Month: July 2017

Speed Racers Pt 7 (Furious 7, 2015)

The seventh film in the series that has not apparently run out of gas (and fifth film directed by Justin Lin) finds the team no longer on the run and being a family.  Dom and Letty are working on their relationship, as she has… Continue Reading “Speed Racers Pt 7 (Furious 7, 2015)”

Speed Racers Pt 6 (Fast & Furious 6, 2013)

The sixth film throws in a twist for Dom, Brian and their family.  Letty is back, but now she appears to be their competition.  Hobb’s has let the gang be, seeing as how they have stayed out of the heist scene since their last… Continue Reading “Speed Racers Pt 6 (Fast & Furious 6, 2013)”

Speed Racers Pt 5 (Fast Five, 2011)

And uh…here is where things get a little weird for the franchise.  Because, uh, the fifth film?  It is probably the best film of the franchise at this point.  This film embraces the absurd and becomes a full on heist film.  Brian has joined… Continue Reading “Speed Racers Pt 5 (Fast Five, 2011)”

Speed Racers, Pt 4 (Fast & Furious, 2009)

For the fourth film, they dropped “The” from the title.  Because…saving space on the poster?  I guess?  This film brings it back to the original.  O’Conner is working with the Feds again, while Toretto and Letty are pulling heists.  When Letty is murdered, O’Conner… Continue Reading “Speed Racers, Pt 4 (Fast & Furious, 2009)”

Speed Racers Pt 3 (the Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, 2006)

The name is derived from a style of racing called Drifting.  It involves the driver over-steering and losing traction of the tires.  It is more elaborate than that, but I am not a car guy.  And that is pretty much all there is for… Continue Reading “Speed Racers Pt 3 (the Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, 2006)”

Speed Racers Pt 2 (2 Fast 2 Furious, 2003)

I think we all know what comes after a movie is a modest success or better…the studios move on to the next project, happy with their success.  Oh wait…no… they cry out for a sequel. And so, the embarrassingly named 2 Fast 2 Furious… Continue Reading “Speed Racers Pt 2 (2 Fast 2 Furious, 2003)”

Speed Racers Pt 1 (The Fast and the Furious, 2001)

2000 and 2001 were a good couple of years for Vin Diesel.  He had a supporting role in Steven Spielberg’s Saving Private Ryan, but only a small spattering of roles before that.  His other “big” role was the voice of the titular character in… Continue Reading “Speed Racers Pt 1 (The Fast and the Furious, 2001)”

Swing High (Spider-Man: Homecoming, 2017)

Spider-Man has the distinction of having been rebooted three times in the last fifteen years.  Both the Raimi Films and the Marc Webb films have good points.  Raimi’s Spider-Man 2 is a high point for super-hero themed films.  But they also never quite fully… Continue Reading “Swing High (Spider-Man: Homecoming, 2017)”