It’s getting harder and harder to feign enthusiasm for Michael Bay’s Transformers films the further we get into the franchise. It’s like we started with a genuinely decent film in 2007, but each subsequent entry into the series is just slightly worse. Now, at movie number five, it’s just getting more difficult to care.
Maybe it’s Bay’s disregard for a consistent continuity for the series or its mechanics. Maybe its just the fact that these movies keep getting longer and longer. Maybe it’s that the films genuinely lost something once Shia LaBeouf left them.
I mean all of that.
Either way, here come more explosions. And don’t get me wrong, Transformers films absolutely need lots of explosions to work. The problem is they need more than that to keep my attention.
Transformers: The Last Knight comes out June 23rd.
Paramount Television and Anonymous Content have optioned all eleven books in Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles series for television. Anne Rice’s son Christopher Rice is currently attached to pen the series, as well as executive produce alongside his mother, David Kanter, and Steve Golin.
While this would be the first television incarnation of the series, Anne Rice’s work has been put on the big screen before — most notably 1994’s Interview With a Vampire. Rice’s work is often credited with the resurgence in romantic Vampire fiction that would culminate in things like L.J. Smith’s The Vampire Diaries and Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight.
The show doesn’t have a network yet, and (as we always say) like all shows in the development stages, this could vanish into the ether at any moment. That said, the Vampire Diaries adaptation and its spinoff The Originals have shown there is an audience for this kind of work on weekly television. Anny Rice’s Vampire Chronicles could find a home on television as a darker alternative to what The CW has run over the last few years (assuming it can find the right network).
Does it actually get one? I’m not really sure – but the music throughout sure wants us to think something deep is happening here. As this is a Transformers film directed by Michael Bay, I’m fairly confident that it’ll turn out to be fairly shallow.
But hey – way to earn your paycheck trailer editor.
I’m pretty sure if I piece together all of the trailers for Transformers: The Last Knight I could piece together the entire plot of the film, but I leave that sort of super cut up to someone with more time on their hands. What it comes down to is that this film is going to be more of the same from the series. If you happen to like that, you’ll be pleased. I, on the other hand, have gotten a bit tired of the routine, and this trailer isn’t convincing me that anything has changed.
Transformers: The Last Knight comes out June 23rd.
The new trailer for Transformers: The Last Knight landed yesterday, focusing on Isabela Moner’s character Izabella. Izabella is a young girl who has been apparently spending a lot of her time in a junkyard with robots — I mean, that’s what I got out of the trailer at least.
Honestly, I think someone must have pointed out to Michael Bay that the Star Wars franchise has been doing really well with women in lead action roles, and as an attempt to market to young girls this is his “close enough.” I mean, she could be a great character if handled well, but I’m not sure how much I actually trust Michael Bay to do it.
I guess we’ll find out when Transformers: The Last Knight comes out June 23, 2017.
Just a general pro-tip to people who are trying to promote anything even remotely semi-controversial: don’t let the internet enter whatever text they want into it. You see, Paramount recently launched a site called “I Am Major” in promotion of their upcoming live action remake of Ghost in the Shell starring Scarlett Johansson. The tool lets users type whatever they want (starting with the words “I Am”) over an image of their choice, with the film’s “I Am Major” slogan and the film’s logo appearing at the beginning.
As the casting of Johansson (a white woman) in a role like the traditionally Japanese character of the Major has caused a bit of an uproar, you can probably guess what happened once the general public got ahold of the site.
To say we aren’t exactly jazzed about the white-washed Ghost in the Shell live action adaptation would be an understatement. I could go on, or you could just dig through our coverage of this train wreck. Today we got a new trailer for the film, and… well… it’s totally that?
Not really a lot to say I guess.
I mean, the film remains as problematic as ever, and the visuals are cribbed straight from the 90s anime film adaptation of the series. It remains visually stunning, and it looks like there’s an interesting plot. But with Scarlett Johansson (who for the record we normally love as an action star) playing The Major, we just can’t get excited for this.
On the longest episode of Nerd & Tie so far, we mourn the passing of John Hurt, Warner Bros wants to make an American live action Attack on Titan, Star Wars Episode VIII finally has a title, the Axanar lawsuit has finally been settled, Jughead apparently isn’t asexual in Riverdale, Comic Excitement Convention flops, Phoenix Comicon has changed its staffing policies a second time, Angry Goat Productions is looking either incompetent or shady, and Evercon has filed for a restraining order against Scott Windorski.
Those of you waiting patiently for Star Trek Fan Film Axanar can finally rejoice! The lawsuit between the studios and its filmakers has finally reached a settlement, and we might finally get to see a version of the fan film! Sort of!
Don’t get too excited yet.
Axanar has been a sticking point for CBS and Paramount for some time. The studios filed a copyright lawsuit after its massive amount of fundraising set off red flag for the companies. And despite J.J. Abrams’s comments that the suit was going away last May, it’s soldiered on. To put the icing on the cake, during this, Paramount and CBS put out some ridiculously restrictive fan film guidelines which seemed designed to kill a historically relevant part of Trek fan culture.
This settlement is, if anything, a compromise with those guidelines.
In the settlement the existing Prelude to Axanar will be allowed to stay online, and the Axanar film will be allowed online posted as two, 15 minute shorts. This is far from the feature length film promised by filmmakers, but falls into the ridiculous length guidelines put out there by CBS and Paramount. Axanar gets to skirt certain parts of those guidelines still, with its heavy inclusion of actors who have appeared on various Star Trek properties.
If you took footage from every science fiction and superhero from across the last twenty years and mashed them all up to create a single trailer which would both convey visual spectacle yet have zero depth… you’d get the new trailer for Transformers: The Last Knight. And since Michael Bay’s Transformers movies thus far have usually been all visual and zero depth, I guess that’s unsurprising.
There was a time where I rejoiced at seeing Autobots and Decepticons on the big screen, and I really did enjoy the first couple of entries into this franchise. But the fourth movie was six parts boring to one part creepy, and it’s hard for me to get excited about yet another foray into this particular Transformers’ universe.
And, I’m loathe to admit this, I kinda miss Shia.
Whether we want it to or not, Transformers: The Last Knight comes out June 23, 2017.
Look, we’ve been pretty clear throughout our coverage that we’re not all that excited about the Scarlett Johansson led, live action version of Ghost in the Shell that’s coming next year. It’s a distinctly Japanese property, and making the Major a white person is emblematic of a lot of the ridiculous racism inherent in Hollywood. But, as there is now a new trailer for the film, here I am writing about the damned thing again.
Visually the trailer mimics a lot of the shots from the 1995 animated film adaptation, but it’s clear that in many ways that’s not where the plot’s primary cues are coming from. If the lead wasn’t a white person, I’d probably get excited about it.
Ghost in the Shell is currently scheduled for a March 31, 2017 release.
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