Family! Family, family, family… family; family? FAMMMMMMIIILLLLLLYYY. The family is in trouble because Dante Reyes is out for blood, but first he wants to cause them as much suffering as possible, which means we need even more family to come back so that they can be punished, too. This entry goes fully self-aware and asks us to laugh at it instead of just with it. We don’t exactly think it’s a good movie, but we both enjoyed our time in the theater and feel kind of conflicted about that. Listen in as we go through franchise burnout therapy.
* Note – full spoilers in effect for entire episode *
In this unique episode, we candidly discuss our feelings about the latest film in one of our all-time favorite franchises. No one-word takeaway, no connecting point, just a conversation about what we liked, what we didn’t, and where we go from here. Spoiler warning in effect for full episode.
It’s the last ride in our Fast and Furious summer as we discuss the most emotional film in the franchise. With multiple scenes getting us teary-eyed and possibly more action than any other entry, this total package was a joy to revisit and ends our series of episodes on a high.
The outlier in the franchise, featuring virtually none of the series’ regulars and focused entirely on a different style of racing, is often considered lesser than by fans. But should it be? We make the case for why Tokyo Drift is likely way better than you remember and a valuable story in the Fast Saga.
The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift Spoiler Review – 0:10:06
The franchise goes international for this next entry, the one that is usually regarded by fans as the best, and we do not disagree. It’s time for us to gush about one of the most perfect action films ever made. We love it. It’s in the Trophy Room. Listen and find out why. Salute, mi familia.
Though many dislike this entry, we have a fondness for this particular film in the Fast Saga and think it is severely underrated. In this episode, we gush about how Justin Lin starts to take this franchise down new roads while solidifying character relationships we’ve come to love and giving us a healthy dose of mostly still grounded racing action.
For March’s Donor Pick Episode poll we asked our Patrons to choose between five female-directed films in honor Women’s History Month. We’re pretty sure they chose this film not only because it is a beloved recent favorite, but also because Patrick has a known distaste for the horror genre. Well, the joke’s on them because both hosts really connected with Jennifer Kent’s film in a big way and we have a touching conversation about grief, parenting, and moving on. We hope you’ll listen.
If you can overcome the fantastical elements of its plot, there is an emotionally affecting experience to be had here.
Aaron White is a Seattle-based film critic and co-creator/co-host of the Feelin’ Film Podcast. He is also a member of the Seattle Film Critics Society. He writes reviews with a focus on the emotional experience he has with a film. Follow him on Facebook and Twitter to be notified when new content is posted.