Monthly Archives: June 2011

‘Transformers’ Sucks: Leitch!

“Transformers 3,” which I didn’t see, hasn’t gotten nearly the bad reviews as the second film, but there were still some pretty good ones. Will Leitch:

Bay’s “humor” has often been compared to that of a 14-year-old boy, but I think that’s being unfair to 14-year-old boys; it’s closer to that of someone with a serious mental defect who also is just starting to learn the language… This is soul-crushing, brain-rotting drivel to an infinite degree, expertly produced and displayed the way only the truly cynical can pull off. Future generations will look back at this film and see, again, why the American empire was doomed to fall. This movie is actively making the world a worse place to live. I am certain Michael Bay considers it his masterwork. He’s right. God help us all.

Mid-Year Movie Look

Today’s June 30, so here we go:
Best Movies of the Half Year: Certified Copy, The Tree of Life, Source Code, Bridesmaids, Cedar Rapids, Midnight in Paris, Win Win
Worst Movies of the Half Year: Just Go With It, Sucker Punch, Arthur, Red Riding Hood, The Green Hornet
2010 Supplemental Top Ten List (2010 movies I didn’t see until 2011): Blue Valentine, Let Me In, I Love You Philip Morris, Client 9: Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer, Catfish, Four Lions, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, Waking Sleeping Beauty, Fair Game, Due Date (Original top ten list here.)

The Stadium Games Are Over

News Item: Jay Weiner leaving MinnPost to become speechwriter for University of Minnesota president
Weiner, first for the Star Tribune and later for MinnPost, has an ultra-specific beat- attempts by Minnesota sports teams to build new stadiums- and is as good at it as any beat writer on any beat that I can think of. He’ll be missed, although I imagine if the Vikings stadium gets approved the beat will pretty much cease to exist.