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All My Films #004 — 2 Fast 2 Furious

Film: 2 Fast 2 Furious

Director: John Singleton

Year: 2003

Format: Blu-Ray boxset inside a tire

Fast and Furious Blu-Ray review

The Film

In the Fast and the Furious franchise, the most common word uttered is “family.” It is used more frequently than “Corona” or “car” because this world that Vin Diesel runs is bizarrely sincere. Even as cars fall out of planes or burst through skyscrapers, there is the idea that all of this is happening because of the characters’ love for each other. Whether or not that is effective will be a conversation for the other films. Why 2 Fast 2 Furious is my pick for the worst in the franchise is because it abandoned that heart. Continue reading

All My Films #003 — The 39 Steps

Film: The 39 Steps

Director: Alfred Hitchcock

Year: 1935

Format: Criterion Collection Blu-Ray

The 39 Steps Blu-Ray cover

The Film

“What are The 39 Steps?” It is the question that is shouted at the climax of the movie and is the question that is ever-present for all the scenes leading up to it. It is the question that led mild-mannered Richard Hannay to be on the run for his innocence and it is the question that is causing mysterious men to act towards murder. Is the answer to the question satisfying? Sure, but it’s really one of the first examples where Alfred Hitchcock argues that it really doesn’t matter.

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All My Films #002: 12 Angry Men

Film: 12 Angry Men

Director: Sidney Lumet

Year: 1957

Format: Criterion Collection Blu-Ray

12 Angry Men review

The Film

Fiction can be serve as a mirror to look back at ourselves or it can be used to make a world dramatically different than what we experience. The closer you get to reality, the more unnerving the experience can be. A fear I have is to have my fate be decided by twelve strangers. Just like we want for our President or teachers, we want the jury to be smartest set of 12 people that ever were assembled, because it’s your life on the line.

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All My Films #001: 8 1/2

Film: 8 1/2

Director: Federico Fellini

Year: 1963

Format: Criterion Collection DVD

8 1/2 DVD review

The Film

Every time I see 8 1/2, I feel I’m seeing a new film. When I was a teenager I saw it bemoaning the life of a film director and an artist. A few years ago, I saw it and I kept focusing on the technical aspects. It’s a word that always seems to be in motion, stillness is only allowed through hideaway character reactions.

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