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Family isn’t about blood.

I have known this statement to be true for a while. Last night it was proven to me again. In a movie of all things. And perhaps in a movie where you would least expect it.

Through my two children I was introduced to the Fast & Furious movie franchise. I never expected to love these films…but I did.  These movies are what you would expect…in a way. They have fast cars, crime, shoot outs, but they also have family and family values.

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I looked forward to each and every new release…only once did I have a moment of…oh dear…really.

So it was with sadness that I heard the news that one of the stars of these movies died. Paul Walker died too young.

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For a time I wondered if I would watch this last movie of the franchise with him in it, because it was only possible to be released with two of his brothers standing in for certain scenes.

I am so glad I finally did see it. Even if it broke my heart watching the ending. Knowing that those scenes had been filmed with the intention of saying goodbye from his cast members.

Vin Diesel may not be everyone’s cup of tea…but his tribute in the last scene…well it reminded me that family is those that live in our hearts and not just our veins.

I know this to be true because I have family that in no way are related by blood. They are related by heart, because I love them as dearly as it is possible. Just as I love some family by blood as well. So I know what Vin Diesel means when he says…”I used to say I lived my life a quarter mile at a time, I think that’s why we were brothers, because you did too. No matter where you are, whether it is a quarter mile away or half way across the world, you’ll always be with me.”

I swear…the stunts are fantastic…I held my breath with the car and three buildings one. I really did. Please…please watch this wonderful movie. You will not regret it.

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The Wolf of Wall Street

This scene is soooo brilliant.
This scene is soooo brilliant.

I watched this last night. Up front I want to say I am a HUGE Leo fan. But I will admit when he gets it wrong…God how I hated the movie The Beach. But when he gets it right he really gets it right.

He got it right with The Wolf of Wall Street. I was actually howling with laughter at some of it.

With all the crap that goes on in Wall Street of course you should hate these guys…right ???

I was actually rooting for Jordan Belfort in the end. I know…but what can I say. The guy was so screwed up about wealth and drugs and sex that he becomes the perfect anti-hero that you end up loving a little bit.

If you want to see a real life commentary of the damage this guy and his work buddies most certainly caused then you will have to wait for a documentary. But as far as entertainment goes this film ticks all the boxes for me.

The cast is brilliant.

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Jonah Hill as Donnie Azoff is a masterpiece of acting. One minute the guy had me rolling with laughter the next I wanted to hit him with a two by four. All the while completely mesmerized by his character…almost as much as Leo’s.

Matthew McConaughey makes a small but oh so Matthew appearance…so for you fans out there…

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The cinematography is breathtaking. I love the script. It is fast, funny and there are so many really clever little bits in there . I will be watching for more of Terence Winter’s scripts. As a writer there is not much I love more than a really good book or script.

Rob Reiner as Jordan’s Dad Max does a superb job. Right from the moment you meet his character in the movie you are under his spell.

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And brilliantly cast as Aunt Emma, the ever so wonderful Joanna Lumley. Boy was I jealous of Joanna…getting to get ever so close to the delicious Mr Di Caprio.

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Please do yourself a favour and go see this film. You won’t regret it. I sure didn’t.

And I have to say it was lovely seeing Leo up there gripping his Golden Globe. He really did deserve it for this one. Now if only I can bring myself to watch The Great Gatsby. I am fearful about that one.

The Mechanic

I am a huge Jan-Michael Vincent fan.

He played the role of Steve, with Charles Bronson as Arthur Bishop, in the 1972 version of The Mechanic.

The film was a classic.

So that you are clear – The 1972 film is one of my favourite movies in the world.

Sometimes Hollywood should learn to leave classics alone.

I finally convinced myself to watch the remake. After all – how bad could it be?

I like Jason Statham – he’s made some good movies.

  • Snatch
  • Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels
  • Transporter
  • The Italian Job
  • The Bank Job

All movies I have liked.

And I like Donald Sutherland.

Honestly – Jason Statham really wasn’t bad in The Mechanic. But he wasn’t Charles Bronson.

Donald Sutherland wasn’t bad either. He is after all – Donald Sutherland.

But what the hell were they thinking.

Jan-Michael Vincent was chilling as Steve.

He was the perfect counterpart to Bronson’s Arthur Bishop.

Stunningly handsome and about as screwed up as you can get.

Ben Foster played the 2011 Steve as a wimp. A twisted wimp – but a wimp who shed tears…

Please.

Tears.

Steve shedding tears.

Are you people crazy ????

Steve is a psychopath who has no compassion for anyone.

And that is what made the 1972 movie so compelling. Watching him play off against Arthur Bishop was riveting. All I wanted to do watching this version was give him a swift kick and tell him to grows some balls.

They also played around with other parts of the film that made it so great.

The beginning of the 1972 movie had no dialogue for over 15 minutes – it was fantastic filming.

Bishop’s relationship with the prostitute he hired to write love letters to him.

Steve’s offhand treatment of Louise (his girlfriend) when she slits her wrists.

The last mission Bishop and Steve go on together – the fact it was a set-up to kill them both.

They altered all these parts of the movie. All of them.

But what really ticked me off.

The ending.

In the 1972 version, both Bishop and Steve die.

As it should be – people – as it should be.

My thinking is that they are considering a sequel – because they kept Bishop alive in this one.

I hate wasting time – which is precisely what I did when I spent the 1 hour, 28 minutes, and 31 seconds it took to get to the end of this film.

I thought about adding a clip from the 2011 version – but I just couldn’t bring myself to do it.

I just couldn’t.

To Justin or not to Justin…

Sometimes…

I am surprised.

Last night was one of those times.

I watched “Never Say Never”, the Justin Bieber movie, or rather documentary of his whoosh into the world of superstardom.

Let’s be clear.

I will probably never buy a CD of his, I will never go to a concert, and I will never faint and scream at an appearance.

But the kid has something.

Does he have the best voice in the world?

Not in my opinion – but he’s savvy.

And he’s kind of sweet – he reminded me of when my own son was that age. For a kid with all that attention, and all those people sucking up to him, in the movie he still comes across as a kid with a dream, an ability to work hard, and a sense of fun.

His rise in the star stakes is incredible – and most of it done through putting in the hours to get him noticed by the right people.

Justin did the rounds of radio stations – even those who were not playing his music.

He started tweeting.

He put videos on YouTube.

When the record company didn’t think they could find a place for him – Justin found his own place.

He wanted recognition – and he wasn’t afraid to go after it.

There aren’t many young guys who would approach Usher asking to sing for him.

I admire all that.

I also admire his manager Scooter Braun.

Scooter had little experience when he took on Justin Bieber, just a belief in the boy and his ability. And together they managed to make it – in a very difficult profession.

I hope he stays as grounded as he seemed in the movie.

I hope that his team manage to hold it together and guide him through.

I hope that the public remember that he is a kid.

He’ll make mistakes like all kids. Only Justin’s will be public mistakes.

It doesn’t mean they should crucify him for being a kid and doing what kids do  – dumb stuff that they shouldn’t but need to do to learn not to do it again.

For now – well I admit defeat and will be in the kid’s corner hoping life makes him happy.

Even if I don’t listen to his songs except when they are on the radio.