Like Transformers? Really REALLY Like Transformers?

More than meets the eye! It's actually just a big orgasm of advertising!
More than meets the eye! It's actually just a big orgasm of advertising!

It has been noted that some writers at other car blogs out there have a minor obsession with Transformers. We had chalked this up to a minor mental illness that was probably treatable with medication (or a hammer). But it turns out they’re not alone in this affliction. On the contrary, it seems as though there are other people who liked the movies for more than just Megan Fox in tight clothing.

I've used up the only Transformers slogan I know on the previous caption. Please, imagine I put another witty reference in here.
I've used up the only Transformers slogan I know on the previous caption. Please, imagine I put another witty reference in here.

Or possibly not, as really, the movies were really nothing more than 7 or 8 hours (I lost count) of GM advertising. For the Transformers, then, to be used as advertising on the side of a GM pickup, advertising for something else, seems appropriate, in a twisted sort of way. The great commercialism circle-jerk continues unabated, and nobody, anywhere, seems to remember that Bumblebee used to be a friggin’ VW Beetle..
I need a good stiff drink. I’m feeling depressed for the very future of humanity.

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  1. Alff Avatar

    Errr, no. For a moment I thought I was on that Hooniverse fan site.

  2. muthalovin Avatar

    This is Roy Wort's whip right? Please, please let it be.

    1. Deartháir Avatar

      If it is, he's following me, as this was taken about two blocks from my house. And while I'd be flattered and all, that's bordering on the creepy.

  3. engineerd Avatar

    I watched the first Transformers movie on the plane while on my honeymoon. It has all the necessary components for a good movie: hot cars, hot women, and explosions. Unfortunately, it has been so overplayed and overdone that it isn't all that appealing to me anymore. So, I've decided I need another component for a movie to be declared "Good": chase scene. Not just a half-ass chase scene, a real rumble through urban areas chase scene. Something that would make Steve McQueen proud. Therefore, Transformers has been demoted to "OK" by the engineerd Motion Picture Review System (eMPRS™).

    1. Deartháir Avatar

      I agree 110%.
      Secondary gripe of mine: enough with the goddamn CGI car-chases. Give me a REAL car-chase, or at least one that only uses CGI to enhance the chase, not to completely create it. Ignoring, of course, the obvious soaring-through-the-air jump, the car chases in Gone in 60 Seconds were quite excellent. They had the right mix of comedic elements, reality, fiction, suspension of disbelief and visible-on-film driver errors that make a good car chase. Oh, and the actors did all their own driving. Also a requirement for a truly great car-chase.
      Why do I feel like these comments need to be preceded by "Why, in MY day…" disclaimers?

      1. engineerd Avatar

        Ab-so-freakin'-lutely. CGI is cool, and done well will enhance a scene. However, I think filmmakers have fallen prey to using it to create entire scenes without regard to reality.
        This, my friend, is why The Transporter and Ronin are two of the best movies…in the world. Plus Jason Statham is just damn sexy.

      2. Texan_Idiot25 Avatar

        Death Proof will make you happy then.

        1. Deartháir Avatar

          It didn't. It really, really didn't. Partly because I thought it was just an appallingly awful movie with some car-chases thrown in to try and salvage it.

    2. muthalovin Avatar

      You know, I think that Steve McQueen would be really disappointed in films today. I recently watched Papillon for the first time, and was blown away. I thought that McQueen was a good enough actor, but his roll in Papillon elevated him to one of the greatest of all time.
      /end McQueen rant

      1. Smells_Homeless Avatar

        Ahem. Both Faye Dunaway AND Ali MacGraw in one lifetime. He was not only a great actor, he was rewarded for it in real time!

      2. engineerd Avatar

        I think many of the old-timey (I'm trying to be young, so we'll say pre-1980) actors would be disappointed in films today. Hell, I'm old timey and I'm disappointed in films today.

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  5. Tim Odell Avatar
    Tim Odell

    You got the TOUCH!

  6. Age_of_Aerostar Avatar

    In the first picture, I kinda thought it was camo paint, which made me think with a handful of spray cans………..
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  7. PowerTryp Avatar

    GEEK TIME! Not only was Bumblebee a VW Beetle but his brother (not twins) CliffJumper was a 1980 Porsche 924 Turbo. I had a toy of CliffJumper when I was little and now I own a 1980 Porsche 924 Turbo. The world works once again.