Mamo #305: Dinosaurus Six

VROOOOOOOM…!! Mamo takes a quick road trip to the U.S. of A. for barbecued meat and Vin Diesel, which are largely indistinguishable from one another. On the drive home we take a moment to survey the state of the nation of the most unlikely super-franchise in Hollywood. Who’s feeling fast? Who’s feeling furious?

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Matthew Fabb
Guest

Unfortunately, young people are still modding their cars and having races. I have neighbours who live one house over and who park their cars on their lawn, because they don’t have enough room on their one car driveway, are exactly those kinds of people. It’s 2 brothers who live with their mother and are now in their late 20’s, possibly even early 30’s. My wife and I keep waiting for them to move out, but I guess they are spending too much of their money on their cars to afford a place of their own.

Beyond them, there is also a parking lot in a Tim Horton’s not too far from my house, where teenagers and 20-somethings gather comparing cars that they have ridiculously added crazy big fins to. I’ve even seen them occasionally give cars makeshift racing numbers, with either duct tape or a printed sheet of paper in the back of their car windows.

I’ve never seen anyone racing but staying up late enough I can hear from my house, cars racing down one of the major streets in Mississauga.

Perhaps it’s something more popular in suburbia, but unfortunately it’s definitely still a thing that still going on.

Sean Kelly
Guest

I don’t know about you, but I’m happy I chose HANGOVER PART III over FAST & FURIOUS 6.

I’d take lowbrow humour over fast cars any day.

Sean Kelly
Guest

Despite the overall box office, my screening of THE HANGOVER PART III on Friday evening was fairly well attended.

That said, I feel like ranting about:
– The cleaning lights being on during the trailers (I had to get out and tell someone)
– People arriving late, standing at the very front of the theatre, and texting their friends
– Staff members turning on the lights THE SECOND the credits start rolling, despite the fact that there’s a stinger 30 seconds in.
– A guy was talking on his phone all through said stinger

No wonder people don’t go to cinemas much anymore.

Kurt Halfyard
Admin

My Furious6 experience in a packed house late on a Sunday night (which is a weird thing in and of itself, usually less than 25 people in any screening at that time…) was such:

Amusingly dumb pre-audience chatter.
Hushed reverence when the film started.
Many gasps when (to my eyes telegraphed) turnabouts occur.
Often hilarious redundancy in the story telling so that even the person at the back of the room gets what is happening.
Gina Carano is AMAZING and in the film way more than I thought she would be.
Cross-cutting between a record number of parallel action in the climax was very well handled.

I never felt out of the loop even though this was my first film in the franchise…but I was still bored to tears when the characters postured and talked (and ostensibly joked) to each other. The audience loved the dumb banter though. They really loved it. Yes, this movie reminded me a lot of Armageddon for it’s inane screenwriting.

Angie
Guest

Disagree, I really enjoyed her in Haywire but behind a lesser director you can really tell just how bad of actor she is. I’m not saying she doesn’t have potential but when your the worst actor in a Fast and Furious movie you got a problem.

That being said, she is great at action.

Mattmovies
Guest

Totally agree with this – she adds nothing. Her “reveal” lands like a lead zeppelin.

Kurt Halfyard
Admin

Not talking about the reveal, and Gawd no, I’m not talking about her acting…she’s as shitty as everyone is in this film (Even the Rock is just going thru the moves without having any ‘Character’ -> God help the Brazilian Cop Lady, Jordana Brewster or Michelle Rodriguez in this film, they are across the board awful.

No I’m talking about the fight sequences and the interesting visual image that The Rock and Carano make strolling down corridors. Would love to have a spiritual spin-off or Prequel where they go off and do procedural/military/bureaucracy stuff.

“I’ve never looked so forward to doing paperwork, indeed.”

Matthew Price
Guest

Oh okay so as long as all you are talking about is the way she looks when they pose her like an action figure in certain scenes then of course the use of an all caps AMAZING makes total sense. You’re right, what talent.

Kurt Halfyard
Guest

This is the state of what represents a high mark in character in these movies, how well you stand and pose. And I’m being serious, hence AMAZING…what I should have underscored is that the bar is pretty low.

Andrew James
Admin

You have GOT to be kidding me. Carano is AMAZING? It’s possibly the worst performance from an actress I’ve seen in a big budget film… well, ever.

As soon as I saw her name in the credits, I knew she was there for one reason: to fight Michelle Rodriguez. And we get our money’s worth. Twice.

Andrew James
Admin

Nevermind. I read further down.

For posturing though, no one is better than The Rock. Love whenever the camera eys him and he just puts his chin up in the air. Cracks me up every time.

Andrew James
Admin

And for the record, FF6 is pretty great across the board.

Kurt
Guest

Really, it’s just another superhero franchise at this point…only with better stunts.

Rick Vance
Guest

It is a Superhero franchise with the balls to make up its own crazy choreography and continuity instead of borrowing it all from pre-existing material(this fact alone makes it more interesting)

And when you add on some damn good character through action scene direction you have the spectacle I want in the summer.

Michael M
Guest

Hi, I thought this article would be of interest to Mamo listeners.

http://www.deadline.com/2013/06/wacky-weekend-for-the-trades/

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