Big nay pour moi.
Bay is a Criterion Director.
Probably not. I’m more likely to go see the free screening of Gamera at my local drafthouse. Cannot wait for that film.
Yes, and I’ll be seeing it on a real IMAX theater. There’s so few good movies out right now that I welcome some Michael Bay nonsense (for what is was, I surprisingly enjoyed the first one). For the people who are above seeing this film, I question if they’ve taken the initiative to see any films in the theater this year; my guess is most have missed even the good films.
Didn’t catch the first one. Afraid I won’t be able to follow.
I would rather watch paint dry.
I would rather visit a demolition site and have the foreman talk down to me while he blew shit up. At least I didn’t pay for that.
Oh man, I can already feel this thread having the potential to fall into the “Do You Only Watch Art House?” type thread abyss. lol
Bay is doing a comedy for his next work. No explosions. He promises.
Yes, I will definitely be seeing TRANSFORMERS 2.
I love movies and can appreciate a summer Hollywood popcorn movie as much as I can a French New Wave classic.
And Michael Bay usually delivers more than a ticket’s worth of summer action movie.
No, but I’ll be seing Transgenders.
“For the people who are above seeing this film, I question if they’ve taken the initiative to see any films in the theater this year”
I’ve seen Goodbye Solo, Wendy and Lucy, The Girlfriend Experience, Sin Nombre, and I’m going to see Gamera (like I said), and Summer Hours sometime in the next weeks. I’ll also probably check out The Warriors, Swamp Thing, and Troma at my drafthouse. And that’s only in the next few weeks.
Josh – That’s awesome and I’m glad to hear it. I think that like me, you are in the minority though as I’ve noticed a lot of people on here haven’t even heard of half the films I’ve seen this year (whether they’re foreign, independent, or docs) much less seen them.
FYI – Wendy and Lucy came out last year (at least in the US, not sure where you are). And what’s Gamera? I’ve never heard of this film (do you mean Gomorrah, the Italian film? Like Wendy and Lucy, it was released last year in the US).
I’m really excited for Transformers 2. Bay is a very interesting director, even if he’s not a good filmmaker.
I’m sure I’ll end up seeing it one way or another, but it’ll never stand up to the genius of the 1986 Orson Welles cinema verite classic — now that was real filmmaking about giant robots who turn into toys.
Criterion deems him an important filmmaker. I must see his work. ;)
Well, my wife is sort of into action movies, so eventually, against my will, I’ll see it on DVD or Blu-Ray.
Wendy and Lucy was released last year, but it didn’t play at The Bijou (in San Antonio) until about mid-January. Gamera is a 1985 Japanese Science-Fiction monster classic. To quote Wikipedia, “Gamera is a giant, flying turtle from a popular series of kaiju…”
My drafthouse plays mostly cheesy horror films, and cult classics (Karate Kid, and The Warriors), but it’s a theatre nonetheless, and I’d rather go there than watch the new talking-hamster film.
The acting was atrocious in the first one, can’t expect much better from the second. I know it’s an action flick and those typically don’t have good acting, but I really felt everyone phoned it in. I couldn’t stand the voice-over work either.
But I probably will find myself in the theatre when it happens to start playing
I love big special effects on the big screen, but why do the scripts have to be SOOOO stupid? Maybe it’s just me, but it’s like they’re saying, “Oh, that shit doesn’t matter (i.e., story, character, dialog), they’ll eat it up anyway.”
And they’re right. Big action spectacle movies can have all those things: Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Empire Strikes Back, LOTR, PLUS real emotion! So I just find that kind of crap tough to swallow.
Absolutely! That, Half-Blood Prince and Basterds are all I have to look forward to this summer.
Certainly not. I was and am still ashamed that I went to see the first one.
thankfully,i didn’t need to see the first one on theaters..i downloaded it for the family..
we have lots of re-runs here in my country,particularly Ichikawa,Lelouch and De Sica,so am really looking forward to fill in my cinematic lust with those and possibly more…
if i ever do get to watch Bay’s “masterful picture” as many of my co-citizens will say….i won’t have to pay for it,period….
and i say fuck Criterion,at last…
I learned a very innovative filmmaking strategy from Michael Bay in film school: Put camera in Hamsterball and kick it across a soundstage and “Voila!” Cinematic magic!
Here’s a great early review: It’s like watching a blender for two hours while someone shouts at you. And then the last half an hour is the same, except it’s more like having your head strapped to a washing machine while you watch a blender and someone shouts at you.
I saw it this afternoon, as with it opening in the UK a week before the US it means that I will get a ton of traffic at my website if i review it.
Alas it wasnt that bad.
The first film holds the honor of being the only time I have walked out of a cinema, but this was a marked improvement. I hate Bay’s work, so a few months back I undertook a season of his work simply to understand what it was that jarred with me. It was a pretty interesting exercise, and at least now I can criticise the guy without screaming “He’s a HACK!!”.
Anyway, Transformers 2 wasn’t awful, in fact the first 20 minutes or so actually delved into a borderline-interesting situation. Unfortunately the film was too damn long, trailers and ads included the whole ordeal lasted over 3 hours.
This summer has been pretty lacklustre to be honest, with the closest I came to truly loving any mainstream film being Drag Me To Hell, which is hardly your standard blockbuster anyway. I love film and actively look forward to this time of year, despite my true leanings being towards the non-mainstream. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that, as no doubt there will be some 12 year old kid that see’s this flick this weekend who falls in love with the medium as a result.
“…trailers and ads included the whole ordeal lasted over 3 hours.”
What the hell is up with all the commercials in theatres? If I wanted to see a Pepsi commercial I would have stayed home, turned on the T.V., and shot myself. Why can’t I spend $10 (which is double what the ticket is worth) to just see a movie? Why do I have to sit through twenty minutes of commercials, and trailers to films I don’t want to see? Not much in this world makes me angrier.
Anyway, back to the thread. Sorry to have you good people’s valuable time.
I hated the first one but I got invited by a bunch of friends to see the 2nd one so I figured instead of staying in the house and bitching about Michael Bay I’ll go ahead and go out with them and have a little fun.