Michael Bay is finally admitting that Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen may not have been a perfect movie. But Transformers 3, now filming, will drop the "dorky comedy" and substitute an intense mystery. More importantly, it'll end Bay's Transformers story.
This was a year of extremes: huge CG-heavy spectacles and low-budget gems. Most of all, 2009 made us feel the boundaries of cinema were stretched... for good and ill. Here are the 10 best and 10 worst films of 2009.
Movies may thrill us with their huge ideas and set pieces, but you always know that anything a movie did, a novel did it first... and better. If you liked these dozen recent movies, here are some books you'll love.
ILM Special effects supervisor Scott Farrar said that R2-D2 had a cameo in Transformers 2. My bet was that he was behind Megan Fox's ass at one point, giving her a back rub. With his special back vibrating thingapparatus. Updated.
Watch some great Decepticon-on-military-satellite action from Transformers 2, while director Michael Bay explains why you don't need to have a script when you start creating cool robot action, in this exclusive commentary clip from the Revenge Of The Fallen DVD.
Is escapism the enemy of smart science fiction? Are stories that let us escape reality always inconsequential fluff? That's what people argue — but the reverse is true. Escapism is a literary impulse, and escapist art is the highest art.
It's almost painful to look through Transformers 2's beautiful concept art wondering, what happened? Similar to the red wandering eyes of the robotic Doctor, we too look for answers. And was Brendan Gleeson really the inspiration for the cement transformer?
The 2009 summer movie season ended, with a record-breaking box office. But 2009 will also go down as the year with the most movies that cost $200 million or more. We've compiled the most expensive movies of the past decade.
Star Trek concept artist Ryan Church also created some breathtaking vistas for Transformers: 2, including this scene inside an alien vessel called The Ark. All of a sudden, those big alien robots really do look alien. A few more, below.
About six months ago, Michael Bay approached Digital Domain, the Academy Award winning special effects company behind movies like Benjamin Button, Titanic , and the The Fifth Element, with a last minute request. He needed a closeup. (WARNING: Minor Spoilers Ahead)
Haven't seen Transformers 2 yet? Here's an excellent recap of the film. For the full effect, punch yourself in the stomach once it's done. [Topless Robot]
Going to see Transformers 2 tonight? Check out this io9 review first. I didn't read it (I don't like any possible spoilers), but there's not a whole lot to spoil in this kind of movie anyway. Plus, Megan Fox. [io9]
Apparently Industrial Light and Magic is now inserting R2-D2 in every single movie they make. Before it was Star Trek, and according to film's visual-effects supervisor Scott Farrar, now it is Transformers 2:
How do things like robot urination and teabagging end up in the Transformers movies? We asked co-writers Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman. And the duo hinted that, contrary to press reports, they may be up for Transformers 3. Spoilers ahead...