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As much as I want to discuss the reason why next summer is going to be a thorough mind-fuck (if you’re a self-professed Nolan-geek), I’d rather get things going by highlighting the fight between Tyler Perry and Spike first.

This is a screen-grab of an article titled “Tyler Perry to Spike Lee: You can go straight to hell!

All I know is that Spike Lee can’t get a movie made and Tyler Perry can’t stop people from giving him money to dress like a woman in those god-awful Madea movies.

If people can’t stop going to the theater to see the latest from Madea, can you really blame Tyler Perry? Spike Lee says Tyler Perry’s movies make African-Americans look stupid. Does anyone care? Should anyone care?

“The Dark Knight Rises” is the most anticipated Hollywood film coming out next summer and the first teaser was released today. What’s great about the films and the way Nolan is telling a single story spread over 3 films; he can tell the story any way he wants. He can kill Batman if he damn well pleases, and nothing will change the character. The story of the films is independent of the comics and the legacy.

I once read an interview about “Batman Begins” which said “if Bergman made superhero films, he would do it like this” and I completely agree. By taking the “hero” out of “superhero”, Nolan is grounding it in our reality thus making the drama more believable. Richard Donner did the same thing with “Superman” and “Superman 2”, and claiming his approach was that of “verisimilitude”. Other films are following suit, namely “Iron Man” and “Superman Returns”. The hero is no longer a super-being, but a human being with a fractured soul; the “superpowers” are merely a cover for a cracked ego.

The next Batman film completes Nolan’s trilogy; Batman Begins was the origin story and the creation of the crimewave that envelopes the city, The Dark Knight is the preceding escalation and study of those who can replace Batman (Harvey Dent/Two-Face), and finally The Dark Knight Rises is the return of the vigilante to a city that hunts him (a position he has been in since inception of the character).

Here’s the teaser:


Transformers 3 came out last Wednesday and since I hate to be the last person to see enormous tent-pole movies like this….

The big draw was that T3 would wrap up the Transformers story. Ironically none of the 3 movies really connect. It’s like those Pirates Of The Caribbean movies; no one really knows what’s going on and no one knows how they fit together. They just is.

The director of the Transformers films is Michael Bay,  known for blowing things up and telling stories badly. I admit, I’m a sucker for Michael Bay movies. My first was Bad Boys and that was pretty damn cool…in 1995. Since then we’ve had The Rock, Armageddon, Pearl Harbor, Bad Boys 2, The Island, and Transformers 1 & 2. Not bad for a resume, heh?

Transformers 1 was impressive; Spielberg (the producer of all 3 films) admitted he wanted it to be the story about “a boy and his first car”…thank you Steve, Transformers was watchable. It was also written by the 2 writers known for creating Alias, Lost, Fringe and writing the new Star Trek…so the script was solid. Fast forward to T2 (a different writer) and…I want my 2 hours back.

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley

The chocolately-center of Transformers 3? A god-awful story. Since we had seen all this before in T1 and 2,  the main attraction wasn’t even the robots; it’s the Megan Fox-replacement, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, a former Victoria’s Secret model-turned-actress (and a robot of a different kind). (Megan Fox called director Michael Bay “a Nazis” and therefore was replaced before filming.) When Megan Fox was an attractive nobody, Megan Fox2 is an attractive nobody with a job; it’s not like woman’s underwear can sell itself right?

This movie is terrible, but has a few things going for it: giant transforming robots fighting and destroying Chicago, that kid who ruined the last Indiana Jones movie, Fergie Black-Eye Peas’ husband (you know, the dude who like strippers, or so they say), a Victoria Secret model who still remains “unfamous” and John “Why are you in this movie?” Malkovich.

Nuff said!