Help …

My name is Carlene and I’m a robo-holic.  After the trilogy on Saturday, I thought I’d get Transformers out of my system completely but no siree, I’m ready to admit I have a problem.

I came home and watched Transformers DVD with the commentary and am going through the special features.  I’m itching to get my Bumblebees out of storage, maybe even buying Optimus Prime Jet Fire or Sideswipe or Starscream and and and I’m now even thinking about model painting some of my spare Bumblebees.

I need a distraction now before I turn into a geek teenage boy :p

My Dream Transformer

It’s been all robots and fast cars for me lately.  I even dreamt about it in my sleep.  So I’ve been thinking what would it be like if my dream car the Nissan GTR was a Transformer … lo and behold, you can find everything on the world wide web.  Thanks to a cool animator out there, I actually got to see this:-

I just wished someone had showed this to Michael Bay when he was conceptualizing for TF3.  Oh well, there’s always the next one.

Meanwhile, this is for you, Zack!!  Maybe one day, you and I get ourselves one each 😉

TF3 in 3D

I’m so ready for the trilogy this Saturday!!  I have to say, robots and fast cars are totally my thing.  Although Resh fell asleep during her virgin transformer experience, I was still very much enthralled by my third screening of the robots and fast cars.  I’m just glad that as a child, I decided that it’s the Autobots I would support and as an adult, I decided that I’d only collect Bumblebees.  If not, I’d have a house filled with different models of different Autobots and Decepticons.  So for the sake of my husband, it’s a good thing I made a couple of promises to myself and we all know, it’s not good to break them 🙂

After IMAX, the standard 3D version left me a little unsatisfied, which is kinda perfect for me since I still have the trilogy to look forward to.  I have to say I really got lucky with how I arranged my screenings, it’s all working out.  Each time I see more of what I didn’t before and left the cinemas still craving more :p

Post screening number three, I notice Soundwave a little more and like I said thank goodness I’m not allowing myself to buy anything other than Autobot Bumblebees.  If not, I would be buying him especially the car version of the Mercedes Benz SLS AMG.  Sweet sweet car!!  I’m still more a camaro or volkswagon type of girl but hey, I do have a fantasy or two driving a sleek Merc SLS AMG on a freeway.  That said, I do miss Soundwave as the little cassette recorder.  Something seems missing that he changes into a car, even if it’s an incredibly hot car.

The other Autobots that I’ll be dreaming about tonight is Ironhide.  MORE SPOILERS!!

To the people who know me, they know I’m a green recycling earth sustaining lovin’ type of girl so I actually battle a constant internal quagmire about my desires for owning and driving fast cars or trucks.  That explains my attraction for Optimus and Ironhide O_o

Honestly, I’d probably never ever find it in my real life to own a vehicle that drinks fuel like these trucks or cars do but in my little fantasy Carlene’s world, right next my very own camaro Bumblebee, Ironhide would be a robot I’d like to have in my garage too 🙂  So it literally broke my heart when Ironhide met his demise in this installment.

Nuff said for the 3D version, IMAX is the way to go for this franchise.  Bigger just allows you to see everything that much more clearly.  My little wish now is for the toys to come with sound effects 🙂  That’s the other thing about these movies, without the audio engineers, the CG would fall flat too.  It’s a complete experience that I can’t wait to go through again for the trilogy 🙂

Off to dream about my heros now.


2 versions down, 2 more to go.  All I can say about the IMAX 3D version, it’s an amazing visual treat that made the robots more real than the humans.  In the words of another animated hero I like, Po, it was AWESOME.  Yes, I wasn’t crazy about the story to begin with.  The IMAX 3D version made me wish Michael Bay dropped the whole love story and kept it just between Sam and Bumblebee.


The scene where Sam had to watch Bumblebee be held as prisoner and about to be executed drew more emotions than the scene when Sam is reunited with his girlfriend.  Also, I know Megan Fox said some dumb things and needed to be fired but seriously, after watching your boyfriend die and resurrected, you don’t just dump him!!  So like I said, with talking metal crashing robots, you should keep the story simple and focus on the robots.  Maybe it’s for the guys but I think if you left the hot girl out of this particular movie, they’ll still go watch the movie.

They didn’t do the first bit but most definitely kept a lot of focus on the robots.  The IMAX 3D version made me appreciate the CG work even more.  I could possibly be bias but the betrayal Optimus felt from Sentinel came through so clearly in the animation.  These artists really knew what they were doing.  I cannot stress this enough, the acting from the Robots were much more emotive than some of the human actors … namely Miss Butter Face, Rosie Huntingon-Whitely.  Nothing wrong being a Butter Face, I’d be happy if someone reckon I was one but as hot as she is, the girl really can’t bring it to the table as an actress.  Every time the love story came on screen, I swear I’d fall asleep.  Even her scene with Megatron seemed so so unreal, which I didn’t think is possibly considering it’s a movie about talking larger than life robots … what could be unreal?  Well, the hot girl can be.  Now if Megatron had squished Carly like an annoying bug, the scene may have worked for me.

Thankfully, there weren’t many scenes that were just humans and the numerous scenes of the robots made it worth the $22 for the IMAX 3D version.  If you’re going to watch this twice, I’d suggest the 2D and then the IMAX 3D version.  For me the 3D wasn’t great, I still prefer Avatar where James Cameron created a whole new world and immersed you into it.  The 3D for Transformers wasn’t bad but it didn’t immerse me into anything, it was just a bigger and better sight.  The 2D version prepared me for what to pay attention at in the IMAX one.  Still, there were a lot that I felt I still missed.  So the regular 3D version tomorrow should do the trick for me.

Why It’s Worth It

Sometimes when I’m running and the muscles start to hurt and I start getting breathless, I wonder and ask myself why I get up before the sun rises and put myself through this. Then I come onto the clearing, just as the sun is rising.

That’s why I much prefer to run in the mornings than the nights.  There’s also something to be said about getting your blood pumping for the rest of the day.

I’ve got a feeling this is going to be a good weekend 🙂

Transformer 3: Dark Side of the Moon

I’ll always have a soft spot for sweet Bumblebee, especially when he’s in car mode but Optimus is still my main robot, Sentinel was cool but seriously not sexy enough for me.  Transformer 3: Dark Side of the Moon is a completely enjoyable movie.  I still have issues with the stories but hey, I’m easy to please when it comes to talking metal crashing robots 🙂

The visual effects team took their time with the transformations in this last installment of the franchise, which is totally my thing.  So I love love loved it all.  It especially gets to me when they transform while in motion and keep going.  I’m not bias to autobots or decepticons, both transformations are equally sexy for me.  I did miss the close up of the robots talking though, there weren’t much of it this time round.  The fight sequences as usual, left me rather speechless.  Like the forest scene in Revenge of the Fallen, there were some scenes in this movie I can’t wait to watch again and again.

The redesigns … again, I like!!  In particular Bumblebee’s car mode, I would so love a car like that, the rims, the warmer tones, even the spoiler :p but it was Shockwave and Megatron that I really appreciated.  What would I give to see the concept art for them?  Maybe I’ll get lucky one day.  As you can tell so far, I really enjoyed this movie.

My take – Transformers 3 is better than Transformers 2 but there’s something about Transformers 1 that makes it my favourite.  I think it’s the first time when I saw Optimus transform albiet in a much clunkier manner than he does now, the feeling that overcame me … can’t quite put it in words.  The first time is always special that way.

Next up IMAX, then 3D and the trilogy marathon.  That should get Transformers out of my system.

All I can say, what a great way to start the second half of 2011 🙂