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Lucy arrived in cinemas this summer to much curiosity. With the exception of Michael Bay’s dystopic sci-fi action thriller The Island, Scarlett Johansson’s acting profile had risen mainly on the basis of her roles in the drama genre, with Lost in Translation and The Girl with the Pearl Earring, and collaborations with Woody Allen such as Match Point and Vicky Christina Barcelona being among the most significant (until, of course, she donned the black catsuit and spoke Russian as Natasha Romanoff in Iron Man 2, at which point she could been known for nothing but being a crazy person who wore a toilet seat around her neck and still would have been received as if she was Katherine Hepburn reborn).
So, her sudden shift to more hardcore science fiction, first in Under the Skin (a movie about which some raved, while others had about as much grasp on »
- Rachel North
Ewan McGregor had no small task in taking over for Alec Guinness when he was cast as a younger Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menance. Regardless of his work in the film, the return of the franchise was met by rather tough criticism that continues long after the movie premiered. Well, McGregor has a response to those "fans"—though he calls them by another name. In an interview with Details, McGregor opened up about his limited interaction with Star Wars fans. The actor claims, in fact, that he doesn't have any experience with actual fans of the franchise, »
- Jonathon Dornbush
There once was a time when Michael Bay movies were regarded as a guilty pleasure, with the director himself standing for frivolous, flag-waving fun. The Rock and Armageddon certainly have seen better days than The Island and, most importantly, the Transformers series. Yet in this world full of Bay Haters, there are some who will still find kind words to say about the man who resurrected the Autobots and the Decepticons. One such person happens to be the most important Autobot of all... Optimus Prime. I recently sat down with the legendary Peter Cullen at a press event in Las Vegas, and had a chance to talk to him about the fact that Michael Bay was, again, stating that he's going to leave the series that he brought to the big screen in 2007. Most specifically, I asked if he would miss working with Bay if he means it this time. »
We've all heard of research showing that watching television results in a larger amount of snacking. Now, according to a new Cornell study, that snacking differs depending on what you're watching. Researchers randomly assigned 94 students to one of three tasks: watch excerpts from Michael Bay's "The Island" action film with sound, watch "The Island" with sound, or watch the interview program "The Charlie Rose Show." Each viewer was provided with large bowls of candy, cookies, vegetables and fruit to snack on. These bowls were weighed before and after viewings to measure the amount of each snack eaten. It turned out that participants who watched "The Island," both with and without sound, ate more than twice as much as those who watched "The Charlie Rose Show." The study claims that action movies cause viewers (men and women) to snack more. "We find that if you're watching an action movie while snacking, »
A recent research study suggests people will eat twice as much food while watching a fast-paced action flick than if they were watching a slow-moving talk show.
Researchers with the Cornell University Food and Brand Lab recruited 94 undergraduate students to watch 20 minutes of television in a group setting. Students were all given easy access to generous amounts of snacks while they watched.
One third of the students watched Michael Bay's 2005 action film "The Island", one third watched 20 minutes of the same film with no sound on, and the final third watched 20 minutes of the PBS talk show "Charlie Rose." The results, published in Jama Internal Medicine this week, made it pretty clear.
The students who watched "The Island" (with sound on) ate 98% more food and consumed 65% more calories than the "Charlie Rose" group. The students who watched "The Island" (with sound off) ate 36% more food and 46% more calories than the "Charlie Rose" group. »
- Garth Franklin
Michael Bay‘s movies are the cinematic equivalent of junk food, and now science suggests they may be leading us to eat more actual junk food. In a recent study, researchers found that people ate twice as much while watching Bay’s The Island as they did while viewing its polar opposite, the PBS talk show Charlie Rose. Find […]
The post Michael Bay Movies Are Making You Fat (According to One Study) appeared first on /Film. »
- Angie Han
Proving once and for all that listening to movie critics is good for your health, a scientific study conducted by reputed scientists and reputable science-place Cornell University has concluded that watching a Michael Bay movie inspires bad eating habits.
According to the Los Angeles Times, the Cornell University Food and Brand Lab conducted an experiment with 94 college students. A third of the group had to watch 20 minutes of The Island, a 2005 Puma infomercial directed by “Got Milk” auteur Michael Bay. Another third of the group watched the same 20 minutes, but without the sound on. The third and luckiest group watched 20 minutes of Charlie Rose, »
- Darren Franich
It has to be said, there is just too much Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci in Hollywood right now. In the last ten years these two were in some way (if not wholly) responsible for the screenplays for The Island, The Legend of Zorro, Transformers, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Cowboys & Aliens, Star Trek Into Darkness and The Amazing Spider-Man 2. The bright spots along the way, in my opinion, were Mission: Impossible III and Star Trek, both films I would just as soon give credit to director J.J. Abrams before these two. Now Kurtzman is handling the Spider-Man spin-off Venom as well as a Mummy remake at Universal, Orci has been given the keys to Star Trek 3 and while the two have gone their separate ways in terms of their solo careers they're getting the band back together with Brian Grazer's Imagine Entertainment to produce and »
- Brad Brevet
Today’s film is the 2002 short Heroes. The film is directed by Johnathon Schaech, who co-wrote the screenplay with Richard Chizmar. Schaech also stars in the short alongside Cameron Thor, Christina Applegate, and Djimon Hounsou. Hounsou has made a name for himself over the course of his career with roles in movies such as In America, Constantine, The Island, and Blood Diamond. His newest feature, titled Guardians of the Galaxy, opened in wide released in American theatres this weekend.
- Deepayan Sengupta
“With an ever-growing, worldwide fan base, Michael is truly one of the most inspired and beloved filmmakers of our time,” said Brad Grey, Chairman and CEO. “We take great pride in the fact that Michael is part of the Paramount family and we look forward to growing our productive and successful partnership.”
Bay directed and produced the “Transformers” films, “Pain and Gain,” the “Bad Boys” films, “The Island,” “The Rock,” “Pearl Harbor” and “Armageddon.” The four “Transformers” have grossed over $3.7 billion worldwide.
“Transformers: Age of Extinction” has grossed $967 million worldwide, making it the top grosser of this year.
- Dave McNary
Don’t women already have enough to think about in their lives?
Based off the short film “Piece A’ Cake,” “Audrey is a funny female-drive comedy that takes us in real-time over an hour and half of a young woman’s day as she waits and waits and waits in a restaurant for a man to arrive for their critical third date. As time ticks away and Gene is nowhere to be found, Audrey is swept up through her life as her insecurities and inner demons wreak havoc on her. Forced to face her deepest fears by circumstance — both real and hilariously unreal —Audrey finds the strength and courage she never imagined she had.
The film stars Sybil Darrow (“The Cavern,” “The Sweetest Thing”), Ed Quinn (“The Caller,” “ True Blood”), Charles Shaughnessy (“The Nanny,” “Days Of Our Lives”), Jonathan Chase (“Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas,” “Eagle Eye”), Helena Mattsson (“Seven Psychopaths, »
- Gig Patta
Chances are, if you hear the name Michael Bay, you will probably think of a combination of words including 'crap', 'explosions', 'lame' or 'silly hair'.
The big budget filmmaker has risen in the ranks over the past couple of decades to become one of the highest grossing director of all time (sitting alongside Steven Spielberg, James Cameron and company). Clearly, his films are hugely popular. So why all the hate?
Despite the continued box office success, Bay's films are more often than not critically panned, and it's not often that you'll hear people owning up to be a fan, but are his films as bad as everyone makes out?
Several critics, including Film Comment editor Scott Foundas, have labelled Bay as an auteur of his chosen art form. When you watch a Bay movie, you know you're watching a Bay movie. He has his own clear visual style, and that's »
One of my busier movie watching weeks this year with seven movies to the credit of the last seven days, which includes Transformers for the sake of our audio commentary and Michael Bay's The Island for an article ranking Bay's films which became a journal entry instead, since I couldn't find reason to talk about most of his films until yesterday's editorial. I also watched a new Zatoichi film in Zatoichi and the One Armed Swordsman, which I enjoyed, then, of course, Transformers: Age of Extinction (my review). This weekend I ended up watching Werner Herzog's Stroszek, Lars von Trier's Nymphomaniac Volume I and II and the new Roger Ebert documentary Life Itself, all of which I'll be writing much more about soon enough, if not all this week. Coming this week I'll be catching screenings of Tammy and Deliver Us from Evil, the latter of which »
- Brad Brevet
Michael Bay's Transformers: Age of Extinction is a film that continues to confound. As I said in my review it's unlike anything I've seen before and in browsing through some of the film's reviews I can't say I'm a fan of the dismissive approach some have taken in evaluating this behemoth. Take, for example, David Edelstein's review where he describes the script as "incoherent" and then seems to coherently describe everything that happens in the film for the next four paragraphs before saying the film is "basically a shambles". Pardonc But when I came to Richard Corliss's review at Time I found an interesting line in which he seems to have meant as a negative, but I think he's closer to getting at a greater truth than he may realize when he writes, "The final half-hour devolves into a kind of Abstract Expressionist chaos, with commercials." To say »
- Brad Brevet
I was going to write a post ranking the films of Michael Bay, but I couldn't muster the energy or excitement. I would have spent the entire post attempting to justify my decisions for whatever reason or another and justifying why I consider Armageddon to be better than Bad Boys or The Island seemed no better a proposition than punching myself in the face. However, had I ranked them it would have gone like this... restrict paid="true" Armageddon Bad Boys The Rock Bad Boys II Transformers: Age of Extinction Transformers: Dark of the Moon The Island Transformers Pain & Gain Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen Pearl Harbor I know I've said in the recent past, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen is better than Transformers, but after re-watching Transformers recently I'm convinced that was just me approaching Revenge of the Fallen with expectations it would be terrible. That said, I have »
- Brad Brevet
Michael Bay – excuse me, the proper title is 2-time Criterion Collection released Michael Bay – is like the Kenny Powers of directors. He favors excess and showboating over all forms of thoughtful nuance and subtlety, he isn’t afraid to sell himself out and abandon critical respectability for money and fame, and he doesn’t give a single care to what you think about him. This weekend will see the release of his 4th Transformers movie with Transformers: Age of Extinction. My question is why is Michael Bay still making these films? Believe it or not, Michael Bay actually can do better.
Nobody glorifies America in their films more than Michael Bay does. If Michael Bay could drape himself in an American flag at all times he probably would. Michael Bay is freedom in all caps. Freedom. He’s practically a propaganda filmmaker working at a blockbuster budget level. What Leni »
- Dylan Griffin
This evening I will be sitting down with Michael Bay's Transformers: Age of Extinction. As a member of the press you must show up about 45 minutes before the film starts, which means I'm looking at being in the the theater for about three hours and 30 minutes as a result of this latest bout of Bayhem. No problem, and I would say last night I was actually looking forward to seeing the movie, if only a little bit. Then I watched Bay's The Island as I'm... restrict paid="true" ...preparing to do a ranking of Bay's films for tomorrow after seeing Age of Extinction and I currently feel as if I'll have to treat the first three Transformers films as one as I don't have any plans to rewatch Revenge of the Fallen or Dark of the Moon again, that would mean nearly another five hours just to learn... whatc »
- Brad Brevet
The relationship we have with film is a bit of a rollercoaster, perhaps for me more than a general audience member given the number of films I see, but nevertheless, I think we can all admit to falling into a rut at times. For general audience members, however, you can step away from the weekly noise of the new releases and just sit back with a favorite TV show or an old favorite and find your groove once again until the next new release piques your interest. For me, I'm constantly trying to find that great new movie that I haven't seen as well as watching the occasional favorite I've seen before, or finding the time to completely invest in a television show I enjoy, such as was the case last week with "Hannibal" (speaking of I have a treat for you at the end of this post). Last week, »
- Brad Brevet
They're talented, individual, but could, possibly, do with a bit of editorial guidance. Could these directors use a boss, we wonder?
In truth, we're a bit frightened about this one. Several times in pub/coffee shop/cider drinking in the park conversations, we've chatted about film directors who perhaps have got too powerful, that they seem to be able to get their own way without having someone to call bullshit on them - be it a good boss, or a very good friend that they trust and listen to.
This can be a very good thing. After all, we want film directors to be free to tell their stories. We don't want studio suits calling the shots. And some directors use their independence wondefully well, without losing what bought it to them in the first place (so, Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, Christopher Nolan, Robert Zemeckis and such like).
Michael Bay's all-action Logan's Run-around stars Ewan McGregor and Scarlett Johansson as Lincoln Six Echo and Jordan Two Delta, two residents of a strange, sterile facility that takes intense care of its inhabitants. Apparently they are the last surviving humans after a contamination wiped out civilisation. Their only escape is to win the daily lottery, in which one inmate is whisked off to a paradise known as The Island. »
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