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The Robot’s Voice: 10 Things We Learned From ‘Transformers’ 1986 Cast & Crew


It’s hard to exaggerate the impact that The Transformers: The Movie had on those of us who saw it in the summer of ’86. Back then, all I expected was a snazzier version of the TV series. Instead, the film played like a trippy collaboration between Ralph Bakshi and Sam Peckinpah. With its slaughter of everyone’s favorite characters shown in a more elaborate fashion than we had any reason to expect, “more than meets the eye” didn’t quite cover it. At a recent tribute screening presented by the American Cinematheque and Dammaged Goods, I spoke with the movie’s story consultant Flint Dille, voice director Wally Burr and voice actors Neil Ross and Michael Bell about its enduring legacy.

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Variety: ‘Eyes Wide Shut’ Anniversary: The Final Films of 12 Directors

Eyes Wide Shut

Introduction: “You’re only as good as your last picture” is an adage familiar to Hollywood, but it didn’t necessarily apply when Stanley Kubrick’s “Eyes Wide Shut” premiered on July 16, 1999. Arriving four months after his death, the controversial film eluded audiences, divided critics and challenged movie historians to rank it among the director’s greatest work. On the 15th anniversary of its release, here’s a look at the final films of twelve celebrated auteurs.

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