#79 – TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE whatever

Sentinel Prime (voiced by Leonard Nimoy) in Michael Bay's 'Transformers: Dark Side of the Moon.'

Can’t say we didn’t warn you. But then, we all know what to expect from Michael Bay, right? So John and I endured the mega-mechanical CGI onslaught of Transformers: Dark of the Moon. All 156 minutes of it. Do we really have to explain why this is such a giant chunk of Hasbro-mash, you might ask? Sure, the movie is critic proof, but it’s our job. And we will not shy away from it. We might cower and squirm in pain. Beyond that, the energizing act of eviscerating a movie is fun, and Michael Bay is an easy target. This is a pretty much a giant turkey shoot.

Julia Roberts and Tom Hanks in 'Larry Crowne.'

We did however enjoy Larry Crowne, which Tom Hanks wrote, produced, directed and stars in. It’s a wonderful character-driven film, with Julia Roberts delivering her best performance in years. Do see it.

Detective Mike Hammer (Ralph Meeker) and femme fatale Lily Carver (Gaby Rogers) in director Robert Aldrich's 'Kiss Me Deadly.'

For our picks of the week, John says White Lightnin’, starring Edward Hogg and Carrie Fisher, is worth a look. And we both agree the Criterion Collection’s release of Kiss Me Deadly (1955) is truly a must see.

We recorded this episode outdoors, sitting on a bench in Boston Common – where there happened to be some sort of Anime festival taking place; lots of college students dressed as anime characters. And they cheered from time to time. So… our apologies for any obtrusive and/or amusing background noises. Stuff happens on the Common, you know?

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About Stephen Slaughter Head

Stephen Slaughter Head co-founded the much-loved movie news website IGN FilmForce. He has more than 2,000 published articles at IGN.com. His filmmaking interviews, reviews and features have been published at AOL, Script magazine, Esquire magazine and the Boston Phoenix. He is also the host of the Diabolique Webcast at DiaboliqueMagazine.com. You can contact him directly on Twitter at twitter.com/stevehead.