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  Transformers 2 Dominates Box Office
Posted by: Mike on Jun 29th, 2009 Leave a Comment »

It’s no secret that everyone anticipated Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen to be enormous.  I even went and saw it, though I certainly didn’t like it.

The movie raked in just over $200 million it its first five days in theaters.  While that may seem like a lot of money, it isn’t the most money ever taken in during the first five days in theaters.  That record is still held by The Dark Knight.  It was close, but Batman won by just a few million dollars.

With that said, $200million is still good for the number two spot on the list of best five day openings in history, and it demolished The Proposal, which made just $18 million.

Did you see Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen?  What did you think?  Sound off in the comments.




  Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
Posted by: Mike on Jun 27th, 2009 2 Comments »

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen Review

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

In theory, this movie should be awesome. Right?  Giant robots. Explosions. Gun battles. Did I mention the giant robots?  You’d think Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen would be a smash hit.  It’s been out just a few days, and had already broken $120 million by close of Friday.  That makes it successful, doesn’t it?

It depends on who you ask. And if you ask me, the movie was terrible.  I’ve learned a valuable lesson today, at the hands of Michael Bay: It takes more than giant robots and explosions to make a good movie.

It also takes a plot.  While Transformers 2 had a plot, it’s a terrible one.  It makes no sense, and isn’t explained nearly enough to have any substance to it.  For those who haven’t seen it yet, I’ll summarize: Decepticons (the bad guys) came to Earth hundreds of years ago and made a big machine that can kill our sun, to give them energy.  The Autobots (the good guys) have to try to stop them.

Really? They get power from killing suns of planets?  Imaginative, but completely stupid.

What else does a movie need to be good?  How about some good acting?  Also missing from Transformers 2.  While I certainly won’t argue with anyone about how hot Megan Fox is, if I never hear her speak or see her try to act again in my life, it’ll be too soon.  And Shia LaBeouf may have been a big rising star back when he did Holes, but let’s face it, he really outgrew his window of adorability.  He’s striking out lately in the acting department.  Please don’t get me started on the last Indiana Jones film he was in.

While the film did have some high moments, and some interesting scenes, overall it was boring.  Filled with geographic inconsistencies and plot holes. (Seriously, behind the Air and Space Museum in D.C. is a field full of retired aircraft? No, there’s just another museum back there.)

To judge whether or not you’d like the movie, let’s think back to the second Pirates of the Caribbean film.  What was your first thought when you left the theater?  “Wow, that was bad.  It felt like a really long commercial for the third film.”  That’s exactly that Transformers 2 is, a commercial for the next film.  It ends on one of those “there’s gonna be another one!!” moments, and it just feels dirty, and cheap.

If you want to watch a movie with awesome CGI, and a good story line, see Star Trek, you’ll thank me.  Skip Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. Wait for it to hit Netflix, and then get it. You’ll still be mad you wasted two and a half hours of your life, but at least it’ll have saved you $10 on the price of admission.  Be sure to read the “spoiler” below, to find out my biggest pet peeve of the film.

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  Final Transformers 2 Poster
Posted by: Mike on May 8th, 2009 Leave a Comment »

According to sources, this is the final poster for Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.  As always, click to enlarge.

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

Looks like they’re finally featuring Optimus Prime, even though he supposedly is going to die in this film.  I’m not sold on that premise just yet, but we’ll see come June 24th.




  New Transformers Posters
Posted by: Mike on May 6th, 2009 Leave a Comment »

These came out yesterday, and I absolutely forgot to post them. Below are the three new character posters from Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.




  Spielberg loves Transfromers 2
Posted by: Mike on Apr 15th, 2009 Leave a Comment »

Michael Bay posted a message on his official forum last night.  Apparently he and Steven Spielberg are BFFs and hang out all the time, or something to that effect.

Here’s what he had to say

Steven Spielberg sat next to me in a big 100 person theater at Sony today. There were 98 empty seats. The lights came up after we just watched my cut of Revenge of the Fallen. He turned to me and said “It’s awesome”. He felt this movie was better then the first – and probably my best, who knows – at this point in a movie you start to lose your objectivity. I just hope the fans like it. I’m going to start putting it in front of audiences in a few weeks – no you are not invited, yet.

We have 60 days left. Let me tell you it will be a race to finish. It’s 12 at night and we are still working here in the edit room. Everyone at ILM and DD are killing themselves right now, they are doing a stellar job on the effects. We also just finished our trailer which is coming out with Wolverine. Talk to you soon.

Not that we needed any more reasons to see the new Transformers film, but an endorsement from Spielberg certainly doesn’t hurt.




  Transformers 2 run time
Posted by: Mike on Apr 14th, 2009 Leave a Comment »

Michael Bay makes really long movie, with really quick scene transitions. We all know that.

When asked about the run time for Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Bay says

I don’t ever talk (to executives) about run times. Studios always ask, ‘What’s the run time?’ And I’m like ‘If you enjoy the movie, do you care?

With that said, it’s being reported that the sequel to the 143 minute Transformers will come in a 147 minutes (2 hours 27 minutes), which is a mere 4 minutes longer than the first.

That is as is, as of right now.  I’m sure that the studios will chop the film down a little bit, move scenes around, add credits, etc, which will alter the total runtime when the film hits theaters.




  New Trailers at the Super Bowl
Posted by: Mike on Jan 9th, 2009 Leave a Comment »

Reports are surfacing this morning, citing Variety magazine as having the inside scoop into what trailers we’ll get to see in all their HD glory during this year’s Super Bowl.  And let’s face it, that few hours is the only time I don’t fast forward through commercials on my Tivo.

Here’s a list of what’s been confirmed to be shown:

I’m pretty psyched to see most of these.  G.I. Joe concerns me, based on what I’ve read about it. I’m thinking it’s going to be a bomb.  But the rest seem pretty good.




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