RSS feed for Steve
  • Death Race 2000

    Death Race 2000 1975

    ★★★½ Watched 11 Feb, 2016

    Fast February!

    Hindsight is a wonderful thing but if Paul Bartel knew in 1975 what we know now, David Carradine and friends would be pootling around in souped up Vauxhall Novas.

    Death Race 2000 is a film that earns a hell of a lot of admiration and entertainment early on with its concept and the murderous gimmick that's involved in its race. Its various odd bits and pieces and its general look are really enjoyable from the get-go. But it's…

  • The Connection

    The Connection 2014

    ★★½ Watched 10 Feb, 2016

    Fast February!

    I probably should have researched this project a lot better. Either that, or I shouldn't believe a word that IMDb says.

    Because this is not an action film. AT ALL. Aside from the occasional isolated gun murder and a shootout near the end, this is a pretty run-of-the-mill crime drama. It's an attempt to tell the French side of the story that was the loose basis for The French Connection, but really starts floundering early on in the…

  • The Legend of Drunken Master

    The Legend of Drunken Master 1994

    ★★★★ Watched 09 Feb, 2016 6

    Fast February!

    You're allowed to not like Jackie Chan films. But I don't think I'd allow you to deny the incredible level of artistry and creativity that goes into them.

    I've been watching his films for nearly 20 years now and even today, as a bitter, jaded, downtrodden personage, I still find they have the ability to wow me like nothing else I see in cinema. We should all feel privileged and incredibly fortunate to have been alive during a…

  • The Mission

    The Mission 1999

    ★★★ Watched 08 Feb, 2016 7

    Fast February!

    AS USUAL, SPOILERS FOR THIS BUT THERE'S ALSO A SPOILER FOR VENGEANCE AS WELL IN HERE SO BE WARNED

    I. Don't. Get. Johnnie. To.

    I'm sorry, I just don't get it. I've tried this guy several times now and that this is the best film I've seen from him, despite containing many of the gaping flaws and irritations I've had with other stuff I've seen from him, it really suggests to me I should maybe give up.

    I…

  • The Eagle Has Landed

    The Eagle Has Landed 1976

    ★★★½ Watched 08 Feb, 2016 12

    Fast February!

    Not quite as fast as perhaps the label of this project would lead you to presume if you've never seen it before.

    In fact, it's really very slow indeed until about the last half an hour but in that sense I think it's a pretty recognisable WW2 action adventure film. It's a genre that I love and although The Eagle Has Landed wouldn't top my chart in that regard, I found it quite an interesting film even outside…

  • Gone In Sixty Seconds

    Gone In Sixty Seconds 2000

    ★★★ Watched 07 Feb, 2016 2

    Fast February!

    I really only watched this because I didn't know where to turn after the finishing The Fast And The Furious series :(

    But I am glad I watched it even though it's one of those films that, at its core, is really not very interesting at all. It's not even really an action film. Despite the fact that it's about a gang that has to steal 50 cars in 72 hours otherwise Giovanni Ribisi will get murdered by…

  • Redline

    Redline 2009

    Watched 08 Feb, 2016 2

    Fast February!

    I barely got 20 minutes into this and then I binned it.

    Just an absolutely unbearable cacophony the entire sodding time I had the bloody thing on, clashing in with a presumably deliberately grotesque animation style that just got on my tits.

    It just seemed like it was the film equivalent of 'I Know A Song That Will Get On Your Nerves'. No.

  • Furious 7

    Furious 7 2015

    ★★★½ Watched 06 Feb, 2016 4

    Fast February!

    And then they went their separate ways.

    When Paul Walker died a couple of years ago, it wasn't a death that affected me a massive amount. He was an actor who had largely passed me by and I only really remember seeing him in John Dahl's excellent Joy Ride. Like with any high profile young and sudden death, it was still a shock but not as much as a shock as it was to his many, many fans.…

  • Fast & Furious 6

    Fast & Furious 6 2013

    ★★★★ Watched 06 Feb, 2016

    Fast February!

    Fast & Furious 6 shows the downside of creating such a likeable bunch of characters.

    Eventually, in a franchise such as this, you are going to have to do away with someone. In the case of Sung Kang, we already lost him once and we end this one knowing we're about to lose him again. And it's not a very happy way to lose the snack chomping chap either, seeing as though we just saw his lover Gal Gadot…

  • Fast Five

    Fast Five 2011

    ★★★★ Watched 04 Feb, 2016 4

    Fast February!

    I always wanted to see The Rock v Diesel!

    Well, far be it for me to cast doubt on the opinions of the many who insisted that things got really got good when we hit Fast Five, but that's what I did anyway. And I think with plenty of justification, especially after Justin Lin's somewhat bumpy contributions to the series this far.

    Perhaps the most extraordinary part of Fast Five for me was the improvement that he's shown…

  • Fast & Furious

    Fast & Furious 2009

    ★★★ Watched 02 Feb, 2016 11

    Fast February!

    There are a couple of things that annoy and concern me about this series at this point.

    Firstly, the titles. Couldn't they just pick a title and put a number on the end of it and stick to it? Constantly farting around with the wording in it is neither cute nor cool, it's extremely annoying to arseholes like me who like to see things a bit neater and tidier when it comes to this kind of thing. Also,…

  • The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift

    The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift 2006

    ★½ Watched 01 Feb, 2016 7

    Fast February!

    Well what the hell were they thinking with this one?

    Talk about running before you can walk. I might have enjoyed 2 Fast 2 Furious a lot more than the original, but that was certainly no reason for them to get ideas above their station and try a spin-off or whatever the fuck this was meant to be. We're just getting used to the characters (well, one of them, maybe two) and then you get rid of them…