- God, I hope this is better than the second Transformers movie.
- These space explosions should have way less fire, seeing as there's no Oxygen in space.
- The Space Race was actually a result of alien robots on the moon? Okay. Let's go with that.
- What the hell is John Malkovich doing in this movie? (I don't know, but I like it.)
- How does Rosie Huntington-Whiteley eat and drink with those enormous lips? Her face is like 25% lip.
- Is that Buzz Aldrin? That is Buzz Aldrin.
- I remember when Buzz Aldrin was on 30 Rock...That was weird.
- I love Shia LaBeouf.
- I wonder if Even Stevens is on DVD...
- Ken Jeong is in this movie??? I probably should have seen that coming. (How did he have time to do this movie, The Hangover Part II, and Community?)
- HOLY SHIT ALAN TUDYK. This movie just got 5000 times better.
- Is Michael Bay a racist?
- I love Shia LaBeouf.
- I wish Daniel Radcliffe would learn to cry on camera as well as Shia LaBeouf does.
- Are Tyrese and Josh Duhamel going to make out now?
- What is a cupola?
- Is this epic final battle scene still going on?
- Why don't Transformers have to reload their guns?
- If this movie goes on any longer, I'll have to just stay here for the Harry Potter premiere.
- The end? FINALLY. I have to pee so badly. Oh wait, quick bonus scene with John Turturro and Frances McDormand...
- This was a vast improvement over the second Transformers movie, but can we all agree that three is more than enough movies about giant alien robots?
Here are some snippets of my stream of consciousness while seeing the latest installment of Transformers: *WARNING: Mild spoilers ahead...
Okay, so the Emmys aren't for another three months, but that doesn't mean we can't take a few minutes in the middle of the summer to give some much-deserved appreciation to some criminally overlooked shows. Frankly, I'm sick of the Emmys (and the Golden Globes) blatantly snubbing what I think are the best shows on television, specifically Cougar Town, Community, and Fringe, none of which have received Emmy nominations (not counting Sound Editing and Visual Effects, both of which Fringe has been nominated for). These poor shows have had to endure the embarrassment of getting moved to Friday nights, being cursed with a terrible name, and having to air on the same night as Outsourced...Can we please just give them a little respect? Cougar Town doesn't even have any cougars in it! And they make ample fun of their unfortunate title. JUST WATCH IT. I guarantee by the fifth episode, you'll be hooked. Abed from Community loves Cougar Town so much, he guest starred on it! And it was so wonderful to see my two favorite comedies collide that I almost wept with joy. Thank God those two little underappreciated comedy gems have formed an alliance of awesomeness, despite being on different networks. And Fringe may not have the strongest ratings, but it has the wrath of the Browncoats behind it (for anyone unfamiliar with the term, "Browncoats" refers to fans of the canceled sci-fi series Firefly), and we are determined not to let Fringe suffer the same unjust fate as Firefly.
As a perpetual champion of the underdogs (and a fan of too many TV shows gone before their time), I was positively ecstatic to see that the winners of the Critics' Choice Television Awards included such fantastic actors as Busy Philipps, who plays the bubbly and hysterical Laurie on Cougar Town; John Noble, whose performance as tortured mad scientist Walter (and his evil doppelgänger) on Fringe gets more spectacular by the week; and The Good Wife star Julianna Margulies, who has already won a Golden Globe for her role on The Good Wife, but she's just so unbelievably good that no amount of awards can begin to adequately honor her greatness. I was also pleased that Community was nominated for Best Comedy Series, and Danny Pudi (who plays the aforementioned Abed on Community) earned a well-deserved nomination for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series. This category also included Nick Offerman from Parks and Recreation (whose mustache alone deserves an award), and winner Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother). I would have been thrilled to see any of them win, but NPH deserved it.
Looking at the list of nominees for the Critics' Choice Awards, I really felt like most of them deserved to be nominated. I'm not saying I'm the most qualified person to determine who's worthy of a nomination and who's not, I'm just noting that my personal opinions are very well reflected by the Critics' Choice Awards, while I tend to curse profusely at the Emmy nominations and winners when they're announced. Maybe it's because I'm just more prone to agree with the critics when it comes to TV (except about Mad Men), or maybe it's that I still have hope for network television, which the Critics' Choice Awards seem to vindicate, while the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences is busy throwing Emmys at HBO and AMC. Or maybe it's just nice to see my favorite shows finally get some recognition other than being on a list of "bubble shows" or having the lowest ratings in its time slot. So thank you, Critics' Choice Television Awards, for honoring the overlooked, the underrated, and the misunderstood. (Seriously, it shouldn't even be called Cougar Town!) Here's hoping that the Emmys will follow your lead and spread the love to some of the great shows that no one watches.
You can find a full list of the Critics' Choice Award winners here.
As I was sitting in the movie theater waiting for Super 8 to begin, I found myself wondering, "What is this movie about?" And for the first time since I can remember, I honestly had no idea. Typically, when I go see a movie, I already know the opening scene, the "twist" at the end, and which song by a popular female vocalist and accompanying rapper will be played over the final credits (not to mention how they did the special effects, the status of the stars' off-screen relationship, and how many sequels are in the works). What can I say? I like to be an informed movie-goer. Between trailers that leave nothing to the imagination, and the invention of camera phones, it's almost impossible for movies these days to genuinely surprise an audience, at least in terms of plot. Writer/director J.J. Abrams (who also directed the 2009 summer blockbuster Star Trek) did a great job of keeping the mystery alive surrounding the release of Super 8, and this, ultimately, is what makes it unlike any other movie so far this summer.