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Where’s the Ninjitsu with These Mutant Turtles?

9 Aug

By Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest)

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The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are comic book heroes who had a lot of soul back when it first saw print. When creators Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird spent time working on their property, interest in their heroes in the half shell was high. The cartoon that evolved from it had a lot of spunk for kids to love, but it was its own beast since its light-hearted humour helped make the turtles pop culture icons. But for the original comics that was darker in tone, fatigue, creative differences and the need to move on by one of the artists caused the two to part ways.

Laird eventually sold the franchise rights to Nickelodeon, and what has evolved from it has become contentions between those who loved either the original comic book, one of the many cartoon series, role-playing games or live action films. The series changed from its gritty world to that of adventure and campy humour.

The current computer animated series successfully blends the two together. But with a film to reboot the theatrical series by producer Michael Bay and director Jonathan Liebesman, the latter pairing is the prerequisite choice. Their method of madness is to reinvigorate this realm with high-octane action in only a style Bay can emphasize — let’s slow down the fast-moving sequences with hang time moments, include a villain who belongs more in a Transformers movie and toss all logic aside.

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Wind up Geek’s Five Must See Movies – August, 2014

7 Aug

Written by James Robert Shaw (The Wind up Geek)

Guardians_of_the_GalaxyWe’ve had not too bad of a summer as far as movies are concerned but to be quite frank, I expected more of a shake up at the box office rather than the stillness of low ticket sales. While I have enjoyed Tom Cruise’s Oblivion immensely, and have yet to see Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Transformers: Age of Extinction was a bit of a letdown. Although not as bad as Transformers: Dark of the Moon, it still couldn’t eclipse movies one or two. It is safe for me to say that the franchise has dried up here on Earth and if Michael Bay wants to save his next sequel, he should start thinking of setting the tale on the planet Cybertron, or at least deep space.

August will be the last hurrah before September quietly creeps in with nary a potential blockbuster. At this rate the Christmas film rush can’t come fast enough.

This month, we have four green amphibians ready to quick some shell, a group of experienced action heroes ready to blow things up just for old time’s sake, and a spaceship of losers who at first glance you’ll mistake for the Farscape crew (and goodness knows we are all waiting for a movie).

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Preparing for TMNT & Any Michael Bay Produced Film

6 Aug

By Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest)

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Watching a Michael Bay produced film is like watching a music video. He drowns audiences with flashy edits and loud bangs. When considering that is how this producer/director started in the entertainment industry, most people will find that his style has never evolved beyond the four-minute exploitative product and that is most likely why his recent works get panned a lot. He actually started making films fairly well. The Rock was actually a decent film that owed its debt to the dynamics that Sean Connery and Nicolas Cage had on screen more so than Bay’s direction. His break out film, Bad Boys, owed everything to the talent of Will Smith and Martin Lawrence.

Bay’s early films were decent wham bam thank you ma’am action flicks. And before the band Aqua files suit, the sexual allegations is less about the metaphors being made but more in what Bay believes is an ideal film. The reason his films are box office earners is simply because he’s a true believer that goes for what he sees in what can sell a film more than in what can earn a film a place in cinematic history. Even back in the golden age of cinema, the filmmakers were not making their movies with the knowledge that their products will get fondly remembered a century later.

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Michael Bay’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Release Pushed Back

16 Aug

By Ed Sum

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It’s too bad that Michael Bay’s version of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cannot be shelved. Instead, this movie is being pitted into a month where it has very little competition to worry about. This film is being shoved back to play in theaters August 12th, so there’s space between this film and Transformers 4, reported Deadline.

That works when the release date for the next film in the Transformers saga is set for June 27, 2014.

But there might be another reason: To find a slot where the turtles will not have to fight against other box office contenders for dollars is tough. Christmas week has The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and 47 Ronin to show movie-goers what Ben Stiller and Keanu Reeves have been up to lately, May 2014 will have the Amazing Spider-Man 2 going head-to-head with Godzilla, and the month of June will have Edge of Tomorrow (Tom Cruise) and How to Train Your Dragon 2.

Those are very tough odds the Turtles have to deal with.

But for fans with that morbid curiosity to see what Bay has done to fandom’s most beloved franchises of Transformers and TMNT, it will get shown. The only shame is that these films cannot head direct to video instead. His movies hardly merit the big screen treatment these days.