Furious 7

I Watched This: Furious 7

Maybe it was fitting that I saw Furious 7 last weekend with family. Because that’s what this one is all about.

Let’s be clear.

I’m a fan of the Fast & Furious franchise. Sure 2 Fast 2 Furious was a little different and Tokyo Drift didn’t make as much sense until the end of Fast 6, but there’s something inherently enjoyable about these simple movies that reinforce the simple message that family is important. So take what I say next with some understanding.

Furious 7 was outstanding!

Cast of Furious 7
Courtesy of Universal Pictures.

As mentioned above, the ending of Fast 6 introduces Jason Statham as Deckard Shaw who is out to avenge the severe “longest runway in the world” beat down of his brother by the Fast & Furious crew. Add in a little Mr. Nobody (know in the real world as Kurt Russell) and a mythical device called the God’s Eye and we have a couple of story lines to follow.

Enough story to make the movie outstanding? No. But none of us were there for that as it was.

Furious 7 - Vin Diesel
Courtesy of Universal Pictures.

We were there to watch the high-speed chases. The serious stunts and effects. Maybe even a Rock Bottom. But there was also a little tug at the heart-strings on the side. And I think that’s what got to me.

With the sudden passing of Paul Walker in 2013, while the movie was still in production, it’s obvious director James Wan had to smooth down a few rough edges to make the movie work. But that didn’t matter much to me either.

Again, it was the tug at the heart-strings.

Without spoiling much, I can tell you that he did right by Paul Walker. Instead of sending his character Brian O’Connor back to the garage, Wan kept Walker tightly woven through most of the film. And if I wasn’t trying to pay as close attention throughout the entire movie, I probably wouldn’t have known that something was up.

But that wasn’t all.

There was the ending. The tying together of loose strings. The last ride. In fact, if any one of you could point out a better send off, I’d be surprised.

So if you haven’t seen Furious 7, go see it. And for those of you who have, what did you think? Does this take top spot in the list of franchise editions or is it a solid second. Can’t be any lower than that, can it?

No way.

CN Tower

What To Do In Toronto?

As I continue my jet-setting ways during this spell of funemployment, I’ll find myself FINALLY visiting Toronto (apparently I can’t count stops at Pearson International as a visit) next week. That’s right, while I’ve been to Whitehorse and Halifax, Quebec City and Winnipeg, I’ve never found an opportunity to check out the “Big Smoke.” So I need your help – what do you I get up to while I’m there?

At the moment, my plans are to catch up with friends who’ve moved out east over the years, yet with three-and-a-half days in town I figure I’ll need to fill ’em with something.

The Stanley Cup
Courtesy of Jackman Chiu
Obviously as a red-blooded Canadian, no stop to Toronto is every complete without a visit to the Hockey Hall of Fame. In fact, I’m pretty darn sure it will be my first stop on my trip – well, second considering I’ll need to check-in to my hotel and such. I’ll get to give Lord Stanley’s Cup a good look, maybe see what Pavel Bure’s plaque looks like up close, and maybe even bump into The Count… err… Gary Bettman so I can give him a piece of my mind.

But then there’s the small matter of the Canucks making the playoffs – where will I watch the games I’ll miss while on the road? Should I just camp out at the Real Sports Bar & Grill I hear so much about, or is there somewhere better?

Blue Jays Baseball at Rogers Centre
Courtesy of laurencehorton
And then there’s the Blue Jays! Would you believe I’ve never been to a major league baseball game ever? Sure I make sure to swing by the Nat to catch a Canadians game every season, but while an exciting brand, it’s not the show. Heck, even with such close proximity to a pro club down in Seattle, I’ve still never seen the big leagues so I can’t pass that opportunity up.

Heck, maybe I’ll take in a couple of games. Both the Tampa Bay Rays and Atlanta Braves pass through town while I’m there.

CN Tower and Rogers Centre
Courtesy of JDB Sound Photography
Lastly, there’s the CN Tower.

Yeah, the VERY tall CN Tower.

You see, I have this fear of heights and while I’ve visited landmarks that have challenged my comfort zone of having two feet firmly planted to the ground – hello London Eye – I’ve never done the fear factor thing on my own. Are there support buddies available? People to hold on to when fear tries to get the better of me? Or do I just suck it up and head to the top like a big boy? Oh the humanity.

Anywho, what other suggestions do all of you fine people have for me? While I’ll be staying downtown at the Hyatt and would like to get around by foot as much as I can – remember, I’m funemployed and all – if there’s an attraction I just can’t miss, I’m willing to make the effort to get there.