I saw two movies in the last two weeks.
First off, let me say that having the Lincoln Center Movie theater one block down my street is both amazing and torturous. The grocery store is right across the street from the movie theater so every time I need some dadgum milk, I've got to deal with the yearning pangs of smelling popcorn and seeing all the new release posters. I would probably go to the movies every night if I could. And that would cost about 300 dollars a month. Ain't happening.
Anyways, I saw The Hangover, and the new Transformers flick.
The Hangover... hilarious. I'm not going to suggest this film for the faint-of-christian-heart, or for kids that are still living with their parents, or for the general female population. This is sort of a guy-flick. THIS NO DATE MOVIE. You have been warned. Don't misunderstand me; it isn't some gratuitous strip-club movie - you all know me better than that. Its just full of "guy" humor, but somehow, still a really, really good movie.
I probably laughed a big belly laugh every 10 minutes or so.
But that's not what I liked best about the film. I liked that it was just good old fashioned movie making: Good acting, character development, plot, and clever editing. It was just a well crafted film. Crude? Yes. Over-the-top crude? Hellck yes. Knee-slapping-yell-out-loud funny? Yes, yes and a large yes with butter. And that's all I'm going to say about it. Anything else would make my mother mad and cause you to judge me.
Then I saw the Transformers. This film is getting filleted by critics around the world. Ebert gave it ONE STAR. Now, come on. Ebert gave Garfield more stars than this film. Get off the high horse. IT'S A TRANSFORMERS FLICK. By default it isn't going to be believable.
All that said, I'm going to list my reactions as I experienced them in the theater for a little change up.
Opening credits: What happened to the John Williams Dreamworks music??? Transformer music made the kid fishing off the crescent moon look slightly evil.
Oh dear lord. Primitive man meets primitive transformers. That looks hilarious. It looks like a farce of 2001...
Modern day now.
Riiiiiight, she is going to be sitting on that motorcycle like that with her booty in the air, wearing basically blue-jean underwear, working at a motorcycle shop... and NO ONE is going to notice? Riiiiiight.
Jive talking transformers? One of them has a gold tooth. Wow... and they can't... read... the ancient transformer writing. Al Sharpton anyone? Oh man... how did they get away with that little bit of robotic racism?
Again with the color saturation.
This looks more like Armageddon than the last Transformers. Where's Bruce?
Please, can you just keep the camera moderately still for at least ONE of these r-he-he-heeeeally ridiculously boring and stupid conversations? I'm getting dizzy here with all this 180 degree camera action.
Enough with the adolescent freshman LDR angst. Get to the robotic butt-kicking.
Freshmen can't have cars? Is this school in the USSR?
A Chihuahuas humping a Pug will always be funny.
Wow. Loud. Ouch.
Wow, double-loud. Pretty fun though.
Okay, Optimus is a badass.
Okay... why our sun? It's not like our sun isn't the MOST common sun in the Universe or anything.
Wow... That transformer is metallically bearded. Makes sense.
This is truly dumb. Dumb... but still fun.
Jerry: Slow motion does not equal E-motion.
I have never seen such gratuitous slow motion in my LIFE.
deus ex machina anyone?
Awwwwwe, I love movies!
ALRIGHT. DIRECTORS ACROSS THE PLANET. QUIT PUNKING YOUR AUDIENCES WITH SUDDEN CLOSE UPS OF ZITTY MALE BUTTS. NASTY. THIS LITTLE PRANK HAS BEEN IN THE LAST THREE FILMS I'VE SEEN AND I AM WEARY OF IT. STOP. IT.
The Pyramids... It's ALLLLLLLWAAAAYS about the pyramids.
Suuuuure that's Orion's Belt. If I saw three objects that bright in the night sky, I'd be saying my prayers.
Okay... do they think that this is the friggin Lord of the Rings? We are pushing 2.5 hours here folks. Let's wrap this up.
Sweet mother of mercy... Angelic transformers back from the dead. I think I just choked on a whopper.
Finally over. Waiting so see if the credits are in slow-mo.
I think if Jerry would have cut out the slow mo, or just played the film in real time, the movie would have been perfectly timed.
Ahhhhh, summer movies.
All in all, that was fun. Good clean fun. A bit much on the slow-mo, but all around worth the 12 bucks.