With 9 movies on the books, the Fast & the Furious Franchise, fun to say five times fast, seemed like the perfect spot for us to flex our Year 9 Anniversary muscles and go back behind the wheel to breakdown all of the hard turns the series have made. How much is a drag? How much does the series drift off course? These are car puns.
Have you tire’d of these yet? Fine. I get it.
So – join the Somethings as they take nine movies and put them into a ranking… what sits atop the mountain? Only one way to find out – on Something in Review: Fast Ranked!
A minor note – we mention a couple of graphics Rob and I did years ago, when discussing Fast 7, the Seven Deadly Cars… here’s some examples:
Ok, here we go… but for family.
What happens when you give Michael Bay a ton of money, a Dutch movie about a hostage situation, and tell him to go to town?
You get this hodgepodge of big action, big explosions, big cameras, and a plot that drives by at the speed of a man who just robbed a bank.
Does it work? Is Michael Bay finding his footings as an artist? There’s only one way to know on Something In Review: Ambulance!
Ok, here we vroom!
The first moments of a movie or TV show sets the stage for what’s to come… is it a tense moment to moment thriller? Is it confusing, where the plot reveals itself slowly? Is it a podcast that introduces itself the same way to you each week for the last 9 years?
Whatever the case may be – the first few moments of a show or movie may be the thing that keeps you glued to your seat… so join the Somethings as we discuss our favorites.
Did yours make the cut? Only one way to find out.
Okay, here we start!
Happy Friday Somethings!
So, I’m 3 episodes in to Obi-Wan and… it’s… shrugs.. Ok… I guess.
Mind you, I do not consume all things Star Wars. Never saw Rebels or Clone Wars if only because I never checked them out… not because of some “anti show animosity”. Mando was great, BoBF was… okish, but Obi-Wan I wanted to enjoy more.
Are there cool aspects of it? Sure. Are there mind-numbingly dumb things that happen for the sake of moving along the store in a 6 episode show? Yes. SHOULD it be 6 episodes? Can’t give a full answer yet till it’s over, but I DO hate how these shows have become exposition to movies and nothing else. D+ “Shows” went from 9 episodes (still short) to 6 and personally, I feel like they’re doing their fans a disservice… but that’s a conversation for another day.
What I *don’t* enjoy.. is that the Star Wars universe is SO VAST.. they literally could tell any story they want and set it in the SW universe, and it could be awesome and make that already rich universe grow even more.. instead, we keep having stories set around the main players we’ve already seen for years. The latest SW trilogy took a half step in that direction, but rather hamfistedly in my opinion, and… to be fair.. the toxicness and entitlement of some of their fans (not that only SW suffers from this… EVERY fandom has it’s toxic side) makes it hard to strike out in new directions.
I’m hoping the last 3 episodes turn the show around for me, but if it doesn’t shrug oh well….
Want to hear some original Star Wars stuff? Go check out our friend Crystal Storm’s audio drama “Legacy” in your podcatcher of choice!
On May 19that 9am, Livestream For The Cure kicked off with a goal to raise $20,000 for The Cancer Research Institute.
On May 20th, two behemoths met in the ring and duked out for supremacy. Who won? Who’s next? You decide.
That’s right – with Rob as Quizmaster, Somethingcast’s Hatton took on the Maestro of Livestream for the Cure, Nicholas Haskins in movie quote trivia.
If you missed the stream, we thought you would enjoy hearing what happens as these two people play a brutal game of cinema chess … but before you think you know what’s going to happen, ask yourself – what if they weren’t facing each other?
Are you ready for this battle of wits? Well, at least you are… but before we get the episode started, while this year’s goal was reached, the final tally hasn’t been taken yet. There is still time to bring the number even higher, and remember, all of the money goes to the Cancer Research Institute. Click here to donate.
Ok, here we quote!
We are the terror that flaps in the night… we are the podcast you listen to when you already caught up with RadioLab – we’re… the SOMETHINGSOMETHING DUC—CAST!
This week, we are going to Gotham with the newest installment in the neverending saga of one man’s fight against eye make-up.
How did Pattinson do as the man known as the Bat? How did he do as the Wayne? Did he sparkle in either role? What about the Riddler? The Catwoman? Egghead? Xyzzaz? The Condiment King?
Find out on this week’s Something in Review: The Batman!
Also – please be sure to tune in this Friday @9pm to support the Somethings as we get to be a part of Livestream For The Cure – Donations are open.
Imagine this – Johnny Law is on your tail, in the trunk you have a kilo of those really delicious strange flavored gummy bears from Japan that you didn’t pay the import tax on. You, in a suped up Kia Supreme, your partner in crime is in a Nitro-Boosted Toyota Corolla. Will you get across the county line before the Po takes your sweet sweet candies?
YOU might be in one of cinema’s greatest chase sequences.
Find out what high-octane, cat and mouse adventures the Somethings picked as their favorites on this week’s SomethingSomethingcast!
Ok here we VROOOOM!
Imagine you wake up, have your coffee, go to work, go home, and the cycle repeats. Every day. No variation. Nothing other than the same drudgery you’ve come to know for as long as you can remember.
And now that you are crying, why not listen to the Somethings talk about the new Ryan Reynolds tale, Free Guy (not, as Hatton may have you believe, Fall Guy). Is the movie funny? Too nerdy and inside baseball? Too simplistic and generalized for a broad audience? And what about Michael Myers?
Find out the answers to these and a whole lot more as you settle in to another 8 hour slogfest at the paper pushing cubical you call a life, on Something In Review: Free Guy
Ok here we take an arrow to the knee…
Hey all, Podcast Rob here,
One of my biggest gripes about movies is how amazingly misleading the first thing we see about them is…. The Trailer. I feel that, over time, the movie industry has gotten more insidious with movies that, while they may publicly praise and hype up, are worried internally about siad movie’s performance… so they go out of their way to make the trailer look as tasty as possible to get ases in seats even when they know the movie won’t live up to it. I suppose in a way it’s no different than seeing a commercial of an amazingly delicious looking burger only to open the container and see roadkill on a bun.
That said.. here’s a few of my BIGGEST issues….
Avengers : Age of Ultron. Look, I love me some James Spader, and when I first heard him as the voice of Ultron I thought this movie was going to be a homerun. The eerie “I’ve got no Strings” was shiver-inducing. Unfortunately, the movie left me watching itless like Thor seeing Cap almost lift the hammer, and more like Ultron watching humanity and just shaking his head…
Highlander : Endgame. Yes, yes, yes… “There Should Have Been Only One” (they’re not wrong…). Biggest gripe about this movie? There’s a scene in the trailer when the silhouettes of Connor and Duncan are fighting Kell (aside : What’s with K for all the bad guy names? Kurgan, Katana, Kane, Kell…), and Kell gets cut in half and becomes TWO Kells, each fighting one of the Highlander pair. It was something no Highlander villain had done before, and would have been amazing to see on the screen, except that was ONLY in the trailer and never mentioned nor teased in the movie.
The Crow : City of Angels. There’s a version of the theatrical trailer from 1996 that shows a shadow on an exterior wall of a crow landing and transforming into Ashe Corvin (not the WORST name in the movie… I still laugh that the guy who played “Judah Earl” in The Crow : CoA also played “Jubal Early” in Firefly….). Another instance of establishing something completely new in the canon of the movies that never actually made it into the movie.
Godzilla (1998). They shows JUST enough of Godzilla rampaging through New York City to get you really excited, and the scream at the end sent chills down your spine.. but once the whole creature was revealed, the “Uhhh… what?” was just the start of the repetition of that phrase throughout the rest of the film.
Matrix : Resurrections. This trailer hit the nostalgia vein for sure, but not only was the movie an unnecessary and thinly-veiled money grab by the studio… the movie was self-aware enough to TELL you it was an unnecessary and thinly-veiled money grab.
What are some of your trailers that were better than the movies?
Livestream For The Cure 6 is May 19th-21st! 9am-Midnight each day! 100% of all donations go to The Cancer Research Institute, and this year we’re shooting for $20,000. Please come join us and a whole host of other amazing content creators from around the world to help make a world immune to cancer.
Follow at @livestream4cure on Twitter and @Livestreamforthecure on Facebook for more details. For those looking to donate, the early donations link is currently OPEN and can be found here… https://fundraise.
There’s a reason we promote the Livestream for the Cure so heavily – and that is because it is an amazing cause, done by an amazing person, featuring tons of talented podcasters (and us!) — we will continue to tell you to go to the link, share the link, and be a part of the weekend in any way you can.
That said, it is the extra Tuesday of the month, so instead of doing a Free-For-All, we are going to replay last year’s Somethingcast episode during the event, where Rob and I concocted our own theme park amusement rides out of famous franchises. And, guess what… one of them is actually happening!
Join us with Nick Haskins and enjoy the ride.
Ok, here there we went!