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The Fate of the Furious Review (Audio Edition)

Howdy ladies and gents, time for another film review and today we’ll be talking about another one of the big films of 2017; Fast & Furious 8 aka The Fate of the Furious… However this time it’ll be in audio form via my podcast, Film Focus!

Check it out below:

This episode went out last Saturday and I was meant to post about it on my blog last week, however I got a little too busy so I had to wait until now. I probably won’t do a written review so this will be the only review I do for this film, hopefully you find it informative and fun to listen to as it allows me to express my feelings on a film to the highest degree. Also if you have any feedback or suggestions I welcome them so be sure to holla at me in the comments section.

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So if you have some spare time on your hands and would like to listen to the ramblings of a passionate/strange man then please check it out, and share it with your friends if you can. Also you have any feedback or if you’d be interested in joining on future episodes be sure to let me know, until next time, laters! ūüėÄ

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Posted by on April 21, 2017 in Film Reviews, Reviews

 

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Furious 7 Review

Howdy people of the internet, today I am here to review a film I’ve been waiting to see for AGES, I am of course talking about Furious 7. After the good times with Fast 6 in 2013 I was ready for the next film especially after secret ending with frigging Jason Statham showing up as the villain. So now we have the seventh chapter in this crazy series that just can’t die and it promises a lot of fun, action and drama. Is it good or bad? Read on and Find out!

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The story is as follows:

“Dominic Torretto and his crew thought they left the criminal mercenary life behind. They defeated an international terrorist named Owen Shaw and went their separate ways. But now, Shaw’s brother, Deckard Shaw is out killing the crew one by one for revenge. Worse, a Somalian terrorist called Jakarde, and a shady government official called “Mr. Nobody” are both competing to steal a computer terrorism program called God’s Eye, that can turn any technological device into a weapon. Torretto must reconvene with his team to stop Shaw and retrieve the God’s Eye program while caught in a power struggle between terrorist and the United States government.”

The story was good, this is a tale of drama, revenge, family and remembering who your are and what you stand for. This film changes its style again becoming more of an action thriller with spy elements, and that in turn gives this film a bit more realism and familiar codes and conventions. For the most part things were fun, cheesy and emotional, though I feel like this story did get a little too busy and too melodramatic at times. That being said what I appreciated the most was the way in which this film incorporated the several elements from all of the previous films and put it into one film, and it really is fun for long-term fans of the series. If this was the last film in the series then it would have been a great ending because it is ends in such a lovely way.

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Now when it comes to the cast, these actors continue to give us some good performances with nice chemistry and plenty of charisma. Firstly Vin Diesel as Dom Toretto was great, the guy is still the cool badass we’ve come to expect, but is also very caring and determined. And Paul Walker as Brian O’Conner was also good, this time his character has a little more depth to him with him adjusting to life as a parent. Walker nad Diesel have such a great connection as long-term friends/brothers and you can tell that it expands beyond the films into real life because of their good chemistry. Walker’s performances have never been of the best quality, but I would say that this is my favourite in this series, it is kind of hard to watch knowing he’s not part of this world anymore so it was nice to see him in another fun film. Oh and the send-off Walker got in this film, beautiful. Dwayne Johnson as Luke Hobbs, wow. While Johnson wasn’t used as much as he was in the previous films, when he was on-screen he had some of the best lines and fight scenes. I loved him. But now its time to talk about Jason Statham as Deckard Shaw. Man, these days I love Statham, while his roles don’t vary much, he knows how to be charismatic, fun and badass and this has to be one of his best roles in a while. He is a threat, can fight against the toughest men and unlike some of the previous villains I feel like Statham was an actual threat that had good motivation for his actions and he was always in the thick of the action.

Michelle Rodriguez was once again good as Letty Ortiz, Rodriguez was more fun and charismatic this time around and seeing her intact with Dom and get stuck into action was awesome. Plus, Rodriguez looked incredible, I almost fell in love with her all over again. ūüėõ Once again he have some good times with Tyrese Gibson and Ludacris as Tej Parker and Roman Pearce. They have good banter and are mainly there for comic relief, though there was a little more for both of them to do. Tej got a little more action time, while this film established that Roman was clearly the joker of the group, he’s a fool, but a funny fool for sure. Kurt Russell as Frank Petty was someone who I got a lot of fun from in terms of his dialogue and persona, he was both serious but also humourous. And finally Jordana Brewster was good as Mia Toretto, Nathalie Emmanuel from Game of Thrones was pretty and good as Megan Ramsey, Djimon Hounsou was unexpected, but good as Jakande and Tony Jaa was totally badass as Kiet, such a badass with his martial acts.

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When it comes to the presentation this films continues to deliver the goods as it is frigging awesome. By now you’ve come to expect the over-the-top, crazy and unrealistic action sequences and this film gives you more of the same, except MORE HARDCORE! If you’ve seen the trailers you know what I’m talking about. There are people falling out of the sky in cars, surviving explosions and falling from high distances, crashing cars through skyscrapers and so much more. It is absurd and I love it. The filming of the action is done in more intricate ways than before with more variety in the cinematography and an increase tracking shots especially when it comes the hand-to-hand fight scenes. They are wonderfully shot and had some shots that reminded me of Kingsman: the Secret Service if you look at the way some of the shots are framed. The soundtrack by Bryan Tyler is once again very good offering up a film score that’s energized, powerful and yet soft in the emotional moments.

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In conclusion Furious 7 is great, it continues the momentum from the previous two films again with cars, beautiful women, chaotic action, one-liners and fun performances from the cast. James Wan has done such a great job at taking over the reigns as director, he gets the look and feel of this series right and continues to fuel the fire aggressively. Sure the film is ridiculous, over-the-top, and a bit messy at times, but the pros outweigh the cons for sure, and for fans of the series, you owe it to yourself to see this, it is hella good.

Rating: 8/10 (It’s over-the-top fun at its finest yo)

So have you seen¬†Furious 7 and if so what do you think of it? Whatever your thoughts are be sure to drop them in the comments below and I’ll see you lot on the next film review, laters! ūüėÄ

 
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Posted by on April 3, 2015 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Furious 7 Trailer #1 Review

Howdy ladies and gents, time for a new trailer review and today I’ll be giving you my thoughts on the latest film in the Fast & Furious series, Furious 7.

Check out the trailer below:

So my immediate thoughts after seeing the trailer? Cool, I’m down, gimme.

This trailer doesn’t hold back on the crazy, over-the-top stunts and action sequences that this series has been known for since 2009 with Fast & Furious 4. I mean the first scene involves Dominic Toretto and his crew, in cars, driving out of a plane, landing on mountain side road, then rescuing a girl from an armoured van with guns and Brian O’Connor escaping the same van as it falls off of a cliff and grabbing on to a moving car after jumping. If that doesn’t sound of look inside then I don’t know what is. It is ridiculous, but it is the kind of ridiculous action that I like.

So in seems like the theme of this film is revenge. New villain Ian Shaw (Jason Statham) lost his brother to Toretto’s gang, so he’s taken Han-Seoul-Oh from them and now both sides want a piece of the other. I like stories involving vengeance, it also adds an extra layer of tension and drama to any genre and it works here because of the personal connections that each character has to said person. I can see that Teretto and Statham are gonna butt heads at some point and I can’t wait.

Beyond that it looks like the trailer is ready to give you exactly what you’ve come to expect from this series, with drag racing, fancy cars, lavish locations, hand-to-hand combat, firefights with guns, pretty ladies in skimpy outfits, themes of family and Dom’s crew being targeted by some form of law enforcement. I can see that there is a lot of Paul Walker in this trailer, so I assume that he filmmakers want to give him the best farewell possible and show of the man’s skills one last time. Also we have your standard cool Vin Diesel moments and Dwayne Johnson looking all muscular and badass and Jason Statham looks like he’ll be making some big waves in this franchise which I can’t wait for. It is montage of madness, but it is looking so delightfully slick, stylish and chaotic and I’m actually really liking the way this film looks and I want it now.

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In conclusion Furious 7 looks like more of the same except with different locations, stakes and the addition of Jason Statham. If this film is half as good as the trailer suggests then I’ll be having a good time with this film next year. Fast 5 and Fast 6¬†took this film series to new heights and has shown that series has a fire in its belly that hasn’t gone out yet and I can only hope that this film follows in their direction.

So what do you lot think of the first trailer for Furious 7? Are you down with it or not? Whatever your thoughts are be sure to leave them in the comments below and I’ll see ya on the next blog post, laters! ūüėÄ

 
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Posted by on November 4, 2014 in Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Scream “MACHETE!” again in this Machete Kills Review

Howdy ladies and gents, its review time once again and here’s my second review of the day in the form of Machete Kills. Now I have been looking forward to this film for a long time, I really liked the first film, I even reviewed it the other day and so I wasn’t sure how they’d be able to top the original, but the trailers looked solid and the cast looked awesome so I had high hopes. So I watched it yesterday and after mulling it over I’m ready to give you lot my thoughts.

The plot can be described as the following premise:

Machete¬†returns as former¬†police¬†detective-turned-spy, who is recruited by¬†U.S. President¬†Rathcock¬†to stop madman revolutionary Mendez¬†from launching a deadly missile aimed at¬†Washington, D.C.¬†However, Machete soon learns the real threat is an international criminal organization led by an eccentric billionaire¬†arms dealing¬†terrorist¬†named Luther Voz, who has launched a¬†conspiracy¬†to start riots in every country.”

I thought the story, while ridiculous as all hell was an enjoyable one. Just like the last film everything feels like a parody of the genre the film’s portraying, but in addition to that there’s notable references to other film genres and films specifically that you wouldn’t believe actually made it into this film. I liked seeing the continuing story of Machete and the crazy individuals that surround him whether they be allies or enemies, one thing that can be said about his lifestyle is that it is anything but boring. One key thing that I think is this film’s strongest and weakest element is stupidity. I hate to call this film stupid, but some of the ridiculous stuff that takes place in this film is absurd and it can either be amazingly funny or dumb down an already silly film and make it less fun.

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Also the cast are pretty good too, though some stick out more than others. Danny Trejo is still just as badass as Machete Cortez, he’s still this tougher than tough, completely stern and cool as hell. Trejo hasn’t changed much in his performance but that doesn’t distract from his performance, as the central character he still rocks it.¬†Michelle Rodriguez is still hotness and cool as tough as Luz/Sh√© and¬†Jessica Alba as Sartana Rivera was alright but not really in the film long enough to be credible, in a way I was glad when she did disappear.

Sof√≠a Vergara¬†as Madame Desdemona was great and sexy, she was this crazy woman who has this proper hatred towards men and has a specific beef towards Machete.¬†Amber Heard¬†was super hot¬†as Miss San Antonio, she was Machete’s handler and gave him intel on his mission.¬†I also liked the contributions from¬†Cuba Gooding Jr.,¬†Antonio Banderas¬†and¬†Lady Gaga, those three in particular have some cool moments in the film. And then there’s¬†Mel Gibson¬†as Luther Voz, he was simply brilliant. I have missed Mel Gibson in films so much in recent years and I was glad to see him return, he still has a wonderful screen presence and was hilarious, menacing and all sorts of badass as the key villain in the film who has a crazy plan that will change the world.

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Demi√°n Bichir¬†as Mendez was this mental as this bad guy who had like two split personalities and this made for some really funny and random scenes. Charlie Sheen was awesome¬†as President Rathcock, it was a good role for him, it wasn’t over done nor was it too cheesy, it was just decent and very him.¬†Vanessa Hudgens¬†as Cereza was decent but not in the film long enough to leave an impression and¬†Alexa Vega¬†as KillJoy looked hot but didn’t do that much outside of her action scenes,Marko Zaror¬†is a beast¬†as Zaror, he’s this mutant martial arts guy who moves all over the place and kicks the crap out of everyone and it was awesome!

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As for the presentation it is pretty good. Visually the film is even more crazy than before, the film grain is back, the action is ridiculous, violent, hilarious and stupidly creative and the special effects used for the GCI blood and green screen backgrounds look so cheap but it adds to the charm of the film. Also the soundtrack by Carl Thiel is good but not nearly as good as the original and was severely lacking in the Machete theme song.

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In conclusion Machete Kills, just like the first film¬†was frigging awesome. It is so over-the-top, action-packed and hilarious, but here its ridiculous factor is cranked up even higher than before. While it doesn’t have the same initial wow and shock factor that made the first so much fun and it is really silly at times, I can’t help but like random stuff like this. Good times were had with this film.

7/10 (More of the same carnage from before but on a larger scale,¬†highly recommend if you’re a fan of the original.)

So what did you think of Machete Kills? Did you like it or hate it? Whatever your thoughts are drop them in the comments below and I’ll see ya on the next review! ūüėÄ

 

 
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Posted by on October 18, 2013 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Scream “MACHETE!” with me in this Machete Review

Hello there ladies and gents of the internet, its time for another film review. Now every once in a while you watch a film that just makes you go, “what the fuck man?” But it makes you say it in a fun way and that’s what Machete is. I saw this film in the cinema back in 2010 and I remember really liking it, so now the sequel is out and also since I haven’t seen the film in a round 3 years I thought it would be about time to revisit this film and see what the deal is.

The plot of this film finds¬†Machete a renegade former Mexican Federale, roaming the streets of Texas after a shakedown from drug lord Torrez. Reluctantly, Machete takes an offer from spin doctor Benz to assassinate McLaughlin a corrupt Senator. Double crossed and on the run Machete braves the odds with the help of Luz, a saucy taco slinger, Padre his “holy” brother, and April a socialite with a penchant for guns. All while being tracked by Sartana, an ICE agent with a special interest in the blade slinger.

I’m just going to say this right now, the story in this film is ridiculous… But that’s what makes it so fun! The film knows what it is and doesn’t take itself seriously at all, the question is whether or not you’ll be down for it or not. There is story to follow and it is basically a tale of revenge for Machete along with corruption within politics and freedom and justice for Mexican people. I personally love how unapologetic the film is when it comes to its style of being an exploitation film, its loud, over-the-top, random as hell and has some parts that don’t really make sense, however those are the key things that make this film special.

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Also the cast are pretty good too, though some stick out more than others. Danny Trejo is badass as Machete Cortez. If you’ve seen Trejo in any other film or TV show then you know what you’re getting into, but in this film he’s such a badass. Machete has such a great screen presence, he’s so cool and just one guy you’d love to know personally. Then there’s¬†Steven Seagal as Rogelio Torrez, he’s the main antagonist of the film and I love how cool, how badass and how generically villainous he is.¬†

Michelle Rodriguez as Luz/Sh√©, my god she is hotness, Rodriguez is usually pretty sexy but in this film she’s especially hotness and she also has a cool part to play in this film, she’s undercover, smart and has a way with weapons.¬†Jessica Alba as Sartana Rivera, while looking pretty fine I feel like her character is the weakest of the cast. Her character is a bit of a douche but then she has a random change of heart eventually through that really doesn’t make any sense, plus her acting sometimes isn’t very convincing.¬†Jeff Fahey was very good as Michael Booth, I thought he played an interesting and shady character and I liked how he double-crossed people and while he worked for other people, he always looked out for number one.¬†Cheech Marin as Padre Benicio Del Toro, was one of my favourite characters, Marin plays a very innocent and yet badass when need be and I liked his action moments too.

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Don Johnson as Von Jackson makes for a pretty good villain who really hates Mexicans and tries to keep them from getting into the US via border control.¬†It was also good to see¬†Shea Whigham as Sniper, after seeing Boardwalk Empire I’ve started to notice him in so much more films these days and in this film his role is small but definitely memorable. Also¬†Lindsay Lohan as April Booth is a bit random in the film but to her credit she’s alright and has some cool moments. And lastly seeing¬†Daryl Sabara as Julio feels random as hell, but it’s also funny and kind of works too and it’s not surprising considering that Sabara worked with¬†¬†Robert Rodriguez on the Spy Kids films.

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I also want to touch on the presentation too. Visually the film is crazy, I love the film grain used and the over-the-top violence in the form of blood and dismemberment is awesome, cheesy, ridiculous and hilarious. Also the soundtrack by Chingon is pretty cool, epic and the main Machete theme song is awesome as hell!

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In conclusion Machete is one of those ridiculous films that comes about and its either something you love or hate. For me this film is ridiculous, violent and random as well, but at the end of the day its fun and that’s all that matters to me. The film is fair from perfect and has a few flaws, but it’s definitely a film that I’d recommend for a film night of fun with friends and possibly some alcohol haha.

7.5/10 (An unapologetically fun-as-hell kind of film)

So what did you think of Machete? Did you like it or hate it? Whatever your thoughts are drop them in the comments below and be show to come back for my review for Machete Kills! ūüėÄ

 
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Posted by on October 11, 2013 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Fast & Furious 6 Review

Honestly I never thought this series would make it this far. After Fast and Furious 4 back in 2009 I thought the series was done, but then Fast 5 came out in 2011 and was a massive success breathing new life into the series. So here in 2013 we have Fast 6, a film that looks even more insane than the last and adds new and old faces to the frame. Is it some good stuff or stupid stuff? Read on and Find out!

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Story is as follows:

“Fast & Furious 6 follows a professional criminal gang led by Dominic Toretto who have retired following their successful heist in Fast Five, but remain wanted fugitives. U.S. Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) agent Luke Hobbs offers to clear the group’s criminal records and allow them to return home in exchange for helping him to take down a skilled mercenary organization led by Owen Shaw and his second in command, Dominic’s presumed-dead lover Letty Ortiz.”

These films are never really watched and admired for the story but for what it was it was good. The plot got from point A to point B at a swift pace, it was really funny at points, there was some nice connections to previous films in the series and while the story and dialogue are a bit cheesy to take in at times for the most part it doesn’t ruin the film. Also there is this theme about family that has always been present in the series and it definitely applies in this film, the group as they are now, you feel like they are a family, that they’re connected and I like how that element of the film stays true throughout.

Now it’s time to talk about the characters of the film and luckily all of them are good for the most part. Vin Diesel as Dom Toretto is still cool as hell. He is well-connected with his crew, still knows how to drive and has some cool moments of action too. He’s all-round cool and I can’t fault him. Paul Walker as Brian O’Conner was good too, though I really dunno what else to say about his character because it’s always been a bit plain. Now let’s talk about Dwayne Johnson as Luke Hobbs, Johnson was such a badass in this film and he was ripped as hell! I loved his dialogue and action scenes and he’s just got a great natural charisma on-screen.

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And then there’s Tyrese Gibson and Ludacris as Tej Parker and Roman Pearce. They were great in the film, with Ludacris’ character being the tech expert while Roman was another driver who also got a bit of action time too. I loved the interaction between Tyrese and Ludacris they had good screen time together and there was plenty of laughs to be had from those two especially with Tyrese, that guys is funny.

As for Michelle Rodriguez as Letty Ortiz, it was great to see her back in the series and find out what happened to her. Also Sung Kang and Gal Gadot as Han Seoul-Oh and Gisele Yashar were also good in the film and it was great to see the return of Jordana Brewster as Mia Toretto, though she wasn’t in the film as much as I’d hoped the screen time she did get was great.

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As for the new cast members, Luke Evans as Owen Shaw was nice as the new bad guy in this film. He was smart, decisive and was always a few steps ahead of Dom and his crew. And lastly there’s Gina Carano as Riley, holy man she was hot as hell in this film. Besides being a nice addition to the film she kicks so much ass in the film, literally! Carano definitely puts her fighting background to good use here and when she was beating people up or just delivering the pain I dunno why but I got a very sexy vibe from her. Don’t ask me why that’s just the way she makes me feel! XD

When it comes to the presentation it is easily the best element of the film. The Fast & Furious series has always been known for its over-the-top action, crazy set pieces and law defying moments in time and this film is no different. Fast 6 introduces tanks and planes into the mix along with all the fast cars that’s defined the series for so long and its all handled in a fine and stylish manner. I love the way the action is shot, there’s some nice camera angles and a lot of the driving sequences reminded me of Need For Speed Underground and Carbon. And then there’s the other side of the action in terms of the fights and holy man the fights in this film are cool, nicely choreographed and hectic as hell! These fights are brutal, nice to look at and sound very pain thanks to the use of good sound effect, and it is here where Gina Carano and Joe Taslim really shine here and put their skills to use is some really impressive scenes.

In conclusion Fast 6 is just some good summer movie fun yo. Its ridiculous, action-packed and throws the laws of physics out the window. The film knows what it is and knows how to entertain where it counts and you can’t ask any more from a film then that right? Whether I like this film more than Fast 5 remains to be seen, but I’d say they’re pretty on-par with each other. Honestly go out and see Fast 6 it’s some kick ass stuff yo! ūüôā

Rating: 8/10 (It’s over-the-top fun at its finest yo)

So did you like Fast 6 or did you hate it? Also are you fan of the series as a whole or do you think it should die? Whatever your thoughts are drop them in the comments below and I’ll see you lot on the next film review yo! ūüėÄ

 
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Posted by on May 18, 2013 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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