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Paul Walker movies: Few worthwhile efforts away from the ‘Fast and Furious’ franchise (photo: Paul Walker in ‘Hours’) (See previous post: “Paul Walker Dead: Fast and Furious Actor Killed in Fiery Car Crash.”) Aside from the Fast and Furious franchise, Paul Walker was featured in about 15 movies since the turn of the century; most of those were little-seen releases that did nothing to expand his following beyond fans of slick, high-speed shenanigans, e.g., John Glenn’s thriller and straight-to-dvd release The Lazarus Project (2008), co-starring Piper Perabo; Wayne Kramer’s box office bomb Running Scared, with Vera Farmiga; John Stockwell’s mix of deep-sea adventure and crime thriller Into the Blue, with Jessica Alba and Josh Brolin; and another straight-to-dvd effort, Mukunda Michael Dewil’s poorly received thriller Vehicle 19 (2013). Paul Walker’s handful of more prestigious and/or successful films were Clint Eastwood’s World War II drama Flags of Our Fathers »
- Andre Soares
Network: CBC in Canada, Hulu in the Us
Episodes: 90 (hour) + one special
TV show dates: January 9, 2009 -- April 2, 2012
Series status: Ended
TV show description:
As this comedic series begins, a small Muslim community in the fictional prairie town of Mercy, Saskatchewan (population 14,000) finally gets its own mosque. The only problem is that it's in a church and some of the local residents become irrationally alarmed.
The mosque's new Imam, Amaar Rashid (Zaib Shaikh), arrives from the big city to smooth things over. Unfortunately, his easy charm and progressive ways do little to convince the locals that Muslims aren't simply a bunch of terrorists. »
Irvine Welsh's Ecstasy, 2011
Directed by Rob Heydon.
A drug runner discovers true love and a whole lot of trouble as he attempts to become a dealer of ecstasy pills.
The movie opens with Lloyd Buist (Adam Sinclair) narrating about the joys of taking ecstasy pills and what it takes to be a successful drug runner under the most uncomfortable of circumstances; the Scotsman has two buddies with whom he goes prowling the nightclub dance floors named Ally (Keram Malicki-Sánchez) and Woodsy (Billy Boyd).
When Ally suggests that time is passing them by Lloyd decides to strike it out on his own by skimming off some product from his volatile boss Solo (Carlo Rota). The trouble is Solo can sniff out a double-cross a mile away. While having »
Irvine Welsh and Rob Heydon“After seeing the film Trainspotting  and The Acid House  in cinemas in Canada with a Scottish writer friend, Paul McCafferty who eventually co-wrote the screenplay for Ecstasy ,” recalls filmmaker Rob Heydon as to the when he was introduced to the works of author Irvine Welsh. “I first became aware of Irvine Welsh when I was at Drama School and the novel Trainspotting had just been released,” states Scottish actor Adam Sinclair (To End All Wars). “Everyone in the school was doing the famous speech, ‘Choose a job. Choose a big fucking television. Choose life.’ All these kids over Scotland were reading books from an author who wrote the same way they spoke. He was very much part of a generation writing about stuff that most »
4 items from 2013
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