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“Planes: Fire & Rescue” is a new comedy-adventure about second chances, featuring a dynamic crew of elite firefighting aircraft devoted to protecting historic Piston Peak National Park from raging wildfire. When world-famous air racer Dusty (voice of Dane Cook) learns that his engine is damaged and he may never race again, he must shift gears and is launched into the world of aerial firefighting. Dusty joins forces with veteran fire and rescue helicopter Blade Ranger and his courageous team, including spirited super scooper Dipper (voice of Julie Bowen), heavy-lift helicopter Windlifter, ex-military transport Cabbie and a lively bunch of brave all-terrain vehicles known as The Smokejumpers. Together, the fearless team battles a massive wildfire, and Dusty learns what it takes to become a true hero.
Cast: Dane Cook, Julie Bowen
Director: Bobs Gannaway
If you’ve enjoyed the episodes where we hated that week’s movie then boy are you in for a treat. This week it’s all about Transformers: Age of Extinction. Transformers is the Nickelback of film franchises. Critics hate ‘em but they keep making money. Well… we are critics. So critique we shall.
Or perhaps “criticize” is more accurate. You know…because this is a real turd burger of movie.
It’s Reel Spoilers #49 – Transformers: Age of Extinction.
You’ve been warned.
Starring: Tom O’Keefe, Joe Buttice, Blake Fehl, Kevin Brackett
Run-time: 1hr 08min
It seems like you either love or hate Melissa McCarthy. Her latest film, Tammy, will do nothing to change that. Tammy is a movie that looks like it is nothing special, just more of McCarthy’s raunchy act that she has been cashing in on since Bridesmaids. In reality, Tammy is a heartfelt, feel good comedy, mixed with some raunchiness.
Tammy is directed by McCarthy’s husband, Ben Falcone. Falcone and McCarthy co-wrote the film together. Falcone has a lot to learn about directing, as the films pacing leave a lot to be desired, but this film is all about girl power. We get McCarthy doing her usual schtick, as well as Susan Sarandon playing her alcoholic, free-spirited grandmother. Throw in Kathy Bates playing a lesbian, and what you get is a almost charming film when it’s all said and done.
The film picks up with Tammy, played by Mccarthy, having a rough day. First she hits a deer, then gets fired, and finally, returns home to her husband having dinner with another woman. After having her fill of the misfortunes of the day, she embarks upon a road with her grandmother to Niagra Falls.
Michael Bay is a bit of a conundrum. His films are consumed greedily by audiences, and near universally panned by critics. Even the critics who give his films a pass do so begrudgingly. Transformers: Age of Extinction could get a 0% on Rotten Tomatoes and it will still likely be one of the biggest releases of the year, if not the biggest. Audiences are enthralled with Bay’s explosion filled visions, and are happy to ignore many of the lesser sins of storytelling to get their action fix. Bay’s films are pure escapist fantasy and aren’t meant to be films for the artistic elite. Despite the overall silliness, I loved the first Transformers film. It had a lot of heart, and numerous thrilling action set pieces which appeared to my inner child that lives a bit too close to the surface. I found myself bored by the second film, and saw a slight bit of redemption with the third film in the series. My hope was that the series could reach the heights of the first film, and ditch some of the baggage brought on in the first trilogy. As I quickly found out, it was the hope of a fool.
Transformers: Age of Extinction takes place 5 years after the events Transformers: Dark of the Moon. It’s a bleak time that sees government operatives hunting both Decepticons and Autobots alike. After the destruction of Chicago at the hands of Megatron, shady government figures have found an excuse to target Transformers and hijack their tech. The unlikely intervention of a failed inventor, Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg), and his discovery of the injured Optimus Prime set in motion a series of events that finds our heroes facing new foes.
Plus, Tom tells about Paul Williams and the why songwriters make all the real money. Kevin gives us a box office report, and we get a “Video Recovery” from Dan.
It’s Reel Spoilers #48 – Jersey Boys. Big podcasts don’t cry.
You’ve been warned.
Starring: Tom O’Keefe, Dan Graney, Kevin Brackett
Run-time: 1hr 08min