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  Transformers: Age of Extinction
Posted by: Mike on Sep 22nd, 2014 Leave a Comment »

Transformers: Age of Extinction Review

Transformers: Age of Extinction

Oh my gawd, there’s giant robots. Holy crap, look at ’em.

That’s what I kept hearing in my head, in Mark Wahlberg’s voice. Throughout the entire film.

I had high hopes. I mean, Michael Bay isn’t the best film maker ever, but he certainly knows how to make things go boom, right?

The problem with Age of Extinction is that the script, story, plot, and character depth all seem to be extinct. There’s just so truly little to this film that it almost feels a complete waste of almost three hours of your life. And that’s a really long time for an action movie. Granted, you should know that going into it if you’ve ever seen a Michael Bay movie before. That’s just what he does and who he is. This one’s no exception.

I will give it to him though, at one point, I definitely saw a scene that didn’t cut after three seconds. If you don’t know what this means, put on any Michael Bay film. Start watching and count to three. 99% of the time by the time you reach three, the camera angle has changed and the scene’s cut. It’s pretty comical to see this happen throughout almost every one of his films. The editors must hate him.

I had a lot of problems with this movie, hence my one and a half star rating. For example, throughout the first few films, all of the Transformers look the same. We know who’s who, even though they introduce a few new characters here and there. In this film, Optimus Prime doesn’t even look like Optimus Prime. He morphs into something new and shinier and souped up. And I hated it.

Don’t even get me started about the dinosaur robots that were prisoners on the alien ship that Optimus Prime rescues and they help take down the bad guys.

It was honestly like a child with ADD wrote this script. As if the writing process went like this:

“Little boy, what do you think this movie should have?”
“Aliens.”
“What else?”
“Spaceships. And dinosaurs. And Marky Mark. But not Sam Whitwicky.”
“Should we tell the people where he and his girlfriend are?”
“No. Don’t mention it at all.”

That’s the gist of how this must have gone. As if, at some point, someone sat down in a room and just said “let’s put every damn thing under the sun into this.” And so they did.

And it doesn’t work, even a little bit.

I wanted to like it. I love giant robots. I love explosions. I love CGI. But this is a steaming pile.

The only redeeming factor I can say is that you get to truly laugh at some of it. Sure, at the end you’ll be furious and want to demand your money back. Even if you didn’t pay for it, you’ll still want your money back.




  Bale/Wahlberg Need You! Be an Extra!
Posted by: Mike on Jul 3rd, 2009 Leave a Comment »

Be in The Fighter!

Be in The Fighter!

Live in the Boston area?  Know where Lowell is?  Have no plans for July 14th, 15th or 16th between 10AM and 5PM?

Why not be in a movie? Or at least be an extra in a movie.

The upcoming The Fighter starring Christian Bale, and Mark Wahlberg is filming in Lowell Massachusetts on the 14th 15th and 16th of July, and need extras for an undisclosed scene.

I just signed Christine and I up, and am waiting to hear back if we’ve been accepted, and what the next steps are.

If you’re interested, they still need people for the 15th and 16th (Wednesday and Thursday.) To sign up head to BeInAMovie.com and sign up.  It’s free, there’s free food, free prizes, and you might meet famous people. What more do you need?




  Date Night gets more cast members
Posted by: Mike on May 14th, 2009 1 Comment »

Mila Kunis

Mila Kunis

You remember Date Night, right?  Tina Fey, Steve Carell? Sound familiar?  If it doesn’t, you should make note of it now, because it’s going to be hysterical.

The movie recently got three new cast members involved.  It’s being reported that Ray Liotta, Mila Kunis and Mark Ruffalo have joined the cast.

For those that don’t remember, Date Night is about Fey and Carell who play a married couple who find their routine date night becoming much more than just dinner and a movie.

The rest of the cast is made up of some pretty big names, too:

Mark Wahlberg, James Franco, Taraji P. Henson, Jimmi Simpson, Common, Kristen Wiig and Leighton Meester.

The movie is currently filming, and is scheduled for release April 9th, 2010.




  Wahlberg and Franco join Date Night
Posted by: Mike on Apr 14th, 2009 Leave a Comment »

When I first heard about Date Night, I thought “Tina Fey and Steve Carell, together?” and then “Liz Lemon and Michael Scott, together?!” and began giggling like a little girl. Which is funny, because I’m a grown man.

We got news late last night that now Mark Wahlberg and James Franco have joined the cast.

I know, I know. Mark Wahlberg’s ruined every movie he’s been in for the last handful of years.  Maybe this is the chance he needs to turn it around.  Maybe… comedy?

James Franco’s been very hit or miss the last few years, as well.  While I loved him in “Freaks and Geeks”, I didn’t really care for Pineapple ExpressSpider-man did well for him, as well.

The cast breakdown is as follows:

  • Mark Wahlberg (Four Brothers, The Big Hit): A successful and crazily buff securities expert who flirts with Fey’s character.
  • James Franco (Spider-man, Pineapple Express): A not-too-bright conman and petty criminal.
  • Leighton Meester (TV’s Gossip Girl): The couple’s babysitter.
  • Taraji P. Henson (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button): The one good cop who believes the couple is in danger.
  • Common (A rapper): A villain.
  • Kristen Wiig (Adventureland, TV’s Saturday Night Live): Fey’s character’s best friend.



  Bale Joines Wahlberg’s next film
Posted by: Mike on Apr 4th, 2009 Leave a Comment »

Now that Terminator: Salvation and Public Enemies have wrapped, Christian Bale’s got some free time on his hands.  Or does he?

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Bale has been cast in Mark Wahlberg’s upcoming movie Prisoners.

The synopsis of the film, is quite simple

After his 6-year-old daughter and her friend are kidnapped, a small-town carpenter butts heads with a young, brash detective in charge of the investigation. The father is a Bible-reading, deer-hunting survivalist. The cop, meanwhile, can’t wait to get to the city. Feeling failed by the law, the father captures the man he believes responsible and begins to torture him in a desperate attempt to find out what he did with the girls, whom he’s convinced are still alive.

Wahlberg’s last few movies have been shaky, at best, but with the addition of Bale, I’m sure this movie will be pretty awesome.  When Wahlberg brings his a game, he brings it. Let’s just hope he doesn’t leave it at home this time.




  The B-Team Movie
Posted by: Mike on Feb 25th, 2009 Leave a Comment »

Fox is making an A-Team movie, it’s been in the works for the last 8 months.

What you may not know, is that they’re also making a movie called The B-Team, starring Will Ferrell, and Mark Wahlberg, as mismatched cops who work their day to day.

The B-Team will likely be a spoof on the typical buddy cop movies such as Rush Hour, Leathal Weapon, etc,




  Mid-Week Entertainment Wrap-up
Posted by: Mike on Oct 16th, 2008 Leave a Comment »

Sorry for the lack of updates this week, I’ve been working pretty heavily on a redesign for the site, which has taken up most of my free time.

To keep you occupied, in the meantime, here’s a recap of what’s going on, and some links to more stories:

  • There’s a whole bunch of new images from Saw V, which opens next Friday over at BloodyDisgusting
  • Sources say there’s more footage after the end of Max Payne, similar to the last Pirates movie and Iron Man.  Stick around until the credits are over for a hint of a sequel.
  • SlashFilm is reporting that Tim Burton’s Alice In Wonderland is going to be “more engaging/psychological”, by which they mean “stupid” and “annoying.”
  • A site I’ve never heard of, called MovieHole, says that someone greenlit a World of Warcraft movie, and a script is being penned. (link)
  • JoBlo has a pretty cool interview with Mark Wahlberg (link)
  • Lionsgate has said they’re not screening W in Texas. Hmm, wonder why?
  • Richard Donner has confirmed that plans to make The Goonies sequel are one again shut down.
  • LatinoReview has some new images from Star Trek, if you’re into that sorta thing. (link)

That’s about it for the last couple of days.  Back to work on the redesign I go.




  International Poster for The Happening
Posted by: Christine on May 20th, 2008 Leave a Comment »

My excitement for The Happening gets more intense with each new piece of material that I see for it. It has just doubled after seeing the new international poster for the movie:

I just love the use of the red in the shadows of the people still standing. I’d like to think it shows that they’re doomed too.

The Happening stars Mark Wahlberg and John Leguizamo and will be in theaters June 13th.




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