furious 6

Fast & Furious 6

(2013)
58 days ago via Flixster

From the very beginning, the Fast & the Furious franchise has always been the very definition of guilty pleasure. High art it ain't, but it's undeniably fun. What has kept the franchise alive, however, has been its willingness to evolve. While the original was essentially a remake of Point Break, by #3 it was focused on the racing, and then starting with the fourth film it took a giant step in reinventing itself - Fast & Furious as a heist franchise. Fast Five was arguably the best in the series so far, with the whole gang back together as well as the addition of Dwayne Johnson.

Fast and Furious 6 (or just "Furious 6" as shown in the film) continues in the vein of the previous film, but cranks up the outrageousness. This works both for and against the film. The action scenes are fun, exciting, and adrenaline-filled, but they grow increasingly more outrageous and at times seriously stretch your ability to suspend disbelief, soliciting more than a couple eyerolls. The involvement of the gang in this mission is questionable from the beginning. They have the knowledge and talent when it comes to cars, but somehow they're also meant to hold their own in gunfights and such against miltary-trained personnel.

The movie balances its lasrge cast very well. Every character has their moments and none feel short-changed in this movie. There's not a weak link in the cast. Well, I guess one... New this time around are Gina Carano as Hobbs' right-hand woman, and Luke Evans as the villain. Evans fits well, and plays his part without going too over-the-top. Carano, on the other hand... well, the woman can certainly fight, but she can't deliver even a single line of dialogue convincingly. I take back everything I ever said about her being a good choice if they ever make that Wonder Woman movie.
Beyond that, everything is just as it should be - the action, the humor, the cars, the music... it all adds up to a blast of a movie, even if it is a bit unbelievable.

The ending tag scene left me a bit conflicted. On the one hand, the movie kind of tied up the series nicely and made a nice conclusion, but then they go and open it up for the next sequel (and I imagine not the last). I'm all for more of these movies, but only if they can continue to evolve and stay fresh without just being rehashes.

Where does this rank in the series? I'll have to see it again to be certain, but it's definitely top 3, up there with 1 and 5.

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