omg movies: the 80s-tastic version

But more importantly…

I also saw the original, 1986, animated Transformers movie. And, rather surprisingly, it did not suck. In fact, I would say that it was better than the Michael Bay version. From here on out, there will probably be some spoilers, but, uh, I think a 20 year bumper is more than generous.

It was like a glorious celebration of 80s awesome! There was extraordinarily cheesy (and slighty inappropriately upbeat) pseudo-rock a la Foreigner, there was a WEIRD AL YANKOVIC SONG (Dare to Be Stupid, in case you were wondering), and there were hoverboards (seeing as the film is set in that far-distant year, 2005!). It featured the voice talents of Leonard Nimoy, Eric Idle (!), Robert Stack, Judd Nelson, and, in his last feature film prior to his death…Orson Welles. So really it should have quite a lot of cred. My friend from work that I watched it with and I were often fairly confused and had to keep pausing it to ask her fiance questions, such as ‘Why does he transform into a gun when he has a gun?’, ‘Is he like a half-man, half-Transformer?’ (no, he wasn’t, it was just a suit), and ‘Why is he choking him? Do they breathe or…’  The biggest surprise, I think, was the Optimus Prime dies really early on and so do, what her fiance tells us, were really main characters in the cartoon. Now, I think this shows a lot of sophistication on the part of the filmmakers and I really liked that they didn’t just pander to their audience. Again, I like it when things have real consequences. I was just disappointed because I thought Optimus Prime’s death was like the whole centerpoint of the film, this great emotional climax towards which everything was headed. But it turned out it wasn’t.

But. The best part was that there are…wait for it…DINOBOTS! Oh. My god. I can’t even begin to tell you how AWESOME they were. They’re SO CUTE! They talk kind of funny and they just sort of lumber around like giant robot cows or something and all they really want to do is listen to the sort of old-timey Autobot TELL THEM STORIES! Okay, they’re war stories, but still, they honestly say things like ‘Me Grimlock want to hear Kup’s war stories!’ And then they want him to GET TO THE GOOD PART!


So all in all, not as big a waste of time as I thought it might be. 😉

omg movies!

Well, first off, I saw the Simpsons movie yesterday. Best. Simpsons. Movie. EVAR! Yes, I also know that it’s the only Simpsons movie, but it is really great. The last couple of seasons, I don’t think they’ve been up to their normal standards and now, after having seen the movie, I think it’s probably because they were focusing most, if not all, of their creative genius (!) on the movie. And it was genius well spent. It is funny, it is sweet (in their own Simpsons way), but more importantly? IT IS FUNNY! Very good. Go see it. Unless you’re not a Simpsons fan – you won’t understand anything. What you should do is rent/borrow/buy season 1 and just start there. Work your way through the 10 seasons that are available (out of 18 so far) and then go see the movie. It’ll totally be worth your time.

I promise.

eta: Oops, I forgot…Summer movie tally = 5-1-3. And I think that may be it…well, no, I guess August is still summer, so Stardust (which is looking to be a better movie than a book, but we’ll see) will be added to the summer movie tally eventually.