Posts tagged as: Michael Bay

The Transformers: The Movie (1986)

The Transformers: The Movie (1986)

With the resurgence of movies based on toys in recent years, it was high time to reach into the past and dust off the hidden gem that started it all. Many people who grew up watching the “Transformers” television show will remember that in 1986 Hasbro released a full length animated feature film called “The […]

Iron Man 2 (2010)

Iron Man 2 (2010)

John Favreau doing Michael Bay doing Robert Altman doing Dostoyevsky doing Shakespeare. “Iron Man 2” is as elegant as it sounds. After battling a pre-Oscar, double-crossing Jeff Bridges in the first film, Robert Downey, Jr.’s Tony Stark finds himself pitted against Ivan Vanko, the metal-mouthed Muscovite brainiac version of Mickey Rourke, who is intent on […]

A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)

A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)

Nostalgia factors prominently into judgments passed on remakes of beloved films. You may have fond memories of seeing Wes Craven’s 1984 “A Nightmare on Elm Street” as a kid, but chances are if you haven’t seen it since its original theatrical run your perceptions are a little skewed.  What many remember as a terrifying experience […]

Clash of the Titans (2010)

Clash of the Titans (2010)

Hollywood’s escalating war on originality is far-reaching.  Independent films are finding it more difficult than ever to find distribution, tent-pole summer releases have a set a new precedent for mindless banality and virtually every film ever released will be remade, twice, by the end of next year.  But perhaps the most troubling effect of Hollywood’s […]

Hollywood Films Follow Mathematical Formulas to Match Attention Spans of Viewers

Hollywood Films Follow Mathematical Formulas to Match Attention Spans of Viewers

[Click Photo to Enlarge] Do you ever get the feeling that big Hollywood blockbusters are just heartless products following an established formula to maximize profits?  Well, that assessment may be more true than you think. The folks at physorg.com have published an article explaining how “Hollywood movies have found a mathematical formula that lets them […]

2012 (2009)

2012 (2009)

Count on Roland Emmerich, the Master of Disaster, to base an entire film on the (false) pretense that the ancient Mayan calender predicts Earth’s demise in three years, and then scarcely mention the source of the ensuing pandemonium.  Less than a handful of sentences are spent on the pop-culture rumor oft-repeated about the so-called predictions […]

Jennifer’s Body (2009)

Jennifer’s Body (2009)

The objectified star of a million adolescent fantasies, Megan Fox has ascended the misogyny-fostering ranks of Hollywood’s considerable plastic actress sector faster than you can say “botox.” Funny thing is, she’s managed to become Tinseltown’s most sought after leading lady without ever being required to act.  Director Karyn Kusama, best known for 2000’s “Girlfight,” aims […]

Spoiler Alert (2009)

Spoiler Alert (2009)

The battle between artiste and critic had long been raging by the time English playwright, Robert Green, criticized the work of a promising newcomer named William Shakespeare in the late 16th century, writing: “…for there is an upstart Crow, beautified with our feathers, that with his Tygers hart wrapt in a Players hyde, supposes he […]

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009)

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009)

2007’s “Transformers” was a mindless, tasteless, overly CGI-ed and under-plotted piece of explosion-driven schlock. Not a terribly good movie, but a reasonably good time nonetheless. It’s sequel, however, refuses to take its anti-intellectualism, anti-tolerance, anti-progress, anti-humanity, or anti-cinema lightly. “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” is the most aggressively bad movie I have ever seen. There […]

TMA FilmCast #15 – Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

TMA FilmCast #15 – Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

Monumental hack, Michael Bay, has managed to explode and destroy his way into the top spot at the box office with his mind-numbing, racist, narcissistic, misogynistic, anti-intellectual, anti-humanity sequel, “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen,” which Peter Travers at Rolling Stone called the “worst film of the decade.”  But did we like it?  You’ll have to […]

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