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Re: Michael Bay close to signing deal for Transformers 4!

Postby sto_vo_kor_2000 » Wed Dec 14, 2011 3:34 pm

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Burn wrote:So how about that Michael Bay guy maybe changing his mind about doing another Transformers movie huh?
(Back on topic people)


He can direct as many TF movies as he wants, but for the love of God, will someone please hand him a decent script? Seriously.

I'm not sure that will help much.

Any Bay film that I ever enjoyed seemed to be due to the actors in the film, not the script.


Any movie period that I've ever enjoyed seemed to be due to the size of the explosions, not the actors or script.


Dude,I really hope that was a joke. I dont like to pass judgments on the taste of others, but if your really telling me that you have only EVER enjoyed films because of size of the explosions , and by that alone you judge the quality of any film,then I feel sorry for you.

There have been a lot of films that sport great stories with great performances with no explosions at all that are just fantastic.


Ok, I admit. It's not just the size of the explosions, but it's also the quantity of the explosions. Sorry. Pardon me for leaving that part out.

again, I hope your joking.


I am not.

then again, I feel sorry for you, your missing out on/ miss judging a lot of great films.
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Re: Michael Bay close to signing deal for Transformers 4!

Postby cotss2012 » Thu Dec 15, 2011 3:22 am

SlyTF1 wrote:Ok, I admit. It's not just the size of the explosions, but it's also the quantity of the explosions. Sorry. Pardon me for leaving that part out.


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Re: Michael Bay close to signing deal for Transformers 4!

Postby RhA » Thu Dec 15, 2011 6:28 am

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SlyTF1 wrote:
sto_vo_kor_2000 wrote:
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sto_vo_kor_2000 wrote:
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sto_vo_kor_2000 wrote:
cotss2012 wrote:
Burn wrote:So how about that Michael Bay guy maybe changing his mind about doing another Transformers movie huh?
(Back on topic people)


He can direct as many TF movies as he wants, but for the love of God, will someone please hand him a decent script? Seriously.

I'm not sure that will help much.

Any Bay film that I ever enjoyed seemed to be due to the actors in the film, not the script.


Any movie period that I've ever enjoyed seemed to be due to the size of the explosions, not the actors or script.


Dude,I really hope that was a joke. I dont like to pass judgments on the taste of others, but if your really telling me that you have only EVER enjoyed films because of size of the explosions , and by that alone you judge the quality of any film,then I feel sorry for you.

There have been a lot of films that sport great stories with great performances with no explosions at all that are just fantastic.


Ok, I admit. It's not just the size of the explosions, but it's also the quantity of the explosions. Sorry. Pardon me for leaving that part out.

again, I hope your joking.


I am not.

then again, I feel sorry for you, your missing out on/ miss judging a lot of great films.


Hook, line, sinker.

BTW I'd love to see Bay make TF4. I really enjoyed these flicks.
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Re: Michael Bay close to signing deal for Transformers 4!

Postby sto_vo_kor_2000 » Thu Dec 15, 2011 6:32 am

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RhA wrote:Hook, line, sinker.

BTW I'd love to see Bay make TF4. I really enjoyed these flicks.


I enjoyed them for what they were, but was disappointed because of what they werent.
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Re: Michael Bay close to signing deal for Transformers 4!

Postby RhA » Thu Dec 15, 2011 8:39 am

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RhA wrote:Hook, line, sinker.

BTW I'd love to see Bay make TF4. I really enjoyed these flicks.


I enjoyed them for what they were, but was disappointed because of what they werent.


Exactly. The problem is that people are looking for what isn't there. I keep looking for money in my bankaccount, but it just isn't there. Seems useless, doesn't it?
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Re: Michael Bay close to signing deal for Transformers 4!

Postby sto_vo_kor_2000 » Thu Dec 15, 2011 9:17 am

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RhA wrote:Hook, line, sinker.

BTW I'd love to see Bay make TF4. I really enjoyed these flicks.


I enjoyed them for what they were, but was disappointed because of what they werent.


Exactly. The problem is that people are looking for what isn't there. I keep looking for money in my bankaccount, but it just isn't there. Seems useless, doesn't it?

I would say that they are looking for what we should have gotten....and thats where the real problem lies.
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Re: Michael Bay close to signing deal for Transformers 4!

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Re: Michael Bay close to signing deal for Transformers 4!

Postby RhA » Thu Dec 15, 2011 5:02 pm

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RhA wrote:Hook, line, sinker.

BTW I'd love to see Bay make TF4. I really enjoyed these flicks.


I enjoyed them for what they were, but was disappointed because of what they werent.


Exactly. The problem is that people are looking for what isn't there. I keep looking for money in my bankaccount, but it just isn't there. Seems useless, doesn't it?

I would say that they are looking for what we should have gotten....and thats where the real problem lies.


no, the problem lies in what you personally wanted, not in what we should have gotten.
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Re: Michael Bay close to signing deal for Transformers 4!

Postby Grendel » Thu Dec 15, 2011 6:39 pm

too bad, was really kind of hoping for a new trilogy with a new director
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Re: Michael Bay close to signing deal for Transformers 4!

Postby SEXFIGHTER » Thu Dec 15, 2011 7:21 pm

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sto_vo_kor_2000 wrote:
SlyTF1 wrote:
sto_vo_kor_2000 wrote:
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sto_vo_kor_2000 wrote:
SlyTF1 wrote:
sto_vo_kor_2000 wrote:
cotss2012 wrote:
Burn wrote:So how about that Michael Bay guy maybe changing his mind about doing another Transformers movie huh?
(Back on topic people)


He can direct as many TF movies as he wants, but for the love of God, will someone please hand him a decent script? Seriously.

I'm not sure that will help much.

Any Bay film that I ever enjoyed seemed to be due to the actors in the film, not the script.


Any movie period that I've ever enjoyed seemed to be due to the size of the explosions, not the actors or script.


Dude,I really hope that was a joke. I dont like to pass judgments on the taste of others, but if your really telling me that you have only EVER enjoyed films because of size of the explosions , and by that alone you judge the quality of any film,then I feel sorry for you.

There have been a lot of films that sport great stories with great performances with no explosions at all that are just fantastic.


Ok, I admit. It's not just the size of the explosions, but it's also the quantity of the explosions. Sorry. Pardon me for leaving that part out.

again, I hope your joking.


I am not.

then again, I feel sorry for you, your missing out on/ miss judging a lot of great films.


Gotta agree there, you're missing out big time fella. I find Bays Transformers flawed in too many areas, not just his over the top direction. The designs, the casting and of course..those SCRIPTS!!!
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Re: Michael Bay close to signing deal for Transformers 4!

Postby SlyTF1 » Thu Dec 15, 2011 7:24 pm

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sto_vo_kor_2000 wrote:
SlyTF1 wrote:
sto_vo_kor_2000 wrote:
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sto_vo_kor_2000 wrote:
SlyTF1 wrote:
sto_vo_kor_2000 wrote:
cotss2012 wrote:
Burn wrote:So how about that Michael Bay guy maybe changing his mind about doing another Transformers movie huh?
(Back on topic people)


He can direct as many TF movies as he wants, but for the love of God, will someone please hand him a decent script? Seriously.

I'm not sure that will help much.

Any Bay film that I ever enjoyed seemed to be due to the actors in the film, not the script.


Any movie period that I've ever enjoyed seemed to be due to the size of the explosions, not the actors or script.


Dude,I really hope that was a joke. I dont like to pass judgments on the taste of others, but if your really telling me that you have only EVER enjoyed films because of size of the explosions , and by that alone you judge the quality of any film,then I feel sorry for you.

There have been a lot of films that sport great stories with great performances with no explosions at all that are just fantastic.


Ok, I admit. It's not just the size of the explosions, but it's also the quantity of the explosions. Sorry. Pardon me for leaving that part out.

again, I hope your joking.


I am not.

then again, I feel sorry for you, your missing out on/ miss judging a lot of great films.


Gotta agree there, you're missing out big time fella. I find Bays Transformers flawed in too many areas, not just his over the top direction. The designs, the casting and of course..those SCRIPTS!!!


Well I don't care about a script, or actors, and the designs in the movies are perfect IMO, I just want something that distracts me from my miserable life; and for that all I want is stuff blowing up.
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Re: Michael Bay close to signing deal for Transformers 4!

Postby Shadowman » Thu Dec 15, 2011 7:36 pm

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SlyTF1 wrote:Well I don't care about a script, or actors, and the designs in the movies are perfect IMO, I just want something that distracts me from my miserable life; and for that all I want is stuff blowing up.


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Re: Michael Bay close to signing deal for Transformers 4!

Postby sto_vo_kor_2000 » Thu Dec 15, 2011 10:52 pm

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RhA wrote:no, the problem lies in what you personally wanted, not in what we should have gotten.


Not at all.

Despite the franchises menial beginnings as a toyline, the brand as grown up with its audience, sure we have pleanty of kid friendly silly stories, but we have also gotten some wonderful, in depth , stories over the years with wonderful amounts or character development.

The brand deserved to have its best qualities reflected in a motion picture.A film should have taken all that has been the best over the years and take a step up.

That is what we should have gotten, that is what the brand deserved.

Now, I'll admit, the films were enjoyable in a "roller coaster" kind of way.But they could have made a better appeal to what the brand has become.
SlyTF1 wrote:I just want something that distracts me from my miserable life; and for that all I want is stuff blowing up.


believe me, that I can understand, but I find a greater amount of distraction when I get a good stor and good acting with my explosions.

how tasty is a a peace of raw chicken with out cooling it in seasoning ???
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Re: Michael Bay close to signing deal for Transformers 4!

Postby JOP » Fri Dec 16, 2011 8:24 am

RhA wrote:no, the problem lies in what you personally wanted, not in what we should have gotten.

Firstly, how precisely does one determine "...what we should have gotten"?

Secondly, the qualities that sto_vo_kor_2000 appears to be seeking in a finished Transformers film - consistent narrative, emotional depth, character development, polished dialogue and so on - are generally considered to be measures of cinematic excellence. Why would we not, as Transformers fans, desire for a Transformers-branded film to feature such measures?
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Re: Michael Bay close to signing deal for Transformers 4!

Postby RhA » Fri Dec 16, 2011 11:17 am

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RhA wrote:no, the problem lies in what you personally wanted, not in what we should have gotten.

Firstly, how precisely does one determine "...what we should have gotten"?

Secondly, the qualities that sto_vo_kor_2000 appears to be seeking in a finished Transformers film - consistent narrative, emotional depth, character development, polished dialogue and so on - are generally considered to be measures of cinematic excellence. Why would we not, as Transformers fans, desire for a Transformers-branded film to feature such measures?


sto_vo_kor_2000 wrote:
RhA wrote:no, the problem lies in what you personally wanted, not in what we should have gotten.


Not at all.

Despite the franchises menial beginnings as a toyline, the brand as grown up with its audience, sure we have pleanty of kid friendly silly stories, but we have also gotten some wonderful, in depth , stories over the years with wonderful amounts or character development.

The brand deserved to have its best qualities reflected in a motion picture.A film should have taken all that has been the best over the years and take a step up.

That is what we should have gotten, that is what the brand deserved.

Now, I'll admit, the films were enjoyable in a "roller coaster" kind of way.But they could have made a better appeal to what the brand has become.
SlyTF1 wrote:I just want something that distracts me from my miserable life; and for that all I want is stuff blowing up.


believe me, that I can understand, but I find a greater amount of distraction when I get a good stor and good acting with my explosions.

how tasty is a a peace of raw chicken with out cooling it in seasoning ???


Excuse the gargantuan quote.

I do not claim that either of you can't want something. That's your call. My point is that you should not speak about what 'we should have gotten', because when I read something like that I feel like you're telling me that I should want somethin else in a movie. Can I please pick for myself what I like? Thank you.

All your arguments revolve around you personal tastes. You want more character delevopment, less explosions, less potty humor and that's fine. You need to be able to speak about preferences, that's what we're here for. But you cannot state with a straight face that everyone should want what you want and that's why I say;

no, the problem lies in what you personally wanted, not in what we should have gotten.

ps. Stovokor stated that 'we should have gotten', I replied to it.
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Re: Michael Bay close to signing deal for Transformers 4!

Postby sto_vo_kor_2000 » Fri Dec 16, 2011 12:19 pm

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JOP wrote:Firstly, how precisely does one determine "...what we should have gotten"?


I base it on taking the best of what we have gotten over the years and at least expecting that much.

Secondly, the qualities that sto_vo_kor_2000 appears to be seeking in a finished Transformers film - consistent narrative, emotional depth, character development, polished dialogue and so on - are generally considered to be measures of cinematic excellence. Why would we not, as Transformers fans, desire for a Transformers-branded film to feature such measures?


Exactly

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I do it all the time 8-}
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Re: Michael Bay close to signing deal for Transformers 4!

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RhA wrote: I do not claim that either of you can't want something. That's your call. My point is that you should not speak about what 'we should have gotten', because when I read something like that I feel like you're telling me that I should want somethin else in a movie. Can I please pick for myself what I like? Thank you.

All your arguments revolve around you personal tastes. You want more character delevopment, less explosions, less potty humor and that's fine. You need to be able to speak about preferences, that's what we're here for. But you cannot state with a straight face that everyone should want what you want and that's why I say;

no, the problem lies in what you personally wanted, not in what we should have gotten.
ps. Stovokor stated that 'we should have gotten', I replied to it.


Very well said. And i agree that what it all boils down to is personal prefferance. What one conciders the best of the franchise, doesn't nessasarly equivilet to what someone else does.

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JOP wrote:Firstly, how precisely does one determine "...what we should have gotten"?
I base it on taking the best of what we have gotten over the years and at least expecting that much.


What exactly detirmes the best? That is the point I believe RHA is trying to make.
Again, what exactly is "The best we have gotten over the years" without being subjective?

What you concider "The best" doesn't mean the next person is going to feel the same way.
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Re: Michael Bay close to signing deal for Transformers 4!

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5150 Cruiser wrote:Very well said. And i agree that what it all boils down to is personal prefferance. What one conciders the best of the franchise, doesn't nessasarly equivilet to what someone else does.

Again, what exactly is "The best we have gotten over the years" without being subjective?

What you concider "The best" doesn't mean the next person is going to feel the same way.


Exactly. Another way to look at it is this way:

Come at this issue from the toy standpoint.

Kids are the primary audience, always have been, always will be, nothing's going to change that. We come in at a very distant second. Kids want Bumblebee and Optimus Prime. Those two are their heroes. We, as adults and collectors, can't stand another one of those two. Not at all. Yet majority rules and says "MUST MAKE MOAR! NAO!" and majority vote wins.

"The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few." "Or the one."

The movie contents are accepted by the majority (by that I mean, people in general, not the fandom.) and either you're on board or you're not. If you're not, sorry. Nothing we can do. There are other options to enjoy, give it a whirl.

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Re: Michael Bay close to signing deal for Transformers 4!

Postby JOP » Fri Dec 16, 2011 3:11 pm

I hope you don't mind me replying to this out of order, but...

RhA wrote:Stovokor stated that 'we should have gotten', I replied to it.

Agreed.

RhA wrote:I do not claim that either of you can't want something. That's your call. My point is that you should not speak about what 'we should have gotten', because when I read something like that I feel like you're telling me that I should want something else in a movie. Can I please pick for myself what I like? Thank you.

I understand your point - I truly do - but I believe you are interpreting sto_vo_kor_2000's comment in an excessively literal manner. Certainly, one could argue that the phrase "...We should have gotten" is more than a little hyperbolic; but it's a far cry to consequently deduce that svk2K intends to choose our opinions for us!

As for svk2K's point that we should perhaps expect more from the live-action films; I ask again: why not? The measures under discussion - character development, emotional depth, and so on - are hallmarks of cinematic excellence. Why should we, as fans, not want the Transformers films to succeed along a critical axis, as well as those of financial outcome and raw entertainment value? To what end specifically would we seek to 'pick for ourselves' a film that is marred with narrative flaws, or stilted dialogue?

(So we are clear: I am not disputing the personal choices of fans to seek something else in their Transformers film experience; but I do not, at this time, understanding the underlying logic supporting said choices - and I would very much like to.)
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Re: Michael Bay close to signing deal for Transformers 4!

Postby JOP » Fri Dec 16, 2011 4:04 pm

5150 Cruiser wrote:Again, what exactly is "The best we have gotten over the years" without being subjective?

That statement was made by sto_vo_kor_2000, and is therefor for svk2K to qualify. Insofar as I have been discussing the issue however, it has been in (loosely-defined) terms of inserting narrative coherence, character development, emotional depth and so forth into a franchise in which these things have either been notoriously lacking or poorly handled.

Now, I would like to respond to Autobot032's comment, as I feel this rather gets at the crux of the matter:

Autobot032 wrote:Kids are the primary audience, always have been, always will be, nothing's going to change that. We come in at a very distant second. Kids want Bumblebee and Optimus Prime. Those two are their heroes. We, as adults and collectors, can't stand another one of those two. Not at all. Yet majority rules and says "MUST MAKE MOAR! NAO!" and majority vote wins.

If I understand correctly, the argument here could be paraphrased as "Your personal desires as a Transformers fan, regarding the Transformers brand, are secondary to the desires of the intended audience" - whether in regard to the proliferation of Bumblebee toys, or catering films toward the modern movie-going populace.

What I wonder is this: why should we assume that the desires of a given section of fans, and the desires of the intended audience, are at all times mutually exclusive?

For instance: let us assume that a given Transformers film is 70% 'good'. Now, let's imagine that a talented writer was hired to polish the script, reconcile a few plot holes, and smooth out some of the more clunky dialogue. At this point, the film moves up to 80% 'good'. At what point during this process were the needs of the Bumblebee-obsessed children's toy market, or the summer blockbuster crowd, harmed and hindered?

If there is indeed a Transformers 4 on the horizon, I would very much like for it to feature a script of significantly higher quality than Transformers 1, 2 and 3. Such a script would greatly enhance my enjoyment of the movie, and other viewers like myself; and yet would not in any way detract from the enjoyment of a more traditionally-(explosively)-minded audience. So why oppose the desire for a higher quality of writing?
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Re: Michael Bay close to signing deal for Transformers 4!

Postby Autobot032 » Fri Dec 16, 2011 5:54 pm

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JOP wrote:Now, I would like to respond to Autobot032's comment, as I feel this rather gets at the crux of the matter:

What I wonder is this: why should we assume that the desires of a given section of fans, and the desires of the intended audience, are at all times mutually exclusive?


No one's saying they can't both happen, just that that's usually how it works. Hasbro's main concern is making money. Always has been, always will be. Both sides can't win always and whatever side will make them guaranteed money and a lot of it, will always win.

JOP wrote:For instance: let us assume that a given Transformers film is 70% 'good'. Now, let's imagine that a talented writer was hired to polish the script, reconcile a few plot holes, and smooth out some of the more clunky dialogue. At this point, the film moves up to 80% 'good'. At what point during this process were the needs of the Bumblebee-obsessed children's toy market, or the summer blockbuster crowd, harmed and hindered?


Wait... um... I'm a tad confused here. The movie and the toys have nothing to do with each other, other than promotion and tie ins. What toys Hasbro designs and produces, have nothing to do with the script or the process of constructing the film. Uh...what point were you trying to make here? I'm not being funny, I'm genuinely confused.

As for the summer blockbuster crowd... What about the TF franchise doesn't work for that mold? Action? Check. Overblown? Check. Special effects, bad dialogue, excessive running time? Check.

The toys were brought up as a different way to approach the comparison. Not stating that the toys and movies directly affected each other. Though, it should be said that toys have no effect on the movie's conception. Quite the opposite, in fact.

JOP wrote:If there is indeed a Transformers 4 on the horizon, I would very much like for it to feature a script of significantly higher quality than Transformers 1, 2 and 3. Such a script would greatly enhance my enjoyment of the movie, and other viewers like myself; and yet would not in any way detract from the enjoyment of a more traditionally-(explosively)-minded audience. So why oppose the desire for a higher quality of writing?


I think you're being a tad unfair and unkind, honestly. Orci, Kurtzman and Rogers laid the groundwork for the first film. Orci and Kurtzman are well known hacks with not an original idea between the two of them, they more or less admitted they've built an empire on the works of others. Rogers had a hand in the Halle Berry Catwoman film. (No more needs to be said, on that one. lol)

Then, during ROTF, all the writers decided to go on strike and Bay had BIG people and BIG money to answer to. He was just as much of a victim as we were. The writers strike still pisses me off to this day. What did work about ROTF, was Kruger's handiwork. What didn't, can be chalked up to Orci & Kurtzman.

Orci & Kurtzman stepped down, Kruger took over full time and he delivered the most down to Earth and realistic of the the three movies. If a spaceship had crashed on the Moon, we most certainly would've raced to be the first to find it. If the aliens in that ship destroyed Chicago and tried to take over the world, the disaster we saw on screen would've been quite close to reality.

I'm not sure why people are so hard on DOTM, when it's considered, by many including critics, to be the best story of the trilogy. Some call it outlandish and silly, but most agree that it's closer to reality than the first two.

Kruger is definitely on the right track and it shows. The movie did well, not just for it's visual effects, but for it's story. I liked the first film when I first watched it, but I started to notice how boring it could be. ROTF, while clearly not perfect, was a lot more fun and action packed. DOTM came along and changed how I saw the entire film franchise. It had none of the boredom of the first film, but all of it's wow factor. It had all the action and wall to wall excitement of the second film, but not many of it's flaws. They really did save the best for last.

I'm not opposed to better writing, but I'm also not expecting it to be overwhelmingly Oscar material either. I guess it's because I'm a realist.

I see the entire TransFormers franchise as it is: A toy that spawned a cartoon, comics and some movies. Sure, it can grow, evolve and spread it's wings, I have no problem with that, but let's face it, this all started with some toys. I'm going to treat it as such.

And let's face it, a lot of us still love G1. G1 had some of the most silly, hokey, over the top storylines EVER. On rare occasions did G1 rise above itself and wow. Same with Beast Wars, though I have to give Beast Wars some credit. I mean, Code Of Hero is a jaw dropper. However, I do think 2.5 hours of Code Of Hero would wear thin on people's patience as well.

Either way, no one's going to be fully pleased 100% of the time. It's impossible. So Paramount, Hasbro, Bay and company are going to go for the path of least resistance, work with a formula proven to work and rake in the dough. If it ain't broke, don't fix it.

If I wanted Optimus to spout Shakespeare, I'd probably go read a fanfic. I have varying tastes when it comes to my entertainment, but when it comes to TransFormers...I just want Rock 'Em, Sock 'Em Robots on steroids, part elevntyseven.
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Re: Michael Bay close to signing deal for Transformers 4!

Postby Burn » Fri Dec 16, 2011 8:06 pm

Autobot032 wrote:Orci & Kurtzman stepped down, Kruger took over full time and he delivered the most down to Earth and realistic of the the three movies.


Based on a story from an 80's cartoon. I wouldn't give the man that much credit for that simple fact alone.
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Re: Michael Bay close to signing deal for Transformers 4!

Postby NatsumeRyu » Fri Dec 16, 2011 10:39 pm

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JOP wrote:For instance: let us assume that a given Transformers film is 70% 'good'. Now, let's imagine that a talented writer was hired to polish the script, reconcile a few plot holes, and smooth out some of the more clunky dialogue. At this point, the film moves up to 80% 'good'. At what point during this process were the needs of the Bumblebee-obsessed children's toy market, or the summer blockbuster crowd, harmed and hindered?


That's the thing. Because it doesn't affect the garnering of the main audience, it's therefore a lesser focus of the big wigs. And so less money will go into it. You honestly couldn't pay them enough to get them to hire whoever would have a great script or great script-editing abilities. Furthermore, editing the script would require more time. Time is money, and we know they're on a deadline to milk it while the getting's good.

To get a truly fantastic film I honestly think we need a smaller budget. Yes, I said it. I think the fans would either have to make it (Lord knows enough of us know how, it's just finding the time to volunteer to it), or Hasbro would have to hire a smaller, very devoted development team, where Hasbro would be taking a far higher risk of not making their investment back, and this money/project would be taking money away from projects like the Generations line.
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Re: Michael Bay close to signing deal for Transformers 4!

Postby Shadowman » Fri Dec 16, 2011 11:08 pm

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NatsumeRyu wrote:To get a truly fantastic film I honestly think we need a smaller budget. Yes, I said it.


The first movie had a (comparatively) smaller budget. Turns out, CGI is expensive. Turns out, that's why there was so little screen time for the actual robots.

NatsumeRyu wrote:I think the fans would either have to make it (Lord knows enough of us know how, it's just finding the time to volunteer to it)


Someone suggested this around the time of the first movie. The response was, more or less, it would never work because we'd never be able to agree on anything long enough to do it.
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Re: Michael Bay close to signing deal for Transformers 4!

Postby sto_vo_kor_2000 » Sat Dec 17, 2011 1:58 am

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JOP wrote:I understand your point - I truly do - but I believe you are interpreting sto_vo_kor_2000's comment in an excessively literal manner. Certainly, one could argue that the phrase "...We should have gotten" is more than a little hyperbolic; but it's a far cry to consequently deduce that svk2K intends to choose our opinions for us!

As for svk2K's point that we should perhaps expect more from the live-action films; I ask again: why not? The measures under discussion - character development, emotional depth, and so on - are hallmarks of cinematic excellence. Why should we, as fans, not want the Transformers films to succeed along a critical axis, as well as those of financial outcome and raw entertainment value? To what end specifically would we seek to 'pick for ourselves' a film that is marred with narrative flaws, or stilted dialogue?

(So we are clear: I am not disputing the personal choices of fans to seek something else in their Transformers film experience; but I do not, at this time, understanding the underlying logic supporting said choices - and I would very much like to.)
JOP wrote:That statement was made by sto_vo_kor_2000, and is therefor for svk2K to qualify. Insofar as I have been discussing the issue however, it has been in (loosely-defined) terms of inserting narrative coherence, character development, emotional depth and so forth into a franchise in which these things have either been notoriously lacking or poorly handled.


thank you very much, You did a better job of wording my point then I did :lol:
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