October 2019

Cardi B Joins Fast 9 - Dumpster Fire Ensues   In what can only be interpreted as an attempt to appease a certain subset of the population, Cardi B has been added to the roster of transient (hopefully) "actors" of the franchise. As Cardi B joins Fast 9, I have to ask myself (like so many others), 'what the hell is Universal doing?'   Universal has been cunning (and in some cases, brilliant) in their choices of "talent" throughout the franchise. They've examined their audience demographics carefully and for the most part, have brought audiences some amazing talent. Whether or not they've made the best use of this talent is debatable, but the fact that none of these movies have even been nominated for an Academy Award is telling. The Academy doesn't pay much attention to box office results, so Fast's box office draw has done nothing to influence their consideration for an Oscar. More likely, the contrived scripts, razor-thin plotlines, and confusing timelines have contributed to continued snuffs.   I have to think that Vin Diesel was a club in New York and ran into Cardi B. His entourage and her entourage were popping bottles and Vin leaned over to Cardi and said, "hey, we should