, 165 m., 2014
Mark Wahlberg (Cade Yeager), Stanley Tucci (Joshua Joyce), Kelsey Grammer (Harold Attinger), Nicola Peltz (Tessa Yeager), Jack Reynor (Shane Dyson), Titus Welliver (James Savoy), Sophia Myles (Darcy Tirrel), Bingbing Li (Su Yueming), T.J. Miller (Lucas Flannery), James Bachman (Gill Wembley), Thomas Lennon (Chief of Staff), Charles Parnell (CIA Director), Erika Fong (CIA Analyst), Mike Collins (CIA Analyst), Geng Han (Convertible Passenger). Directed by Michael Bay and produced by Ian Bryce, Tom DeSanto, Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Don Murphy. Screenplay by Ehren Kruger.
Life … is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing – William Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of Macbeth
Shakespeare was referring to the existential despair at the core of life in his classic (and cursed?) stage play, yet he may as well have been writing about the vapid, soullessness at the core of Michael Bay’s oeuvre. With the ironically (and meaninglessly?)-titled Transformers: Age of Extinction, Bay begins a “new trilogy” to follow up his previous three “efforts.” It is a loud, painfully overlong, occasionally boring but mostly just incoherent and meaningless ramble of a summer blockbuster that hints that Bay may have learned his lesson, only to pull the rug out from under the audience to reveal…the same old schtick. Continue reading
, 116 m., 2014
Seth MacFarlane (Albert), Charlize Theron (Anna), Amanda Seyfried (Louise), Liam Neeson (Clinch), Giovanni Ribisi (Edward), Neil Patrick Harris (Foy), Sarah Silverman (Ruth), Christopher Hagen (George Stark), Wes Studi (Cochise), Matt Clark (Old Prospector), Evan Jones (Lewis), Aaron McPherson (Ben), Rex Linn (Sheriff / Narrator), Brett Rickaby (Charlie Blanche), Alex Borstein (Millie). Directed by MacFarlane and produced by Jason Clark, MacFarlane, and Scott Stuber. Screenplay by MacFarlane & Alec Sulkin & Wellesley Wild.
From the big, expansive shots of Monument Valley, home to so many classic Westerns by John Ford, to the rousing opening score and the larger-than-life titles with a golden, sunburned hue, Seth MacFarlane’s A Million Ways to Die in the West seems to be setting us up for a non-ironical take on the old-fashioned American genre. MacFarlane being MacFarlane, however, this cannot last. Of course, this will be a Blazing Saddles-esque attempt at skewering the genre MacFarlane seems bent on recreating. Continue reading