michael bay and mark wahlberg on transformers 4

After the worldwide box office success of Transformers: Age of Extinction, it’s no surprise Paramount started getting the ball rolling on Transformers 5 for 2016. We still don’t know who’ll be writing it or directing it but, we can make a good assumption it’ll be long. The first four film, all directed by Michael Bay, have gotten increasingly long with each installment. They’re 144, 150, 154 and 165 minutes long respectively. So, with that in mind, I asked producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura if we’d ever see a shorter, compact Transformers movie.

We also asked him who, if anyone, would take over for Bay if he ever decides to leave the franchise. You can get the answers to both questions below. Read More »

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Transformers 4 photos

Transformers: Age of Extinction, the eleventh film by Michael Bay, is now in theaters. Looking back it’s kind of funny that Bay, so promising and exciting as a filmmaker in the late Nineties, has now made four Transformers movies. Bay’s first few movies were all so different, but grew bigger and bigger with each time out. Now he’s become the go-to director for the kind of spectacle Hollywood salivates over.

This latest incarnation is Bay’s biggest movie yet. It’s the scope, the setting, the nearly three hour run time. Everything about Transformers: Age of Extinction is huge. You can even see it in full screen, IMAX 3D if you so desire. That size is supposedly in service of a story that sends the franchise in a new direction. Age of Extinction makes events of the prior three films into an appetizer to a new story which explores the origins of the Transformers, a sinister government plot and a new human family, lead by Mark Wahlberg. All of those stories are in there, but they’re told along side several others that make the whole thing feel big for the sake of feeling big.

Several of the B, C (and D, E, and F) stories are actually kind of interesting and allow for fun supporting performances by the likes of Stanley Tucci, T.J. Miller and Li Bingbing. Unfortunately, they’re masked by a movie that’s so bombastic and devoid of stakes, we’re forced to forget about them because of the amount of madness and confusing were witnessing on screen.

But that’s just my opinion. After the jump, tell us your own. What did you think of Michael Bay’s Transformers Age of Extinction? Was it harmless summer entertainment? Fun? Taxing? How many times did you run to the bathroom? Have any lingering questions? Whatever you want to talk about, including spoilers, please do so below. Read More »

transformers logical sense

The Transformers films — or at least the three sequels to Michael Bay‘s first film in the series — disregard story concepts left and right. Characters are secondary to spectacle; geography and time are subservient to the impact of a beauty shot; standard narrative building blocks regularly fall by the wayside. So how does one write one of these films? We talked to Ehren Kruger, who has written all three Transformers sequels, about the process of putting a film like this on the page.

If you need a capsule version of our short conversation, it is this quote: “When you’re talking about aliens, robotic machines which disguise themselves as vehicles and animals, you start to make your peace with the idea that logical sense doesn’t have to be the be-all, end-all.” Which means that the creators of the Transformers films are throwing logic and narrative structure out the window consciously, if not deliberately. For a bit more exploration of that concept, read our short interview below. Read More »

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Expect Star Trek 3 to boldly go where J.J. Abrams‘ earlier Star Trek movies did not. In a new interview, director Roberto Orci promised Star Trek 3 would take Kirk and his crew into deep space, in contrast to the Earth-centric storylines of the last two installments. And naturally, that means the team is about to encounter some new kinds of aliens. Read his comments after the jump.

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international Transformers 4 poster header

Transformers: Age of Extinction opens Thursday night and is sure to be the biggest movie at the box office for the next couple weeks. That suggests people are rabid for content based on the movie and, as per the laws of the Internet, everyone is happy to oblige. Case in point: three cool, but very different videos on the franchise are now online.

One will recap what happened over the seven-hour running time of the first three Transformers movies. The second features Red Letter Media watching those first three movies simultaneously with hilarious results, and the third shows how director Michael Bay used 3D in the new film. Watch the Transformers videos below. Read More »

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The first trailer for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles did a good job of holding back its stars. This new trailer for the film, which opens August 8, goes the opposite way. It is almost completely comprised of the bodies, voices, attitudes and actions of our heroes in a half-shell: Leonardo, Raphael, Michaelangelo and Donatello.

In two minutes-plus, this latest trailer is jam-packed with gadgets, pop culture references, plot reveals and more. It also shows that despite what we’d already thought, William Fichtner is not playing Shredder. Check out the new, and maybe final, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles trailer below. Read More »

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