While they haven’t specifically used the word, it seems clear that Unicron is the threat in Transformers: The Last Knight and that he is responsible for turning Prime evil (didn’t we do that already?) and trying to consume Earth. While this is the least annoying of the trailers for the fifth live-action Transformers film, it still doesn’t give me any hope that anything has changed. What’s more chilling is that director Michael Bay is claiming (I gave the source for CONTEXT) that 14 more Transformers films are in the works following next year’s Bumblebee spin-off, which will be a prequel. Just mull that over. TWENTY of these if they keep making money. For what that will cost, we could go to Mars…..and leave Michael Bay there. Continue reading Trailer Time: Transformers: The Last Knight Trailer #3 (2017) *For My World to Live, Yours Must Die*
I try to make it a policy not to pre-hate movies (I reserve the right to occasionally diverge), with the exception of the Transformers series as directed by Michael Bay. The Transformers were, and are to many people in my generation, an integral part of our childhood memories and Bay has despoiled them. If they’d ALL been awful from the start I’d understand it more, but the first film was not bad. It was flawed, but I got my chills moment of Peter Cullen’s voice emerging from a live-action Optimus Prime. Since then, they’ve been crude, noisy, unbearably long, stupid, occasionally racist, degredations of everything that made the Transformers cool. Also there’s been a weird move to make Optimus Prime act less and less like Optimus Prime until apparently he’s just the villain in this film. I say apparently, because this trailer is weird. It’s shot like a documentary of the life of a little girl who likes bots until things get splodey at the end. Oh and in case you thought anything has changed, Grimlock barfs up a hatchback. It’ll make a billion dollars. Whenever they pry Bay from this franchise, if they even manage to get a genuine fan in the director’s chair, I don’t think you could undo the damage. But since there will be one a year now, we’ll probably find out. Transformers: The Last Knight will open June 23, 2017. Continue reading Trailer Time: Transformers: The Last Knight Trailer #2 (2017) *Pretty Much What Meets The Eye*
The Boston Marathon bombings are still a fresh wound for the country, even more so in Boston, so a movie about them so quickly at first glance seems too soon. However, enter Peter Berg and Mark Wahlberg who are on a roll turning horrific tragedies and current events issues which normally spiral off into larger debates (The War in Afghanistan, environmental impact, terrorism) into focused stories on the heroism of the day. Some people go their whole lives without having a day. But if you’ve had one, you know that the rest of your life is viewed in light of what happened before that day and what came after. It’s for the people who had these days that Berg is making these films. Deepwater Horizon (which only came out months ago) reminded us that it wasn’t just a horrid environmental disaster; it cost 11 people their lives. Patriots Day‘s scope is larger than Deepwater’s by a factor of ten. It’s Berg’s best film yet, Mark Wahlberg’s best performance of his career, features an outstanding cast of some of the best character actors working, and the end result is a memorial to a city that stood strong during a day that will forever be etched into its psyche. Continue reading Movie Review: Patriots Day (2016) *Boston Strong*
Deepwater Horizon is one of the most underrated films of 2016, but for those of us that saw it, we saw a bond between an actor and a director beginning to churn out greatness. Lone Survivor, Deepwater, and now Patriots Day have teamed Peter Berg and Mark Wahlberg in intense stories that are timely, human, and powerful. The Boston Marathon bombing was, in many ways, the best we can hope for in this war against senselessness. An entire city rallied instantly in the face of a horrific act and the fear that more was to come, and-in the end-played out on every TV in the country, the teamwork produced justice. Boston strong, man. And I’m a Yankees fan, so that takes a lot! Patriots Day is getting a select cities release to qualify it for awards season, but will open wide January 13, 2017.
Continue reading Trailer Time: Patriot’s Day Trailer #3 (2017) *The Only Thing You Have To Fight Back With is Love*
Ok….brace yourselves….we’re going to have to deal with a Transformers movie every year until people stop going to the bloated snorefests or until I can get my hands on Michael Bay and launch him into space. I love the Transformers. They were a huge part of my childhood, and I even liked the first Transformers movie. It was flawed, but I still enjoyed it. Then came one of the worst sequels ever followed by two more less offensive, but equally boring sequels. This brings us to Michael Bay’s fifth Transformers film: The Last Knight. Hasbro has put together a writer’s room for its properties and this film is written by the team that brought us Iron Man. They’re also already planning a Bumblebee spin-off for 2018 and Transformers 6 in 2019. Does the increased attention to putting a script behind Bay’s slomo explosions come out in this first trailer? I’ll let you judge that for yourselves. Coming Soon has more on the plot and returning characters below. Transformers: The Last Knight will open June 23, 2017. Continue reading Trailer Time: Transformers: The Last Knight Teaser #1 (2017) *What Fresh Hell Is This?*