Wednesday, June 24, 2009

shirt, zombies, bk ad, SC gov, ebert on transformers

Social Media Venn Diagram shirt

I need one. Here.

Thanks to Kevin.


Massacremike had posted this trailer.

this one is for JimD

Burger King takes that extra step toward dragging us as far into the pit as possible.


Thanks to the unfortunate soul who forwarded this one my way who I am not sure wants to be identified.

I think Quizno's threw down the gauntlet with their "torpedo" ads with Chad and the oven, but... anyway.

Family Values

Well done, elected official.

Goofy enough that Sanford skipped the country. But where were these stories coming from placing you on the Appalachian Trail? Who was awkwardly covering for you? Badly played, sir.

I don't think Ebert likes the new Transformers

From Jamie:

"Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" is a horrible experience of unbearable length, briefly punctuated by three or four amusing moments. One of these involves a dog-like robot humping the leg of the heroine. Such are the meager joys. If you want to save yourself the ticket price, go into the kitchen, cue up a male choir singing the music of hell, and get a kid to start banging pots and pans together. Then close your eyes and use your imagination.

here for the whole thing


Michael Corley said...

I'm looking forward more and more to Transformers II.

Wait. No I'm not.

Woody Harrison has aged well.

rhpt said...

It wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. Of course, my expectations were very low. It's definitely too long. There were whole chucnks of the movie without any freakin' robots.

The League said...

good lord, RHPT. how do you get out to the movies so often? I suspect you have moved the family into a projection booth.

rhpt said...

I'm a pretty awful and absent father

The League said...

Easy enough to remedy. You know what people like at Rated-R movies? 2 year olds.

Simon MacDonald said...

As a father of a 4 year old girl I have to bank my movie nights as we don't have easily accessible baby sitting here in Ottawa.

One movie I was looking forward to seeing was Transformers 2. My enthusiasm started to diminish when I heard it was nearly 3 hours long. No summer blockbuster action movie where giant robots beat on each other needs to be 3 hours long. I can only assume that the story has been padded to allow the human "actors" can have some more screen time. (Except for Kevin Dunn, he should be the lead character not Shia LaBeouf)

Newsflash! We don't care about the actors we just want to see the Transformers beating on each other for about 90 minutes. The plot doesn't have to be very involved. Something like more Decipticons have arrived on earth. They have the means to fix Megatron. The Decipticons and Autobots get into a fight and it looks bad for our heroes until more Autobots arrive in a deus ex machina ending.

Better yet the Autobots uncover 5 missing Autobots from millions of years ago who are actually the Dinobots who then proceed to kick the [REDACTED] out of Devastator.

It really isn't that hard to write a Transformers story.

Anyway, I will be looking to hear from people I trust to see if it is worth going or not.

Nathan said...

I cannot bear to spend ten bucks to watch f#&kin' robots beat each other up.

The League said...

I totally would like to see robots beat upon one another. Sounds like a grand time (but I have also paid money to see Robosaurus in real life).

I just don't want to see the particular circus of Megan Fox's cleavage, lowest-common-denominator humor, bland action and poorly designed cgi on top of a nonsensical plot where a lot of things occur, but nothing actually happens that was T1 reiterated.

Nathan said...

Clarify: Robosaurus I might consider.

NTT said...

Well the comments about Transformers 2 sound disappointing. I hated every minute of Transformers that dealt with humans with no robots. If a movie is called Transformers it should have giant robots either beating, shooting, transforming or sucking down energon cubes, hopefully in exotic locations that highlight moments of destruction.

They needed to drop the soldiers, John Turturro, the geek hacker squad, John Voight, Megan Fox and Shia LeBouf. Seriously, who in the world said they went to see Transformers to see Shia LeBouf?

I will be the first in line to see Zombieland though. It looks as demented as Evil Dead and that's a good thing.

I think Ebert is one of the best living writers, not just on movies, in the US right now but he's always had a disinclination to pure action movies. Read his review of Aliens, the greatest pure adrenaline take no prisoners action movie of all time. Sometimes, you're just in the mood for a bucket of popcorn, ham-fisted one liners and the thundering of tracer bullets in surround sound.

Nathan said...

Ebert gave Aliens 3 1/2 stars, but also acknowledged its effect on him, that he left the movie unnerved by it. I'd say that's pretty accurate.

Aliens is a terrific experience, and it wrings you out emotionally as well as from a sensory standpoint. In that way, I'd compare it to The Exorcist, a movie I only want to watch oh, every 10 or 12 years or so.

The League said...

I watched Aliens 32 times between 6th and 7th grade. I haven't watched it since I got it on DVD circa 1999.

mcsteans said...

I saw Aliens for the first time on a 13 inch TV in broad daylight and it still scared the bejesus out of me.

NTT said...

I watch Aliens once a year and am reminded each time that divine grace can become instantiated in a Power Loader with industrial backlighting.