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  1. I watched "The Fate of the Furious" on TV a couple of days ago. And I noticed something a little interesting. When the football team The Rock was coaching performed the Siva Tau before the game, The Rock stuck his tongue out. Now, before the fight in Hobbs & Shaw, the Rock leads another Siva Tau, this time, there's no tongue (I realise that sounds weird now I've just read that back). Here's where it's interesting. There have been many who believe that in ancient polynesian culture, sticking the tongue out after performing a war dance, such as a Haka, or a Siva Tau, signals an intent to cannibalise their enemy. However, that shows a level of respect. As the belief was that by eating the enemy after defeating them in battle, they will consume their "Mana", their fighting spirit, their strength, and what made them a warrior, thus making the victor stronger. So, if you go by that line of thinking, The Rock was showing more respect to a girls football team, than he was Idris Elba and his army. Which adds a subtle layer to the themes of heart, and humanity that the movie had. Idris, and his army, were cybernetically enhanced, they had no warrior spirit, and were not worth consuming.
  2. One thing that made me laugh in the movie, during the Truck Centipede scene, when The Rock said "We need more weight", and then the fat guy turns up, like that's an anomoly. Not to go into racial profiling here, but Samoans are known for two main things. 1) They're incredibly nice people, welcoming, kind, they treat strangers like family. Unless you piss them off, in that case, just run away, run really far, really quickly. In fact, here's a story about that. Pat Patterson was wrestling in San Francisco against Peter Maivia (The Rock's grandfather). Peter Maivia was a hero to Samoans. Well, there was going to be an angle at the Cow Palace, where Patterson attacks Maivia and injures him. Patterson calls Peter's wife saying he doesn't want to do the angle, because he was scared that the Samoan fans (and in San Francisco, there's a large number of them) would storm the ring and they'd kill him. The Rock's grandmother said "Pat, don't worry about it, they're gonna be at the top of the arena, they're not going to get to you." They ran the angle, and here come the Samoans, they want to kill Pat Patterson. One of the cops who was working the event took his baton out, and hit Sika Anoa'i (Roman Reigns' father) over the head with it. Sika didn't even flinch, and looked at the cop, with blood running down his face, and said "Brother, don't you EVER do that again!" and the Cop, instead of doing his job and stopping these Samoan fans from trying to kill Pat Patterson, said "Fuck this", and ran away. 2) They're fucking massive. Not even like they're lazy slobs, they're just huge Rugby playing, Football playing, Pro Wrestling, big motherfuckers. Case in point, Roman Reigns, when talking about his family, he referred to himself as "One of the little ones", Roman Reigns is 6'3" and 265lbs. How is a 6'3" 265lbs dude "one of the little ones?!"
  3. Speaking of Roman Reigns, and this has nothing to do with the movie, but I like the story, his father, Sika Anoa'i, was a member of the Wild Samoans tag team, with his brother, Afa. The gimmick they had was that they were a pair of savages, who chewed on bones, didn't speak, and were "wild", as the name suggests. Well, a young Chris Jericho was hanging around the hotel they were staying in, hoping to meet some wrestlers. He then saw Sika, and approached him with a book, and in broken english said "Sika... please... sign book? Please... sign...", and Sika said "Fuck off, kid". To which Jericho responded with "What?! You speak english?!"
  4. It's a shame that Jason Momoa wasn't able to appear as The Rock's brother, considering Roman Reigns was also in the movie, and the two of them are constantly told that they look like the other.
  5. There's another classic wrestling reference. The Rock talked about taking something, shining it up real nice, turn that sumbitch sideways. Although, he didn't end it with "And stick it straight up, your candy ass".
  6. Okay how about this. Instead of "The Voice" being an actual person, what if it's God's Eye becoming all "Skynet" and becoming a sentient being, allowing it to not only create cybernetic people (like Idris Elba), but control any screen in existence? Maybe that's why the World's News all appeared in Piccadilly Circus, they're not the actual newsreaders, they're God'SkEyenet created cyborg newsreaders. Because Idris Elba crafted the narrative for these newsreaders to regurgitate whatever they were told, and because God'SkEyenet can take over any screen it sees fit, here's all of the world's news with this breaking story, all at the same time, from all over the world. Now we know how the saga is going to end: Vin Diesel is gonna drive a car at The Rock, The Rock is gonna lift the road up in front of him creating a ramp, Vin hits the NOS, and goes flying towards the central hub of God'SkyEyenet. Then, he slams on the brakes, stopping the car in mid-air. Vin goes flying through the windshield with his fist balled up, screaming "FAAAAAAAAAAAAAMMMMMMMMMMMIIIIIIIIIIIIIILLLLLLLLLLLLLYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY" and punches God'SkyEyenet in the proverbial dick, causing it to explode. Then, we have what's basically the Fast & Furious equivalent to the Iron Man funeral (spoiler alert). Everyone's crying, they're upset, and then you hear... ..."You guys owe me a Corona for this!" He's still alive! As it turns out, the funeral was for Kurt Russell, the car landed on him when Vin Diesel flew out the windshield.
  7. Yeah, as a longtime MMA fan, she was a really good fighter, then the mainstream sports places noticed her, basically "Look at this hot MMA fighter", I knew "Yeah, we're gonna lose her now", especially after the Cris Cyborg fight. There's a really cheap indie film she did called "Daughter of the Wolf" with Richard Dreyfuss, just shows that she's really coming into her own as a legit on-screen bad ass.
  8. Yeah, but as it turns out, Owen's not actually dead, he was in a comatose state, because that was the insentive for Deckard joining the team. As a lifelong Mortal Kombat fan, and that convoluted-ass storyline they have going on, I'm looking at this thinking "What the fuck is happening here". People dying, but really they're not, bad guys becoming good guys, good guys becoming bad guys, and people parachuted in cars.
  9. Deckard killed Han in the post-credits scene of Fast 6, tying him to the scene in Tokyo Drift. He then got out of the car saying "Dominic Toretto, we're gonna meet very soon" Then, in Samoa, he implied that he feels guilty for killing Han.
  10. I have a theory as to who "The Voice" is. It's Gina Carano. She was Hobb's partner in Fast 6, hence the "Reunion" She was Owen Shaw's girlfriend, so she knows Deckard Shaw She was supposedly "killed", but, considering this is Fast and Furious, that doesn't mean a fucking thing, she's another "Super Soldier" that Eteon could bring back to life More importantly, I just really fucking like Gina Carano.
  11. We should also bring up the reunion of an iconic cinematic team It was nice to see Deadpool and Peter together again.
  12. At the risk of upsetting Tyrese Gibson, I wouldn't mind if they sacked off the rest of the Fast/Furious movies, and just stuck with Hobbs & Shaw. I'd watch 2 hours of The Rock and Jason Statham trying to play FIFA and talking shit to each other.
  13. Yeah, "Black James Bond" makes fuck all sense in the context of the character. Somebody who was killed, only to be brought back to life with cybernetic enhancements... I'M BLACK MR. BEAN! would have made just as much sense as "Black James Bond". He could have just as easily said "I'm the Black Terminator", although, that does then conjour up comparisons with OJ Simpson, the original choice to play The Terminator, who lost out on the role because "He's just too nice, nobody would have believed he could kill anybody". He's basically RoboCop.
  14. Idris Elba wasn't orginally going to call himself "Black Superman", the line was actually "I'm Black James Bond", However, Elba felt the "Black James Bond" was stoking something that was already being talked about, and it didn't need anymore fuel thrown on top of it.
  15. When The Rock did the double shot of Tequila and had it go down his chin, I'm pretty sure that was a nod to The Rock's long time friend, "Stone Cold" Steve Austin. Whose gimmick was to grab a bunch of beers and drink them after the match. One of a whole punch of WWE references in this movie, which is to be expected with The Rock, even going as far as casting his cousin, Roman Reigns, who was basically there to do a bunch of his moves in the Samoan fight scene. Speaking of Roman, one thing that wasn't brought up on the podcast is that he filmed his scenes in the move, while he was going through a battle with leukemia. Dude was running round spearing motherfuckers, and driving around in high-powered trucks, while he was getting treatment for leukemia!