Media For Lunch: Transformers: The Premake

Michael Bay – Transformers: Age of Extinction

Transformers: Age of Extinction is running away with the 2014 summer box office. Is it any good? Does anyone care if it is? Kevin B. Lee is a film critic and essayist, an analyst and a man with some large thoughts about the film industry. And his Transformers: The Premake is a fascinating look at both modern film culture and culture in general. Running just over 25 minutes, Premake is a found-footage thriller and a making-of documentary. Lee was in Chicago when they were filming Age of Extinction, and he weaves together footage shot by hundreds of star-struck bystanders as Michael Bay stages the destruction of Chicago for Transformers: Age of Extinction. The Premake also wrestles with the effect of the proliferation of cameras and screens on our sense of reality, ownership and appropriation of images (especially those made in public spaces) and even the shifting of global economic power to China.

– Myrna E. Duarte

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