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A little furious about the fast and furious! Needless to say I have a need for speed.

All the fast and furious fans can remember that day in 2001 walking into the theaters to see the beginning of an epic racing series starring Paul Walker and Vin Diesel. A little unsure about what was to come we sat in those cramped seats and went for the ride of our lives as we drove through the streets of California in Race wars and alongside undercover agent Brian O’Conner as he pursued Dominic Toretto. As enticed as we were we left the theater wanting more then along came 2 fast 2 furious and as we watch O’Conner bring back his friend Roman to help bring down a drug lord we started to see the fast crew come to light.

So 2 films down and the hook is set more and more people are getting the fast and furious bug and needless to say we want more so on we go to Tokyo Drift this film took us for a quick left turn as we watch Sean Boswell learn to drift and earn the title as Drift King. None the less Sean could not become king alone and in comes the fourth member of the Fast crew Han who is his drift coach through the whole film. So as we leave the theater dumbfounded on whats going on with O’Connor and Toretto we wait and hope for the next action packed film to speed into our theater.

After a long 3 year wait along came The Fast and The furious, personally I think this was the turning point of this phenomenal racing series. It was from this point where Fast and Furious fans saw their beloved street racing movies start to become less about street racing and being more about crime fighting. Our fast crew went from a badass street racing crew to a new part of the government helping bring down the worse of the worse criminals using their exceptional skills. Now I am not saying that these action packed films were not good they were phenomenal but not the fast and furious we have come to know and love.

Then tragedy struck and our beloved main actor Paul Walker and his friend were killed in a car accident. So fast 7 was a tribute to his memory and my next few sentences are in no way a reflection on him. Fast 7 was a great movie but they have gone so far off the street racing path that people have come to love about the fast and furious that it was really hard to watch. It truly become one of those just non stop action films that half way through your looking at your watch wondering when it will be over. The fast crew has created a series that will never be forgotten but I guess you can only street race a car in so many ways before you have to start driving down a new path. For all the great movies that the fast crew has put together me and all the Fast and Furious fans thank you!.

How movies are giving our generation a false idea of relationships.

In a time where media is huge influence on most people we are seeing movies like The Notebook,Serendipity, and pretty much any other Nicholas Sparks movie you can think of or any Romantic movie (not to hate on Nicholas Sparks he has written some books that were turned into some fantastic movies.) All these films put that lackluster ideas in the minds of the viewers. Dr Bjarne Holmes, a psychologist who led the research said in an article in the Times  (click on link to see the article) “Relationship counselors often face common misconceptions in their clients — that if your partner truly loves you they’d know what you need without you communicating it, that your soul mate is predestined. We did a rigorous content analysis of romantic comedies and found that the same issues were being portrayed in these films,”

So then we have to ask ourselves where is this false idea of Romance and dating coming from? Is it pre incorporated in our minds or installed by the misconceptions we find in these films. Personally I think it is installed in our minds by these romantic comedy idea of finding the “Perfect” love and that if its meant to be then it will come around to the guy magically sweeping the girl off her feet and or coming to her rescue from the wrong guy. While I think these movies are great (my favorite movie The Adjustment Bureau is a Romantic kind of action combined movie.) I just think they portray the wrong idea to the viewers. Not many if any relationship is going to be you meet once a spark starts and you magically fall head over heels for each other. (Being a realist here!) It will take time and effort for that relationship to grow and become great. We as a generation need to start focusing on building strong relationships rather than hanging on this false idea of the “perfect” relationship. This may be a real shocker to some but there is no such thing as a perfect relationship every relationship has their ups and downs and thats what in the end will make them stronger.

Now I am not saying that movies are the cause of bad relationships but if you look back at your parents generation, your grandparents generation they had much stronger relationships where guys came to the door with flowers and they focused on building a solid foundation rather than look for perfect from the start. They also did not have movies influencing their idea of what “Love” and dating so that probably helped too.