Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

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Let’s face facts – explosions are great. No one is denying that in the least, but sometimes they just get a little… mundane. Really once you’ve seen the White House explode under an alien disaster beam or get rammed by a giant tidal wave, you don’t really need to see that again. It’s been covered. So let’s take alien beams and tidal waves right off the table and start thinking about some of the more ingenious ways Hollywood has wrecked the place.

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Culture Warrior

I’ll be the first to admit that the title of this post is a tad hyperbolic. The box office should not necessarily be forgotten, and it does, to an extent, matter. Predicting openings, percentage drops, and analyzing receipts present an interesting way to interact with movies as well as provide one of many ways to attempt an understanding of audiences in terms of evolving trends and patterns, as our own Jeremy Kirk does so astutely twice a week. Waiting until the early afternoon every Sunday to see the weekend’s estimations has been part of my weekly Internet routine for as long as I’ve been a movie nerd. Box office is, simply put, a part of the conversation. But we aren’t movie executives. Our investment is the box office is tied only to our social, emotional, and intellectual engagement with the films that sell tickets. The amount of tickets sold to see the product should never be confused with the product itself, and box office has severe limitations and problems in terms of understanding audiences’ relationship to a film. My concern with the ways we interact with and form conversations around box-office is not in regard to whether we should have such conversations at all, but the problematic meanings we routinely extrapolate from these numbers. To be frank, unless you work for a movie studio, a movie’s worth is never measurable in numbers. I concede that this is an obvious point, but unfortunately the box office continues to disproportionately dominate so […]

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Boiling Point

Ah summer. It is finally upon us. Okay, technically, in scientific terms, summer doesn’t begin until June, but in movie season, May is summer. Suck it, scientists. Summer brings many wonderful things: warmth, trips to the beach, drinking in the daylight, bikinis, and summer blockbusters. Unfortunately, summer also brings many terrible things: crippling heat, overcrowded beaches, drunken idiots, fatties in small swimsuits, and summer blockbusters. See, it’s a joke – some summer blockbusters are awesome, some are terrible. All of them, however, are designed to be fun, something many in the critical community can abide or swallow without gagging. Soon you’ll start seeing phrases like “a real summer movie” or “mindless summer fun.” You know what I call movies like that? Regular fun.

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This summer, a movie came out that made the divide between the critical voices in film and the ticket-buying masses more apparent than ever. Dr. Cole Abaius explores.

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This week’s Culture Warrior gives an exhaustive review of the decade that you won’t find anywhere else on the Interwebs.

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Rob Hunter loves movies. He also loves standing in line at the unemployment office. These two joys come together in the form of cash money payments that he receives every week and immediately uses to buy more DVDs. And yes, he’s still recommending you avoid Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen even though he knows you’re going to buy it anyway.

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Something about this GI Joe movie has got Robert Fure past his boiling point – but it’s not what you think it is.

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Over the course of the past several months, there has been a lot of talk about G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra. Well, it is time to stop all the rumoring and badmouthing and start talking about a film that, in a very basic way, is good.

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Hello dead horse, prepare to be beaten.

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Kevin rages out at people who splatter his Facebook wall and TweetDeck columns with movie and TV spoilers.

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Now that everyone on the planet has had a chance to see Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, to make hilarious YouTube videos calling out Rob Hunter’s review of it, and to send us emails about us covering the film too much – we’re covering it EVEN MORE. What happens when two Rejects disagree this strongly? Get angry and find out.

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Does it matter that Transformers 2 is probably this summer’s worst movie? Sadly, no. It’s little more than crassly commercialized cinematic excess, but still some viewers and reviewers have latched blindly on to Bay’s teats as if they expect awesome-flavored milk to start splashing against their tongue. And yes, I am talking about all of FSR’s head honchos…

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Kevin Carr reviews this week’s new movies: Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and My Sister’s Keeper.

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Fat Guys at the Movies

On This Week’s Show: Neil hoses down the Magical Studio in the Sky with bodily fluids and testosterone after watching Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen not once, but twice. Kevin tries to keep a level head while suffering through a review of My Sister’s Keeper. There’s a minor Fat Guy smackdown as Neil tries to justify his stalker-ish excitement for all things Michael Bay, but eventually he agrees with Kevin with his Jurassic Park analogy. Then they serve up a Fat Guy Five about movies that assault the senses. Awesome! Films Reviewed this Week: Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and My Sister’s Keeper. Download this Episode Episode Schedule: Segment 1 [8:50] – Review of My Sister’s Keeper Segment 2 [10:40] – Review of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen Segment 3 [12:45] – Box office recap and predictions and the Fat Guy Five: Five Movies That Assault Your Senses Segment 4 [6:35] – DVD Round-Up: Neil’s pick is Waltz with Bashir; Kevin’s picks include the past releases of the BBC’s Mistresses along with Fatal Attraction and Indecent Proposal on Blu-ray while his new releases include Pink Panther 2, Inkheart, Confessions of a Shopaholic, Reba: Season Six and Tom & Jerry The Chuck Jones Collection; Review Recap and a look ahead to next week. Next Week’s Show: Neil and Kevin will be taking the week off so they can drink beer at 9 a.m. and watch fireworks Show Links: FSR’s Weekly Report Card for Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and My Sister’s […]

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The world is facing a massive food shortage. Because they’re running out of human blood.

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That is a bold assertion, but you know what they say about assertions – shut up and watch things go BOOM. Now with video!

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I refuse to make this article about Transformers. I refuse to talk about how awful of an actor Megan Fox is, who cannot even effectively scream “Saaaaaaam!” I refuse to espouse on the ridiculous plot. I refuse to complain about seeing John Turturro’s hairy buttcheeks in my face, 20 feet high.

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Judging by their output for Star Trek, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, and The Proposal all in one summer, it seems like screenwriters Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman don’t sleep. And they won’t get to anytime soon. We caught them not napping in order to ask them about writing for Michael Bay and their upcoming Cowboys and Aliens.

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Skids and Mudflap

Screenwriters of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen were not happy about the way two characters were presented within the film.

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This week, on a very special Reject Radio, we discuss the finer points of Bea Arthur’s genius while attempting futilely to discuss Year One and the world of remakes taking over theaters like something that really effectively takes over something. Like Genghis Khan.

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