Michael Bay

Apocalypses Now

Hollywood action movies need to get over the end of the world

So who is green-lighting these end-of-the-world movies that just keep coming—Oblivion, After Earth, Star Trek Into Darkness, Olympus Has Fallen, White House Down, World War Z, Pacific Rim? Is it the triumvirate of David Stockman, Paul Krugman, and Kim Jong-un? I grant that Armageddon has been a recurring theme on screen.

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How the richness of technology led to the poverty of imagination in American film today.

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No, it's not another Michael Bay movie, but rather a new report from the Center for Science in the Public Interest on the (anti)nutritional content of movie theater popcorn: Regal medium popcorn -- 20 cups -- contains 1,200 calories, 60 grams of saturated fat, and 980 milligrams of sodium.

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Blogger Rob Bricken accomplishes the near-impossible: making Michael Bay's latest Transformers movie highly entertaining by providing a FAQ/summary of its countless idiocies. A sample: A lot was made of how Shia the Beef's hand injury was written into the film. How was this done?Well, sometimes Shia had a huge bandage on his hand, and sometimes he didn't. That doesn't sound "written in" at all.Well, no actual words are used to explain it. It might be more accurate to say it "shows up sometimes." --Christopher Orr

The new Transformers movie is two-and-a-half hours long. I'm going to write that sentence again, if I may, because it is a reality I find only slightly less confounding than I would the arrival on this planet of actual alien robots inclined to disguise themselves as backhoes and eighteen-wheelers: The new Transformers movie is two-and-a-half hours long. Who imagined that this would be a good idea? Director Michael Bay's enthusiasm for his sequel, the full title of which is Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, is perhaps comprehensible.

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