Wednesday, May 29, 2013

If you weren’t part of the $120 million at the box office that that saw Fast and Furious 6 this weekend don’t worry there is still time. The 6th installment of the Fast and Furious empire made the Hangover Part III  look hung-over at the box office.  With the returning cast of Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, Jordana Brewster, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Sung Kang and Chris "Ludacris" Bridges, joined by Luke Evans and Gina Carano, "Furious 6" opened on Friday in 3,658 theaters, taking in $38.2 million, surpassing the opening day of previous sequel Fast Five by $3.8 million. It then took full advantage of the long holiday weekend, bringing in $96.8 million over the three-day weekend and an estimated $120 million including Memorial Day Monday.

I know after the first movie I was with you did they really need a sequel? They then proceeded to make 3 terrible sequels but I admit that I liked the 4th sequel Fast Five. But was there room for a 6th?

Yes! The 6th installment makes up for the shortcomings of the previous sequels. Yes it is full of cheesy one-liners and yes there are the predictable fight scenes. But it’s got all the action you need: guns, explosions, impossible to believe 007 type jumps, unexpected twists, bringing cast back from the dead like some crazy day time soap, and even a heart wrenching love story.  Hard to believe but the Fast and Furious 6 is worth your dime. 

The question is will the 7th?  Yes the movie leaves you with the cliffhanger for a 7th sequel and introduces another famous action star to join the Fast Furious Empire, Jason Statham.

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Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Summer of Sequels or Hollywood SOS

I admit it this summer of sequels and remakes has me wanting to spend that $20 at the movies. Iron Man 3, Hangover 3, Star Trek Into Darkness, Gatsby, Man of Steel and the list goes on.
The question is..is it worth it? Are these quality movies or is Hollywood out of ideas and just trying to make a buck? How many sequels in the history of sequels have been good? Really? 
Star Wars  (original) that is a given, The Godfather Part II, Aliens (but the ones after this go down hill), The Dark Knight… Sequels based on books like Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter  etc tend to continue to deliver but that might be due to the solid foundation of the book not Hollywood.

Iron Man 3 is better than 2 Robert Downey Jr delivers and is perfect cast for Tony Stark plus everyone likes to see a woman kick some ass, go Pepper Potts. Star Trek Into Darkness is another quality J.J. Abrams film delivering action that is sure to continue to generate new life into the franchise. Gatsby has an updated soundtrack, amazing cinematography, and Leo is a Great Gatsby.

But in reality most sequels aren’t worth the film they are made on.  The Lost world: Jurrasic Park, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, and The Next Karate Kid to name a few. Hollywood hooks you with the original great film and then cuts corners or even switches actors on sequels.  The director and screen writer of Hunger games announced his departure from the sequel Catching Fire due to the tight and fixed production. For the Avengers sequel they are already talking of switching cast so they don’t have to pay the large salaries that drew us to that movie originally. Hollywood is trying to turn around a movie while the iron is hot but is it at the expense of the film?

What do you think are the best or worst sequels of all time? Create your list and get your friends to vote. See which sequel comes out on top or goes to the bottom of your watch list. www.yourmediaworld.com