Tag Archives: Vin Diesel

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

THIS SUMMER, THE GALAXY WON’T SAVE ITSELF.  When Rocket steals valuable batteries from a hostile race, the Guardians of the Galaxy are hunted – and saved by a man (Kurt Russell) who claims to be Peter Quill’s (Chris Pratt) father. This 3D sequel delivers exactly what fans of the first movie expect – colorful battles … Continue reading Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

The Fate of the Furious

NEW ROADS AHEAD.  The old team is rounded up one more time for a top secret government mission, but they’re all seemingly betrayed by Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) who’s working with a new dangerous foe (Charlize Theron)… The eighth chapter in the Fast and the Furious saga has a razor-thin story for a movie as … Continue reading The Fate of the Furious

Awakenings

THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A SIMPLE MIRACLE.  In 1969, physician Malcolm Sayer (Robin Williams) arrives at a Bronx hospital; after successfully using a different drug for catatonic patients, he sees them miraculously ”wake up”. This adaptation of Oliver Sacks’s experiences depicts the obvious anxiety and joy of coming back to life after being … Continue reading Awakenings

The Chronicles of Riddick

ALL THE POWER IN THE UNIVERSE CAN’T CHANGE DESTINY.  This sequel to Pitch Black (2000) brings the story five years into the future where Richard Riddick (Vin Diesel) is hunted by mercenaries and becomes involved with a strange, religious force that conquers planets. The original was more of a straightforward thriller, but this action-adventure builds … Continue reading The Chronicles of Riddick

Saving Private Ryan: Spielberg’s Hymn to the Fallen

THE MISSION IS A MAN. Steven Spielberg has directed several masterpieces over the years, but this one is the most controversial. The general sentiment expressed by snobs is that the first 20 minutes, depicting the invasion of Normandy, are outstanding, but the rest is typical Spielberg mush. It’s as if the fact that those 20 … Continue reading Saving Private Ryan: Spielberg’s Hymn to the Fallen

FuriousSeven

VENGEANCE HITS HOME. Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) and his crew are targeted by the brother (Jason Statham) of their latest nemesis, who wants revenge. Horror director James Wan’s first action pic firmly takes this franchise into Mission: Impossible territory, but forgets basic rules. We have to believe that the good guys are actually in danger … Continue reading FuriousSeven

Furious 6

ALL ROADS LEAD TO THIS. Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) tracks down and hires Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) and his crew to go after a former British Special Forces soldier who destroyed a Russian military convoy. This jaw-droppingly popular franchise was cleverly rejuvenated in Fast Five (2011) and number six follows that template, mixing an international … Continue reading Furious 6

Guardians of the Galaxy

WHEN THINGS GET BAD, THEY’LL DO THEIR WORST. Somewhere in outer space, a human pilot (Chris Pratt) lays his hands on an orb that contains powerful forces and is immediately hunted; along the way, he befriends a motley gang of warriors and adventurers. Another mighty Marvel adventure in 3D, but this time with heavy emphasis … Continue reading Guardians of the Galaxy

The Greatest Hits of 2014

It’s time for that annual list of this year’s highly anticipated Hollywood films. Here’s 2014 for ya. JANUARY: * Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit – This reboot of Tom Clancy’s CIA analyst cum action hero has Chris Pine, Kevin Costner and Kenneth Branagh (who’s also directing), but the trailer disturbingly shows another variation on the Jason Bourne … Continue reading The Greatest Hits of 2014

Paul Walker Will Be Fast & Furious Also Next Year

[youtube=http://youtu.be/m61wrvHp2zo&w=540&h=320] In 2011, Paul Walker appeared on Lopez Tonight to promote his new movie, Fast Five. In the clip above, he talks about how the Fast & Furious franchise got started, his upbringing in California and his own relationship with street racing. Of course, fans of Walker’s know that he was always primarily interested in the ocean and … Continue reading Paul Walker Will Be Fast & Furious Also Next Year

Fast Five

Dominic, Brian and Mia (Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Jordana Brewster) are on the lam in Rio de Janeiro where they make enemies with a local crime lord… and are hunted by a zealous federal agent (Dwayne Johnson). A turning point in this franchise, resulting in a very intense heist movie with the occasional street racing … Continue reading Fast Five

The Iron Giant

IT CAME FROM OUTER SPACE! [youtube=http://youtu.be/OTnu-cGP17w&w=540&h=320]   In the 1950s, a boy encounters a giant made of iron in the woods; the creature is from outer space, but the kid’s new playmate is not easily accepted by adults. An animated charmer that shows director Brad Bird’s potential, even though it wasn’t a commercial success. Reminiscent of E.T. (1982), … Continue reading The Iron Giant