I hate to say this about any movie, but Transformers: The Last Knight needs to fail (or at the very least, do not so quite so well) at the box office.
And I want that to be the case for the best possible reasons, namely the movies have so far been terrible, and apparently nothing else will change that beyond one of them belly-flopping at the box office.
As long as they’re successful, Michael Bay will direct. As long as they’re successful we’ll be “treated” to multi-million dollar movies less involving–from a story standpoint–than the cartoons and toys that inspired them.
And I don’t necessarily blame Bay because while the success or failure of a movie rides on the director’s shoulders, in the end it’s the viewers–people like you and me–who really make that determination.
And I intend to do my part: I promise that I will not pay to see Transformers: The Last Knight–nor will I pirate it, because that’s doesn’t help the situation–even out of curiosity, to see if it’s as bad as I expect and the rest of the movies in the series has been.
So do your part to stop Hollywood from burying us in CGI-fests that are less interested in telling any sort of cohesive story than they are to get us to buy some piece of junk our children will abandon for the box it came in, and instead support movies that at least pretend to have some sort of narrative thrust.
Since joining Lego Ideas five years ago, the user known as King_Arthur has created other projects, but none has attracted as much attention as his most recent, which is a Lego-ized version of the Eagle Transporter from Gerry Anderson’s Space: 1999.
Here is his version below, and I think you’ll agree it’s a pretty faithful reproduction.
I have written this project the past, and I am glad to note that it has reached the 1000 follower benchmark–currently sitting at a very apt 1998- and has earned another 6 months (or 182 days) to reach the next milestone, which is 5000 followers.
Of that 182 days 135 remain, so if you were considering showing your support for this awesome project this is the perfect time to do so.
When it reaches 5000 supporters Lego will produce a kit based on King_Arthur’s design, which will be available in stores.
And in case–for some strange reason–you’re still on the fence, check out his Flickr page for even more pictures of his fantastic Modular Eagle project.
I really like this trailer a lot. First off because it initially plays like a riff on Francis Ford Coppola’s Apocalypse Now–which cannot be an accident–by way of Jurassic Park.
Then there’s the almighty Sam Jackson (who will probably end up devoured by something before the credits roll) who never fails to bring his A-game.
In fact, I have no idea if the familiarity of what we see in the trailer is necessarily a good or bad thing (as I said, I like it but others might not see the point since it doesn’t necessarily seem to be bringing anything new).
By the way, Tom Hiddleston barely makes an appearance. I know we’re dealing with a large ensemble cast, but he’s one of the headliners.
I have been a fan of comics since I learned to read–and in fact they contributed significantly to that happening–though eventually my love for the medium branched off into other adjacent areas fairly quickly.
One of my favorite offshoots was old-time radio. I was an avid listener of the CBS Radio Mystery Theater in the 80’s and 90’s, though I also enjoyed shows from earlier, such as The Shadow and The Green Hornet.
There was something fascinating about the Green Hornet. Maybe it was for me he was Batman before there was a Batman with an added bonus of having an uber-competent assistant, Kato (played by Bruce Lee!).
Though admittedly part of my admiration grew from watching him kick the stuffing out of Robin on the fun and campy Batman television series from the 1960’s.
The 2011 Seth Rogan and Jay Chou version of the Green Hornet and Kato were okay, but they moved away from the grittier elements of the radio shows, to a more comedic take.
Though there’s talk of a reboot to be directed by Gavin O’Connor (Warrior, The Accountant), who’s known for his visceral, kinetic fare.
He’s a prefect choice to bring the physicality and a brutalness to the project, which the 2011 movie lacked.
The trailer for “Luc Besson‘s Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets dropped earlier today, and visually speaking, it’s gorgeous.
Then again, Besson is the guy that directed The Fifth Element–another visually dazzling sci-fi epic–so that’s not really a surprise.
he only fly in the ointment (or spanner in the works or pig in the trough–I made that last one up) is that Besson isn’t a particularly strong–or original, in some instances
And he’s apparently a huge fan of John Carpenter because while Besson was successfully sued for Lockout, his 2004 adventure movie DistrictB13 is disconcertingly similar to another movie by John Carpenter, Escape From New York.
Hopefully Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets will follow in the footsteps of the French comic, written by Pierre Christin and drawn by Jean-Claude Mézières, that inspired it and not any of John Carpenter’s work.
I originally wasn’t going to blog today–something about the idea of Donald Trump as President-Elect made me mildly nauseous–but I’m not about to let a narcissistic, egotistical blow-hard scar my psyche or dampen my joy.
So here’s the trailer for Annabelle 2 (directed by Gary Dauberman, who wrote the first movie) about a possessed doll that not only looks like what you’d imagine a possessed doll would–the actual Annabelle (this is based on an ‘true’ story) was a decidedly less creepy-looking Raggedy Ann–but also happens to be so grotesque no child in their right mind would want the thing around.
It’s an decent trailer which uses sound to generate tension more so than anything overly visual.
The only problem is that the sounds are pretty familiar–staples in horror movies, in fact–so they limit their effectiveness.
While Marvel Studios has probably one of the most enviable hit-to-miss ratios in Hollywood–14 and 0, including the upcoming Doctor Strange–that’s not to imply that some of their features weren’t weaker than others.
The first movie based on Thor–patterned loosely on a character from Norse mythology–was surprisingly effective, taking a fairly outlandish character and imbuing him with depth and humor.
The followup, 2013’s Alan Taylor-directed Thor: The Dark World, while no means bad, didn’t particularly move Thor (Chris Hemsworth) forward as a character, either. This would be less of an issue if it weren’t for the fact that other Marvel Studios characters, like Captain America (Chris Evans) and Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) seemed to possess a momentum that Thor seemed to lack.
What’s also interesting is I felt–at least initially–that Thor was a much more interesting superhero than Captain America, who felt a bit one-note to me.
That is, till Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
The sequel to Thor: The Dark World, Thor: Ragnarok will be directed by the idiocyncratic Taika Watiti(on Hemsworth’s left), who in the image shows his allegiance to the Native Poeple who are protesting an oil pipeline through their sacred lands.
Though what’s also interesting about this photo is that it shows a new look for Thor that’s less ornamental than previous costumes, and more in line with a warrior esthetic.