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2017 Movie Countdown: The Mediocre (#36-28)

Welcome, one and all, to the first installment of The Ranting SBox’s Annual Movie Countdown (2017 Edition)… also simply known as the 2017 Movie Countdown. For the fourth year in a row, it is my duty and honor to present you guys the 36 movies I saw throughout 2017 ranked from worst to best. If you’d like more information on the mini-series in question or if you’d like to see the full list of movies I’ll be covering in this countdown, click here for the Intro post and join me back here every Sunday from now until February 4 to see how the list continues.

Now, today is not a Sunday, but because I started the countdown late this year I decided to get the first of these 4 posts out as soon as possible. And as you may guess, this post starts with my least favorite films of the year. Thankfully, I only flat-out hated one movie from last year, which means instead of starting with the traditional “Bottom of the Barrel” category, we’re moving right into the next step up: “The Mediocre”. Continue reading 2017 Movie Countdown: The Mediocre (#36-28)

SBox Recommends: Transformers – The Last Knight (Movie Review)

Note: SBR never spoils. You are safe. Enjoy!

Welcome back to SBox Recommends, where our motto is “Every film has its fans”. Here I review a movie and then determine who will like it best and who will like it the least.

Let me start by saying I’m sorry. I do realize the gravity of what I’ve just done. I know that by seeing this in the theater (on opening day) I’m directly contributing to the problem these movies cause — a problem I promised myself to try and extinguish by simply staying home. All I had to do was just wait 2 measly weeks for Spider-Man, but no. I caved and saw this movie anyway, knowing it was a terrible idea. In my defense, T-Mobile made me do it. They offered tickets to the movie at just $4 and we were just so bored that day… more like weak.

I gave this movie my money and I’ll have to live with that now. The question now is should you do the same? Continue reading SBox Recommends: Transformers – The Last Knight (Movie Review)

My 2014 Movies: Transformers 4: Age of Extinction (#29)

This will be the last movie that I don’t like or wouldn’t see again on this countdown. I’m not trying to please any crowds by saying I didn’t like this movie, because I know hating on Michael Bay’s Transformers films is a very popular thing to do online. I actually like the Transformers films mostly. However, out of the four, soon five, films in this series that just won’t die already, this is one that I actually consider not that good.

Transformers 4 strays a little in its traditional casting as Shia Labeouf’s character is replaced by a new protagonist played by Mark Walberg. Walberg is an inventor who’s falling on hard times and soon to lose his house. He stumbles upon an odd artifact that turns out to be a Transformer. This is apparently odd as Transformers are now being hunted down by the government to either be assassinated or used in experiments. This crossing of roads causes Walberg’s character to go into hiding and assist the Autobots as best he can. This is not helped by the fact that the Autobots also face being used for commercial purposes by a greedy manufacturer.

People have been saying for years that these Transformers films are nothing more than a collection of CG explosions, stupid characters, and stupid dialogue. This would in any other movie be at least a bit entertaining; something that allows you to turn off your brain and have fun. These would be called “popcorn flicks”. If you can enjoy that, the Transformers movies will entertain you.

What’s inherently wrong this time around is that this formula is now so stale and so dull that its charm is pretty much gone. Similar to what I said with the Legend of Hercules, if you make me bored of ten-story fighting robots that turn into cars, there’s a problem. The epic and action-packed third act which was impressive in Transformers 1 is hackneyed the fourth time around.

I feel that at this point Hollywood is trying to see how far they can milk this before they stop losing money. Michael Bay has even said before that he never pays mind to the criticism his films get because he knows they’ll see it anyway. This is sadly true.

All things considered this movie does have good production values. Walberg’s character is charming and is aided by the great performance given. The CG definitely looks nice, too. No one in all these years can say with a straight face that the effects are bad.

For me, this movie boring, but to some others this movie will suffice. The Transformers films continue to have an audience that will probably like these movies just the same as the other three. However, I’m not in that group.

View #28 here!

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