Thursday, July 14, 2005

Transformers - July 4, 2007

In hopes of not being scooped again by Pat or Prink, I'm reporting this news received from Comic Con in San Diego (via Google News via Slashdot via Yahoo News).

Live-action Tranformers film less than two years away

A couple of months ago, Pat put up a post that Michael Bay was considering this, but now it's official.

Here is my comment from Pat's post:
Anybody who's wondering about the viability of a "live-action" Transformers movie needs to check this!

Ignore the Saturday Night Fever dance moves, the CGI here is pretty good! Very few, if any, cheats on the physics, too. I wouldn't mind watching 90 minutes of a live-action Transformers movie that looked like this. Imagine a Matrix Reloaded Freeway chase where the cars ARE the characters.

I'm not saying that it can't be done poorly, especially by Michael Bay, but I am saying that it could be very, VERY cool.

Click on the link from my comment and it takes you to a short car commercial that uses the type of visual effects that Hollywood is best at. Definitely a lot of potential there.

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The Phantom of the Opera (2004) dir. by Joel Schumacher.
I got this DVD when it came out a few months ago, but finally watched it with Christy. She really liked it! I've been humming showtunes ever since I saw it again!

All About Eve (1950) dir. by Joseph L. Mankiewicz

The Terminal (2004) dir. by Steven Spielberg
Tom Hanks does a good job, as always.
After seeing Minority Report, I mentioned I was looking forward to seeing War of the Worlds. That was intended to be a compliment. After seeing The Terminal, I really want to see War of the Worlds; and that isn't.

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This is just a lot of fun to watch. Lots of thrills. Perfect pacing, a wonderful John Williams score, and that captivating speech by Robert Shaw about the U.S.S. Indianapolis. The new 30th Anniversary Edition DVD looks and sounds great. The 2 hour documentary, The Making of Jaws, is also exellent. Made for the Jaws laserdisc (and edited to 59 minutes for the 25th Anniversary DVD), this documentary goes into multiple aspects of the film from the adaptations of the best-selling novel, to casting, to the rigors of shooting a film on the ocean where everything is moving, to the happy accident that they couldn't usually get the mechanical shark to work. Interviews with Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss, Roy Sheider and the author of the original novel and screenplay, Peter Benchley.

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