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July 4th, 2011

Transformers: Dark of the Moon

 


Starring: Shia LeBeouf, Rosey Huntington-Whiteley, Patrick Dempsey, Josh Duhamel, John Turturro, Leonard Nimoy, Alan Tyduk, Francis MacDormand, John Malkovich, Ken Jeong, Buzz Aldrin, and more...

 

Directed by: Michael Bay Written by: Ehren Kruger Original Music by: Steve Jablonky Cinematography by: Amir Mokri

 

Premise: Now that he's graduated from college, Sam Witwicky finds that even with a medal from the president, jobs are hard to get and that he's been shut out from all things Autobot as if he'd not had anything to do with saving the world. At the same time, secrets, previously only known by a chosen few, surface regarding a crash landing on the moon back in 1961.

 

Review:  Yes! YES! *fist pumping ensues!*  After the pretty yet dismal story/believability of the second Transformers film, this third attempt pays off and pays off BIG!

 

There's tons to love about this one. Just about everyone is back! Yes, we did lose Megan Fox, but we gained Rosie Huntington-Whiteley.  Another pretty face to be sure, but her character has definite skills and loads of moxie. Her character is more than just decoration, she makes a difference.  Hooray! And more than just the girls scream like little girls in the movie! Double hooray! (heh heh)

 

The CGI and cinematography are outstanding! Some really nice work incorporating original 1961 and 1969 footage with new stuff in order to set up one of the coolest and scarily fitting coverups ever! It got even better when they later bring in the real thing, like Buzz Aldrin, who admit to the conspiracy of silence later on. Sweet! 

 

Tons of Tranformer change sequences, many slowed down so you can actually see the parts folding, molding, etc.  There was a lot of great use of slow motion scenes. The skydiver unit falling past fiery helicopters was breath taking. Awesome combat sequences. Moon shots. Explosions. And the highway scene where Decepticons are flipping cars - the amount of work that went into making it all seem real totally worth it as it was fabulous!

 

With Leonard Nimoy in the cast as Sentinel Prime they went in-joke happy. Listen closely to Bumble Bee and Sentinel for familiar lines out of Star Trek. Too cute! And the twist to one of them was precious. (But they're in there in such a way that they work even if you don't know they're there. Nice!)

 

Alan Tyduk was a fun addition to the cast making a nice foil to John Turturro's wackiness.  Ken Jeong was hilarious! So while this was a darker, more grim Transformers movie, it also had many light moments. 

 

Plot was tighter, better, and almost makes up for Transformers 2. :P  Though there were still a spot or two where things didn't quite add up - unexpected departure of Decepticons at end with no reason (you'll see), how a line of super shiny cars can't be seen from the air, and a couple of spots where the humans should have been squishy. Will give them this though, on a couple of those, at least the person was hurt and didn't come through intact, so some modicum of believability was attempted.  And there weren't many, which was great.

 

Everyone is out for blood on this one. Casualties on the side of the machines and humans - no mercy. So this is definitely not a film for young kids.  A warning just in case.

 

Have to keep your eyes and ears peeled! There's several pieces of plot or information that sets off other actions that if you blink you'll miss, which will make other things not seem to make sense - but they were covered.  One particular bit is something Carly witnesses, which she is smart enough to make use of later, but far enough down the road that with so much going on, viewers might forget. (There's one with Bruce Brazos though that made it seem something was lost on the cutting room floor - luckily that one was not critical.)

 

If you can afford it, definitely see it in IMAX 3D. CGI was made for IMAX 3D. Just so much sharper and transitions less blurry than Real 3D. Just watching the trailer in 2D, Real 3D, and IMAX 3D said all that needed to be said as to what was the best choice for me. :)

 

So for a fun SF romp with bots, battles, space, shape shifting machines, greed, betrayal, and more - go check this one out!  You won't be sorry!

 

Rating: 4.5 out of 5! (Hubby's Rating - Would Pay Full Price To See It Again)
Gloria Oliver
Unveiling the Fantastic
www.gloriaoliver.com

Mind Sieve 7/4/11

More links than you can shake a stick at! Heh

 

Also, Happy 4th of July!  Yay for Independence!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FanOfMovies shared a link from TotalFilms for an article with the first images of Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins for the film The Hobbit!

 

FanOfMovies also shared the third preview trailer for Cowboys vs Aliens. (Dying to see this movie!!)

 

 

From AJ Walker is this cool post on old ways to keep the spirits out of your home on Medieval Mondays.

 

Shared by Torbooks - Game of Thrones Muppets. Too cute! And so EVIL!

 

Jami Gold shared this fun quiz by Angela Scott to determine if You're A "Real" Writer. Very cute.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kristen Lamb talks about Blogging in Themes. Weirdly enough my author tagline can also be my theme! Unveiling the Fantastic!  YES!

 

Jody Hedlund tries to break down How Much Time Writers Should Devote to Social Media. Sadly my ratios are totally out of whack. :(

 

EduClaytion shared a post on 3 Keys to Managing Your Life.Hah! Like that's ever gonna happen. Hee!

 

Jami Gold shared a post by GalleyCat on 5 Twitter Profile Mistakes Writers Should Avoid. Hah! I only missed #4. :P

 

Tony Eldrige shared a resource - Open Clip Art Library! Now I just need to make time to go troll what they have. lol.

 

Jason Boog gives us some goss on Google + and Authors. Could be very interesting!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nathan Bransford shares 5 Openings to Avoid for your novel. (Hah! He didn't have "It was a dark and stormy night. :P)

 

Kathy Sullivan discusses POV at the Obscure YA Author's blog.

 

Kristen Lamb talks about Failure - the Forge of Excellence

 

Jami Gold shared a link to a post by Sue Ellen about 10 Things I've Learned About Writing by Walking My Dog.  Nice list. Lots of wisdom in there. :) (And cute doggie pics!)

 

Another blog post shared by Jami Gold from Jill Kemerer - Minor Adjustments for Major Impacts. Great post as these are great points!

 

Chuck Wendig shares 25 Things You Should Know About Revising and Rewriting. (NSFW!) Much wisdom amidst colorful language as usual. :P

 

Janice Hardy talks to us about Crafting Subplots. Definitely things to keep in mind. I always have a second document to track peeps, chapters, items. Must maintain control! Bwahahahaha

 

Kristen Lamb talks about Developing Your Unique Writing Voice (and Boundaries!). Some good stuff in here.

 

Strangling Mermaids - where Chuck Wendig explodes some more writing myths. (NSFW)

 

 

Okay, that should do it for another filter week. Have a great one!  And Happy 4th!

Gloria Oliver
Unveiling the Fantastic
www.gloriaoliver.com

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"What are you implying?"

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THE PRICE OF MERCY

(2011) Young Adult – Fantasy

Which is worse…the monster without or within?


Excerpt:

Home—family—the two things he would never have, the two things forever denied him…because of her.

Anger welled inside him, the heat of it suffusing him to the core, gurgling with seething emotions the total opposite of the coolness splashing down from the fountain nearby. Before he realized what he was doing, Jarrin stepped inside the gazebo.




CROSS-EYED DRAGON TROUBLES
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“Harry Potter meets Dragon Riders of Pern”

Excerpt:

“Do you need any help?” she asked. “Just tell me what you want me to do. If you prefer, I’m sure I can round up at least a few people to come over and give you a hand.”

Kel slowly shook his head. “It’s all right. Thanks anyway.” His voice lowered to where she almost couldn’t hear it. “This is all part of my punishment.’

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WILLING SACRIFICE
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“To save the world she must DIE! Or must she?”

Excerpt:

Panic and fear filled with utter helplessness made her dizzy. She knew what would be done with her, she knew what they planned. But there was nothing she could do to stop any of it.

Sharp gasps echoed in her ears as she felt the room’s cold air caress the Eye.

“You were right. She is the one.”



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“The Last Samurai meets Pirates of the Caribbean”

Excerpt:

Laying the blade on the floor before him, Toshi parted his kimono until his stomach lay exposed. He tucked his sleeves beneath his legs to hold him upright if he should falter. Ignoring Asano, he took up the blade. His shoulder flared with pain and he tried not to flinch, as he grabbed the blade with both hands. He turned the wakizashi until its sharp point was aimed at his belly, the residence of his soul.



VASSAL OF EL
(2004) Adult/YA – Fantasy Mystery
“He tried to forget his past, but his past wouldn’t forget him”

Excerpt:

Torren took a step back a sudden shudder racking through him. It was as if he’d never left, as if the boy he’d been would be coming back-though the one who’d loved this room and all these things was long, long dead. That boy died when he’d watched his father’s blood pour forth from his mouth, the end of a sword protruding from his abdomen. That boy died when he survived while everyone else lay dead.

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