What FURIOUS 7’s Mega Success Really Means

For the last two weeks,the seventh FAST AND THE FURIOUS film FURIOUS 7 has been on the Number One box office spot,financially grossing &252.5 million in the U.S.,and $800 million worldwide,bringing in to a total of $1 billion dollars.

And while that’s really great news for the likes of Universal Studios,Jason Statham(whose about-to-be-lagging career has now gotten an enormous boost[and drafted him away from Straight-To-VOD/DVD/Blu Ray territory]),Tony Jaa,Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson,and Ronda Rousey,it certainly means a whole lot of other things(other than just the success of the FAST AND THE FURIOUS films being about bonding,via Vin Diesel’s love for his “family” of friends)…

* It means that Vin Diesel has even more multi millions of dollars,even which an awful lot more than the likes of Jackie Chan,Jet Li,Arnold Schwarzenegger,Sylvester Stallone,Robert DeNiro,and Tom Cruise combined.

* It means that the Paul Walker estate now has more multi millions of dollars than any organized religion churches and any major movie studios combined.

* It means that both Michelle Rodriguez and Jordana Brewster have more multi millions of dollars than the likes of Sigourney Weaver,Uma Thurman,Madonna,and Julia Roberts combined.

* The FAST AND THE FURIOUS films have made more money than all of the FRIDAY THE 13th.,NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET,ALIEN,PREDATOR,GODZILLA,BLOODFIST,ARMOUR OF GOD,POLICE STORY,TRANSPORTER,WITCHCRAFT,PUPPETMASTER,TABOO,TALK DIRTY TO ME,TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE,HELLRAISER,CHILDREN OF THE CORN,UNIVERSAL SOLDIER,Hammer Films’ DRACULA and FRANKENSTEIN films,and PLANET OF THE APES films combined.

* The FAST AND THE FURIOUS films have made it possible for an action film to only be successful at the box office if it’s got the FAST AND THE FURIOUS or just either FAST or FURIOUS attached to it.

* Betcha didn’t know(or even remember) that Sonny Chiba was in a FAST AND THE FURIOUS film,that being Part 3:TOKYO DRIFT(as a Yakuza guy),as well as Cole Hauser(Wings’ son) as the villain in Part 2: 2 FAST,2 FURIOUS.

* Thanks to the success of the FAST AND THE FURIOUS films,Vin Diesel is now known as the modern day of action/genre cinema,while Danny Trejo is now known as the Hispanic David Carradine/Jan Michael Vincent of action/genre cinema,70s action/genre cinema king Burt Reynolds is now basically known as “Burt Who ?!”,and Gary Busey is in a class of his own.

* The FAST AND THE FURIOUS films are basically big budgeted white beard popcorn entertainment for mainstream audiences(that dig the AVENGERS and IRON MAN films).

….I’m all out of words,for I’ll just wisely end it here.

Hillary Clinton Announces Her Run For The 2016 Presidential Race,For I’d Rather Have A Dysfunctional Family-Esque Presidential Reign Than a One Sided,Out-Of-Touch Far Right Anti-Social Freedoms/Anti-Government Programs Presidential Reign(from Any Republican,Tea Party Member,Or Right Leaning Libertarian)

Steven M.

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April Ramblings

Since April is here and I only contributed just only one blog post last month,it’s time that I get on here and say what I have to say about a few certain things…

* I’m soooooooooo motherfucking tired of hearing about all of the horror fanboys  and horror news sites overhyping IT FOLLOWS,which is primarily a sluggish John Carpenter-esque “Sex Is A Horror” tale that heavily borrows from David Cronenberg and both Korean and Japanese horror cinema. Everything about the film sucks to me and everyone is overhailing as much as they did HOUSE OF 1000 CORPSES and DAWN OF THE DEAD 2004(which both weren’t really that good) and are already both verbally raping and overriding it to death(as if it were a dead horse). It is old age that’s slowly getting to me,or am I seeing something that everyone else quite isn’t,since the sight of a skimpily dressed,barefoot Maika Monrue(THE GUEST) is admittingly quite easy on the eyes(to distract everyone from taking full notice of the film’s quality).  Otherwise,this film can just go Suck It !!!

*  For the last year-and-a-half,I actually tried to like Don Tony/Anthony DeBlasi and his podcast partner Kevin Castle’s show,amid their scathing opinions and their “My Opinions Are More Superiors Than Yours,And Fuck You If You Say That We’ve Nitpicking !!!” and “I Predicted This Angle Happening Months Ago !” stances(both of which are so damn super annoying). But the thing that tossed me off the bridge to no longer listen to these two overweight New York-based Italian tools is that they both bashed me for my Twitter feed reports on Global Force Wrestling prepping up a few Las Vegas show,calling me both a “Matarazz” and “retard” in the process(and yes,those GWF shows are Actually Happening in July,August,and October: no lie,either,for just who’s the Matarazz and retard now,Don Tony and Kevin ?!),as well as Don Tony avoiding speaking to PWMania’s Jason Solomon/Solomonster when he made his call-in appearance(on Wrestling Soup’s post-WrestleMania 31 episode). At first,I thought that Don Tony was being rude and disrespect for not speaking to Solomonster(which Kevin joyfully did),knowing how much DT hates other competing wrestling podcasters(such as Court Bauer,Jason Powell,Byran Alvarez,and Wade Keller),but then I deeply thought about it and realized that what Don Tony(DT) did was merely just a shoot/work to troll the fans(something that DT majorly delights in) and for him to kick back and enjoy seeing everyone angry at him,since he’s always endless praised Solomonster in the past as being a decent,high quality hard working podcaster(which Solomonster truly is). Fucking with the fans is just a very wrong thing to do,since it just only makes them get annoyed with you and makes one lose their credibility in being a quality podcast(or writing and/or acting/filmmaking)personality. DT also has both an enormous ego and an inferiority complex whenever he disses other people,and he also can’t take constructive criticism too well. And he also sounds like he’s going to stutter when he talks,frequently going “Ehhh,Ehhh..Ehhh!!” before or during one of his speeches.  However,DT is quite the crafty and shrewd businessman in using YouTube and the Internet in heavily promoting his podcast and increasing his show’s rating,otherwise I’ll just wisely avoid listening to these two Fascist jabronis(mainly DT) at any cost(so that I no longer have to be tortured by DT and his extremely annoying whiny fanboy voice[he surely hates Daniel Bryan{as much as he does Dixie Carter and Jeff Jarrett}]).

*Both WrestleMania 31 and the post-WM31 Raw episode went well,delivering lots of surprises(Sting losing,the nWo and Degeneration X[DX],Seth Rollins cashing in and winning the WWE title belt[an angle that I “predicted” a few months before both Don Tony and Kevin Castle],and Brock Lesnar destroying the WWE Raw commentary/announce team) into making us all believe that,after a year-and-a-half of extremely horrible TV and PPV angles,that WWE TV will now actually….start to become good again ?!

*As far as it goes for me,I think that THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS  films(although I did kinda dig part 3[TOKYO DRIFT],since it co-starred Sonny Chiba and didn’t have both  the overdrawn presences of [the late] Paul Walker and Vin Diesel to heavily rely on[with The Rock/Dwayne Johnson later jumping in to cash on the franchise’s surprisingly monstrous success{and make a few extra bucks for himself})and FURIOUS 7(even if it’s got Jason Statham in his first villain role since CELLULAR,and quick guest appearances by Tony Jaa,Ronda Rousey,and Kurt Russell) can all go Suck It(!!!!),for it’s MAX MAD(4):FURY ROAD all the way for me.

As usual,I’m done for now. Until the next time…

R.I.P.: Robert Z’dar (MANIAC COP)

Steven M.

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New Film Reviews Site Now On-Line And Going

I’m aware that I haven’t been active on this blog lately(having missed out on covering the passings of STAR TREK’s Leonard Nimoy and producer Harve Bennett,as well the passings of Twisted Sister drummer A.J. Pero and Mexican wrestler/luchador Perro Aguayo Jr.[El Hijo de Perro Aguayo]),for nothing interesting having happened in driving me to write,but I have finally done something that I’ve always wanted to do for the last several years…

Having seen way too many movie blogs on-line and all over the BlogSpot universe,I finally found one at the Letterboxd site and have opened up a new movie reviews site/movie blog over there,where I’ll be giving coverage and exposure to many films that I strongly feel have been sadly ignored by the on-line genre sites due to both either their selfish personal goals(and gains) and/or being too swamped up by the big name major and mini-major film studios in endlessly plugging and overexposing films that often end up as being worthless.

Without futher word,here’s the link to my movie reviews site/movie blog…

http://letterboxd.com/stevenmillan/

Brock Lesnar Passes Up The UFC And Re-Signs With The WWE For A New Three Year Deal: Bring On Lesnar Vs. Sting And/or Lesnar Vs. Sting Vs. The Rock Already !!! And Also Give Sting A Newly Extended WWE Limited Contract With More Appearances And That Lesnar/Rock Confrontation !!

Steven M.

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Neill Blomkamp Officially Chosen To Direct ALIEN Sequel: The Internet Fanboy Universe Hysterically Cheers

Yesterday,it was reported that DISTRICT 9 and CHAPPIE director Neill Blomkamp has been officially chosen to direct the next ALIEN sequel,via his various scetchboard drawings that he showed to various producers and actors(and actresses) for his idea of an Alien sequel,one that’s an immediate sequel to ALIENS(complete with Michael Biehn’s Hicks).

Needless to say,many of the Internet fanboys and geeks mightily cheered to the point of having orgasms that were close to causing massive bodily explosions(in the vein of the doomed fat guy in STREET TRASH),for while I like the idea of a modern sci-fi filmmakers with unique and creative ideas to bring to the table(something that the HALLOWEEN series sorely needs),I have to briefly play devil’s advocate here in asking just exactly will this sequel be about,since many various rumors are now going around that the sequel will range from being a direct PROMETHEUS sequel to Blomkamp’s ALIENS sequel to an entirely different ALIEN sequel,for whatever the case may be let’s just all strongly hope that it’ll be a damn great sequel that’ll be worthy to the ALIEN series(after being railroaded aside by ALIEN3[which has fans divided,ala EXORCIST 3],ALIEN:RESURRECTION[the ALIENS wannabe mess that it is{with a Joss Whedon ascript}],and the two ALIENS VS. PREDATORS films[which I enjoyed,but has everyone divided).

R.I.P.: actor Louis Jourdan(OCTOPUSSY,SWAMP THING,BBC TV’S COUNT DRACULA)

Steven M.

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HALLOWEEN: RECALIBRATION ; Recalibration ?!?!

Earlier this week came a news story that every horror film website except Fangoria(showing how out-of-touch they are with the times of today) broke news that Malek Akkad announced that a new HALLOWEEN sequel will officially happen,with the scribes of the SAW sequels and THE COLLECTOR(and its sequel THE COLLECTION) handling the scriptwriting chores,with no director yet attached to it.

Wow. After six years since the critical failure of Rob Zombie’s HALLOWEEN 2(H2:THE DEVIL WALKS AMONGST US) and 900 failed attempted projects(including the all-girls-asylum-set 3-D one from the MY BLOODY VALENTINE remake team of Patrick Lussier and Todd Farmer[which got canned before it was to get underway{a year after H2}],and a PG-13 rated affair with Lucy Hale and Brad Dourif) comes news of yet another planned project in the Michael Myers saga,for since the main question here is that will this one finally get off the ground and behind the filming cameras,or is the Michael Myers franchise saga as severely cursed as Part 6’s subtitle THE CURSE OF MICHAEL MYERS slightly suggested,since the films following Part 4(THE RETURN OF MICHAEL MYERS) got increasingly worse than the last,Rob Zombie’s riding on the last two films didn’t make any improvements,and the absolute incompetence of producers Malek Akkad and The Weinstein Brothers(who obtained the series in 1995 after [their glorious maverick] Quentin Tarantino bought the rights for their then-fluent genre films division Dimension Films to handle) who didn’t care about the quality in storytelling and choice of film directors. One thing that really annoys me about the HALLOWEEN series(after 1995) is how they’ve dwelled into widely divided alternate universes without connecting any of the storylines from Carpenter’s first two films(with the first sequel directed by Rick Rosenthal),Part 3(SEASON OF THE WITCH),Parts 4,5,and 6(the Jamie Lloyd trilogy that introduced the genre to [then child actress] Danielle Harris),the Jamie Lee Curtis starring H20:TWENTY YEARS LATER and RESURRECTION,and RZ’s two films,or offering any explainations of what became of the surviving characters from the previous films,therefore adding major confusion to the viewers(something that Paul Naschy’s wolfman films can easily get away with[since his character is timeless and can exist in any time period and alternate universe]),and both Akkad and the Weinsteins not bothering(nor caring) to hire any creative filmmakers with unique and diverse ideas to take Michael Myers places in(such as the possible use of Carpenter’s original intent of an anthology[with Michael in one or two of the tales],ala HELLRAISER[4]:BLOODLINES) and fully explain the connection between all ten HALLOWEEN films. For what everyone just wants is a really damn good HALLOWEEN film that delivers both excellent and innovative storytelling and great chills,something that we’ll never get from its current copyrights owners,for since I looked up the term “recalibration” and learned that it means to create something from the first original work,the only real way that this so-called “recalibration” of the HALLOWEEN series can ever happen is that the likes of a New Line Cinema or a Lionsgate caliber studio needs to wisely buys the copyrights of the HALLOWEEN series off from both Akkad and the Weinstein Brothers and maybe then will we ever see the return of great quality,unique storytelling(since great storytelling is what is one main part of making a really great film),and a true recalibration of the horror series that we all once loved.

So,NBC’s Brian Williams Got Suspended(And Critically Damned) For Exaggerating His Role In A 2003 Iraq War News Story: Ironic How Geraldo Rivera Has Made A Career Out Of Similarly Doing This Type Of Shenanigans For Years And Easily Getting Away With It

Steven M.

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A Whole Lotta Ferbruary Happenings

Well,we’re now into the second week of February,and a lot has already happened…

* A new Sam Raimi produced POLTERGEIST remake has already finished filming and is coming to theaters this Summer,with everyone being fully divided on this one,for nobody has taken notice that regular modern ghost film fixture Lin Shaye isn’t in this film,otherwise between the likes of this redux,the soon-to-film Melissa McCarthy GHOSTBUSTERS remake/reboot,FAST AND FURIOUS 7,and AVENGERS 2, I’d rather shockingly sit through this remake than the other three.

* The other day,not only did someone bring up the fact that a lot of the current in-production remakes are sporting all-female casts,but a very false rumor spread around the Internet early in the week that Emily Blunt was going to be casted as Snake Plissken in that still-in-the-works ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK remake,for I checked all over the ‘Net and found that rumor to be extremely false,otherwise the entire Internet would have gone black for one to two days. Nothing wrong with a female Snake,but Emily Blunt just Isn’t that person for that very role.

* Roman Reigns Haters Suck,for just wait until he turns full blown heel after Wrestlemania 31(and join either Paul Heyman or The Authority) then John Cena hating season will resume.

* I feel major pity for Bruce Jenner,who’s not only slowly changing his sex but has also recently got into a fatal car accident that resulted in one death and a couple of people injured,for while Bruce blames the pursuing paparazzi for this incident we’ve all got to remember that living with both Kris Kardashian(as he has for so long) and his just-as-parasitic son Brody(who followed his Dad that fatal day,and recorded the accident) can do to a person.

* Speaking of on-line fan overreacting upon minor things,the same twits that got heavily upset over Beth’s mid-season death on THE WALKING DEAD and threatened to boycott the show if they didn’t bring her back to life are now up-in-arms over Tyreese the burly black dude’s death on last night’s return episode,for it was a fate that was predicted(and displayed) in the graphic novels(alongside Carol’s and Glenn’s deaths,and Rick’s loss of his right hand) and now those same fools who vow to riot if Norman Reedus’ crossbow carrying redneck badass Daryl makes his maker are now openly livid about the latest character death,for everyone needs to fully know that while I fully understand how much THE WALKING DEAD leaves such a major heartfelt impact on its viewers and fans(because it’s a very good show that’s extremely well-made) they need to know that it’s just a show where every character on it is fair game and expendable,whether they like to hear that or not. Just get over it and except it for the show that it is.

I’m done talking for now,for until next time…

Just Saw The List Of This Year’s Grammy Awards “Winners”: It’s So Pitiful That They Might As Well Have Given Weird Al Yankovic ALL Of The Awards

Steven M.

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New GHOSTBUSTERS Reboot (And Its Defenders) Can Go Suck It !!

Yes,the news broke out that there will be an all-new reboot of GHOSTBUSTERS,but with only an all-female cast led by Melissa McCarthy and Kristin Wiig. While I’ve got no problem with a GHOSTBUSTERS reboot/remake or it having an all-female cast,my complaint here is why did they cast the talent laden and very unfunny Melissa McCarthy amongst three other equally talent laden actresses that’ll likely suck both the interest and life out of this film. I could have lived and dealt with it having either Tina Fey and Amy Poehner or the comedy duo of Seth Rogen and James Franco,but otherwise I’ll just leave it there and trash the defenders of this planned reboot that are severely trashing those that are complaining about the reboot,which is even worse since those defenders are bought and paid for by the corporate studios and their very bosses,whom butts these brownnosing defenders have their heads thrust(and stuck) up in.

Yep: both the new Melissa McCarthy starring GHOSTBUSTERS reboot and all of its defenders can all go Suck It !!!!

FIFTY SHADES OF GREY Is Coming To Nationwide Theaters In Two Weeks: Let’s See Just How Far It’ll Push The Boundaries Of The R Rating(Since They Canned Filming The Novel’s Notorious Tampon Scene [Just To Score That Much Needed MPAA Approved R Rating])

Steven M.

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