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  1. Stressed out and worried on what bad might happen to my family.
  2. @Clappy I feel only 8 of the 15 MCU films have a style; 4 of the 6 Phase 1 movies, Winter Soldier, Guardians, Ant-Man, and Doctor Strange were original for me, but for a franchise hailed as one of the greatest if all time, I can't really say it's films are as original as what X-Men and Spider-Man were. This has me worried for next year's movies. And as I said, while the newer TF films are confused rehashes, ROTF and DOTM had more originality that made them stand out in the original trilogy. Hate to sound rude, but instead of replying to me again, just look at the details of the first two sequels I brought up in my previous quote.
  3. Since you mentioned rehashes, I'll admit that there are similar things within each movie, like a mythical artifact bent on reformatting Earth, an antagonist always dies at the end, human protagonist has misfit friends, big action scenes at the end. Those are rehashes from within the franchise, yet at least within the original trilogy they were much more deviant with how they're done, like how each movie starts in a different location along with having a different tone (first movie has a set up to Blackout, second movie starts with a battle against Demolishor, and third movie shows Sam and Carly's peaceful life before things go downhill slowly), first movie was the introduction to all the characters, second movie shows the Autobots fitting in with Earth and Sam initially progressing with life until another threat returns, and the third movie feels like a proper finale, not to mention the initial hero then backstabbing Sentinel Prime along with the Decepticons putting doubt on our heroes. The post DOTM movies I don't feel really have the charm of the original trilogy as I said, especially with the rehashes of some of the elements like the human protagonist discovers a vehicle is actually a Transformer, and the similarities between the Allspark-made Transformers from the original trilogy next to the use of Transformium (REALLY STUPID NAME, IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN CODENAMED DIE-CAST OR CYBER METAL OR HAVE THE SCIENTISTS SAY ITS UNIDENTIFIABLE SO THEY NAMED IT AS SUCH), and I really find the inclusions of the prehistoric elements to be jarring in contrast to the Primes being in Egypt and or Sentinel being on the moon, but if looked past those rehashes and oddities, then the movies are entertaining popcorn flicks (the term "dumb movies" is a bit dis-generous in my eyes), though I prefer the original trilogy over the newer films. Plus, if these films offer "literally nothing new", then what about other movies like most of the MCU having plot threads that contain a guy in a suit who hires a mercenary or a hero using a technology or power that a villain wants to mimic?
  4. Additionally, I also watched Cars 3 with one of my younger cousins. I won't go into much detail, but I will say that this movie made up for the mistakes of Cars 2. It's got a bit of a Rocky IV influence, with McQueen being side swiped by modern cars and his need to train more often. It's also neat to have the cast of Cars return after not seeing them theatrically since 2011. The first teaser trailer might make it seem really dark, but it's more of a warning towards what part of the film would be like while the other trailers were more optimistic and motivating in comparison. This movie isn't the next Toy Story 3 (just like the Cars trilogy won't be as good as the Toy Story trilogy), but this movie felt like a nice sequel to help round out the Cars franchise. In fact, I actually like this movie a bit more than Finding Dory! Not that Finding Dory was bad, it's just belated for a sequel to a then 13 year old movie in comparison to Cars 3 being made 6 years after Cars 2 (Toy Story 3 and Monsters University felt more like they were made to coincide with the days where the fans of the previous movies went to college). There's nothing wrong with making sequels years after the original movie, but I prefer to have a sequel that's made over a decade later to not have its events take place just a year later. I felt Finding Dory should have been made around 2005, and it has me worried for Incredibles 2. Still, Cars 3 felt more like a triumph than I thought it was going to be, and I give it a 6.5 out of 10!
  5. Got back from a Chicago premiere of Transformers: The Last Knight, and it felt interesting to see a circle of sorts become complete. When I first saw Transformers in 2007, I got hooked into the franchise and got a lot of toys, played the game and read the books; my friends and cousins always enjoyed playing with the action figures too. Now in 2017, I'm pretty pumped to watch the film that celebrates the 10th anniversary of the live action film series. Most of my friends asked me if it was good, and I'm gonna say it's a fun theater experience. It's not the best movie of the franchise and it's not a condender for best movie of 2017 I will admit, but I've had more fun with this movie than I had with Lego Batman and Guardians 2, and I'll say it's better than Age of Extinction! The cast got me worried when I heard that it'll be a mix of new characters, characters from the previous movie, and characters from the original trilogy. I felt happy to see Lennox and even Simmons, but felt kind of empty when Topspin was without his Wrecker buddies and there was no sign of Sideswipe or Dino. The Dinibots didn't add anymore development in all honesty; in fact, they added less to the movie. The Decepticons were pretty cool to have all talk and not be like Lego/Kre-O models, but they weren't as iconic as the original Decepticon line up, and bar Megatron, Barricade, Onslaught, and Berserker, some felt pretty goofy like Mohawk. Plus, most of them got taken down easily. The Knights of Iacon were pretty cool to see kick some tailpipe, and so were the Infernocons, but I doubt I'll ever buy their toys and have them be on my shelves next to more iconic characters like Jazz, Ironhide, or Starscream. Quintessa was pretty cool to see, and it's neat to see her as a nod to the Quintessons without having her be a direct copy of them (FYI, I don't like references to G1 because it takes any creativity from an new universe of Transformers mythos away). The humans tend to get a lot of slack for being on screen more than the titular robots or how they act annoying, but in their defense, it's a live action movie (if there were no human actors, it'd negate the purpose of it being live action), and they sometimes act a bit nuts because the world they live in doesn't give them enough time to sit down and breath in the action; plus, I feel it'd make more sense for Cade to develop a need to give care to Transformers when they're in danger than say Tony Stark recruiting Peter Parker in a battle that could get him killed.(*cough* *cough* child soldiers *cough*) The action was pretty sweet, some scenes tend to happen a little too quickly but it wasn't like a "okay done move on" scenario. While some action didn't make sense in AOE (a car punching a man is kind of odd), but this was a bit more grounded like the original trilogy, and it made sense for the final battle to escalate much more as the Autobots got more damage from the several battles they got in. Some stuff didn't make much sense in the trailers, but if you pay attention in the movie, then some details would align a bit more than you'd think they would. When I first saw reviews of the movie, I was a bit worried about how the movie would play, so I had to go blind until I sat down with my popcorn and soda, and I was pleasantly surprised! Sure, it's not the best this franchise offers, but it's still a pretty fun action flick; the audience actually laughed at the jokes, even the kids were pretty entertained (some were wanting both Optimus and Bumblebee to "not win" in their battle)! I'll give this movie a 6 out of 10, and I'll be the first to say this: those that bash the Transformers movies gotta open their eyes and see their hypocrisy, whether they're basement dwelling Geewuners that don't accept change, Michael Bay haters that herd together like sheep and make themselves think forming bandwagons against the man are fun, cynical adults that think occassionally watching action movies would kill your brain cells, or those that say these films are bad for having too much action or humor yet praise any other superhero movie for the same reason.
  6. In preparation for The Last Knight, I watched both Transformers: Dark of The Moon and Age of Extinction. While both films aren't 100% perfect, they're still very well made and don't feel like huge afterthoughts, yet DOTM is the better movie than AOE. The action in DOTM feels a bit grounded, I liked seeing how it was almost a finale of sorts, some scenes were pretty dire; it's quite an improvement to the lacking ROTF. Sentinel Prime is a pretty good antagonist, though I think people give him too much flack just because he killed Ironhide; he had to do so since he could stand in his way as the second strongest Autobot. All Sentinel wanted was to have the survival of his race, yet he did that in a less noble way by using the Decepticons as his slaves and by nearly killing Earth, something Optimus brought up to him. AOE, on the other hand, felt a little bloated in comparison to the previous movie trilogy. Some events happens too quickly like the battles, most characters (not all) feel shoehorned into the movie and as a result have incomplete development, and the constant pandering of product placement is pretty obnoxious in comparison to the previous films (car brands, Burger King, and electronics are fine, but Bud Light, Skype, and an Oreo machine is a little out of hand), though I will admit these movies are depicted in real settings, so it'd make sense to have brands involved, and at least they're subtle in comparison to Mac & Me's use of Coca-Cola and McDonalds (now THAT'S a movie everyone should avoid). Plus, the Dinobots are wasted potential; I didn't expect them to speak, but they should have done more than be steeds for the Autobots (I say this not as a Geewunner (since I'm not a big fan of G1), but as someone that believes if you're going to hype up a character, fulfill the hype). These two movies are where we can see a contrast regarding how the character designs look. I'm honestly torn on the post-AOE designs; I like that they convey a bit of personality for each character, especially the Autobots where Hound and Crosshairs stand out with their own quirks, yet these designs look less like they can't transform. How does Western Star Optimus's truck cab transform (Peterbilt Prime has a more traditional transformation and robot mode details like the chest windows and wheels on his hips)? How does Bumblebee's chest become the hood of the Camaro (DOTM has more recognizable car parts)? How can Crosshairs make his trenchcoat out of his alt mode? Why do Galvatron, Stinger, and all those Decepticons have to split apart into Lego pieces when they change their modes? Plus, I always preferred the more alien designs of the original trilogy as it makes them look more like they're out of this world than look more like toyish or man made designs of the previous Transformers cartoons. The more human designs are kind of like Hawkeye from The Avengers movies, in that they both were less apparent the first time we see them both, and the next time we see them in both Age of Extinction and Age of Ultron make us feel the studios think we want more human TF designs and Hawkeye screentime when we really don't. Overall, I give DOTM an 8/10 and AOE a 5/10. Dark of the Moon feels more like a committed movie that signals the end of an era, especially at the end of the movie when Optimus and the rest of the heroes he fought with stand triumphantly in front of a damaged but now saved Chicago. Age of Extinction shows how bad fourth movies can be, and while it's better than other fourth installments such as Superman IV, Batman & Robin, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, it's still inferior compared to the original Transformers trilogy. Not saying that AOE is in any way the worst thing ever as many people exaggeratedly made it out to be (I'm referring to cynical critics that think these movies are bad no matter what, hypocrites that think these are bad for being full of explosions yet praise ANY action movie for the same reason, and Geewhiners that cry about how Michael Bay """ruined""" their childhood just because the movies aren't based on a cartoon that's pedestrian at best and mediocre at worst), and as much as I enjoy looking back at the nostalgic excitement of waiting for a new Transformers movie in celebration of the 30th anniversary of the franchise, I have to admit that Age of Extinction lacks a lot of the charm, excitement, and creativity of the original Transformers trilogy (plus, I think AOE kind of copied Man of Steel way more than I thought it did). Onto watching The Last Knight.
  7. Feels sad to say goodbye to some of my high school friends, but thankfully, I can still get in touch with them.
  8. Saw Wonder Woman yesterday, and I'm very impressed with how it turned out! The other installments to the DCEU aren't bad IMO (especially Man of Steel), but what I felt was that they were either overdue (MOS), needed some more action (BVSDOJ), or went overboard with character appearances (Suicide Squad), but Wonder Woman did everything that I wanted it to do, and even above and beyond! Gal Gadot was awesome, the action was great, the plot was well done, and the character development is the best that I have seen since Star-Lord's from GOTG! A friend of mine asked me if it's the best female-led superhero movie yet. I told him that before Wonder Woman was released, I thought Supergirl was the best female-led superhero movie (and being the best movie of the 1978 Superman film series in my eyes), and how it's better than Catwoman (the one with Halle Berry who portrayed Storm from the far superior X-Men movies) and Elektra (the spin-off to the 2003 Daredevil movie with Ben Affleck who's better off as Batman), but with Wonder Woman taking the cake, Supergirl is now in second place. Wonder Woman gets a 10 out of 10, as it does female heroes justice and recreates the character perfectly! Now I'm gonna watch the Lynda Carter series while I wait for Justice League!
  9. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. Admittedly, this movie wasn't the best installment of the first live action Transformers trilogy, what with the wasted potential of The Fallen and Devastator, some scenes getting out of place, the characterizations of Skids and Mudflap, and the chemistry of the human characters, but there's still some good in it; I like the robot designs they have, the action sequences are still good, the music is well made, and the Transformer mythology on the Seven Primes sounds like it fits for the TF franchise. Overall, ROTF gets a 6 out of 10. It's not a great movie, but it is in no way as bad as many make it out to be. To be fair, it was in a rough year of summer blockbusters like X-Men Origins: Wolverine and Terminator: Salvation, and while it's not the best Transformers movie, I still get a feeling of nostalgia from the old days when a movie sequel was made every 2-3 years.
  10. In celebration of the 10th anniversary of the live-action Transformers series, I've rewatched the first movie: Transformers! This movie is a great reimagination of the franchise, from the robot designs being less toyish while still being distinguishable enough between characters, to the premise different enough to stand out compared to different stories made previously. Compared to most of its competitors in 2007, what I feel is succeeds in is imagination, something that you don't really get with movies nowadays (especially when it comes to some of the more recent TF franchises where there's either an obligatry G1 reference or some figures are just the 80s toys with seperate legs). The cast is pretty solid; Sam and Mikeala were pretty bearable, the soldiers (Lennox and Epps, especially) were cool, Simmons was a little too Carrey-esque, and the parents were pretty annoying, but the Transformers themselves were awesome! Optimus Prime, Ironhide, Megatron, Starscream, and Blackout kicked tailpipe, and the only problems I had were that Barricade didn't appear, Jazz died at the end, and Bumblebee didn't regain his voice in the sequels, but everyone did a phemomenal job! The special effects, even if some say are redundant as it was made long after Jaws and Jurassic Park, are still phenomenal, as the Transformers look, act, and sound real, and even if the designs from AOE-onwards change radically, they still have that element of phenomenal CGI (and it's also something that works well with Iron Man and Pacific Rim). The action is definitely ginormous, but it's not video game indecipherable that many tryhard Michael Bay haters make it out to be. It's explosive, but at the same time appropriate for a movie about heroic Autobots versus evil Decepticons! Transformers gets a solid 10 out of 10! It's a great balance between being action packed and emotionally driven, something I feel the sequels (except DOTM) fail at recapturing. I remember someone said he calls the series a "guilty pleasure", yet that fits something like Armada better in my opinion. Either way, this movie saved the Transformers franchise, turning it from an 80s toy commercial into a worldwide phenomenon!
  11. Here is a sneak peek at the projects I'm working on. Unit-E is under script work, the sequels and spin-off movies are on the drawing board, and the webisodes will develop after the main movies are near completion.




  12. Beyond the return of the Hulk, Thor, and Loki, I can't get too excited for Ragnarok (especially with the trailer's song feeling out of place), but I smiled when Thor was happy to see his homeboy Bruce Banner. It's mainly the previous Thor films that make me uninterested, but if it's an improvement over The Dark World, then count me in. Also, Cap called, he said language! Homecoming feels like Disney trying to out-do Deadpool and going through the bigger and better schtick that while nice looking comes at the price of not having substance. I mean, Holland's not bad, but his inclusion in Civil War stook out like a sore thumb and felt more like decoration to me than an actual character; he would have been better off introduced much later in the MCU or have a different Spidey be in that universe (my choice being Miguel O'Hara). And I don't think you understand this, but I too am a huge fan of Marvel since the first Spider-Man movie was released, but I like the stuff that was released previously like Raimi's trilogy, X-Men, the 90s animated series for both franchises, and some of the pre-Phase 3 movies. And not to sound rude, but can I not have more quotes? We should let others share what they watched instead.
  13. @Daytona Fan Thanks for the like! Yeah, I still like the MCU; the new movies aren't going to stop me from liking them, I'm just not interested in the upcoming sequels (except for Black Panther and Infinity War). I'll still watch Iron Man, Avengers, and Guardians and rejoice them with oohs, ahhs, and lols, but I want to give love to other franchises that I like; besides, with GOTG Vol. 2 being the only MCU film I want to watch this year, the next few months in this summer got stuff I'm up for (Wonder Woman, Transformers 5, and even Cars 3 have my attention!)
  14. Lol Hanna Barbera verse. And I respect your opinion on the MCU, but for me, most of it seems fairly average and unfortunately forgetable. I can't even remember the terrible Mandarin plot from Iron Man 3. And the most recent movie I saw was Rise of the Silver Surfer. Not too shabby, really like the Super-Skrull homage Johnny Storm did to stop Doom at the end.
  15. This review has some mild spoilers. I saw GotG Vol. 2, felt disappointed by it, sure the cast is still good along with Baby Groot (though I'd roll my eyes if I hear some fangirls on podcasts pretending to like the movie saying that he's so cute they got a plushie of him), and the action is really solid, but I have several problems with it, mainly regarding how some of the dynamics with the newer caharacters are less sharp than before, along with how Peter Quill's dad ends up pulling a La Magra beast on us (the La Magra beast was from the 1998 Blade movie, where in an alternate deleted scene Deacon Frost becomes a whirlwind of blood and it was removed because the test audience liked Frost's actor Stephen Dorff so much (myself included, though I wasn't in the test audience lol) that the whirlwind took audiences out of the movie, making New Line Cinema change the fight into a more simple but effective sword fight); when I say that, the father becomes a planet and I feel that it takes away from the performance of the man himself. Plus, I cringed that when Quill found out that his mom was killed, which was rather dramatic and more so than the forced revelation of Bucky killing Stark's parents in "Civil War", they make another stupid one liner about the dad being a Pac-Man ball or something. Really aggravating, and Disney should know that these kinds of jokes won't add anything on a revelation like this. It seems kind of unfortunate that Marvel Studios hasn't done their sequels right. The only one I feel was done right was The Winter Soldier. They might make millions at the theater, but I feel that maybe Disney and Marvel should tone down the amount of MCU stuff every now and then. I would make one or two movies per year, do an Avengers related movie in the next year, and take a break with a length that would depend on how much the budget is from the movies released. This would help sharpen up some of the more disappointing movies like Iron Man 3 and Thor 2. I'd also do sequels for a trilogy every 3 years, especially for the bigger budget movies, and make cheaper movies more often. I saw Screen Rant's page regarding what the MCU has to offer, and I feel that they forgot about the philosophy that less is more and jumped the shark with the bigger-is-better-no-matter-what-schtick that happens nowadays; tons of new Netflix shows and 3 more movies, yet Fox has the New Mutants and Dark Phoenix saga while Sony and Warner Brothers just have Venom and Aquaman. If Disney and Marvel did less movies within a year and took notes from previous Marvel sequels like X2: X-Men United and Spider-Man 2 while letting other companies feel more welcomed with making movies, I'd be glad to enjoy them more; besides, I'm a person that likes variety. Too much MCU and Star Wars is like too many cookies; sure they're sweet and really addictive, but the more you consume them the more you feel bloated, so I'm glad that I got to see movies like Hidden Figures, Logan, Split, Get Out, and Power Rangers, all of which I feel have a good form of variety like HF being based on a true story, Logan being less like your standard superhero movie and more like a strong western flick, and Power Rangers having a diverse cast unlike the Avengers. So Guardians of the Galaxy 2 is entertaining, and the cast members I feel are still awesome, yet it once again fails to make itself a good sequel to one of the biggest movies of 2014. I know a lot of people are really loving this giant franchise, but for me, until Infinity War is released, I think I'm done with the MCU (starting to feel the same with Star Wars). When Iron Man 2 was the only MCU movie of 2010 and was released 2 years after the first one, I was totally up for seeing it (even if it wasn't that good), but with the MCU fatigue, I feel more excited to see the final film in the series than another Spider-Man reboot or a movie with a character I have no connection with (especially when we barely see characters die, looking at Hawkeye and James Rhodes). Would I feel the same with X-Men, DC, and Transformers? I could, but at least X-Men doesn't do too many movies within a year (except for 2016) and does different things, DCEU is currently 4 years old so I won't comment on it too much, though I fear that after Justice League, some films might feel out of order and not as prevalent or important as others (I'm up for Affleck's/Reeves's Batman movie, Shazam!, and The Flash, but I'm not really excited for Gotham City Sirens, Nightwing, and Batgirl), and regardless of the criticisms of the live action Transformers movies, whether they're reasonable or filled with GEEWUN stupidity, that franchise isn't making a new movie every year, though I feel that after Age of Extinction, the franchise feels more like it's doing too much than it really needs to; I prefer the explosive military feel from the first three movies with a few teaspoons of lore from previous works over the Chinese audience pandering, medieval obsessed crap that the more recent movies are doing. When it comes to this year, I have planned on seeing movies like Wonder Woman, War for the Planet of the Apes, and even Cars 3, as their different themes and tones felt like the variety I want when it comes to watching movies (plus, Cars 3 looks like Pixar's redemption after making Cars 2).
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