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Pop Culture Happy Hour: "Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw"

Chris Klimek

Kirby, Statham, and Johnson are Shaw, Shaw, and Hobbs.

Kirby, Statham, and Johnson are Shaw, Shaw, and Hobbs.

Yesterday's exciting episode of Pop Culture Happy Hour featured Linda Holmes' triumphant return to the host chair after the triumphant publication of her debut novel. Hooray! In a deleted scene, I asked the panel—my forever Fast & Furious viewing-mate Linda, my sister-from-another-mother Daisy Rosario, and new friend Christina Tucker of the Unfriendly Black Hotties podcast—if I was the only one of use suffering from what I am loath to call "Johnson Fatigue."

Yes, came the three ladies' reply. It's just you. So be it! This was an especially fun episode. My review of Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw is right here.

The Ampersands of Time: "Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw," reviewed.

Chris Klimek

Bald Is Beautiul: Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham. (Universal)

Bald Is Beautiul: Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham. (Universal)

Look, all of the Fast & Furious movies have stolen their best bits from better movies, but when the new double-ampersand sidebar flick Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw actually had its cyborg villain, Brixton Lorr (Idris Elba) get orders from an unseen superior to try to turn heroes Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) and Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) over to the Dark Side, I still managed to be surprised. My NPR review is here.

Pop Culture Happy Hour: Skyscraper and What's Making Us Happy (which is, for me, Blindspotting)

Chris Klimek

Dwayne Johnson is no Tom Cruise, stuntwise.

Dwayne Johnson is no Tom Cruise, stuntwise.

I had a lovely time dissecting the laughably derivative, greenscreeny pleasures of Skyscraper with Pop Culture Happy Hour hosts Linda Holmes and Stephen Thompson and fellow friend-of-the-show Margaret H. Willison. This movie wants to be Die Hard, and it isn't even as good as Johnson's own Central Intelligence or Rampage.  It's maybe on par with San Andreas.

I get a plug in during the What's Making Us Happy segment for Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal's Blindspotting, one of the two or three strongest movies I've seen this year. Buy a ticket to Blindspotting and watch Skyscraper on a flight or something. 

The Fast and the Curious (George): Rampage, reviewed.

Chris Klimek

Naomie Harris, Dwayne Johnson, and Jason Liles as George (Warner Bros.)

Naomie Harris, Dwayne Johnson, and Jason Liles as George (Warner Bros.)

Nearly four interminable months after Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, a movie based on a movie based on a children's book and appended with a 30-year-old Guns N' Roses jam, Dwayne Johnson—the once and future Rock and 2032 Instagram Party presidential candidate—is back. In a movie, in the legal sense, based on a video game.

My NPR review of Rampage (from the director of San Andreas!) is here. I'm not sure who it was at Warner Bros. and or New Line who forgot to put the exclamation point in the title, but I trust that heads shall (the) roll.

The Fault Not in Our Stars: San Andreas, reviewed.

Chris Klimek

The Rock and Carla Gugino do a decent job of reacting to things that aren't there. (Warner Bros. Pictures)

The Rock and Carla Gugino do a decent job of reacting to things that aren't there. (Warner Bros. Pictures)

I went with my friend and colleague Heather to see San Andreas, and we felt saw the Earth move. That the film really seems not to notice that its fireman chopper-pilot hero is a deserter and a thief is part of the fun. My NPR review, which opens with a discussion of the 1974 Universal Pictures release Earthquake — written by Mario Puzo the same year as The Godfather, Part II! — is here.

Richard Roundtree played a "daredevil motorcyclist."

Richard Roundtree played a "daredevil motorcyclist."