February 15 2008

Iniana Jones, X-Men and Transformers… Oh My!

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal SkullIn the “I still don’t like the title of this movie” department, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull has its first trailer out. Roy instant messaged me, asking if I was going to rag on it like I do a lot of trailers, but this one honestly left me indifferent… which was disturbing the more I thought about it.

The first three movies in this series very much filled you with wonder and awe in their “serial” appeal, but though this movie looks like the other ones, in the short span of the trailer you get two jokes about Indy’s age. I’m just not that interested in two hours of, “You know, when I was younger/I’m too old” etc comments. And, okay, this isn’t a spoiler since it’s written on a crate in the trailer, “Roswell, NM” is clearly seen in the trailer on the side of a military looking crate. Aliens? Aliens with Indy? Oh why didn’t they stop at the third one?


X-Men Origins: WolverineFox released the first picture of Hugh Jackman from the fourth film related to the X-Men franchise, X-Men Origins: Wolverine. While it’s nice to see another appearance by Wolverine, there are a few comments here:

  1. Really? This is the most exciting picture you could release? It looks like a publicity shot from the first movie, and not the first publicity shot from a stand-alone film.
  2. Let us hope it is better than the third movie.
  3. Is it just me, or is that unwieldy title a hint at the idea we will get more “X-Men Origins” movies?
  4. Let us hope it is better than the third movie.

Are you sensing a trend here?


Michael BayIt seems Michael Bay has finished his outline for Transformers 2.

I think my headaches are already starting.

He’s promising more robots this time around (but no Dinobots, he said), and gave no other clues as to what we can expect. The first film (which I reviewed here) was a disaster of a production, and all of the fault fell squarely on Bay’s shoulders. Considering how much money the film made ($706,471,251 internationally off of a reported $150 million budget), there is no reason for Bay to change his tactics in the style of this film: all style and no substance.

On the off chance that Bay does actually look at the web… Mike?  Please, for the love of all that is holy, remember the movie is called “Transformers” and not “Random Humans With Thread Bare Personalities”.  Let us see the robots doing their thing, let us hear their personalities, bring in some aspects of the cartoon, and for crying out loud… LEAVE THEIR NAMES ALONE!

But, alas, I know Mr. Bay can’t make a real movie to save his life, so… here comes more pain.

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