Did you ever hear a famous actor on a talk show say something along the lines of, "I'm really excited about my new movie, people are going to LOVE it!" ... and just know you're being lied to?
In a blinding stampede of wizards, robot boxers, mutants and magical automatons, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences released its list of 10 films still alive for nominations in the Best Visual Effects category at next month's 84th Academy Awards.
Last week we told you about the sci-fi flicks that were among 2011's biggest flops, but in spite of those failures, it was a good year for genre lovers. For proof, just take a look at the sci-fi heavy list of the 20 top-grossing films of the year.
End-of-the-year compilations are part of our communal pop-cultural experience: top 10 this, most noteworthy that, the Year In Whatever it is You Care About. Luckily, one enterprising editor cut together all of 2011's theatrical releases into one chunk of awesome and seeing them all together, genre definitely shifts into the foreground.
Whether you loved or hated Transformers: Dark of the Moon—and some seemed to be unable to make up their minds—one thing seemed certain: You wanted to see it to judge for yourselves.
Ever notice that all Michael Bay films share certain similarities? (Not that there's necessarily anything wrong with that.) One thing about those commonalities is it makes it easier for you to see all of Bay's movies at the same time—in under 60 seconds!
Now that Transformers: Dark of the Moon is here, the knives are out, and the kid gloves are off. (I'm sure we could rustle up a few more cliches if you'd like.) Reviewers have been calling the film "ugly," "tin-eared" and "bereft of wit," and even those who sort of like the film seem to be (here's that other cliche) damning it with faint praise.
Think Michael Bay is the greatest director ever? Or do you think he's a spawn of Satan who's destroying the movies? Whichever position you take, a new video provides all the ammunition you need to prove you right.
Michael Bay has yet to take his explosive action films into the third dimension—until next week, that is. Not only will this be the first in the Transformers franchise to go 3-D but, according to its star, it will also be the "greatest 3-D film ever." Really.
In the latest TV spot for Transformers: Dark of the Moon, they try to take advantage of our emotions. John Turturro gives a somber intro saying, "Years from now they're going to ask, 'Where were you when they took over the planet?'" Wait, what? Who's taking over the planet? A new alien force, that's who!