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Review: Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

Review: Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

Posted on 28 June 2009 by Glenlock

"Holy crap, Marie!"

Is the phrase that comes to mind when I think of this movie. Unfortunately,
It was just that… crap. Being a fan of Generation 1 and Beast Wars, I found
that these movies are just 2 hour commercials for merchandise. This movie was
sorely lacking story, I mean real story. It looks like Michael Bay just grabbed
the script on top of the pile and said "Throw in some explosions and we’re
set" It starts out Sam (Shia LaBeouf) is off to collage because he wants to
be "normal" (sorry, you live with a transforming robot,
"normal" is out the window!) and is not allowed to have his car,
Bumblebee, the Autobot who transforms into a 2008 concept Camaro. Yeah, what 19
year old wouldn’t want to take that to college?!?! Hot car like that, a kid will
FIND away to bring it. Anyway, Sam finds a piece of the All Spark (from the
first film) in his clothes and it turns the kitchen appliances (ugh!) into
robots. Insanity ensues. Action was abundant, explosions, fighting robots you
can’t tell where 1 robot ends and another begins.

The Autobots

They brought back Peter Cullen (the Original Cartoon Prime) which is always a
pleasure, after all to me he IS Prime. The introduction of new characters
(barely!) Sideswipe, a concept Corvette and Arcee …sisters(?) 3 motorcycles?
But these characters were very brief.  Instead of using the afore mentioned
Transformers, Bay decides to waste time (ours and in the story) with Mudflap and
Skidz. These ‘bots were the Transformers equivalent to Jar Jar Binks (More like
Jar Jar Bots!) They were the writers way to try and connect with a younger
crowd, not a bad thing but it was done poorly. I’ve read online that some people
saw these two were robots in black face, and that may not be as accurate a
statement.  in my opinion this may be a case of some old guy trying to
speak street and failing miserably.  ( Nothing worse than a ageing
hipster!) Also, Jetfire made his movie debut, and going the other direction,
made this character some old, crotchety ‘bot that farted fire, had a cane, and
sported some sort of metal beard. Really trying to reach those 90+ Trans-fans!

As for the Decepticons…

Hugo Weaving (Matrix, Lord of the Rings) Returns as Megatron, and we find out
he isn’t the real Leader.  Some guy named The Fallen (HUH?) is.  Bay
did however manage to throw in genius voice actor, Frank Welker, (who was the
original Megatron, Soundwave, Rumble, Etc.  Check him out on IMDB, I
guarantee you’ll know some of his work) as wasted character Soundwave. This guy
sat in orbit and stole Earth’s Defense Satellite…Boring!  Constructicons
(robots who combine to form a giant robot, Devastator) make their appearance as
well.  Apparently the depiction of Devastator is only to get off a bad
joke.  Devastator has… balls. Yes, I said balls.

I know I didn’t mention all the robots, and be thankful. They really aren’t
worth mentioning. And worse, the less that’s said about the human cast, the
better. As my boss, John, would say; "They were about as useful as tits on
a bull". Hot girls, crazy parents, and army guys. They all seem pretty
faceless.

All in all, it was 77% action+3% lackluster story+3% love story+6%
bad/useless characters+1% Devastator balls= 1 typical Michael Bay film.

 

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Hot Dog Diplomacy

Hot Dog Diplomacy

Posted on 24 June 2009 by Ed Z

 

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Obama’s Loveletter to the Ayatollah Rubuffed

Posted on 24 June 2009 by Ed Z

So
much for engaging in a dialogue
.

Prior to this month’s
disputed presidential election in Iran, the Obama administration
sent a letter to the country’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali
Khamenei, calling for an improvement in relations, according to
interviews and the leader himself.

Ayatollah Khamenei confirmed
the letter toward the end of a lengthy sermon last week, in which
he accused the United States of fomenting protests in his country
in the aftermath of the disputed June 12 presidential election.

Obama attempts to contact these thugs and they promptly rig an election, murder people in the
streets, and laugh in our faces about it.  Yeah, just the types you want to negotiate
with.

No word yet if they’ve
been uninvited to the 4th of July barbecue
.

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The Arab/Israeli Conflict

Posted on 16 June 2009 by Zorro

The Arab/Israeli Conflict

The root causes of the Israel-Arab conflict are a U.N. resolution, Jew hatred
and that Arab leaders created, but refused to absorb Palestinian refugees.

The U.N. Resolution

  • The historical fact is that, wrongly or rightly, the U.N. created the
    Jewish state in November 1947.

Jew hatred

  • Most Arab and Muslim nations, as well as non-government groups, have
    officially refused to recognize, and continue to deny, Israel’s right to
    exist. Some have even declared their intention to destroy Israel.
  • Egyptian President Mubarak said on June 14, 2009, "Netanyahu’s
    demand that Palestinians recognize Israel as the Jewish state is ruining the
    chance for peace … Not Egypt nor any other Arab country would support
    Netanyahu’s approach."
  • Would a sane person hope for peace with someone threatening to kill them
    and their children?

The Creation of Unassimilated Arab Refugees:

  • Wrongly or rightly, Arab leaders refused to accept the U.N. resolution,
    threatened (and carried out) war and demanded that Arabs leave Palestine.
  • Wrongly or rightly, in the meantime, Jewish leaders urged Arabs to remain
    in Palestine. Nevertheless, hundreds of thousands of Arabs voluntarily left
    to become refugees in Arab-controlled areas.
  • Unlike many other nations that humanitarianly assimilate refugee families
    and children into their citizenry, economy and culture, encouraging them to
    thrive and prosper, the surrounding Arab nations instead forced their
    brother Arabs into internment camps and fed them on "Jew" hatred.

What Might Have Been

Had the Arab states instead assimilated the Palestinian refugees, today’s
turmoil would not exist. Better yet, had the Arabs accepted the 1947 U.N.
resolution, there would have been no Palestinian Arab refugees and an
independent Arab state would now exist alongside Israel.

What Might Still Happen

America accepts refugees of all races and religions and doesn’t express plans
to annihilate our enemies. Do you think that if the Arabs recanted their wish to
destroy Israel, the climate of the peace discussions would improve?

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Friday <strike>Funny</strike> Freaky!

Friday Funny Freaky!

Posted on 12 June 2009 by Ed Z

 

Imported!

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Rubber Chicken Alert: Megan Fox

Rubber Chicken Alert: Megan Fox

Posted on 08 June 2009 by Ed Z

I know, I know.  I haven’t posted anything in a while.  While I
have been busy, I’ll confess it more laziness or perhaps a case of the blogging
blahs.  But what could be better help you snap out of a funk than a good
‘ole Rubber
Chicken
!

If memory serves, this is the first post-Bush rubber chicken entry.  Not
that there haven’t been any, (just turn on the television or read a paper) but I
suppose the definition has changed slightly.

During the Bush presidency, just mentioning his name in a disparaging way was
enough to get your rubber chicken waving but now some of the alternative targets
have come front and center to take the heat.  Transformers star Megan Fox
covers most of them in a recent interview (via
Newsbusters
):

When asked how she would
stop the ruthless Megatron from demolishing the world, Fox first
said that she would “barter with him.” She then, however, went
on to say, “… and instead of the entire planet, can you just
take out all of the white trash, hillbilly, anti-gay, super
bible-beating people in Middle America?"

Wait, was that before or after they purchase tickets to Transformers 2?

According to IMDB, Megan
Fox was born in Tennessee and, at the age of 10, moved to Florida.  Maybe
those 10 years in Tennessee were awful?  Sounds like a girl who hates where
she came from and couldn’t wait to run off to Hollywood.

Either way, a rubber chicken indeed.

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