18 items from 2016
While these days he is to many people ‘the Transformers guy’ (or ‘the guy who ruined Transformers’ to the hardcore fans’), well before he was turning toys into movies (and let’s admit it, relying far too heavily on CGI) Michael Bay was the guy you turned to for over the top, explosion happy action movies. And he delivered exactly what you were looking for every time. Much like he proved with Pain & Gain, taking Bay away from giant robots who turn into vehicles sees the old him shine through, and while 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi isn’t entirely perfect, it does see the director doing what he does best. Trying his hand at real life military events after not entirely nailing it with Pearl Harbor, Bay brings to the screen the events of September 11th 2012, when an American embassy in Benghazi, Libya was attacked by militants born »
- email@example.com (Tom White)
Director Michael Bay checks nuance at the door for this politically slanted take on the 2012 Us compound attack in Libya
In a Wall Street Journal article entitled Hollywood Goes to Benghazi, former security contractor Mark Geist (whose real-life experiences partially inspired this film) recalls testing the seriousness with which ’splosions enthusiast Michael Bay intended to tell his story. Noting that “he always has a girl’s butt in every Transformers, Pearl Harbor, The Rock”, Geist jokingly suggested a moment in 13 Hours that might accommodate such a shot. But Bay’s mind was on higher things. “He’s like, ‘No, we’re not gonna do it’,” Geist told the WSJ. “That showed me how serious he was about this movie…”
The absence of gratuitous butt shots aside, 13 Hours is very much business as usual for Bay; a barrage of noisy and largely indecipherable action, most notable for an Adhd visual style »
- Mark Kermode, Observer film critic
I admire Michael Bay as a director, I really do. He is a filmmaker without guile, his images transparent in their vapid grandiloquence. The qualities and values of maximalism, crassness and jingoism that have consistently garnered mockery and acrimonious distain by many are not ones audiences are cleverly exposing, but most often are simply accurate characterizations of the attitudes such films as the two Bad Boys, Pearl Harbor, and his solely-helmed Transformers franchise directly espouse. It may be hard to imagine a film more gaudily self-evident in its values and the force of its aesthetics as the sprawling effects goliath and techno-anti-humanist Transformers: Age of Extinction, but in fact Bay’s most tidily budgeted and CGI free films of recent years, 2013’s true crime Pain & Gain and this year’s true war 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi are his most honest and perceptive, and, because of this, his best. »
- Daniel Kasman
We Got This Covered can exclusively report today that Golden Globe-nominated actor Tom Sizemore (Pearl Harbor, Black Hawk Down) has joined the cast of The Martyr Maker, an upcoming political thriller from Kamal Ahmed.
Not much is known about the project just yet, but Sizemore will co-star alongside Adeel Ahmed (who’s had guest spots on CBS’ Elementary and NBC’s Deception), who plays Zahid, “an American born Muslim who, after struggling with his Islamic roots, explores different aspects of the religion, leading to a deadly calling.”
Sizemore, meanwhile, will play the head of the CIA, though it’s unclear how the two characters will cross paths at this point. Still, it’s an intriguing premise and we’re eager to see how the film develops.
Set to shoot in the spring, there’s no release date just yet for The Martyr Maker, but with its two leading men now locked in, »
- Josh Wilding
13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi review: Michael Bay tells the true life story of the 2012 attack on a U.S. compound – and it’s actually pretty good. 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi review
It would be quite easy to dismiss Michael Bay‘s latest effort after the damp squibs that were the overblown Pain & Gain, most, if not all of the Transformers movies and, not forgetting, the awful Pearl Harbor – but 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi could just be his best film – yes, better than The Rock and Armageddon.
Okay, so we’re not measuring this up against much, as Bay has not had the best of luck when it comes to critical reception, but his films have grossed a combined amount of $5.7 billion worldwide. With 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi, Bay tells a true story about a group of six ex-miltary operatives who find themselves »
- Paul Heath
Michael Bay, emperor of the action blockbuster, king of the fireball, may demand that everything in his life be awesome. So why were the opening weekend grosses of "13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi" anything but awesome?
Here was Bay's biggest stab at seriousness since "Pearl Harbor" 15 years ago: a based-in-fact war drama about recent events, staged with the kind of movie mayhem that no one does better (or at least bigger and louder), with the bonus of being tied to a hot-button issue that has much of red-state America up in arms. Plus, it follows on the heels of other patriotic, pro-military hits released during January, like "Lone Survivor" and "American Sniper."
Yet, it came in fourth with an estimated $16.0 million, ranked behind "Ride Along 2." "13 Hours" came in behind modest projections of $18 to $20 million. It's the lowest opening for the "Transformers" franchise director since his sci-fi flop "The Island »
- Gary Susman
With Michael Bay’s 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi now out in U.S. cinemas, Screen Junkies has cast its eye back over the director’s first war movie, dropping an Honest Trailer for 2001’s Pearl Harbor starring Ben Affleck, Josh Hartnett and Kate Beckinsale. Check it out here…
See Also: Read our review of 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi
13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi is out now in the States and opens on January 29th in the UK, with a cast that includes James Badge Dale, John Krasinski, Max Martini, Toby Stephens, Pablo Schreiber, David Denman, Dominic Fumusa, Freddie Stroma, David Costabile and Alexia Barlier.
- Gary Collinson
13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi
Written by Chuck Hogan
Directed by Michael Bay
After the box-office success of Lone Survivor and American Sniper, the cottage industry of military themed January releases continues to go strong. Whereas those films came from Peter Berg and Clint Eastwood, directors known for taking a backseat to the material when it was called for, 2016’s entry, 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi, comes from a director with the least tact ever observed over a career. Early speculation around the film had it that 13 Hours would be Michael Bay’s most grown-up film, but those rumors were incorrect.
As the screen opens with the text “This is a true story,” Michael Bay wants viewers to know right away that 13 Hours is the truest account of the biggest news story of 2012. Pointed blame isn’t passed around openly (Clinton and Obama aren’t mentioned »
- Colin Biggs
“I feel like I’m in a f—ing horror movie,” a soldier murmurs as gunfire erupts around him, and his words turn out to be a pretty accurate assessment of Michael Bay’s noisy, nerve-frying account of the widely contested 2012 terrorist attacks that claimed four American lives in Benghazi, Libya. Taking a break from the cultural atrocities of the “Transformers” franchise with this half-successful bid for seriousness, Bay approaches his tinderbox of a subject pretty much the way you’d expect from Hollywood’s most aggressively pro-military director: Largely avoiding the political firestorm in favor of a harrowing minute-by-minute procedural, “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi” is an experiential tour de force but a contextual blur, a shrewdly dumb movie that captures, and perhaps too readily embraces, the extreme confusion of the events as they unfolded on the ground. Most of all, it’s a tribute to the brave U. »
- Justin Chang
Welcome to today's edition of Nerd Alert, where we have all the quirky, nerdy news that you crave in one convenient spot. What do we have in store for you on this wonderful Wednesday? We have a video that breaks down everything wrong with Pixels, an honest trailer for Michael Bay's Pearl Harbor and The Walking Dead star Ross Marquand shows off his celebrity impressions. But wait, there's more! The Revenant gets remixed with the classic computer game Oregon Trail and you can check out an incredible fan-made lightsaber. Sit back, relax and check out all that today's Nerd Alert has to offer.
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Adam Sandler returned to theaters this summer with Pixels, which wasn't quite the summer blockbuster he was hoping for, taking in $78 million domestic from an $88 million budget. Now that the summer action movie is available on home video formats, Cinema Sins has »
Poor Michael Bay. Rich Michael Bay, of course, but the director is such an easy target it sometimes seems unfair. It doesn't really seem unfair when it comes to "Pearl Harbor," though, and the 2001 Ben Affleck cheese-fest got itself roasted as the latest victim of Screen Junkies's Honest Trailers.
The "Pearl Harbor" honest trailer begins with a swipe at Bay's new movie, "13 Hours":
This three-hour super-'merican "fan fiction version of history" is mocked for its "stupid campy made-up love triangle," "wacky slapstick comedy," terrible Southern accents, and blatant attempt to rip-off the superior "Titanic."
The trailer acknowledges the film's cool battle scenes, and its Oscar for sound design, and actually hits a serious »
- Gina Carbone
Even Michael Bay‘s most passionate fans rarely stand by Pearl Harbor. There are people out there that like the movie, but, unlike with the Transformers movies, you rarely get called an idiot online for not being a fan of Bay’s 2001 epic. The film was new territory for the director, but it missed the mark, thanks to miscasting, some […]
- Jack Giroux
Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture: Parody Trailer of the Day: Vulture reworked the trailer for The Revenant so it's a trailer for an adaptation of the classic video game The Oregon Trail: Movie Takedown of the Day: In anticipation of Michael Bay's latest historical blockbuster, 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi, Honest Trailers drops bombs on Pearl Harbor: Cover Song of the Day: Through the magic of editing, watch characters from 183 movies cover Linkin Park's "In the End" (via Geek Tyrant): Movie Science of the Day: For Because Science, Kyle Hill explains why the movies are wrong about how things are "sucked" out into space from a hole in a...
- Christopher Campbell
This week, director Michael Bay is tackling a film unlike any other he's done before with 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi. While Bay has done many a film featuring military heroes (and even one that kinda-sorta tackled a real-world event with Pearl Harbor), this is his fist time adapting a military-themed film based on a factual account. Based on the book written by Mitchell Zuckoff and... Read More »
- Paul Shirey
Michael Bay.s Pearl Harbor movie seems to offer up some rather divided opinions. And by "divided opinions" I mean people either love the action, or they hate the whole film. It.s no surprise that there are plenty of ways to pick Pearl Harbor apart, and now the crew at Screen Junkies has taken advantage of that to full effect. Our favorite Screen Junkies posted this dead-on critique of Pearl Harbor on their YouTube page, and I have to say, they spared no ridiculous moment of the film from their keen sight. And, judging by the social media requests for this Honest Trailer, no one wanted them to. The trailer starts by discussing how Michael Bay used the film "to cash in on the loss of even more American lives" than his upcoming Benghazi film 13 Hours, and you know, they aren.t wrong. Even though, let.s be honest, »
“If you guys do not get here, we’re going to die.” – excerpt 13 Hours: The Inside Account of What Really Happened In Benghazi
On the night of September 11, 2012, four Americans lost their lives in Benghazi – Ambassador Christopher Stevens (U.S. Ambassador to Libya), Sean Smith (Information Management Officer, U.S. Foreign Service), Tyrone “Rone” Woods (Grs Operator for Annex Security Team in Benghazi), Glen “Bub” Doherty (Grs Operator in Tripoli, Libya – part of the Quick Reaction Force sent from Tripoli to Benghazi after the compound was under attack).
13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi, is based on the book 13 Hours: The Inside Account of What Really Happened in Benghazi, written by New York Times bestselling author Mitchell Zuckoff and co-authored by five members of the Annex Security Team, including Kris “Tanto” Paronto, John “Tig” Tiegen and Mark “Oz” Geist.
13 Hours tells the true account of the events of when Islamic militants attacked the U. »
- Michelle McCue
This weekend, Michael Bay addresses the longstanding Benghazi controversy with "13 Hours: The Secrets Soldiers Of Benghazi," which purports to tell the real story of the security team defending a U.S. embassy in Libya from a terrorist attack in 2012 (opponents of Hillary Clinton have persistently and ludicrously suggested that she was behind a conspiracy as such) with John Krasinki from "The Office" (rockin' a beard!) as one of the film's biggest stars. But this movie isn't the director's first stab at historical filmmaking. Back in 2001, he brought audiences the Ben Affleck starring "Pearl Harbor," and today Screen Junkies takes it to task with their latest Honest Trailer. Read More: The 100 Most Anticipated Films Of 2016 Mixing history, comedy and southern accents, Bay's three-hour bungle was savaged by critics, and it's probably not a surprise that his next movie was "Bad Boys II." Thus it's probably no surprise he'll follow '13 Hours'. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Director Michael Bay is set to debut his latest film, the fact-based military thriller 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi this Friday, but back in 2001 he put out another military thriller that mixed a little more fiction with a fact-based event. Yes, Pearl Harbor aka WWII Titanic, created a goofy love triangle with Ben Affleck, Kate Beckinsale, and Josh Hartnett amidst the infamous attack on Pearl... Read More »
- Paul Shirey
18 items from 2016
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