The Transformers cover band The Cybertronic Spree are known for performing the entire soundtrack to the 1986 animated film, The Transformers: The Movie as characters from the film. It’s a sight to behold. Their YouTube videos offer but a small glimpse of what their live act is all about (unfortunately these videos don’t capture their banter and zany antics as well as we’d like – but this fantastic food column about them does).
But now, in addition to offering covers of classic hair-metal 80s jams, the group has released its first original composition alongside a video that for once doesn’t feature live-action footage of a performance.
“Deceptifunk,” if the video is to be believed, was written by Decepticons Soundwave and Rumble (who happen to be members of the band and have seemingly no problem working with Autobots, Spike the human, a Quintesson, and Unicron). And it’s as deceptively catchy as the video is hilarious.
So it’s a song about Soundwave, by Soundwave, and in checking with G1 Transformers lore, the lyrics totally check out as legit. Enjoy!
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When news of an upcoming Criterion Collection release is announced, the hearts of cineastes beat a little faster. Although the distribution company has become legendary for their impeccable Blu-releases, they’ve been around since the days of VHS tapes. Criterion releases also include impeccable, award-winning special features, including audio commentaries, deleted scenes, documentaries, and much more.
Two upcoming Criterion Collection releases are particularly notable: Mulholland Dr. and The Brood.
Mulholland Dr., which was released in 2001, was the film that reignited my long-dormant love for director David Lynch. Back in the day, I was a huge fan of Lynch’s work, being somewhat obsessed with Blue Velvet, Dune, and the Twin Peaks television series. However, by the time Wild At Heart came out in 1990, I felt Lynch’s work had become a parody of itself and I lost interest. Seeing Mulholland Dr. a few years ago changed all that.
It’s hard to believe it’s already been almost 3 years since Disney acquired Lucasfilm and announced that it was going to start pumping out Star Wars films with Marvelesque regularity. They let it be known very early on that this would mean stand-alone origin stories for some of our favorite characters from the original trilogy. This set the internet a-buzz with theories and requests on which characters are most deserving of this treatment. Well we’re a little older now, maybe not much wiser, but at least we know who we’ll be getting origin stories for in the next few years: Boba Fett and Han Solo. As fan favorites with previous adventures alluded to but never shown, these were obvious choices. So now that we have those out of the way, who’s next?
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We live in a golden age of super hero movies. What Marvel, and now DC, are doing with their cinematic universes is pretty special. The idea of taking the shared universe concept that is seen in many comic books, and applying it to film, was nothing short of brilliant. Since Marvel started this trend with Iron Man in 2008, we’ve gotten film after film ranging in quality from okay to excellent. Marvel has yet, by most accounts, to release a film that is generally considered to be bad. However, that doesn’t mean that their movies are flawless. In fact, almost all of their movies seem to have one glaring issue: the villain.
For years now I’ve been waiting for a truly great villain to show up in a Marvel film. Sadly, it just hasn’t happened yet. We either get villains with cheesy or unoriginal motivations, villains that share the same abilities as our hero, or villains that are just nameless, faceless masses of aliens and drones that pose no threat to our heroes. I was hoping Ultron would buck this trend, but I was left disappointed by him as well (Skynet anyone?) I mean, don’t get me wrong, their villains aren’t terrible, but none of them are very memorable. Out of all their villains, Loki is the probably the only compelling one. However, while he may be compelling, he just isn’t very intimidating.
Baseball is America’s greatest pastime. The sport has been played for well over a hundred years, and countless players have had their names forever enshrined in its legendary annals. Names like Hank Aaron, Jackie Robinson, Nolan Ryan, and Babe Ruth are just a few of the greats to achieve this honor. Now, another man looks to add his name to that list. That man? Will Ferrell.
Will Ferrell is no stranger to sports. He’s coached a youth soccer team, done professional figure skating, played on a semi-pro basketball team, and has even raced in NASCAR. Of course, all of this was fictional; he didn’t actually do those things. Recently, however, he actually did play for an MLB team. Ten of them, to be precise.
Pixels is a bad movie, and after a dismal opening weekend it would seem that almost everyone agrees. However, a lot of people have argued that Pixels is beneath Peter Dinklage, and while that’s technically true, it also misses the point. Pixels is beneath everyone, and it diminishes the abilities of the rest of the cast to suggest that only Dinklage is superior to the film.
Dinklage has attracted the most attention simply because he’s best known for an excellent part that he plays extraordinarily well. In our minds, that (rightly) makes him a great actor, and his involvement in Pixels is disappointing because we know he can do better. We don’t extend the same benefit of the doubt to someone like Michelle Monaghan because we’ve never seen her steal a scene in a show like Game of Thrones.
It’s no secret that 90s nostalgia has been in full force when it comes to this summer’s big movies. Even Terminator: Genisys, which many considered to be a flop, has currently grossed over $300 million worldwide. But the biggest hit of the summer has been Jurassic World, which people attended in droves, making it the highest grossing movie of the summer so far and the third highest grossing movie of all time. It was no surprise when Universal announced last week that there will be another Jurassic Park sequel hitting theatres in summer 2018. It still has a ways to go before it catches up with the animated dinosaur franchise The Land Before Time (they are currently working on the 14th film), but it’s good to have goals.
While Jurassic World was a clear-cut follow up to the original trilogy, they decided to give it a somewhat unique title as opposed to Jurassic Park 4, which sets it apart from the original films. So will the new film be considered Jurassic World 2 or JP5? More importantly, how will they tempt fate with the dinos AGAIN?! Here are some ideas for potential titles and plots (take note Mr. Trevorrow), keep in mind that “Jurassic 5” is already taken.
Pixar’s brilliant Inside Out is one of the most coherent representations of emotional growth and maturity I’ve ever seen on film. The simple concept makes it remarkably easy to understand the swirl of thoughts and memories that make up our personalities.
What’s strange is that Inside Out seems to be resonating more strongly with adults than kids. It’s normally a mistake to suggest that kids don’t ‘get’ a movie because kids are sharper than we give them credit for, but I think there are aspects of Inside Out that simply don’t make sense until you’re older. The representation of depression, for example – where the most obvious course of action is no longer an option – is the kind of thing that doesn’t fully sink in until you’ve lived it. Kids can almost certainly understand some of that on an intuitive level, but sometimes there really is no substitute for experience.
Horror anthologies are a hot property these days, with the V/H/S and The ABCs of Death franchises getting a lot of acclaim. Halloween horror anthology movies, however, are few and far between, with the exception of 2007’s wonderful Trick ‘r Treat. This Halloween, a new horror anthology will slash its way into cinemas: Tales Of Halloween.
Tales Of Halloween boasts ten films from 11 directors, and the talent behind this anthology is impressive. Adam Gierasch (Big Ass Spider!) plays a Trick; Neil Marshall (The Descent) brings Bad Seed to the table; Axelle Carolyn (Soulmate) gives us Grimm Grinning Ghosts; Paul Solet (Grace) tells the story of The Weak and the Wicked; Mike Mendez (The Gravedancers) tackles Friday The 31st; Ryan Schifrin, who wrote Abominable, delivers The Ransom of Rusty Rex; Andrew Kasch and John Skipp declare that This Means War; Darren Lynn Bousman (Repo! The Genetic Opera) unleashes The Night Billy Raised Hell; Dave Parker (Coldwater) has a Sweet Tooth; and Lucky McKee (The Woman) rings the bell with Ding Dong.
Québécois filmmaker and enfant terrible Xavier Dolan has been called many names: bratty, cheeky, cocky, insufferable, pretentious, and self-indulgent. He’s also been called brilliant and a genius.
He started his career as a young actor, who appeared in movies (such as 2008’s French extremity horror Martyrs) as well as ads for Quebec’s Jean Coutu chain of pharmacies. Eventually, his interests turned towards writing and directing.
His first effort, I Killed My Mother (J’ai tué ma mère), which he wrote, directed, and starred in, premiered at the Director’s Fortnight programme of the 2009 Cannes Film Festival, where it received a standing ovation, the Art Cinema Award, the Prix Regards Jeunes, and the SACD Prize. Dolan was only 19.