I've never seen or heard of the other two. Id suggest checking it out before saying it wasnt good.
I know 23 was touched on a while ago(Heh, touched on), but I just now watched it. I know it's supposed to be a very bad movie, but I actually enjoyed it. As long as you're not expecting some kind of epic movie(not Epic Movie), you just may find yourself enjoying it. There are quite a few plotholes and the acting isn't great.
I'd give "The Number 23" a 7/10, just because I was expecting an absolute P.O.S.
What really brought the movie down for me was that they used the ****ing oh-so played out amnesia angle. UGH!
Look, I tried to go in there with my brain and sensibilities switched off and I will admit that in certain parts I was not completely unentertained (some of the character humour almost got a giggle out of me - although the biggest laugh was the technobabble bit about Fourier series and Quantum Mechanics, that was something special), but there's just so much that's loathsome about this movie. And I don't just mean from a Transformers fan perspective.
Hatehatehatehatehate Michael Bay.
I think the worst thing about it was the cinematography, it's his speciality, everything looks awful and uncinematic, and why spend basquillions of dollars on special effects and then make the shots of the action scenes so unimaginative and impressionistic that you can't see what the hell is going on?
Another Bay trademark was the gratuitous ripoff scene... the one where Spike (or whatever...) is running from Bumblebee right into the arms of the other Transformer... who he doesn't know is actually the one trying to kill him... that's disguised as a cop (car)...
And there's about a million other horrible things in it, I can't even bear to go into them in detail, terrible dialogue and old-guy-trying-to-be-cool pop culture references (excruciating), Bay's usual abuse of the corny cliche black guy movie stereotype thrown in for no reason other than apparently he thinks it's cool, pointless meandering plot with all kinds of stupid vestigial organs (Mars and Spike's ancestor).
Half an hour or so in I thought I wouldn't make it through it, especially with all the Saving Private Scorponok stuff in the Middle East, what the hell? Does Bay think he's doing some kind of pithy political commentary by bringing that dire **** into it? Ugh, just awful.
On the general subject of the look of the Transformers, if they wanted to make Bionicle the movie then why the hell didn't they do that instead?
1) Why put Starscream in at all if he's not going to do anything, doesn't look like Starscream and doesn't sound like him (not that I could really tell as he has pretty much no lines)?
2) After all those excuses about not putting in Soundwave because size changers would be dorky, the big stupid cube thing folds up to a fraction of its size... and the Transformers in robot form are way bigger than they could be and still form normal sized vehicles.
3) They could at least have called the spark thingy "Vector Sigma"... sheesh...
4) Needless to say, all the character changes, Jazz is ****ing awful and Bumblebee... well it's not like he wasn't annoying to begin with but they really took that up a notch. What the hell's with the radio thing? They didn't even do it well. And if you're going to do something stupid like that, why not make it Jazz instead, at least he's music-themed.
5) It's not like Peter Cullen has never had to deliver bad dialogue before ("if I'm not out in ten minutes... come and get me" for instance), but it was good bad... not just ****ing terrible stuff you should never hear Optimus Prime say.
My favorite part is when the main character is making out on top of Bumble. I mean, why degrade such a fabulous machine. I can imagine it now. The Transformers are gonna be like 'Hey what are we doing this weekend?' and all the kid will want to do is drive around and make out.........
Pirates 3 looked really bad in the trailers, but I still haven't even seen 2...
Keep meaning to see Howl, Spirited Away was awesome, we made sure it wasn't the English dubbed version of course, will do the same with Howl.
My wife gets that thing with voiceovers too, she recognises the voice and it drives her so bonkers she'll walk out to the computer room in the middle of the movie to find out.
Dark City was okay but highly derivative, haven't seen House of Flying Daggers (hope it's more Crouching Tiger than Hero, blech), I was thinking Dahlia looks interesting, although I have a bunch of classic noir to get through before I start on more modern noir...
Actually my sister is lending me her Howl and Spirited Away. Still have to see those.