Ep. 143 – Jumanji: The Next Level, Richard Jewell, 6 Underground, and the HFCS award noiminees

December 16, 2019 by  
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This week on The CineSnob Podcast, Cody and Jerrod review “Jumanji: The Next Level,” “Richard Jewell,” and “6 Underground.”

They also discuss the newly-released Houston Film Critics Society award nominees, and how their picks differed from the final ballot.

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Ep. 130 – Fast and Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw

August 5, 2019 by  
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This week on The CineSnob Podcast, Cody and Jerrod talk “Hobbs & Shaw” and the future legacy of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, and the possibility of a 4-hour cut of “Once Upon a Time…In Hollywood” coming to Netflix.

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Ep. 50 – Spy, Entourage, Love & Mercy, The Lion’s Mouth Opens, The Rock to star in Big Trouble in Little China remake, and Samuel L. Jackson won’t be in Captain America: Civil War

June 7, 2015 by  
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In this week’s episode of The CineSnob Podcast, the guys from CineSnob.net review “Spy,” “Entourage,” “Love & Mercy,” and “The Lion’s Mouth Opens.” They also discussed Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson doing a remake of “Big Trouble in Little China” and Samuel L. Jackson being left out of “Captain America: Civil War.”

[0:00-9:27] Intro/live audience talk/bat boys and ball girls
[9:27-19:47] The Rock to star in Big Trouble in Little China remake
[19:47-26:27] Samuel L. Jackson won’t be in Captain America: Civil War
[26:27-40:44] Spy
[40:44-55:23] Entourage
[55:23-1:06:09] Love & Mercy
[1:06:09-1:17:44] The Lion’s Mouth Opens
[1:17:44-1:28:53] Teases for next week and close

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Furious 7

April 3, 2015 by  
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Starring: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson
Directed by: James Wan (“The Conjuring,” “Insidious: Chapter 2”)
Written by: Chris Morgan (“Fast Five,” “Fast & Furious 6”)

If nothing else, the evolution of the “Fast & Furious” series over the past decade and a half from low-rent meathead car culture crime movies to globe-hopping meathead action movies is worthy of some gentle introspection. How did we, as moviegoers, let this happen? How did this series go from being the “Scarface” of those guys that put neon, spoilers and Japanese letters on their cars to being Michael Bay’s “Transformers” without the transforming robots? And wait, is de facto family leader Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) any sort of law enforcement, or is he just a civilian badass called upon by the government to…drive fast cars to get criminals? Oh, remember how much fun “Fast Five” was?

The seventh film in the franchise opens with villain Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) vowing revenge on Dom and his family for what they did to Shaw’s brother Owen (Luke Evans) back in “Fast & Furious 6.” Don’t remember what happened in the last film? No big deal, because “Furious 7” doesn’t really care either. The film does do some serious continuity house-cleaning though, finally putting to rest the strangely out of timeline stinger of the third film, “The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift,” by sending Dom to Japan after Deckard kills Han (Sung Kang) and blows up Dom’s house in Los Angeles. After Han’s funeral, Dom confronts Deckard in a head-on collision, only to be interrupted by a black ops military team led by Kurt Russell’s Mr. Nobody (ugh), who ultimately let Deckard slip away. But Nobody has a deal for Dom: track down a surveillance technology called God’s Eye and Dom can use it to find Deckard.

The dumb, convoluted mess of a plot notwithstanding, the biggest issue I had with “Furious 7” is the very real ghost of Paul Walker looming heavily over everything. Walker was killed during a high speed crash in a souped-up sports car during a break in filming “Furious 7” around Thanksgiving in 2013. Walker still had plenty of scenes left to shoot, and instead of scrapping the project and starting over, the filmmakers rewrote the script and finished Walker’s arc with his real-life brothers and digital masks as stand-ins. The knowledge of the late star’s tragic death from an automobile accident paints many of the film’s set pieces in a ghoulish light, namely the numerous thoroughly destructive car crashes scattered across the movie that characters walk away from without a scratch, including the Virtual Paul Walker, oddly and unsettlingly silent during too many scenes.

Diesel’s Dom goes on and on about family during the movie, and you can’t help but feel the real life loss of his friend Walker creep in over all the stupid plot points and impossibly ridiculous stunts he takes part in. There’s a real sadness here as the film works hard to retire Walker’s franchise-founding Brian O’Connor with old footage, computer graphics and the backs of other people’s heads. Maybe this is the catharsis Vin Diesel and fans needed to move forward, and maybe next time Dom and crew can have some fun again.