This is the one-sheet for a movie that's a year and a month away from release: Tranformers. I don't believe they've actually shot anything yet, but they've already got a one-sheet. Good for them. Paramount and Dreamworks obviously have their priorities straight.
Even though Michael Bay is directing, I'm actually feeling a little psyched about this movie. I've seen some Transformer-type animation done by talented computer-animators with no money, so I'm excited to see what a full-blown effects house will be able to pull off with unlimited amounts of cash. What will be most interesting to see is how Bay & Co. manage to take $200 million dollars and make a movie based on a line of toy robots that transform into trucks and cars seem even remotely plausible. I suppose then that maybe Bay is the exact right guy for the project -- About 70% of Armegeddon doesn't make a lick of sense, why should we expect this to? I guess I don't care about that. If all goes well, it will be for the 30-year old me what The Transformers: The Movie should have been to the 9-year old me: mindless kickassery.
On a totally unrelated subject, that Zarqawi bastard finally got a face full of "precision munitions" earlier today in Iraq. While I think this is excellent news, I think the fact that some other vile, sadistic SOB's going to show up and take his place mitigates this victory. I hope we go on a roll and get to Osama, too, but because most of our forces are in Iraq, the possibility of that happening seems worse than remote.
I don't mean to seem overly thrilled by the prospect of another human being's death, and I don't revel in it, but when I heard about it this morning, I was glad. There is something satisfying about knowing a person has died who was, as the world saw in the Nick Berg beheading video, a genuinely disgusting person. I hesitate to use the word "evil" because it simplifies human nature too much and also because it makes it too easy to dismiss a person who's been slapped with that label, but I think the word might be apt in this case. It's all fine and good to subscribe to Islamofascism, as Zarqawi did, but when that Islamofascist philosophy becomes so dominant in your mind that the beheading of an unarmed non-combatant hostage is acceptable to you, you've crossed beyond the pale of what is tolerable human behavior in any society. Optimally, in a civilized setting, you're taken out of that society and put in prison for the remainder of your life. In a war setting, you may be taken out of this life. Though I disagree with our going to war in the first place, I think Zarqawi's death can't be anything but good for that country.