Recently, at the Cannes film festival, Wall Street 2 star Shia LaBeouf gave an interview in which he criticized two of his previous films: Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. We say "Bravo, Mr. Beef" -- both movies were awful, and while we kind of expected it of the former, the latter's goofy action and CGI made fans of the original Indy films cry. But while LaBeouf's criticism of TF director Michael Bay comes with its own risks -- he does like blowing stuff up, Shia, and you are making another movie with him -- the actor's criticism of Spielberg is even more shocking. Crystal Skull may be a stinker, but Spielberg is a major power player in Hollywood, and somewhat of a legend. But when you're right, you're right. Here's a list of other things people should feel comfortable saying to Mr. Spielbergo.
One of the highest-grossing movies ever comes out on DVD today, and is already destined to make more money on DVD than it would in a sane world. Everything else is small potatoes, but even a small potato is better for you than a big box of chili fries.
Last night, millions of fans gathered around the TV to watch the Super Bowl, but not all of them were watching for the sport of it. Some were watching purely for the commercials, because so many new ones get rolled out during the broadcast. (And at $3 million a pop, they'd better be good.) The movie studios were not excluded from that, airing 11 different movie trailers during the game, including some brand-new ones (Angels and Demons, Fast & Furious) and a few slightly rehashed oldies (Star Trek, Up). While they only had 30 seconds to make their cases, there were five new trailers that did a bang-up job. Here are our faves from last night.
Today, director Michael Bay released on his blog a teaser poster for Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, featuring the titular "fallen" Transformer who will be the sequel's main bad guy. And since I saw it, I've spent the last seven hours vacillating back and forth between excitement and skepticism. So why am I so torn about the new movie coming out this summer? Because for everything that I love about Transformers, there's something that I hate about Bay's vision of them, and I'm pretty sure I'm going to be as disappointed by this one as I was by the first. Bear with me while I pull a High Fidelity and make a list of pros and cons for why I have to see (or really shouldn't see) this movie.
Michael Bay's Transformers sequel, titled Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, just got devastatingly awesomer. Yes, we realize this is the sequel to the movie where a robot peed on John Turturro, but bear with us. Apparently, when we reported on the robots who would appear in the film, the one vaguely identified as "Constructicon Earth Mover" was exactly that -- a big, green dump truck. (And we mean big -- like, end of Jackie Chan's Mr. Nice Guy big.) And while they could have easily called any construction-vehicle-based Decepticon a Constructicon, it seems as if they are actually going to do what they promised, and introduce multiple Constructicons, who will merge together to form... Devastator! [Men and geeky women everywhere cheer. All other women slowly lose interest.]
It's a well-known fact to anyone within earshot of my office that I didn't like the first Transformers movie. In addition to an apparent hatred of the original cartoon, I thought it showed a hatred of humanity, from the robot characters' utter disregard for human lives to the human characters' lack of anything resembling real emotion to, yes, the peeing-on-John-Turturro incident. (No, I will not let it go. John Turturro is a national treasure.) So seeing all of the cool-looking new robots in the trailer for Revenge of the Fallen (Devastator! Ravage! The Fallen!) has my insides churning like Devastator's sand-hole. Could it possibly be good, thereby redeeming the original film and, in fact, the entire Michael Bay film library in my eyes? Doubtful. But the robots certainly look awesome. We gathered as much information as we could about the new robots and got some updates on the four returning primaries for a gallery we like to call Robot Roll Call! Check it out here, and let us know what you think of the movie below.
Transformers fans are fawning over any facts or pictures they can find from the set of the new Transformers movie, Revenge of the Fallen, and they just got a doozy. While one complaint about the last film was "not enough robots" (a complaint I don't understand, since there were a dozen of them, and you could barely tell them apart from each other), Revenge seems to be correcting that with three times as many in this film, according to a producer. That includes the return of main baddie Megatron with a new tank mode, the franchise's first female Transformer (Arcee), its first combiner Transformer (Devastator) and the evil Transformer boogeyman The Fallen -- all of whom are straight out of the comic and toy line. The latest news has people agog, though: Isobel Lucas, who co-stars in the film with Shia LaBeouf and Megan Fox, may be a Transformer herself.
Transformers fans, rejoice! After 25 years of loving the toys and cartoon, and a year and a half of either praising or cursing Michael Bay's name for his handling of the live-action film, you will finally be able to ride along with the Transformers. ...Not actually inside the Transformers -- that could end badly. Being inside a transforming car is never a good thing, no matter what the new Knight Rider tells us. No, instead, you'll be able to ride a roller-coaster-type thing past the giant robots fighting with each other, in a new ride planned for Universal Studios Hollywood. Yes, the robots will look like they do in the movie. No, they will not be wearing nametags.
Who better than Michael Bay to direct the Transformers movie? Transformers are more than meet the eye, and Michael Bay movies are more than the eye can process! Seriously, Bay throws more explosions and moving robot parts up on the screen than the human eye can handle, which made it difficult for the Gallaga Bros. to bring you their latest installment of "Trailers Without Pity," their video series dedicated to breaking down movie trailers for the layperson. In this installment, Omar suffers a Michael Bayeurism while helping his brother Pablo explain what's going on in the trailer for Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. Check out the video and see whether he lives or dies after the jump.