Fast & Furious’ Paul Walker tragically died in a car crash

Paul Walker dead at 40: ‘Fast and Furious’ star killed in fiery car crash – Daily News

Paul Walker

Paul Walker

“Him and his buddy, his brother in arms at heart just decided to joyride, take a spin. Something we all do. We’re all car enthusiasts,”said Antonio Holmes, who said he was a friend of Walker’s.

“We’re all here driving, enjoying each other, and God must’ve needed help.”

Fast & Furious actor Paul Walker dies in California car crash – BBC

“It is with a truly heavy heart that we must confirm that Paul Walker passed away today in a tragic car accident while attending a charity event for his organisation Reach Out Worldwide,” the statement on the actor’s Facebook page said.

“He was a passenger in a friend’s car, in which both lost their lives. We… are stunned and saddened beyond belief by this news.”

Fast and Furious Actor Paul Walker Dead in Porsche Accident – KRON4

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Tweet from Paul Walker’s Official Account

It’s with a heavy heart that we must confirm Paul Walker passed away today in a tragic car accident…MORE:http://t.co/9hDuJMH99M – #TeamPW
— Paul Walker (@RealPaulWalker) December 1, 2013

‘Fast and Furious’ actor Paul Walker dead after car crash – EW

“Paul was truly one of the most beloved and respected members of our studio family for 14 years, and this loss is devastating to us, to everyone involved with the Fast and Furious films, and to countless fans.  We send our deepest and most sincere condolences to Paul’s family,” a rep for Universal said in a statement.

Actor Paul Walker dies – CNN

Along with Vin Diesel, the 40-year-old Walker has been one of the stalwarts of the “Fast & Furious” movie series, characterized by its racing scenes and attractive cast.

 

The box-office success of the first film in 2001 fueled sequels. The series’ sixth installment came out earlier this year, topping the Memorial Day weekend box office.

 

At the time of his death, Walker was working on the seventh film of the franchise, with a scheduled release date of 2014.

Such a tragic loss … my heart goes out to Paul Walker’s family and friends – including his friend that was driving at the time of the crash. His friend also died in the crash and has family and friends who will miss him as well.

It is a great loss to those of us who love the franchise (Fast & Furious). We can just imagine how hard this was for Vin Diesel and everyone else that have been working with Paul Walker all these years. My heart goes out to all the folks that are are part of the Fast & Furious franchise and lost a piece of their family when Paul Walked died today.

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As a close, I would like to quote the Roman’s Grace over the meal at the end of Fast & Furious 6 – I somehow think it fits:

Father thank you for the gathering of friends, Father we give thanks for all the choices we’ve made because that’s what makes us who we are, let us forever cherish the loved ones we’ve lost along the way; thank you for the little angel, the newest addition to our family, thank you for bringing Letty home, and most of all thank you for fast cars!

Rest in peace, Paul Walker…you are missed.

 

EDIT: Added Roman’s grace over the meal at the end of F&F6.

Finding Neverland

Finding Neverland (2004)

Finding Neverland

Finding Neverland, Best Picture of the Year, with Johnny Depp, Kate Winslet, Julie Christie and Dustin Hoffman

I recently had an opportunity to again see this wonderful film that still garners a 7.9/10 Star movie at IMDb and Rotten Tomatoes still gives it 83% rating, and the audience an 84% rating.

I hadn’t seen it since probably 2007 when I watched it with a neice and nephew (my brother’s children) while spending some time with them one day. It was a totally amazing story and film. Seeing it again recently with my Jim was a special treat as I could focus even more attention on the actual story than while visiting with the children who had already seen this movie so many times because they loved it and own the DVD.

I found the part of J. M. Barrie aka, Sir James Matthew Barrie, played by Johnny Depp was one of his best roles (and that is a really hard call because I love every movie I have ever had the pleasure of watching Johnny Depp perform). You can see them all at his filmography because there are few listed that I haven’t enjoyed!

I can say the same thing about Kate Winslet’s part as Sylvia Llewelyn Davies, as it is certainly one of two particularly favored parts that Kate Winslet has performed including her role as Rose DeWitt Bukator on Titanic (was Titanic really done back in 1997! Wow! I love that movie too. That movie is still the definitive telling of the story in my mind).

The Llewelyn Davies boys are portrayed by Freddie Highmore (Peter), Nick Roud (George), Joe Prospero (Jack), and Luke Spill (Michael).

The interaction of J. M. Barrie and the boys was nothing short of amazing. I can’t say enough about the empathy between James, and the boys and their Mother, Sylvia. Several of their names were actually used in this precious fantasy story, Peter Pan.

According to Wikipedia:

Finding Neverland is a 2004 semi-biographical film about playwright J. M. Barrie and his relationship with a family who inspired him to create Peter Pan, directed by Marc Forster. The screenplay by David Magee is based on the play The Man Who Was Peter Pan by Allan Knee. The film was nominated for several Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Actor for Depp’s portrayal of J. M. Barrie, and won one for Jan A. P. Kaczmarek‘s musical score.

The story focuses on Scottish writer J. M. Barrie, his platonic relationship with Sylvia Llewelyn Davies, and his close friendship with her sons, who inspire the classic play Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up.

And by Rotten Tomatoes,

Following up his critically acclaimed Monster’s Ball, director Marc Forster took on this biography of playwright James Matthew Barrie, the scribe who penned the children’s classic Peter Pan. Johnny Depp stars as the turn-of-the-century writer as the film follows Barrie as he struggles to write and have his play produced while he cares for his down-on-their-luck neighbors who inspired the story in the first place. J.M. Barrie’s Neverland also stars Dustin Hoffman, Kate Winslet, and Julie

And IMDb,

The story of J.M. Barrie‘s friendship with a family who inspired him to create Peter Pan. The movie details the experiences of “Peter Pan” author J.M. Barrie, which lead him to write the children’s classic. He got to know four children who have no father. Drawing from his time with the kids, he writes a story about children who don’t want to grow up.

I have been in love with the story of Peter Pan since I was a child and have read the book several times in my life. Seeing this movie again, just reinforces my love of the story of Peter Pan, and it’s roots so much. I think J. M. Barrie would be pleased. Because of this movie, I simply had to devour most everything I could about the real life characters he used as the inspiration for this wonderful story.

J. M. Barrie, thank you so very much for one of the best rides a book can give to young and old alike in mind, spirit and soul. Peter Pan, has led to so many wonderful retellings as well as to great stories like this heartwarming and inspiring movie Finding Neverland.

What a joy it was to get to see this wonderful movie Finding Neverland inspired by the real life interaction of J. M. Barrie and the boys who were the real inspiration for the timeless book Peter Pan. I spent the movie in turn laughing and crying and feeling such human warmth from watching this movie. Life in their day was hard, but this movie also showed how any life, no matter how short, could be experienced with joy, imagination, positive expectancy in life, love, and most of all without having to grow up.

Thank you to J. M. Barrie, David Magee, Marc Forster, Richard N. Gladstein, Nellie Bellflower, Johnny Depp, Kate Winslet, Radha Mitchell, Julie Christie, Dustin Hoffman (also in Hook by the way), Freddie Highmore, and the other boys, as well as all the other supporting roles who were all responsible for this movie and it’s success. I wouldn’t have missed it for the world…

Some other sources for Peter Pan, and Neverland:

Neverpedia

Neverland – Wikipedia

Peter Pan (1953)

Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie – Project Gutenberg

Peter Pan – audio – Librivox

Karate Kid (2010)

Karate Kid (2010) was a thoroughly engrossing and great movie. It had all the the same elements as the original Karate Kid. Jackie Chan and Jayden Smith did a great job.

I found it exciting, engaging, heartwarming, and a great sequel to the original Karate Kid. I found it refreshing that they decided to use Kung Fu (one of my favorite TV Shows too), instead of Karate this time around, and who better to show that off as the teacher then Jackie Chan! He did a great job, and Pat Morita was a tough act to follow. He was wonderful in the Forbidden Kingdom as well, BTW.

I was highly impressed with Jayden’s first truly leading role, hats off to you Jayden. Great job. I am sure Dad, Will Smith, and the rest of your family are very proud of the job you did.

This is not Jayden Smith’s first movie though, he also played Jacob Benson in the new The Day The Earth Stood Still as well. Another movie where I enjoyed the remake as much as the original.

Considering that the original Karate Kid movie got high ratings, as it should (it is one of my favorites, btw), it was a tough act to follow, even though it was done back in 1984. Which is all the more reason that Karate Kid (2010) still stands tall as a great flick, to me. And the fact that I can say that many good things about this movie, gives Jayden’s performance even more of a thumbsup. And who better to take over the role of reluctant Kung Fu teacher than Jackie Chan, the drunken immortal from Forbidden Kingdom…and all of his other wonderful, action packed films. I make it a point never to miss any of Jackie Chan’s movies, or Jet Li’s for that matter.

I thought it was great to take this remake to China. The scenery was gorgeous and so fitting for such a movie.

I saw Karate Kid was out at Red Box, so I figured what could I lose, right? But to my surprise was thoroughly pleased with the choice and the movie. When I got it, I got it from Red Box on the movie name alone. I didn’t realize who was it it. Just wanted to see the remake for myself. Very glad I did!

Like they mentioned in the Editorial Review at Amazon, I too agree that this should be 8-12 or older, with parental guidance. But with that guidance, I think it would be an inspiration to most kids in that age group, or kids of any age. 😉

‘Crocodile’ Dundee

‘Crocodile’ Dundee (1986)

‘Crocodile’ Dundee, the original/first one, was as usual the best of the trilogy. However, I enjoyed ‘Crocodile’ Dundee II very much as well. I have not seen ‘Crocodile’ Dundee in Los Angeles.

For me, Australia, and in particular, the Australian Outback holds a bit of mystique with all the unique animals, interesting and varied terrain, and the people. If I had a chance to visit any country in the world, it would be Australia. So you can imagine, any movie about Australia would intrigue me.

‘Crocodile’ (Michael J.) Dundee is wonderfully played by Paul Hogan. I think this was the first movie that I really saw Paul Hogan play a leading role and he did an outstanding job. Linda Kozlowsk played Sue Charlton, the female lead in the movie. She was as fantastic in the role, as she is beautiful. These two have some real chemistry between them.

The story centers around ‘Crocodile’ Dundee who is to take a New York reporter, Sue Charlton, through the Australian Outback, or as Mick Dundee calls it, ‘the bush’ — to the place where he was ‘apparently’ attacked by a huge crocodile and survived, and proudly shows off his beautiful pair of crocodile boots. There is some great bantering in the film and great quotes for movie lovers like me. Sue learns some things about ‘the bush’ and Dundee and herself, as does Dundee; and of course Dundee protects Sue when needed. There are some wonderful characters in the film including Dundee’s friends Wally and Nev.

Crocodile Dundee is a charming movie, with a hoped for ending. Well worth seeing just for the banter, but there is so much more to it. It is, in my opinion, a must see movie.

‘Crocodile’ Dundee – Wikipedia
Crocodile Dundee – IMDB – 6.5/10 stars
‘Crocodile’ Dundee – Rotten Tomatoes – 88% on Tomatometer

Crocodile Dundee (trailer) – Youtube

Crocodile Dundee II (1988)

Because the movie takes place in New York initially, I wasn’t sure how it would work out, but they did end up back in ‘the bush’ being chased by drug dealers who kidnapped Sue and were threatening her life to get back pictures of the drug lord personally killing someone in South America. Those pictures were taken by an photographer, a friend of Sue. At least until the drug lord had him killed to get back the pictures. Again, some great fun and danger, and banter. It was a good film but not great like the first one.

‘Crocodile’ Dundee II – Wikipedia
‘Crocodile’ Dundee II – IMDB – 5.1/10 stars
‘Crocodile’ Dundee II – Rotten Tomatoes – 14% on Tomatometer

Crocodile Dundee II (trailer) – Youtube

Hulu – ‘Crocodile’ Dundee II – Full feature film

I was able to find both ‘Crocodile’ Dundee and ‘Crocodile’ Dundee II last month in the $5 bin at Walmart. Great finds! It was like seeing old friends to watch them again.

Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles (2001)

I have not seen Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles. It does appear that as often is the case, the third in a series is the least favored, but I would still like to see it.

Since I don’t personally have much to say about it, I will let you look for yourself in the links below:

Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles – Wikipedia
Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles – IMDB – 4.6/10 stars
Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles – Rotten Tomatoes – 12% on Tomatometer

Crocodile Dundee In Los Angeles Trailer HD – Youtube

Entrapment

Recently Sean Connery celebrated his 80th birthday and many, including me concluded that Sean Connery was in fact the best 007 ever!

But I digress…

We are obviously big fans of Sean Connery and have seen and enjoyed most of his movies. The whole week we watched movies that we have with Sean Connery in them in celebration with him. One movie that wasn’t specifically called out in many articles was Entrapment. Entrapment was done later in Sean Connery’s career, and we totally enjoyed it.

If you missed Sean Connery’s 80th birthday celebration, or if you just want to watch a very good flick, I really think you won’t go wrong here. We were fortunate enough to be able to get it in a $5 bin at Wal-Mart awhile back. But it is still less than $10 at Amazon.

I fully intend to go through many of Sean Connery’s films before it’s all said on our site where I can (remembering our frugal nature here). But that doesn’t mean you can’t talk about any and all Sean Connery movies on the site.

I felt the movie was very well done, and Sean Connery’s female partner in crime was amazing as well.

Entrapment is a 1999 American caper film, directed by Jon Amiel, starring Sean Connery and Catherine Zeta-Jones.

Entrapment – wikipedia
Entrapment – IMDB – 6.1 Stars out of 10
Entrapment – received 38% on Rotten Tomatoes

Maybe it wasn’t one of his very excellent 007 movies, or even on par with Medicine man and some of his greater works, but I think it may have been better than that.

Certainly worth a look at any rate.

OK, so this was not a major review of the movie … but I wanted to get one up after working on the website all day. So much more to do!

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