Lots of folks on my timeline are very excited about the new Bumblebee trailer this morning. I certainly concede that it doesn’t look very Bay, which is of course a wonderful thing. I also acknowledge that the robot design’s styling leans more towards G1 (he’s a Beetle!) than the wretched Bay aesthetic. At the same time, my relationship with the live-action Transformers movieverse is so deeply wounded after the horrors of the Bay movies that it will take more than a trailer for a new film looking less Bay-like for me to be able to assume any position of positivity.
But, yeah, of course I hope it’s good. I want to enjoy Transformers films because I love Transformers. And I love films. I don’t enjoy hating Transformers films. And I don’t enjoy the polarising effect they’ve had on the fandom.
Fanstoys’ Transformers: The Movie range grows further, and with an MP I’ve been dying for. I do wonder though when the adulation for this company will start to wane. Its first release, Quakewave, was a classic, but sadly still probably the best figure the company has released.
I concede that Fanstoys Grinder is the ‘better’ fit on the Masterpiece shelf (and he sits on mine), especially when among his Fanstoys brothers. But for me the official MP (in this instance the Hasbro V1) remains the ‘better’ realisation of the Autobot Grimlock.
I’m not the biggest Marvel Universe fan in the world. Not that I don’t like the films – I like them plenty. I’ve seen all of them at least once and many of them several times (more often than not as a “sod it, that’ll do” selection to end a tortuous Netflix browse). Even the worst of them aren’t ‘bad’ films by any stretch. At the very worst they’re ‘okay’ or ‘pretty good’, but at they’re best I think they’re pretty damn special.
I’ve got to say though that Marvel did a pretty spectacular job with Infinity Wars. Trying to manage that many characters in a story that has to by design be as epic as the build up required was a near impossible task. But they did it, and fair play. I was also pleased to see Marvel nailing yet another decent villain, following on the fine antagonist work seen in Spider-Man: Homecoming and Black Panther.
How many film series could get 19 in, and with that regular a release schedule, and still pump out gold?
I’d put Infinity War as Top 5’er, myself:
- Thor: Ragnarok
- Black Panther
- The Avengers
- Avengers: Infinity War
- Captain America: Civil War
(Probably would have had Captain America: The Winter Soldier in fifth prior to IW.)
The union of Doctor Who and Douglas Adams always felt perfect, and it was a shame that more did not come from it. Having today in the car listened to some of the audiobook version of Adams’ Fourth Doctor adventure The Pirate Planet, I perhaps should not have been surprised to encounter one of the greatest passages I have ever heard:
“This Doctor, the fourth, was a proud spiller of crumbs and defier of convention. Every morning, he advanced on the wardrobe as though he were seeking revenge. What did it matter what he wore, he figured.”
Words so glorious they could literally inspire a career.
I spent a big chunk of last week helping put this together for Chris and James at GamesIndustry.biz. Check out all these very cool and very talented and really very annoyingly young people being very good. It was pretty amazing to write about these folk and I am absolutely convinced they are going to shape a much improved games industry in the decades to come.
Oh and of course I kept in the bit where Alex Calvin bigs me up.