Which Movie Or TV Show Had Such Bad VFX, It Threw You Out Of The Story?

It's amazing what technical wizardry (and millions of dollars) can bring to life on screen these days. CG and practical effects can show stuff that would have been impossible even a few years ago. But when it fails... it fails hard. Which movie or TV show distracted you fatally with its lackluster effects? » 9/26/14 2:00pm Friday 2:00pm

​The 7 Dumbest Plans The Decepticons Ever Had On Transformers

If there's one lesson the original 1980s Transformers cartoon taught us, it's that even if you were a member of an advanced race of transforming robots, that didn't mean you were smart. In fact, the Decepticons seemed to have no logic circuits at all (or, indeed, logic), because they seemed to believe these schemes… » 9/05/14 12:20pm 9/05/14 12:20pm

Guardians of the Galaxy Outpaces Transformers To Set 10-Day Record

To the surprise of many, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles unseated Guardians of the Galaxy this weekend, taking the top slot at the box office with a $65-million opening. But don't feel bad for GotG –ten days out from its release, the film is projected to have grossed $175,922,000 (compared to Transformers' 10-day figure… » 8/10/14 12:20pm 8/10/14 12:20pm

Self-Assembling Robots Are Here, And They Are Awesome

Researchers from Harvard, MIT, and Cornell have collaborated to create what is arguagly the first real-world Transformer. Inspired by the Japanese art of origami, the team's folding robot can rearrange in minutes from a flat-packed sheet into a strong, motile, structurally complex body plan – without any help from… » 8/08/14 7:45am 8/08/14 7:45am

20 Comic-Con Exclusive Collectibles Worth Selling Somebody's Soul For

Why do toy companies do it? Why do they make the toys, statues and other collectibles we want most, and then release them only at the San Diego Comic-Con? Is Satan involved? If so, let's make a deal, because we want these 20 exclusives from this year's Comic-Con bad. You don't need our specific souls, right? » 7/15/14 10:20am 7/15/14 10:20am

​10 Villains And Evil Organizations That Badly Need P.R. Makeovers

It's never been a better time to evil. But there's one cardinal rule to being a successful bad guy and that's to pretend you aren't evil. No one is going to support a group named the Murder Society, but if you call yourselves the Action Society? Then you're in business! Here are 10 villains who need P.R. help badly. » 7/07/14 10:00am 7/07/14 10:00am

Michael Bay Movies, Or: Why Your Eyes Love What Your Brain Hates

We're big fans of Tony Zhou's cinematic analyses, but we're especially fond of his recent breakdown of Michael Bay's visual approach, which manages to acknowledge the director's knack for spectacle while identifying him as a slave to his own system – a gratuitous, over-evolved action style we love to hate. » 7/05/14 10:03am 7/05/14 10:03am

"Destruction Supervisor" On Transformers And Pacific Rim: Best Job Ever

Say what you want about the Transformers sequels: they give good mass destruction. We spoke to Industrial Light and Magic's Michael Balog, who was "destruction supervisor" on the last two Transformers movies, plus Pacific Rim. And he told us the secrets of making destruction look real. And real awesome. » 6/30/14 12:31pm 6/30/14 12:31pm

In Transformers 4, Michael Bay Urges You To Smash The Patriarchy

The new Transformers movie expertly duplicates the experience of taking an endless road trip with your father, who refuses to see you as a separate person and who is also quietly falling apart. It's dull, horrifying and miserable. But after nine hours, you realize you're seeing the failure of patriarchy, in miniature. » 6/27/14 9:00am 6/27/14 9:00am

12 Low-Budget Robot Movies That Are Better Than Transformers

This weekend, we'll all be watching giant robots turn into trucks and dinosaurs, and it'll be like fireworks for your brain. But robots can do more than just throw down — they can make us question the nature of existence. Here are 12 mindblowing indie movies about robots that you could watch instead of Transformers. » 6/25/14 10:21am 6/25/14 10:21am

This Comic-Con Exclusive Features Classic Transformers At Their Cutest

Hasbro's final Transformers Comic-Con exclusive has arrived, and fans of the original cartoon (as well as adorable robots) will be delighted. This "Kreon Class of 1984" set features 30 classic G1 Autobots and Decepticons in SD form, with extras including '80s must-haves like a boom box, floppy disk, and a mullet. » 6/24/14 12:30pm 6/24/14 12:30pm