I approach Michael Bay movies as if I were a beaten dog. I keep hoping that he won't bludgeon me into submission, but that's all he ever does.
I couldn't stand TF1 and when TF2 came around, I tried to convince myself to see it, just to see if I was missing something that so many other people seemed to enjoy.
Then at some point I thought, "wait, what's the point of that?"
So I didn't go and never regretted it.
The only reason why I went to see Transformers 2 was because a friend of mine was really hyped and asked me to come. I rarely see him because I moved away from my hometown, so I went…
30 Day Movie Challenge Day 12 – A movie that you hate
It’s the worst movie that I’ve ever seen in theaters. I remember rolling my eyes every 2 seconds, looking at my watch and hoping that the movie would stop. Little did I knew, the movie was 150 minutes long. That’s quite an epic crapfest.
Michael Bay, you won’t have my 10 bucks next time.
30 day movie challenge #11: A movie that changed your opinion about something
WAG THE DOG
In 97 I was a young 13 year old kid who was still quite innocent (remember that internet was starting back then). I remember being amazed by the fact that this fiction became reality when Clinton was caught with Monica Lewinsky. The concept of astroturfing was new and shocking to me. Even now, after having studied in journalism, I still admire Wag the Dog for showing the dark side of the medias.
Another movie was Mad City (still with Dustin Hoffman and it was released during the same year)!
It shows how good editing and tweakings can change the way you perceive the news on tv.
Not only is it visually beautiful, but the message is also quite actual (The heart must be mediator between the head-planners-and the hands-workers-). See it on the big screen if you can, it will amaze you.
We can still feel the effects of the recession in our society. We’re living through some tough times, unfortunately. But as everything in life, Hollywood has some lessons to give you.
WORK HARD TO ACCOMPLISH YOUR GOALS
In Princess & The Frog, Tiana has been saving up money ever since she was a kid to open her own restaurant. She even worked double shifts to get there. As the character sings in the song Almost There:
I remember Daddy told me: fairy tales can come true You gotta make ‘em happen, it all depends on you So I work real hard each and every day
If you want something to happen, you have to work for it and do it yourself.
YOUR CHOICES AS A CONSUMER HAVE AN IMPACT
By knowing what you buy and from who you buy it can help to make a difference on many levels. In Blood Diamond you hear about the diamond industry, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
Every time you buy, you make a vote/statement on something.
IN BUSINESS, THERE ARE NO ALLIES
Never go on business with friends. It’s a terrible, terrible idea. Trust me: I’ve been in the Eduardo situation (Social Network). You don’t want this in your life. Trust is rare and important. Sometimes you think you know someone, but money changes everything.
THE MOST ECONOMICAL OPTION ISN’T ALWAYS SENSIBLE
In business, your goal is to make more revenues. The decisions you take have an impact on the lives of your employees. If you decide to fire people in order to save money, like they do in Up in the Air or Office Space, you have to face the harsh reality that you’re destroying the lives of other people.
30 Day Challenge #9 A movie with the best soundtrack
I could have also said Dazed & Confused or Yellow Submarine, but I love Rock’N’Roll! The soundtrack makes more than half of the experience. George Lucas sure knows his music (hence the grey pompadour)!
30 day #8: A movie that you’ve seen countless times
You see, when I was young my parents bought the Betamax, so I had only 5-6 movies that I could watch. One of them was E.T. and I’m pretty sure that watching this movie religiously made me part of who I am now.
I still love it just a much now, but I watch it less often.
Director Kevin Smith announced during his Sundance speech for Red State, that he would retire after his next project : Hit Somebody. We’ll have to wait and see if he keeps his promise, but meanwhile he’ll get into the movie distribution business with SModcast Pictures. He calls it Indie Filmmaking 2.0.
For years, I’ve read “He’s no filmmaker.” Turns out they were right: I’m more of an entertainer. -Kevin Smith
Back in the 90’s, Kevin Smith showed interest in movie distribution with the small indie movie called Vulgar. This is nothing new, but it sure is a huge step in his career.
Even after more than 40 movies, his first is still one of his best. The story takes place on the open road but it’s actually really confined. It’s Man vs Machine, Thesus vs Minotaur. Spielberg’s direction here is really powerful because it’s pure visual storytelling; the whole movie rests on his shoulders.
“He was not serious when he talked about the end of the world in 2012 but he is an adamant believer that the world is flat, that Stonehenge was built by aliens, and that the sun revolves around the Earth.”—
Warner Bros has confirmed Anne Hathaway as Catwoman and Tom Hardy as Bane in Dark Knight Rises. It’s been a long time since we’ve seen these villains, and the last time wasn’t so great (for both of them).
Could Dark Knight Rises possibly be an adaptation of Knightfall?
If so, the title has a totally new meaning because, in Knightfall, Bane breaks Batman’s back, making him crippled.
WINNER: Unbreakable. I think it’s M Night Shyamalan’s greatest movie (back when he used to be good). I like how it takes a classic superhero premise and takes it into reality. It precedes Batman Begins with the “gritty and realistic” approach that we see everywhere now.
Collateral on the other hand was great…until it reached the ending. The problem is that it took a realistic approach and ended like a Die Hard movie. I like how simple and confined this movie is though. I’m also always amazed by the cinematography.
“You have part of my attention - you have the minimum amount. The rest of my attention is back at the offices of Facebook, where my colleagues and I are doing things that no one in this room, including and especially your clients, are intellectually or creatively capable of doing.”—Social Network