transformers age extinction film as commerce

Transformers: Age of Extinction is a relentless assault on the senses that somehow still managed to bore me to tears. It’s a 2 hour and 40 minute film that features giant robots riding enormous robot dinosaurs killing bad giant robots, yet is devoid of any meaningful thrills or excitement. Filled with explosions, flying glass, a laughably incoherent plot, and paper-thin characters who behave completely nonsensically, this movie dares you to try and look away from its mess, then punches you in the throat with its runtime as your body urges you to head for the exit.

But maybe that’s okay. Because Transformers: Age of Extinction is still going to make a billion dollars worldwide. It’s the most Michael Bay film that Michael Bay ever Bay’ed. This film is the logical culmination of film as commerce. Let’s explore why.
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Bong Snowpiercer

After some protracted disagreements with the Weinstein Company, Bong Joon-Ho’s Snowpiercer will finally hit theaters this weekend in the form that Bong intended. I’ve been a huge fan of Bong Joon-Ho since I saw Memories of Murder on DVD years ago. I find that he’s able to deftly balance wildly divergent tones in his films, from the zany to the serious, from the fantastical to the relatable.

While I had a few issues with Snowpiercer’s script (particularly some of its third-act exposition), it’s a singular film that’s like nothing else out in theaters right now. If you are lucky enough to have this film playing in a theater near you, definitely check it out.

I had the chance to chat with Bong Joon-Ho when he was here in Seattle hosting a Q&A for the film. We spoke through a translator and discussed the use of violence in Snowpiercer, his script-writing process with Kelly Masterson, and his struggles to get final cut. This interview has been edited for length and clarity, and to eliminate spoilers.
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David and Joanna are joined by an awesome Kickstarter backer, Micah Haley from Scene Magazine, to discuss your e-mails and deliver their final thoughts on the last season.

If you like the show, feel free to leave us a review on iTunes and be sure to follow us on Facebook for updates on the show.
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/Filmcast Ep. 277 – 22 Jump Street

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Dave, Devindra, and Jeff discuss their “Dealbreaker” movies, get moved by The Fault in Our Stars, plus Jeff watches the rough cut of David’s Kickstarter film. Also, learn about what’s going on with Strong Female Characters, and be sure to check out the musical stylings of Turquoise Jeep.

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It’s been a pretty great season of Game of Thrones, with plenty of new characters (and plenty of killing off of old/new characters) to keep us busy on “A Cast of Kings.” As each season wraps up with several consequential episodes, it’s often easy to forget how much insane stuff happened during the earlier episodes.

Thus, I decided to revisit Season 4 and run down some of the moments that made a big impact on me. Find my Top 10 moments of Game of Thrones: Season 4 after the jump. Note: I ended up using the words “Most badass ____ imaginable” quite a bit. Let’s face it; there were some pretty amazing moments this season!

Feel free to list your own favorite moments in the comments. SPOILERS for the show are fine, but NO SPOILERS from future book developments (violators will have comments deleted and accounts banned).

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A Cast of Kings S4E10 – The Children

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Joanna and David discuss the tenth episode of season 4 of Game of Thrones, “The Children.” Thanks to our sponsor for this week, The Midwest Film Nerds Podcast. Click here to vote on “A Cast of Kings” T-shirt slogan, and also learn how you can get David to release the rest of his reaction video.

If you like the show, feel free to leave us a review on iTunes and like us on Facebook.

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/Filmcast Ep. 276 – How to Train Your Dragon 2

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Dave, Devindra, Jeff, and Germain discuss the how dumb the new Dumb and Dumber trailer is, get psyched for an upcoming appearance of Aquaman, and praise some upcoming indie films. Be sure to read up on why Orange is the New Black is the new Hill Street Blues, and The Last Disposable Action Hero.

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In this bonus episode, David and Devindra discuss the season finales of Mad Men Season 7 (Part 1) and Hannibal Season 2. Spoilers abound.

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