My DCC coverage had been a bit scattered due to some photo issues.
In the gaming section they had a demo Oculus Rift. I didn’t try it since I get motion sick easily. Two of my media guys tested it. They thought it was interesting but difficult to navigate.
Maybe they will have one at SDCC?
Transformers: Age of Extinction - Review
Theeeeeeeey’re baaaaaack! And this time they brought Mark Wahlberg.
Cade Yeager (Wahlberg) is a mechanic who lives out in the middle of nowhere with his teenage daughter, Tessa (Nicola Peltz - the weirdo girl from Bates Motel). He’s having issues making ends meet yet has high hopes in his mechanical projects. He finds an old truck to work on. He wants to strip it for parts and make some money. Very quickly after starting to dissect the car he realizes it isn’t just a car… it’s a Transformer…and out of ALL the Transformers… it’s Optimus Prime.
All of the Autobots are in hiding. Once Optimus is a little fixed up he sets out to regroup everyone. The entire movie is essentially about good versus evil and the Autobots need to save the world while the humans resist their much needed help. They throw in a lot of relationship drama between Tessa, her boyfriend, and her dad finding out she’s had this boyfriend for awhile. There’s some funny parts but the entire movie was a little over the top. Then again, that’s what you get in a Michael Bay movie.
Here are a couple warnings - One: Age of Extinction is almost three hours long. Two: The Dinobots don’t make an appearance till about two hours in. Which is absurd considering how much they pushed the Dinobots in the trailer. I went into this movie thinking “DINOBOTS! DINOBOTS! DINOBOTS!” and then found myself thinking “WHERE ARE THE DINOBOTS?” for two hours. Yes, this is a Michael Bay movie. Yes, the plot is lacking. BUT if you are looking for action, explosions, cars, product placement (every brand ever is in this movie), CGI, robots, DINOSAUR ROBOTS (just be patient… it’s worth the wait), and Mark Wahlberg it’s worth a view. If your main focus is plot, plot, plot then you need to skip, skip, skip. They could have easily cut the length in half but then where would all the battles go?! My last warning would be the hundreds of tacky one liners. “My face is my warrant”. You’ve been warned. Enjoy!
Didn’t get tickets to the 17 minute sneak peek Guardians of the Galaxy showing? Have no fear… your information is here.
The 17 minutes started off with four out of the five main characters: Gamora, Star-Lord, Rocket Raccoon, and Groot entering a prison. Oh, and they are in SPACE! Marvel is absolutely brilliant starting the Guardians story because their universe just expanded an insane amount. Which I’m sure people didn’t think was possible since it’s already expanded a lot over the last few years.
The 17 minutes was a great character introduction, plot starter, and 70’s music jam session…CHA CHA CHA CHA CHA…CHERRY BOMB!
Star-Lord is as snarky as ever. Chris Pratt was one of the best casting decisions Marvel has made. He’s such a brilliant goofball. Air Five to Chris Pratt who had to get into remarkable shape for this role.
Gamora is our badass green girl who can jump a strange distance. She was also involved with a lot of dudes that put a lot of other dudes in prison. She’s not the most popular lady in prison despite it being mainly dudes.
Groot…well, he knows one phrase: “I am Groot”. The animation for this guy is unreal. He’s a walking tree with moving roots. It was fascinating watching his movements. He can also stretch very far and grow however he wants. Completely awesome and great friends with our dearest Rocket.
Rocket Raccoon…doesn’t realize…he’s a raccoon. Star-Lord has to point out the fact that he’s a raccoon. He’s voiced by Bradley Cooper and is a total badass like the rest. The animation is amazing as you can see in the picture I posted above. He’s the brains of the operation.
Drax the Destroyer is a BIG guy. He makes an appearance as the other four are planning their escape. He doesn’t want to lose sight of Gamora. Drax takes everything literally…literally. Nothing goes over his head because his reflexes are too good. Oh, and don’t call him a Thesaurus.
I’M READY FOR AUGUST 1ST!
Sequels! Sequels! Sequels!
The Sanderson sisters might make a return in Hocus Pocus 2. Tina Fey is producing the film. We aren’t sure if she will have a role or not. We might have a better shot with Melissa McCarthy. I’m hoping for both.
The plot will feature a housewife who is related to the Sanderson sisters. She teams up with a witch hunter to save her children. Trick or treating is definitely involved.
Will Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy make a return?
A muck! A muck! A muck!UPDATE! They are now claiming it is NOT a sequel to Hocus Pocus. However, Tina Fey is going to be in a witch movie to some extent.
Today is the day for sequel news. After seven years Enchanted is getting a second movie.
No news on casting. The new cast could come back or at least a few of them. Idina Menzel could be the lead since she ran off to Andalasia with James Marsden. I even saw a rumor mentioning Anne Hathaway as a possible lead. The plot hasn’t leaked but I’m sure information will start popping up in a few months.