Transformers: The Last Knight!

Well, it’s finally hoving into view: the next chapter in the Transformers… saga? Is it a saga now? Five movies counts as a saga, right?

Anyway, it’s almost here!

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And, just to get you PUMPED, here’s the official trailer!

Okay, true confession time: I’m a big Michael Bay fan, and I am NOT pumped.

Bay does great action movies: Bad Boys, The Rock, the first Transformers, even a surprising dramatic turn in the excellent 13 Hours. But this is his fifth Transformers movie. He’s been doing them for ELEVEN YEARS and I kinda get the feeling like it’s beginning to wear on him.

Hence why this one feels less like something he really cares about (versus 13 Hours and Pain & Gain) and more like something he’s doing because of the ABSURDLY large paycheck and the fact the studio includes bankrolling his passion projects as part of his salary. At least in this case, his seeming disinterest has produced a movie that seems a little sub-par.

Don’t get me wrong, I hope it’s entertaining as hell. It’s just that this trailer doesn’t really indicate that, you know?

Baby Groot Loves This Trailer—And So Should You!

That’s him… baby Groot.

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You can’t tell, but he’s SUPER excited for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. “I am Groot!” he said in a recent interview. “I am Groot.”

It was beautiful.

And now, THE TRAILER!

I’m sold.

No, really. Absolutely SOLD. It looks awesome, and I’m gonna catch it in the theater, if I can.

LET’S DO THIS THING!

10 Games That Positively PUNKED Pirates!

Game developers, oddly enough, don’t like it when their games get bootlegged. Some turn to draconian DRM—bad for honest owners, meaningless for pirates—but some get MERCILESS.

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These developers skip the whole activation code, DRM runtime thing and just start SCREWING with the players. Invincible enemies, gimped abilities, and even… well, just watch the video.

Why? Because it’s not a bug in the game’s code, it’s a bug in their moral code.

When Shaky-Cam is Censorship

So, shaky cam. What a bunch of garbage. Even when it happens in movies I love.

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Like this one.

Why is it so prevalent, though? Well, according to YouTuber AllOuttabubbleGum, it’s because the MPAA has gone all censorious over common, everyday, NECESSARY fight choreography.

I’ll let his video speak for itself.

I’ve complained about this before, most specifically on Geek Gab, where stupid MPAA rules mean that intense, visceral fight scenes are limited to R-Rated movies, while PG-13 movies (which can’t show impacts) are limited to floaty, fake, uninteresting fights. I’d never considered that shaky-cam was a result of that same censorious impulse, however.

Good to see some confirmation of the problem.

9 Secrets of Sylvester Stallone’s Rocky

Rocky, 40 years old this year, is one of the all-time American classic movies and one of the two career defining performances of Sylvester Stallone. In a nation partial to underdogs, Rocky Balboa was one of the underdoggiest.

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The character is immortal, to the extent that they released a new film starring the Philadelphia pugilist—Creed—just last year.

To celebrate four decades of Rocky’s journey, here’s 9 things you probably didn’t know about his debut.