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.
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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.