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“Y – The Last Man” – new director, no Shia, all good

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What a difference a couple of years makes.

When the film adaptation was last discussed, the movie version was heading directly towards mediocre town, helmed as it was due to be by D.J. Caruso and starring his “Disturbia“/”Eagle Eye” star, Shia LaBeouf.

This entirely unsatisfactory state of affairs was barely improved by LaBeouf’s words on leaving the film, in which he cited too many parallels between his character in “Y: The Last Man“, Yorick, and his “Transformersaction figure lead role, Sam Witwicky.

Having not read the screenplay for “Y” which LeBeouf was referring to, I can’t speak to the veracity of his opinion, but the very idea that any kind of line could be drawn twixt the two properties defies belief, frankly.   Where “Y: The Last Man” is a provocative post-apocalyptic sci-fi tale with fascinating characters, science run amok and smart things to say about gender in society, Michael Bay‘s “Transformers” flicks are essentially giant robot fetishism with explosions punctuating the minutes in the film not devoted to leering close-ups on some poor starlet’s aerobicised caboose.

The two projects are, I would submit to you, not exactly related in tone.

So, it’s bloody good news that Dan Trachtenberg, helmer of the superb “Portal” fan flick “No Escape” and former co-host of the late and lamented “Totally Rad Show” podcast, has signed up to spearhead a new take on the film.  Whilst Trachtenberg’s involvement hardly guarantees that the film will be made, it’s a real step in the right direction and perhaps acknowledges that people who like the material and don’t think that they’re making a rock-em, sock-em summer action flick are a good fit to direct something as good as “Y: The Last Man” is.

Something approaching common sense in Hollywood?  Clearly, normal service will be resumed shortly…

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“Transformers – Dark of the Moon”; A new trailer, a new hope?

See what I did there? Huh? Righteous!

Yes, there’s a new trailer for Michael Bay’s third “Transformers” film and you can find it over at Apple’s trailer hub.

Bay’s eye for huge spectacle is present and correct, as is the meme-worthy sight of Shia LeBeouf yelling his little lungs out for Optimus to come save his butt. Metropolitan property is destroyed with cavalier abandon, Peter Mullan has the best voice ever and, best of all, those dreaded ‘Twins’ are nowhere to be seen.

Michael Bay in the thick of it.

Though I hated “Revenge of the Fallen” with a passion (it’s one of only two movies that I’ve ever walked out of), something tells me that I will be seeing this film in a theatre, which is a serious recommendation. In this age of Blu-Ray and excellent home cinema presentation, it takes a film which demands to be seen on a big screen to motivate me to brave my local GooglyPlex – though the jury is still out on 3D presentation for me.

Intriguingly, Bay’s synonymous hyper-kinetic visual style has been anecdotally reigned in by the limitations of the 3D cameras that he worked with here – perhaps this might be the first Bay movie which doesn’t induce tension headaches in the audience and has some semblance of a downer ending.

To whet your proverbial whistle, Comic Book Movie have a YouTubed host of the trailer and some screengrabs for your perusal.

Doesn't look good for Chicago...

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