Movie of the Day – The Rock

This will be the only Michael Bay movie that you will see me praise, with the highest of regards.  I am sure that means dick to a lot of people, but considering the shit he has turned out time and time again, The Rock will forever be, the best Michael Bay movie ever.  In fact, I even own the Criterion Collection edition of this movie.  If you aren’t familiar with Criterion Collection, here is a link to their site so you can judge the sort of films that they select as the best representation of cinema.  The Rock is without a doubt, my one of my favorite action films of all time.  And here’s why…

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Movie of the Day – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

So there is a lot of nerd rage happening on the internet about the latest news of Michael Bay raping your childhood and adding gratuitous explosions and Victoria Secret Models for no reason into some cherished property from the 80s and 90s called Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.  If you aren’t familiar with the whole Michael Bay TMNT debacle, just do a search for that and watch your computer screen melt.  Seriously, the short story is basically Bay wants to reboot the series, not make them teenage or mutant.  They will just be referred to as Ninja Turtles, which I guess is fine or something, I don’t know.  I think I am supposed to be outraged by this but then again it’s Michael Bay and I know his movies are going to bro-ish ads for the military and underwear models.  So I can’t begrudge the guy for doing what he is familiar with, but there is one thing that nerds should never forget and that is the original 1990 classic Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

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Movie Review – Transformers: Dark of the Moon

Well another summer movie season means another event film released to the masses.  If you aren’t familiar with the term”event film” well let us say that it is the most hotly contested, eagerly awaited movie of the summer.  While Transformers 3 may not be “the” event film of the summer, it is surely one of the largest releases of the year next to the final Harry Potter movie.  Transformers has had a storied career, with a stellar first release and then the terrible, almost downright offensive second film “Revenge of the Fallen”, there is a lot of scorn and intrigue that the third installment of the robots in disguise series has for fans.

In some ways we know what to expect with the third movie.  More explosions, more action, more everything, and in some ways that is a good and bad thing.  I will admit, I liked the first movie, a lot even.  It had robots wrecking shit, robots transforming, an interesting relationship between a boy and his car, and Peter Cullen bring my childhood to life with his reprisal of Optimus Prime.  I will ignore the scenery chewing acting, yawn inducing actors Shia LaBeouf and Megan Fox, and the juvenile mentality of Michael Bay.  I got a solid action movie that was entertaining and brought to life something as children, we have only seen in cartoons.  The second movie, crushed my childhood.  The action scenes were a mess, you couldn’t tell what was happening, LaBeouf and Fox were annoying again, the characters from the previous movie are now stereotypes and caricatures of their previous incarnation and even more adolescent fantasies of how women are portrayed in movies and racists looking robots.  It was like he polled a group of 12-year-old kids, sharing a copy of Maxim magazine and drinking Mountain Dew, about what they want in the next movie.  It was atrocious to say the least.

So now we come to the third installment of the series.  At a staggering two and a half hours, I knew I was in for a long, action packed, 3-D film.  I am interested in whether Bay was able to learn from his mistakes of the second movie and deliver us a better paced, action filled, all thrill no frill movie.  Well with a Lord of the Rings like running time, it damn well better deliver.

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