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July 13

Movie Review: Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon

Transformers 3 posterTransformers 3: Dark of the Moon (2011)
Director: Michael Bay
Starring: Shia LaBeouf, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Josh Duhamel,Tyrese Gibson and John Turturro
Voice actors: Peter Cullen, Hugo Weaving, and Leonard Nimoy
157 min
Rated PG13

You might think that crazy-awesome special effects, a pulsing soundtrack and GIANT FIGHTING ROBOTS would be enough to guarantee an summer blockbuster. And you’d be correct – in terms of box office sales. In fact, Transformers 3 is currently the 47th highest grossing movie of all time.

But if you think the same formula would guarantee a movie worth 2-1/2 hours of your time…not necessarily.

The latest installment in the movie series based on Hasbro’s toy line of yore, Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon, has all the elements of a sure-fire Hollywood hit. Tested director of notable action movies like Armageddon & Pearl Harbor, Michael Bay? Check. Fan-boy favorite producer, Steven Spielberg? Check. Score by Steve Jablonsky, composer of the two previous Transformers film scores? Check. Voluptuous love interest? Check. Mighty morphin’ robots in disguise? Check.

Strong storyline told in logical progression…not so much.

Don’t get me wrong – I know that any Transformers movie is not exactly meant to have an Oscar-worthy script. I’m not expecting rich character development, or to be able to relate to the story on a deeply personal level. I know it’s a summer blockbuster that’s meant to be eye candy. And on that criteria, the movie did deliver. The transformation from vehicle to robot was as flawless as in the previous movies, with all the whirling cogs & gizmos, and usually while in motion. Visually stunning.

But the story seemed all over the place. It was like they just thought up a bunch of scenes, filmed them, and just threw them together. It felt very abrupt and disjointed, and was generally distracting, even with the impressive special effects.

Also distracting was the newly-introducted love interest – Rosie Huntington-Whiteley took over for Megan Fox in this installment. Her role was completely gratuitous to the story, though perhaps that’s to be expected, too, especially after the first two movies. Giant robots and a pretty girl, and fanboys are typically content. (oh I’m sorry, did my bitter resentment show?)

That said, a delightful surprise (for me) was the voice acting by Leonard Nimoy (need I say he played Spock in “Star Trek“?), and the “sidekick” part by Alan Tudyk (“Wash” from “Firefly“) as a rather flamboyant German assistant. So there was a little something for the geek girls – at least THIS geek girl. ;)

Overall, I’d say Transformers 3 is a renter, if anything.

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March 2

Transformers Toque

Transformers Toque

Craftster.org user subloke made this Transformers toque based on Baigneuse’s version, who made hers based on Flickr user twosixteen’s chart. Subloke even made the Transformers hat reversible – one side has Autobot and Decepticon icons and the other side says “more than meets the eye.”

Transformers Toque

She was even kind enough to post the pattern and instructions to the Transformers hat so anyone with the skillz can make one too!

October 26

Optimus Prime + The TARDIS = Awesome.

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I love Transformers. I love Doctor Who.  So, what’s not to love about a 3-D printed, actual working/transforming Tardimus Prime??!! Seriously.  What’s not to love? Inspired by Jason Casteel’s TARDIS Prime artwork, user Ellindsey designed and created this 3-D printed realization, and it actually transforms.  What’s even cooler is you can find Ellindsey’s CAD files and instructions for building your own. Oh, for a 3-D printer.  Even you don’t have one, you should definitely check out the link for the additional pictures.  Transform and roll out!

August 10

Ami Power! Teenage Mutant Ninja Crochet

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles amigurumi by Laura Carrascosa Fuster

In honor of the recent release of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie, I thought I would share this cute Ninja Turtles amigurumi pattern from Laura Carrascosa Fuster / Las manos de Alea. I love their little round yellow bellies and felt accents, and the little loop to make them keychain/lanyard-friendly.

My husband saw the new movie over the weekend and wasn’t overly impressed, but also wasn’t under-impressed. “It’s a Michael Bay film. Zero expectations equals lots of fun,” he said. He likened it to the first Transformers movie. Have you seen it, and if so, what did you think? How did it compare to the first Turtles movie? Also, what fun geeky amigurumi projects have you tried?

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February 28

3D Transforming Optimus Prime Cross-Stitch

optimusprimeThis three dimensional Optimus Prime is impressive to say the least. Plastic canvas has never looked so extreme. Based on the original toy series, superstar Lord Libidan, I would say this is his pièce de résistance. What? Not uber enough for you? IT TRANSFORMS!

That’s right. Not only did he make a poseable transformer, Optimus Prime transforms into a truck!!! No seriously, look at this!optimusprime2

Just when you thought this couldn’t be any cooler! He also has plans for other Transformers including Starscream. Head on over to his Etsy shop and be prepared to have your head explode!

Lord Libidan on Etsy

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