This movie isn’t very good. It’s certainly a step above ROTF, but that’s not hard. I’ve seen lots of movies that were better than ROTF. There’s still too much human bullshit (and I’ll get to that in a bit) and there still aren’t enough robots. I’m not asking for a fantastic script from my robot movie, I’m asking for competence. I was not given competence. And to address the “BAAAW IT’S A TRANSFORMERS MOVIE WHAT DID YOU EXPECT” people, I don’t think a movie being about giant alien robots beating each other up has to inherently be this stupid. It should be simple. The first movie was simple. The plot to that one was “THIS GUY IS EVIL AND HE WANTS THIS CUBE”.
You may have heard about Ted Nugent's recent opinion piece in The Washington Times titled "Millenials Sleep as Their Future Crumbles"
If you haven’t, why not? Colbert talked about it, dammit. Anyways, the basic gist of the piece (Which you can read here.) is that today’s younger generation is “terminally stoned” and isn’t active in political demonstrations like “his” generation. Of course, I myself am psrt of this younger generation, and most of you probably are too.
You probably have a couple of questions about this. First, who the fuck is Ted Nugent and why is he talking to us? This is Ted Nugent:
He made music in the 70s and 80s. He may still today, I dunno. He basically hasn’t been relevant in years other than when he spouts some new stupid right wing, tea party bullshit. And he was born in 1948, because if anyone knows young people, it’s a 62 year old washed up musician. In any case, the second question is, probably “What the fuck is this dud talking about?”
To answer that, I think you have to read between the lines of what he wrote. What he’s REALLY asking is why there aren’t more young people in the tea party. The answer to that is simple. Because we realize that tea party stuff is shit and goes against much of what we believe.
To address his allegations that we aren’t politically active, or hold demonstrations, well, we are. It’s just not for stuff he believes in. Things like:
Ending pointless wars
Saving the environment
And, of course, restoring sanity (See what I did there?)
And plenty of other things we believe in. What things do Ted and others with similar views support?
War and death
And not paying taxes
But that’s not all that’s wrong with Nugent’s claims. First, his assertion that his generation is so much better because they protested. Except that, in the SAME piece he says he DIDN’T protest. What a wonderful example of “Do as I say, not as I do”. He also implies that his generation wasn’t too busy getting high to go out and make a difference, while we are. Has Ted never heard of hippies?
So, yeah. Not only is Ted way off, he’s a fucking hypocrite. I’d like to end this with a personal message, just for him.
Ted, your music is an enormous load of shit, and so are you.
Newsarama has an interview with Tony Bedard about the new Blue Beetle title and it is probably the best interview I’ve read to date from a creator in the DCnU. Of course, since it is about Blue Beetle, it probably helps.
Here’s a few sound bites:
Nrama: The character Blue Beetle is often associated with a more humorous take, with Jaime Reyes in particular having a sarcastic bent. What kind of tone are you looking to establish in this book?
Bedard: I want to keep Jaime’s snarky sense of humor and the fun banter between him, Paco and Brenda. Jaime’s sense of humor is his most endearing attribute. It’s also his main defense mechanism (at least, until he gets the armor). But we’ll also raise the conflict level, the sense of real danger, and the obstacles Jaime faces. Gaining the armor means that everyone around him is in danger and that if he isn’t careful, Jaime might wind up effectively ending the human race. With great power comes one crazy, dangerous situation after another. This book will be fun with serious consequences.
Nrama: What can you say about the threats posed in this book? Jaime’s connection to the Reach implies big, global-level action (and perhaps beyond), but I’m guessing Jaime will also be facing things on a more intimate level as well.
Bedard: We’ll add others to Jaime’s “rogues gallery” as the series progresses, but the Reach will be a major cosmic adversary while El Paso’s crime boss La Dama will pose an entirely different threat at home. Others will come trying to sieze the power of the scarab, Green Lanterns will instantly register the Blue Beetle as a threat, and Jaime will always be trying to rein in the scarab, whose standard reaction to any foe is deadly force. And in the midst of all this, Jaime wouldn’t mind landing his first kiss, a date to the school dance, etc.
Nrama: And surely there will be lots of action going on, but can readers also expect to see a healthy amount of checking in with Jaime’s school and family life — both important parts of the character?
Bedard: Yeah, school and family pretty much define your teen years, so they’ll be a huge part of Jaime’s story.
and, my favorite,
Go give it a read. Okay DC, I’m on to your game. You’re trying to wear me down with this so I don’t dropkick you this September.
As horrible as most of the DC rebootpocalypse sounds, I am looking forward to this. Jaime Reye’s is one of the best characters DC has created, and his original series was great.
Once again proving that American moviegoers will watch just about anything,Transformers: Dark Of The Moon pulled $37.3 million in its opening day, which is the highest one-day haul of 2011.
In even more distressing news, this movie has pulled a large number of 3D viewers as well, which will encourage executive producers to demand movies already in production in 2D scan it into 3D in post-production. Rumors abound that Larry Crowne will be releasing a 3D version next month, where Julia Roberts’ mouth can completely engulf your head.
Hitfix called it “easily the best in the series,” which is the very definition of “damning with faint praise.”
Shia LeBeouf does not intend on returning for another installment, but claims he wants to work with Michael Bay, which I suppose is true, in the sense that he likes money and the things they buy, and the bare minimum of effort he has to provide in order to acquire that money. I have nothing bad to say about him. He also banged Megan Fox. Good job, buddy.