Fast & Furious 6: As the Car Turns

by Ethan Alter May 24, 2013 6:08 am
<i>Fast & Furious 6</i>: As the Car Turns

The Fast and the Furious franchise's gradual transformation from action movie serial to full-blown TV soap opera (with occasional car chases) is at last complete with the release of the sixth installment, Fast & Furious 6. Think I'm kidding? Just watch the first ten minutes, which kick off with a few quick scenes that re-introduce us to central heroes Dom (Vin Diesel) and Brian (Paul Walker) and then flow directly into the opening credits sequence, a music-drenched montage of scenes from the previous films, followed by title cards and glamor shots of each individual member of the series' by-now large ensemble. The whole thing climaxes with a shot of the entire cast -- with bullet-headed Diesel front and center, natch -- walking directly at the camera in slow-motion as the title (which, for the record, is styled as Furious 6, despite being advertised as Fast & Furious 6 on all the ads) pops up onscreen. It's only an "Also Starring Jason Priestley" and "Executive Produced by Aaron Spelling" credit short of being a note-perfect recreation of the opening titles of any early '90s primetime soap.

I Want My DVD: Tuesday, December 10, 2013

by Ethan Alter December 10, 2013 6:00 am
I Want My DVD: Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Vin Diesel shows Kermit and Fozzie his version of "Movin' Right Along."

Super Bowl XLVII: Judging the Movie Trailers

by Ethan Alter February 4, 2013 12:47 pm
Super Bowl XLVII: Judging the Movie Trailers

We critique all the big movie ads that aired during last night's big game, from Iron Man 3 to World War Z.

I Want My DVD: Tuesday, October 4, 2011

by Ethan Alter October 4, 2011 6:00 am
I Want My DVD: Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Yet another entry in the ongoing tale of two sweaty dudes pursuing their true passion in life: driving cars really, really fast.

I Want My DVD: Tuesday, September 20, 2011

by Ethan Alter September 20, 2011 6:00 am
I Want My DVD: Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Go ahead -- you tell these girls that Wilson Phillips sucks.

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