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The Transformers movies are some of the most polarizing films out there. There isn’t really a unanimous opinion on them, although there is a very vocal group of people that absolutely hate them. Despite their infamous nature, they still sell quite well Transformers is ranked as the 11th highest-grossing film franchise in history. That might not sound like much, but considering every single one of the 10 series ahead of it have more films to work with, I’d say that’s pretty impressive.

Transformers is in a unique position in the entertainment industry where its various entries get incredibly negative reviews yet still sell tremendously well. There’s only one other series out there that can say the same: Call of Duty. Now, video games and movies are very different and it’s very hard to compare the two. That being said, it’s scary how much Transformers and Call of Duty have in common.

As mentioned previously, both Transformers and Call of Duty do awful with reviewers and great with casual audiences. That’s because that casual audience defaults to watching/playing what’s popular due to a lack of interest in the complexities of the medium. This can also be traced back to negative reviewers since they still need to experience it to review it. Thus, they fund it. Ironically, the only people out there that serve as a real harm to the financial success of these series are those so indifferent they don’t bother spending money on either.

Besides that, there are plenty of other reasons that Transformers and Call of Duty are alike. As suggested by the featured image above, there is a huge focus on both the military and the good ol’ USA in the two series. This is to be expected in a first-person, military shooter like CoD but Transformers, a franchise about transforming, alien robots, does the same. With insane amounts of patriotism, explosions, and jarring action sequences, both series are almost mirror images of each other.

Another big comparison between the two is that each entry focuses more on a new gimmick(s) in advertising than the actual plot/quality of the final product. Using Transformers as an example, The Last Knight ads focus on Optimus Prime going evil even though he’s barely in the film. Age of Extinction did the same when advertising the Dino-bots who were also barely in the film. Moving on to CoD, WW2 is being advertised solely for going back to the series’ roots rather than having a compelling story. Infinite Warfare was probably the worst offender. It went for the triple whammy of Call of Duty in space, Modern Warfare Remastered being attached, and Kit Harrington (aka Jon Snow from Game of Thrones) being the villain. As such, it too focused on gimmicky ads over quality.

Both series do this since the end quality doesn’t really matter if people are still seeing it regardless. CoD had to drastically change due to how poorly received everything involved with Infinite Warfare was. Now, they’re going back to their roots and making another WW2 game to appease fans which will no doubt help sales. They even caved and are selling Modern Warfare Remastered separately now. With The Last Knight being the worst reviewed film in the Transformers series, it’s entirely possible the same changes are in store for when the sixth film inevitably comes out.

What do you think? Did you spot any more similarities that I didn’t or do you completely disagree and say there aren’t any at all? Do you think they’re both headed in the same direction or is it too soon to tell? Comment down below.

I spend most of my days working towards my Writing and Rhetoric degree at the University of Central Florida, but I spend a lot of my down time keeping up to date on the best TV, movies, and video games the industry has to offer. Here I put all of that extended time to use discussing each of them in-depth.

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‘Amazing’ Final Fantasy Movie Inspired The Marvels Director

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Generally, The Marvels is good. It has a 59 on Rotten Tomatoes, which isn’t great, but it’s better than Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania and Disney+’s Secret Invasion. Perhaps director Nia DaCosta’s video game inspirations contributed to that.

The American filmmaker said Square Enix’s Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children influenced her latest film at a press junket with IGN. “It’s just an amazing movie, with great fight scenes and a great ending sequence with the main character being thrown into the sky by all the other characters,” she said.
Despite poor reviews upon release in 2005, Advent Children has become a Final Fantasy cult classic. DaCosta seems to agree that the film is a classic. PlayStation exclusives also influenced the Marvels.

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In the interview, she said she didn’t want the superhero film to look “too much like a video game” but did draw from Sony’s biggest franchises, like The Last of Us and Horizon Zero Dawn. “For me, it was from the best games, the best stories that you get, that sort of inspires me to play, and I think inspires people to watch movies like this,” she said.

Since movies have shaped video games since their inception, it’s interesting to see the dynamic slowly changing. Now that technology and interactive storytelling are more complex, filmmakers are looking to PlayStation for inspiration.

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Netflix raises prices again after strong subscriber growth

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Netflix reported third-quarter earnings and is doing well. Revenue increased as the company added 9 million subscribers worldwide.

Netflix is also using this opportunity to raise the prices of some of its U.S., U.K., and French plans to differentiate ad-free plans from its entry-level ad-supported plan. New subscribers to the most expensive plan will pay $22.99 per month.

Let’s step back and examine Netflix’s current situation. Netflix cracked down on password sharing in its home market and dozens of others in May. The third quarter is the first full quarter under the new rules, so we can see the effect of password sharing.

The company removed the basic tier in the U.S. and U.K. two months ago to simplify its offering. People must pay a lot to remove Netflix ads.

Reports suggest that many customers are experiencing subscription fatigue and considering canceling some streaming subscriptions, but Netflix still has room for growth, especially with advertising revenue.

The company has 247.15 million subscribers. The number of subscribers increased 8.76 million this quarter. Netflix subscribers haven’t grown that much since Q2 2020, when Covid lockdowns were enforced worldwide.

Netflix earned $3.73 per share on $8.5 billion in revenue this quarter. As ads plan subscribers rise almost 70% quarter-over-quarter, ads are contributing more to the bottom line. Nearly a third of new subscribers use ads.

Netflix shares are up 13.75% pre-market ($393.79 per share) on good news for shareholders. However, subscribers will be unhappy because the company will raise prices for some plans again in three key markets. Full breakdown here.

In the U.S.:

  • Standard with ads: $6.99 per month (no change)
  • Basic (no longer available): $11.99 per month (up from $9.99)
  • Standard: $15.49 per month (no change)
  • Premium (with 4K streaming): $22.99 per month (up from $19.99)

In the U.K.:

  • Standard with ads: £4.99 per month (no change)
  • Basic (no longer available): £7.99 per month (up from £6.99)
  • Standard: £10.99 per month (no change)
  • Premium (with 4K streaming): £17.99 per month (up from £15.99)

In France:

  • Standard with ads: €5.99 per month (no change)
  • Basic (still available in France for now): €10.99 per month (up from €8.99)
  • Standard: €13.49 per month (no change)
  • Premium (with 4K streaming): €19.99 per month (up from €17.99)

New subscriptions start at these prices today. Bills for existing subscribers will rise in the coming weeks.

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Last of Us HBO Showrunner Quietly Removes Name from Troubled Borderlands Flick

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When your writer—one of Hollywood’s hottest—tries to hide their involvement, it’s a bad sign. The Borderlands film’s original script was written by Craig Mazin (The Last of Us, Chernobyl), who recently asked the WGA to use the pseudonym “Joe Crombie” instead of his name.

We hope this means Mazin considers Joe Abercrombie, Lord Grimdark, the grittiness GOAT, but that theory is unproven. Since Mazin wrote the script in 2015 for Eli Roth to direct, a steady stream of writers has been brought in. Aaron Berg, Chris Bremner, Sam Levinson, Zak Olkewicz, Tony Rettenmaier, Juel Taylor, and Oren Uziel have put around 70 fingers in the honey pot.

The name change likely avoids confusion. Mazin probably doesn’t want to be blamed for Jack Black/Claptrap madness, but he wants to keep his rights.

To clarify, the Borderlands film finished filming in 2021, but Roth was replaced by Tim Miller (Deadpool) in January.

When this surprising star-studded film (Kevin Hart, Jamie Lee Curtis, Cate Blanchet) limps out, what are your expectations? We think this was supposed to coincide with Borderlands 3’s 2019 release, but it’s overshot the mark.

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