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Early Buzz: ‘Transformers: Dark of the Moon’

27 June 2011 7:00 AM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

[1] Michael Bay's Transformers: Dark of the Moon premiered this week at the Moscow Film Festival, and the first reviews have begun to appear online. What did people think of the film? Was it better than Revenge of the Fallen? Does it surpass the first film? Is this the first live-action film worth seeing in 3D since Avatar? I've compiled links to the first wave of reviews, and printed excerpts after the jump. Harry Knowles on AICN [2]: "Transformers: Dark Of The Moon is simply the best film of the franchise – by a great deal." .... "this film is astonishing to watch in 3D.   Easily the best 3D since Avatar - and in many respects I think it is superior." ... "Personally, I'm looking forward to checking out the 3D again - that last hour is just jaw-dropping." ... "After I saw the film, my brain felt tired.   Not from great thoughts, but »

- Peter Sciretta

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Read Michael Bay’s Projectionist Plea For ‘Transformers: Dark of the Moon,’ But Will It Deliver?

26 June 2011 11:45 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

The internet was abuzz last week when Michael Bay took it upon himself to coerce and instruct projectionists to present his blockbuster baby Transformers: Dark of the Moon in the highest brightness possible. The director and his crew seem to be spewing every chance about its technical merits. Its star Shia Labeouf (who is known for saying whatever audiences want to hear) told the La Times that “it’s the greatest 3-D film ever made.” Is he lying or could this be true after the abysmal Revenge of the Fallen?

The review embargo lifts tomorrow (when I’ll be seeing it), but I’ve rounded up any impressions I could get my hands on below. Deadline also has the actual letter Bay sent to projectionists. Check it out below, followed by impressions of the film.

Before we get to those reviews and impressions, Michael Bay has also posted a letter »

- Jordan Raup

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