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A few good words about Michael Bay and new 'Transformers' trailer

Michael Bay long ago made a media-wide mea culpa for the trashy storytelling in his own second Transformers movie. So it's not surprising that the trailers to "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" continue to emphasize the plot hook of untold mysteries in the American space program coming back to haunt and possibly destroy us.

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Let's be fair: even "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" managed to create "sights no one had ever seen before" under the excruciating pressure of a hugely expensive franchise. And the Transformer films' visual effects-supervisor at ILM, Scott Farrar, told me that the director is a key collaborator in all the "wow"-inducing effects: Bay and his colleagues endlessly brainstorm with Farrar and his colleagues on how far, each time out, they can push the art of the impossible.

The good-guy Autobots and bad-guy Decepticons (and their Gremlins-like underlings) - that's where the art and entertainment have always been in these movies, thanks to the wizards of ILM and Bay's own go-for-broke enthusiasm. Let's hope "Dark of the Moon" does succeed in embedding their kinetic spectacle in a solid story. For my 2009 interview with "Transformers" effects guru Farrar, click here.

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