Before I begin, I have not been a fan of the Transformers franchise since the first one.
Once you get over they’re robots changing into cars, trucks and fighter craft there just isn’t that much there.
Which would be bad enough if the movies weren’t–to varying degrees–chock full of cynicism, contempt for the viewer, sexism and oddly enough, racism.
That being said, I have no idea how Bumblebee will perform–though it’s worth keeping in mind that the Transformers movies have been on a downward slide since Age of Extinction (which is a pretty remarkable when you think about it because most of prior films are bad, though that badness also varied from film to film)–though the teaser has more heart than the last four movies combined.
And it’s important that that tone carry though most of the movie because if Bumblebee needs anything it’s to differentiate itself from what came prior.
And besides, Paramount really, REALLY needs a hit.
If you’ve been thinking that the only thing wrong with Star Trek was that they were missing gay sex, then I have the video for you!
Though to be fair, what cause my eye was the poster, which is surprisingly faithful to that of one of the better Trek movies, Star Trek: The Motion Picture (though the font is more reminiscent of the Star Trek television series).
And I am reasonably certain Star Trek is not in the public domain so the only reason I can think of Paramount’s lawyers not setting their phasers on ‘lawsuit’ is perhaps because it’s either flown beneath their radar or they think it’s not worth the bother.
If only Axanar were so lucky.
Though the worse thing is (okay, the second worse thing) that the porn parody is likely more faithful to the original Trek (know as the Prime timeline) than the Kelvin timeline-based movies.
I’m politically liberal, which I mention because it mystifies me when people fall for a fairly obvious ideologue/fake populist like Donald Trump.
The same reasoning process extends to the movies I enjoy in that the Transformers have always been terrible (I give a pass to the first–it wasn’t great by any means–but it was at least new and novelty matters) but enough people don’t seem to think the same way–especially internationally–that they seem to make lots of money quite reliably, hand over fist.
Despite being loud, obnoxious, sexist and the cinema equivalent of diet soda (less taste and offering dubious benefit) people can’t seem to get enough of them.
So, it’s very likely that Transformers: The Last Knight will be a rousing success.
And just like Trump, it sends the entirely wrong message but don’t just take my word for it.
The Daily Beast
The Hollywood Reporter
Suppose someone that you though of as a friend slapped you upside the head, for no apparent reason, every time they saw you.
It’s less an issue of pain–it was never enough to cause physical harm–than one of blatant disrespect. Eventually you’ll come to the point that you have two options: Either resign yourself to this daily assault on your person or attempt to take control over what has become a pretty untenable situation.
That’s how I feel about the Transformers movies. Time after time I’m being hit upside the head by barely-there characterization, nonsensical plots and sexism.
To be honest, I’ve given up on the franchise every since Transformers: Dark of the Moon, where it became apparent that director Michael Bay accepted that logic and a half-decent plot were secondary to butt-loads of CGI tomfuckery.
But I don’t blame Bay (not entirely, anyway). Reason being, do you blame the drug addict when his so-called friends–knowing full well he has a problem–decide to party with him anyway?
No I blame ‘us,’ by which I mean everyone who keeps paying to see these damn movies in theaters.
If the producers for a moment thought that they would start losing money, they’d change it up in a heartbeat.
But that’s the problem: They know that they can turn out as much Transformers crap as they want, people–seemingly the bulk on them in China, so there’s that–will continue to pay to see it.
So how can I blame Michael Bay for making bad movies when really bad movies are apparently what we think we deserve?
As I mention in my latest video (below the text), the most recent trailer for Star Trek: Beyond
(I don’t care that there’s no colon, I’m putting one in anyway) looks pretty interesting.
There’s a lot going on–maybe even a bit too much because from a narrative standpoint I have no idea why things are happening beyond the obvious. In some instances that’s not a bad thing.
In this case? No so much.
Though at least Orci and Kurtzman aren’t writing because the moment when ‘Bones’ McCoy (Karl Urban) decided to give a Tribble a transfusion of Khan’s blood–never mind the whole Khan reveal in the first place–I accepted that with Star Trek: Into Darkness the franchise had official jumped the shark (though their penchant for ‘magic blood’ as a plot device was the Fourth Horseman of the Apocalypse as far as movie Armageddon goes).
original Cloverfield trailer
Can we just accept that found footage movies, as a sub-genre, are for the most part indescribably lame (The Blair Witch Project gets a pass because it was the first, and who doesn’t like shiny new toys)?
Most movies, especially genre-favorites like science fiction and horror (and increasingly dramas) require a suspension of belief to become immersed in the story. The burden for found footage movies is particularly onerous because you not only have to accept whatever (typically outlandish) scenario animates the movie, but you also have to believe that a normal human being–when chased by a giant monster, a hockey-masked killer, inbred cannibals or whatever–will risk their lives to keep filming, despite that what typically happens when you film and run at the same time is a nausea-inducing mess (unless you have a Steadicam. that is).
This would bother me less if it weren’t for the fact that if I even think too hard while shooting video, it looks like the camera was caught in a hurricane (that’s an exaggeration, though not by much).
Which is why I feel a bit better about 10 Cloverfield Lane. While not a sequel to Cloverfield per se, it at least looks like it was filmed as a film, so there’s that.
10 Cloverfield Lane trailer