#211: The Fate of the Furious

The Fate of the Furious - Silver Screen Snobs

Tom’s not the only one back this week. THE FAMILY is back. Tom and Dave review The Fate of the Furious but not before Part 1 of the Tom Goes To America lightning round. Also: Kong: Skull Island, John Wick: Chapter 2, Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children, Toni Erdmann, Rules Don’t Apply, Bad Boscomb, The Thin Man, Labyrinth of Lies, Imperium, Doctor Zhivago, The Enemy Below, The Fallen Idol.

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No Need For Any Speed

It is far too early to be wondering what the worst film of the year will be. With eight more months to go the playing field should be wide open. Last year, however, we only reached the first week of February before we were presented with what seemed like a no-brainer (in every sense of the term) in Movie 43. Little did we know that just six weeks later, A Good Day To Die Hard would come along and prove Movie 43 to be nothing more than an odd, albeit vulgar, footnote on most filmgoers end-of-year lists. This year, if a film comes along in the next six weeks, hell, the next six months, that manages to be any worse than video-game-to-big-screen monster Need For Speed, I might not only lose the will to watch movies, I might just lose the will to live. Continue reading →

The Fast and the Furious (2001) – Best Point Break remake ever


This may be news to no-one, but I’ve only just caught up with this franchise, so humour me. Let me first lay some cards on the table: I’m a Point Break tragic. Kathryn Bigelow’s 1991 surfing bank-robber bromance was the first M15+ film I ever saw, so for that reason alone it holds a special nostalgic place in my heart. The excitement at the time was immense. It had M rated violence! Boobs! Guns! Swearing! It’s been a great relief to find that throughout the many re-watches I’ve undertaken since that fateful soft-drink fueled sleepover (yeah, I was 10, that’s what cool kids did), it still holds up. Taut, stylish bank robbery sequences, a foot chase that was unrivalled in cinema until Casino Royale, and that bit where Keanu shoots his gun in the air and goes ‘ahhh.’ Patrick Swayze was never more watchable than when he inhabited the the hippy-guru-criminal-mastermind persona of the enigmatic Bodhi. And Reeves? What better way to utilize the actor’s perpetually stoned and bewildered persona by having the plot dictate that he impersonates a Californian surfer dude? ‘Vaya con Dios, Brah.’ Brilliant. Everyone just pretend he’s acting. Then, of course, there’s Gary Busey. Let off the chain as FBI agent Angelo Pappas, he leaves behind a trail of destruction and endlessly quotable dialogue: ‘I’m so hungry I could eat the ass end out of a dead rhino.’ Continue reading →

Episode 30: Fast and Furious 6, The Italian Job

Fast and Furious 6Can Furious 6 top Fast 5? We’ll find out in this fuel-injected episode matching up the latest epic installment in the Fast and Furious franchise with 1969’s The Italian Job. Also reviewed: High Noon, Mr. Nanny, Fast and Furious series recap.

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Episode 16: Cloud Atlas, Side Effects

Cloud AtlasThe Wachowski’s epic Cloud Atlas finally reaches our shores along with what may prove to be Steven Soderbergh’s final film, Side Effects. Also reviewed: The Fast and the Furious series, Blow Out, The Sapphires, Wish You Were Here, Bully, Heathers, Wild River, Shock Corridor.

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