The Transformers are famous for shifting from one form to another in the blink of an eye. And spin-off movie Bumblebee, just like its yellow-hued hero, transforms from sci-fi action to adorable family fun just as quickly.Bumblebee, out in the US and Australia this week and in the UK on Monday, is a prequel to the series of Transformers movies based on the much loved toys from the '80s. And it represents a marked transformation from the bombastic action style of the five previous movies directed by Michael Bay.Instead, Bumblebee's director Travis Knight, the man behind the stunning Kubo and the Two Strings, strips things back to basics. Gone are Bay's brand of macho techno-fetishism, leering camerawork peering up the leading ladies' skirts and overblown CG nonsense (well, mostly). Instead, we get a movie based on a line of toys that's actually suitable for kids.Cleverly, the return to the basics is marked by a return to the 1980s. Bumblebee is the lone Autobot warrior arriving … [Read more...] about Bumblebee review: The Transformers movie we’ve been waiting for
It must be tough to direct your first live-action film with Steven Spielberg and Michael Bay looking over your shoulder. But for Travis Knight, director of Transformers spin-off Bumblebee, those two singular filmmakers weren't just the movie's producers, they provided the touchstones that inspired the film."ET was my spirit animal in this movie", explained Knight as I sat down with him in London to discuss Bumblebee. "I saw it when I was around 8 years old with my mom in a darkened theater and I was a big, blubbery mess at the end of it ... On some levels Steven's films from that era are responsible for me becoming a filmmaker."And it shows: Not only is Bumblebee set in the 1980s, but the spirit of '80s movies like ET and Short Circuit shine through in the adorable adventures of a girl and her robot buddy. Now playing: Watch this: Bumblebee transforms from action-packed to adorable 1:34 Spielberg was a producer on Bumblebee, as was Michael Bay -- the man who resurrected … [Read more...] about Bumblebee director on replacing Michael Bay: ‘I couldn’t go bigger’
How do bumblebees poop? Hemera/Thinkstock If you were to look at the digestion organs inside a bumblebee, they are a lot like your own. They do about the same thing. A bumblebee has a throat (esophagus) that goes from its mouth to its stomach. It has a midgut that is a lot like your small intestines. And it has a colon that is a storage place for poop a lot like your large intestine is. A bumblebee also has a rectum. When a bumblebee needs to poop, it opens its rectum and muscles push the poop out of the colon. I've kept honeybees before. Honeybee poop is liquid and yellow, and honeybees almost always do their pooping while they are flying outside the hive. … [Read more...] about How do bumblebees poop?
Morning Spoilers If there’s news about upcoming movies and television you’re not supposed to know, you’ll find it in here. Joker has wrapped filming, another Stephen King adaptation is on the way, and Kylo Ren might get a swanky new look in Star Wars. The Halo and Tales from the Crypt series get some major shakeups. Plus a new clip from Aquaman. Dive this way for spoilers! Indiana Jones 5 Speaking with Cinema Blend, Karen Allen stated she’s “very much hoping” to return as Marion for the next Indiana Jones film. I’m patiently waiting, no they haven’t [called]. I’m very much hoping that I will be a part of it and I think, from my understanding, they are creatively working away on a script that they will be happy enough with. They don’t want to rush into it If they’re going to do this they want it to be wonderful. I’m Thinking of Ending Things Deadline reports Brie Larson will star in Charlie Kaufman’s film … [Read more...] about Bumblebee Is Granted a Voice, the
Given my recent beef with the Transformers films, I personally have pretty low expectations for Bumblebee. Especially now that the movie apparently is very, uh, sexy. Hm. Film and media critic Lindsay Ellis, who has seen the movie ahead of its release, picked up on some apparent sexual tension between Bumblebee and the film’s teenage hero, Charlie Watson (Hailee Steinfeld). I’ll let her take it from here: I have been made uncomfortable. Ahem! Love in what form exactly? Oh GOD. I have watched Grinding Nemo once and I never need to see it again. Totally the first thing you do when your car turns into an alien robot. I probably won’t tweet. I’ll just unhealthily internalize the pain and confusion. Look, the sex robots are coming. Maybe this movie is just a way to incept the idea into our heads so we’ll comply more easily when it actually happens. Listen, at least the Beetle is back. Bumblebee opens officially on Dec. 21. Those of you who are going to see it, … [Read more...] about The Bumblebee Movie Sounds Very Sexy, Which Nobody Asked For