Michael Bay

‘Trans4fers’ and Crazy Christians Lead Razzie Noms

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It was a great day for Michael Bay! That is if getting an award nomination regardless of the implications of said award is cause for celebration. Still, seven nominations is nothing to sneeze at, and Transformers: Age of Extinction is the most honored movie of the year for the 35th Annual Golden Raspberry Awards. Compounding the laurels (darts) for Bay is that his Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie, which he co-produced, received five nominations including the coveted Worst Picture trophy. Other top nominees include Saving Christmas and The Legend of Hercules, which received six nominations, but it seems that the Razzies are also losing some of their vitriol in the second half of its fourth decade as, for the first time this year, their giving out an award for coming back after multiple Razzie nominations and/or wins. This year’s Worst of the Worst is compiled below. (more…)

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It’s no surprise to many that the rebooted Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie produced by Michael Bay is showing up on a lot of this year’s Worst Movies of the Year lists. That won’t stop its sequel from hitting theater screens in 2016 though, in fact I doubt even a successful hacking threat would stop Bay and company from continuing to perpetrate their own brand of Theatrical Terrorism on the movie going public. In case you needed some proof to back you up when discussing how bad this movie is, Screen Junkies Honest Trailers has done all the leg work for you’ll need in the video below. (more…)

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Coming off the back of a cumulative worldwide total of just over a billion dollars, fuelled by the predictable ‘ending-that-screams-out-sequel’ fare, we were all expecting the announcement of a sequel to the critically panned, Transformers: Age of Extinction. It came as no surprise Paramount fast-tracked the follow-up to the Box Office behemoth, adding in a tentative 2016 release date for good measure. The business model is sound: you keep lapping up the goods; we’ll keep producing the material –  in other words, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. However, a few questions still remain… and one of the big ‘uns is whether Michael Bay is returning to direct the follow-up. (more…)

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You ever notice these days that when you are watching a movie the dialogue seems way too low in comparison to the soundtrack and special effects? It’s like the sound engineer has failed to stick a compressor on the audio, it’s categorically annoying (similar – if not worse – than a baby crying in the near vicinity of your personal sonic space on a two hour flight), and it is becoming ever more popular within the film industry. It started off as a Bay-ism, were one would find themselves either becoming a manual compressor with the power of the remote control, turning it up at the talky dialogue based parts, only to turn it back down when the action kicked pack in – we find ourselves sitting in our homes behaving like automated oscillators. There is also the subtitle option, which is quite handy if one decides to sit and watch a movie in the small dark hours of the night. Then there is the headphone option – that’s when s**t just starts getting crazy. Well, you catch my drift; it’s a problem, and it’s goddam annoying (goddam you Michael Bay, why you gotta go ruin everything…). (more…)

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You’ve probably heard that a lot of the films released over the weekend tanked big time at the box office. Frank Miller‘s Sin City followup being the costliest of the weekend opening floppers. Those box office results are interesting, but what really ices my cupcake, marshmallow’s my Hot Chocolate, and Baby Powders my tushie is that James Gunn‘s Guardians of the Galaxy is back in the number one spot!  (more…)

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After all of the negative reviews and general smack talking, moviegoers proved Megan Fox right this past weekend by making Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles the #1 movie in America.  Some people loved it, some people hated it, others loved to hate it, but no matter how it adds up, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 (The Secret Of Megan Fox’s Career?) is on the way.  The June 3, 2016, release is sure to draw more ire from the online community that seems determined to chip away at producer Michael Bay’s career bit by bit, but for those with an open mind, the question that remains is where the sequel could go without rehashing material we have already seen throughout 5 motion pictures and several television series’.  Looks like we may have an answer. (more…)

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Michael Bay is almost universally hated, if you believe everything you read online (but choose to ignore the box office receipts).  His movies, such as those in the Transformers franchise, are always released against horrible reviews and there are many a fanboy who has credited Bay for destroying the memories of their childhood.  Thanks to a new quote from USA Today, these fanboys may have a reason to celebrate today. (more…)

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So you set out to make a documentary called Turtle Power: The Definitive History of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, where do you begin? For director Randall Lobb and a small film crew from rural Ontario, it was a phone call to the CEO of Mirage and a five year journey to get from the idea to make a doc about the history of TMNT to releasing it. Now, in time for both the 30th anniversary of the franchise and the recently released film from producer Michael Bay, Lobb and Co.’s five year odyssey through Ninja Turtles lore is ready to be seen. Recently, Nerd Bastards got the chance to talk with Lobb about how they tracked down all the players, how it all came together, and why even people who aren’t Turtle fans will find something to love in the documentary. (more…)

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Humanity’s understanding of reality was shattered when we received the news that a critically panned, yet highly profitable cinematic adaptation of a cartoon/toy line from the 1980s would get a sequel. Confused, panicked civilians took to the streets, looting and rioting as they screamed “WHY???” and asked what kind of God could allow this… (more…)

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There are some people who are just born haters.  No matter what a studio does with a property that these people have a fondness for, there will be plenty of internet bashing and general nastiness towards the reboot for even considering messing with their childhood memories.  The problem with this is that, unfortunately, many of the properties that these people complain about are being viewed through a rearview mirror made of hazy rose colored glass and really weren’t that great to begin with.  As a filmmaker, balancing between an updated mythos while keeping those haters pleased while appealing to a whole new audience is a very tough act and one that is rarely, if ever, accomplished.  Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the Platinum Dunes flick that hits theaters this Friday, is one of those movies.  So, how did the filmmakers attempt to pull off this act? (more…)