The "What If Michael Bay Directed <em>Up</em>?" Trailer Is Here to Answer All Your "What If Michael Bay Directed <em>Up</em>?" Questions

I think we can all agree that Michael Bay is to subtlety and restraint what Joseph Stalin was to...subtlety and restraint. Am I calling Michael Bay the Joseph Stalin of filmmaking, or implying that Bay might even be Joseph Stalin reincarnated? Yes, I am saying that.

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The Machines Are Rising Against Michael Bay

Awwwww. First he's attacked by an air conditioner and now Michael Bay is publicly embarrassed by a teleprompter. While attempting to speak at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Bay was left high and dry when the teleprompter malfunctioned. Though visibly uncomfortable without the assistance of a prompter, Bay soldiered on. He began, "Um, I take — I try to take people on an emotional ride, and, um … " It was at this point that he realized he was talking about Michael Bay films being an emotional ride and excused himself from the stage. On the scale of teleprompter fails, this falls somewhere between Bill O'Reilly's meltdown and Ron Burgundy telling San Diego to go fuck itself.


'Pain & Gain' Red Band Trailer: The Comedy Stylings Of Michael Bay

It's funny because the fat characters act like normal, sexy people. There's a new, uncensored trailer for Michael Bay's "small" movie Pain & Gain. It's got just about everything you'd expect from a Michael Bay movie except aerial stunts, expensive CGI, and Hans Zimmer. But that leaves plenty of room for shoot outs, babes, explosions, and awkward attempts at comedy that suck the air out of the room. R.I.P. Rebel Wilson's buzz factor 2011 - Pain & Gain. Additionally, FilmDrunk pointed out Mark Wahlberg's tiny dinosaur arms and now it's the only thing I see when I look at him. Just like the tooth in the exact center of Tom Cruise's face.


Did Michael Bay Use The Same Incomprehensible Footage In Two Movies?

It's his footage, he'll use it as much as he wants! Alfred Hitchcock once said that "self-plagiarism is style." Well, if that's the case, Michael Bay must be one stylish son of a bitch. YouTube eagle-eye "cinefilojermain23" posted a shot-for-shot comparison of footage in Transformers: Dark of the Moon, and Michael Bay's earlier The Island, and as you can see above, the similarities are startling. [post-album postid="218333" item="2"]If this gets the attention of Michael Bay (and at almost 800,000 hits as of this writing, it's likely that it will), he'll probably just laugh it off, since it is his footage, after all. Still, it is pretty unusual for a big-budget blockbuster to use warmed-over footage like an episode of Battlestar Galactica from the 70s. (The Hollywood Reporter)


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Weep Joyfully At Pixar’s ‘Up’ Recreated Using 1960s Movie Clips

Spencer Tracy plays Carl Fredricksen, complete with giant hipster old person glasses, in this expertly-done recreation of the 'Up' trailer story using live action film footage. Here's the internet mashup that'll make you cry. Well, it'll make you cry if you remember watching the original Up, and I don't think there was a dry pair of 3D glasses in the theater I was in after Ellie kicks the bucket. From Ivan Guerrero, the maker of "Ghostbusters Trailer Recreated Using Old Movie Clips" and "Empire Strikes Back Trailer Recreated Using Old Movie Clips" comes, wait for it, "Up Trailer Recreated Using Old Movie Clips." Spencer Tracy plays Carl Fredricksen, complete with giant hipster old person glasses, in this expertly-done "premake" of Pixar's story using live action film footage. They even managed to find a solid look-alike for Kevin the Freaky-Ass Looking Bird. Next, someone will probably swede Guerrero's remake trailers, and after that, the universe collapses in on itself. (Vulture)


This Video Pulls Back The Curtain On David Fincher's Subtle, Haunting Style Of Direction

It's not flashy...and that's the point. David Fincher is making critical waves yet again with today's release of Gone Girl in theaters. While Fincher is considered one of the foremost auteurs in popular cinema today, it's hard to pinpoint exactly what makes him both different and better than many of his peers. There isn't a quick and easy explanation, but if you have seven minutes to dive into this, you'll see not just what makes the director of Fight Club and Se7en stand apart from many other so-called "gritty" directors. It's as much about his restraint and limited use of gimmicks as it his gravitation towards strong scripts. Without giving too much aways, you'll learn here how Fincher uses zooms, close-ups, and composition to convey a visual message as powerful as the scripted ones. And if you don't like David Fincher's work, there's still plenty to study and learn what goes into a seemingly simple shot. Kudos to the creator, Tony Szhou, for his work here.


Eat It, Michael Bay: Arnofsky’s ‘Swan’ Reveals Its Special Effects

It took a lot of complicated effects to make this movie look so simple. While Black Swan appears to be a pretty straightforward film with minimal special effects (webbed toes, feathers), the truth is that it take a lot of special effects to make it look so stark. I mean, who really thought it was Natalie Portman doing all that dancing? Besides me, of course. Arnofsky did what mean big-budget directors can't - make the audience unaware of special effects. This demo reel reveals many of the techniques that went into makin Black Swan such an understated yet striking film. Reflections of cameramen were removed from dance studi mirrors, lots of "head replacements" took place, and animated tattoos were placed on Mila Kunis' back while she "kissed" Ms. Portman. Also, Vincent Cassel died 17 days into filming and they had to use a CGI representation of him. Just kidding. I think. (/Film)