Cautions are down and fans are griping. Their many submissions to my inbox say they want drama. They want action. They want fits of aggression played out with 3,400-pound cars bumping and banging into each other. What they want is NASCAR as a Michael Bay production.
At the annual Nickelodeon upfront presentation last week, über-producer Michael Bay revealed details for Platinum Dunes' upcoming live-action "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" movie, including a new origin story for the half-shell heroes that is sure to raise the ire of diehard fans.
This time last year we saw a lot of excited articles about how "Inception" showed there was an audience for a smarter, more conceptual blockbuster. But hold the front page: Michael Bay is out to prove there's a bigger audience for brainless bombast and nonstop mayhem.
Springwood teenagers Dean, Kris, Jesse, Nancy and Quentin are having trouble not sleeping: They're knocking back coffee, popping pills, anything to delay another date with their dream stalker (which may explain why these high school students look like college grads). When one of them does drop off, the bedsheets turn red.
Not many trailers have had the impact of the teaser for "Cloverfield," which debuted last summer attached to Michael Bay's "Transformers" bearing not so much as a title and the solitary credit "Produced by J.J. Abrams." (For some of us, it was the high point of the evening.)
Braving a merry mix of bodily fluids, depilatory torture, and a prostitute who's not what she seems, Steve Carell shines as a lovable lug struggling to get his swerve on. While "The 40 Year-Old Virgin's" vulgarity pushes the envelope, the star's aw-shucks earnestness keeps everything decent in this touching sex romp.
Love him or hate him -- there doesn't seem to be any middle ground -- Michael Bay's movies make big bucks. Even the nearly unwatchable "Pearl Harbor" made $198 million dollars. Action junkies, i.e. adolescent boys (Hollywood's favorite demographic), swarm to his films.
Start with a nice little battle-of-the-sexes romantic comedy, the kind favored by the likes of Frank Capra and Howard Hawks. Then dump in a whole lot of 21st-century action and ear-splitting gunplay, in the vein of Jerry Bruckheimer and Michael Bay.