films seen
9
average score
2.50*
nationality
USA - 53 years old
status
Alive and kicking
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Solid pieces

The Fate of the Furious

by F. Gary Gray
2017 / 136m - USA
Action
3.5*/5.0*
The Fate of the Furious poster

While I'm not the biggest fan of the series, I must give credit where due. The people behind the franchise have been pretty consistently besting themselves with each new entry in the series. That's not a given (just look at all those 80s horror franchises), especially when you're already 8 films in.

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I will say that "besting" is pretty much limited to making the action bigger, crazier and more explosive. If you want serious character development, a solid plot or engrossing drama you better look elsewhere. If on the other hand you're content with some of the best action scenes ever put on screen, F8 has you covered.

The cast does a decent job, though mostly because their characters are tailored to their own personas. The introduction is a bit long and Theron is a disappointing villain, but once the car action begins that's all quickly forgotten. The film doesn't really slow down after that and the finale is one of the best in the series so far. Good fun.

The Italian Job

by F. Gary Gray
2003 / 111m - USA
Action, Crime
3.5*/5.0*
The Italian Job poster

The inoffensive

Straight outta Compton

by F. Gary Gray
2015 / 147m - USA
Drama, Music
3.0*/5.0*
Straight outta Compton poster

Worthy but flawed

Law Abiding Citizen

by F. Gary Gray
2009 / 109m - USA
Thriller
2.5*/5.0*
Law Abiding Citizen poster

A Man Apart

by F. Gary Gray
2003 / 109m - USA
Drama, Action
2.5*/5.0*
A Man Apart poster

Dubious filler

Men in Black: International

by F. Gary Gray
2019 / 114m - USA
Comedy, Action
2.0*/5.0*
Men in Black: International poster

A mediocre attempt to revive a mediocre franchise. Hemsworth is a decent replacement, sadly Thompson falls flat besides him. The CG isn't very impressive and the creature design and voice work are dumb and childish. There's some silly action fun and the light-hearted tone keeps it watchable, but the film lacks any core qualities.

Be Cool

by F. Gary Gray
2005 / 118m - USA
Comedy, Crime, Music
2.0*/5.0*
Be Cool poster

The Negotiator

by F. Gary Gray
1998 / 140m - USA
Action, Thriller
2.0*/5.0*
The Negotiator poster

Plain forgettable

Friday

by F. Gary Gray
1995 / 91m - USA
Comedy
1.5*/5.0*
Friday poster

A rather plain and lazy black stoner comedy. If you think the mere idea of weed is funny, then there might be something here for you. Otherwise, it's just broad stereotypes, mediocre performances and purely functional direction. These types of comedy just aren't my thing, I like Gray better when he's doing action flicks.