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i want the regina dress now

Geeky women's clothing company Her Universe teamed up with Hot Topic and Nerdist to present a fandom couture competition and fashion show. Here are some highlights. [more inside]
posted by divabat on Sep 4, 2014 - 34 comments

The genius of Michael Bay

This summer's Transformers 4 have seen its fair share of negativity, considering it's a master class in economics and its predecessor is Michael Bay's first art movie (last linked discussed previously.)
posted by Harald74 on Jul 28, 2014 - 52 comments

Transformers: The Premake

"What role then does the amateur image-maker play in a pre-made consumer reality? If people are allowed to make their own versions of Transformers, will they be able to veer from that script, or will they just feed the corporate giant?" Renowned video essayist Kevin B. Lee's latest work, Transformers: The Premake, uses amateur behind-the-scenes footage found on Youtube to investigate the phenomenon of the contemporary global blockbuster. [more inside]
posted by Awkward Philip on Jul 21, 2014 - 2 comments

"Transformers 4: I am drunk and I must rage pee"

If you’ve read anything about this movie, you’ve probably heard about the rightfully infamous “Romeo and Juliet law” scene. Nothing I have read as of yet does actual justice to how absolutely fucking creepy this scene is. Cade and Shane (Tessa’s boyfriend, played by Jack Reynor) have been pissing on each other’s legs since the moment they met about, frankly, just to whom Tessa belongs. Then Cade finds out that Shane is 20; well, Tessa is a minor. Without so much as blinking, Shane launches into a lecture about the Romeo and Juliet law of Texas, and has the text of the law on a laminated card in his wallet. He is carrying it the way one might expect a young man to carry a freaking condom.
If you're going to read only one profanity laden review of Transformers 4, make sure it's this one. The profanity because not even the power of alcohol was enough to protect Rachael Acks from this movie, after her readers were so kind as to donate $400 to charity to force her to see it. Bonus: PDF of the notes taken during the movie and for those who like less swearing, the io9 FAQ hits many of the same notes.
posted by MartinWisse on Jul 13, 2014 - 223 comments

Now, Light Our Darkest Hour

As the hype builds for Michael Bay's latest assault on the eyes and eardrums: Transformers 4: Age of Extinction, let's take a walk down memory lane to happier times: Beyond good. Beyond evil. Beyond your wildest imagination. [more inside]
posted by zarq on May 5, 2014 - 57 comments

Ten Minutes of Transformers Transforming

Watching Ten Minutes of Transformers Transforming did make me a little dizzy. Three movies worth of transformations in 1080p.
posted by tarpin on Feb 4, 2014 - 68 comments

I ain't four years old no more

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posted by homunculus on Nov 14, 2012 - 48 comments

¿Conclusion?

Transformers 3 scene from The Island. SlashFilm passes along the news that Michael Bay recycled shots from his 2005 film The Island in his new film Transformers: Dark of the Moon, saving costs by adding different CGI to the same car chase scenes. "I’m not sure how often this kind of thing happens, but my guess is that it happens probably more than you would think."
posted by mediareport on Jul 1, 2011 - 78 comments

Dear Projectionist...

A letter by director Michael Bay helpfully advising projectionists the proper way to show his new film Transformers 3 in movie theaters and a very grateful response from the Projectors' Guild.
posted by Renoroc on Jun 27, 2011 - 102 comments

I don't change my style for anybody. Pussies do that.

An Oral History of Michael Bay
posted by bittermensch on Jun 27, 2011 - 61 comments

More Than Meets the Eye

A Glitch in the Allspark? Transformers-obsessed comic artist David Willis reports on an unfortunate quip about sexual orientation at Botcon 2011 through the eyes of his gay character Ethan of Shortpacked!.
posted by emjaybee on Jun 11, 2011 - 58 comments

Sometimes even the wisest of men and machines can be in error.

Seibertron is billed as the Ultimate Transformers Resource. [more inside]
posted by chmmr on Feb 19, 2011 - 8 comments

3D conversion, artistic integrity and Michael Bay

Will post-conversion done badly kill 3D movies? Jeffrey Katzenberg of DreamWorks thinks it might. Or as Michael Bay puts it "You can’t just shit out a 3D movie".
posted by Artw on Apr 11, 2010 - 79 comments

I want to tell you about the Transformers!

The Transfomers Wiki is a surprisingly complete resource about everything related to one of the largest sci-fi franchises that exists to sell toys. You can find information on everything from 1986's The Transformers: The Movie to the more recent Transformers Animated and the bizarre Japanese line Kiss Players (that one gets NSFW). The wiki has just reached 10,000 articles, which I guess means that it is ruined FOREVER. [more inside]
posted by The Devil Tesla on Dec 15, 2009 - 32 comments

Let yourself go in your adult diaper, Michael Bay invites you.

Could Transformers:ROTF(L) be one of the greatest achievements in the history of cinema, if not the greatest? This reviewer argues that it just might be.
posted by blue_beetle on Jun 26, 2009 - 162 comments

The Motorots are attacking Zantoo!

Invasion of the Big Robots! Say what you will about the decline of Garfield, but he had his brighter moments, like the time he woke up in the wrong cartoon and had to fight the big robots. Garfield and Friends writer Mark Evanier tells the story behind this budget-busting episode. [Previously] [more inside]
posted by Servo5678 on Jan 29, 2009 - 3 comments

More than meets the eye

The Domestic Transformer: sliding walls and yellow light, a local architect's solution to the problem of scant living-space in Hong Kong. [more inside]
posted by grobstein on Jan 15, 2009 - 31 comments

Mac Vs PC

Mac Vs. PC. Inspired by Transformers, this short visual effects piece shows us what would happen if our home computers could turn into robots and started beating each other up.
posted by Effigy2000 on Dec 22, 2008 - 48 comments

Retro action

The Retroist is a veritable treasure trove of 80's (and 70's) goodness. TV commercials, catalogs, and of course the poetry of Mr. Leonard Nimoy. The Youtube channel alone is worth the price of admission-- Tobor! Diet Rite! Candyland!
posted by dersins on Apr 24, 2008 - 15 comments

"Confronting the worst things the '80s ever did to us"

The Most Insane, Child-Warping Moments of '80s Cartoons [more inside]
posted by [NOT HERMITOSIS-IST] on Mar 26, 2008 - 130 comments

It's Sunday. So have Optimus Prime phone your friends.

Have Optimus Prime phone your friends.
posted by patr1ck on Oct 14, 2007 - 32 comments

It’s a young man’s game, innit

“I’m a singer. I’m a performer.” Accused of taking part in a £1.75m armed robbery Brian Hibberd had an unorthodox defence. Apparently it worked. [more inside]
posted by ninebelow on Sep 12, 2007 - 17 comments

Robot Post Mk. II

A better article about robots. More interesting robots than I posted about last time. Cute, tiny transforming robots. And for those of you less interested in real robots, 2-XL, the toy that got me obsessed with the whole thing as a kid.
posted by StrikeTheViol on Aug 5, 2007 - 14 comments

Panoptimus

Though foreign-born, he is often considered an American icon. His career may have peaked in the 80's and has certainly taken some questionable turns, but he's retained a cult following. Now he's having a true comeback, and though some may be displeased that he's "sold out", for him it's just the latest in a lifelong series of transformations.
posted by Durhey on Jul 4, 2007 - 41 comments

No Toys for Tots

A parent advocacy group is upset that Transformer toys are being marketed to children. Group also rumored to dislike the fact that water is wet and that the Pope wears a big hat.
posted by Stynxno on Jul 2, 2007 - 70 comments

This is all your fault Rodimus, GREAT!

The Rude Awakening of Optimus Prime - in the same vein as the old GI Joe public service announcement parodies, but for the Transformers. [youtube]
posted by CG on Mar 30, 2007 - 21 comments

Mighty Robots! Mighty Vehicles!

GOBOTS! Remember Cy-Kill, Turbo, BuggyMan, the unfortunately named Dumper, the much-maligned Scooter, and the rest of the original GoBots? How about the Super Gobots? The commercials (1, 2)? The Challenge of the GoBots? And whatever this is? The last four links are videos, FYI.
posted by brain_drain on Oct 6, 2006 - 52 comments

You Got the Touch

I don't want to get all fanboy about the upcoming Transformers movie. Even if they did get Peter Cullen to reprise his role as the vox of semi-truck-autobot-leader Optimus Prime. I mean Michael Bay is directing it, people. However, perhaps it's possible Stan Bush could revamp his famous 'You Got the Touch' anthem. Couldn't be as bad as Mark Wahlberg's version (or John C. Reilly's dancing).
posted by bivouac on Aug 31, 2006 - 77 comments

ROH-OH-AH-AH-ANK!

Comprehensive, high quality archive of box art from Transformers toys. Searchable and organized by year and faction. Tell me this isn't awesome.
posted by BlackLeotardFront on Jun 19, 2006 - 54 comments

zero technology

Remember that Citroen Transformer breakdancing? Sure, some of us love it because it was a sweet ride and deep down inside, we all want to be sporting an Autobot. Of course this begs the question "who could actually afford one?"
Well now thanks to consumers driving down prices, there is an alternative.
posted by Hands of Manos on May 23, 2005 - 21 comments

Optimus Prime Dies of Prostate Cancer

Optimus Prime Dies of Prostate Cancer "When it comes to prostate cancer, there's more than meets the eye," National Prostate Cancer Coalition CEO Richard N. Atkins, M.D. said. "Often times when one has symptoms for prostate cancer it's already in its late stages, that’s why early detection is so important."
posted by oissubke on Feb 28, 2005 - 29 comments

mobile mobile phone

Keitai Vyuun! - but is it really the best invention ever? I say "no".
posted by 13twelve on Feb 22, 2005 - 8 comments

robots in disguise...

transformers breakdancing. (flash video)
posted by joedan on Jun 5, 2004 - 14 comments

Best. Transformers. Video. Ever.

Best. Transformers. Video. Ever. CGI render of a new VW Beetle transforming into a transformer with live background [1.5 meg mpg video]. Makes me wonder if a live-action Transformers TV show would work, with real actors and CGI rendered robots. I'd certainly watch it.
posted by PWA_BadBoy on Jun 9, 2002 - 28 comments

Remote controlled rock 'em sock 'em Transformers from Japan.

Remote controlled rock 'em sock 'em Transformers from Japan. Check out the quicktime movies, and read the safety disclaimer:

Please be aware that DF01 will make sudden abrupt movements that may frighten children and pets. It also has capabilities to shoot ammunition such as rubber pellets and therefore should be aimed in a responsible manner. Finally, numerous parts of the DF01 can and will fly off during combat.

Do not taunt happy-fun ball. Link via core77.
posted by machaus on Apr 6, 2002 - 11 comments

Transformers Archive.

Transformers Archive.
posted by holloway on Mar 21, 2001 - 15 comments

The New Transformers Are Coming!

The New Transformers Are Coming!
posted by honkzilla on Feb 12, 2001 - 12 comments

I can't believe no one has posted this... but if I had a cool ten-grand, this set of Generation One Transformers would definitely be mine.
posted by hobbes on Jan 26, 2001 - 13 comments

More than meets the eye.

More than meets the eye. Next stop, Cybertron!
posted by jjg on Jan 19, 2001 - 6 comments

An even better article

An even better article from the same issue on The Transformers. more than meets the eye.
posted by crawdad on Apr 18, 2000 - 3 comments

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