How Michael Bay transformed the blockbuster

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  1. SilverOptimus

    SilverOptimus Movie News Monster Moderator News Staff

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    A good little article:

    How Michael Bay transformed the blockbuster

     
  2. The Iron Magnus

    The Iron Magnus Optimus's Face-in-a-Box

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    Michael bay is 49? WTF??
     
  3. Moy

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    Pain and Gain was terrible and painful to watch, ROTF is a masterpiece in comparison to it.

    Now with AOE I can only hope "good-storytelling" will be what makes the best of all Transformers films.
     
  4. ChaosDonkey

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    It was never his trademark :bay  that was a problem.
    But his lack of characterization, silly humor, plot holes, and lack of coherence that is his problem.

    So thinking he could do Ben-hur is borderline to the silly :) 
    Well as silly as giving any Charlton Heston role to Bela Lugosi, and thinking he would perform the same, with his accent.
     
  5. Ash from Carolina

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    You could say that Bay has been both good and bad for films but people will come down on different sides to if he's done more good or bad.

    Personally I think he's done good for Hollywood's bottom line but as a person who loves films I really don't like what he has done. He's just not a good story teller so his movies tend to remind me of the line "....full of sound and fury. Signifying nothing." Some innovative and cool things from the visual stand point like bomb cam, but not the kind of stories and characters worth remembering. So in a way I place much of the Hollywood obsession for visuals over story and character at people like Bay.

    I'm also not sure I'd agree with unafraid because he tends to the same things over and over again. It's sort of film by formula with the only boldness being how can I do something with this camera that other people haven't figured out yet. Fantastic with getting the most out the latest camera, but I just need more from a film.

    Just imagine if he could work a story and a film villain the way he works his cameras?
     
  6. Decepticons

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    Nice article. Bay does care about his work.
     
  7. BarricadeLives

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    Bay rules but he can do better than TF2 & 3 that's for sure..we've all seen how good he can make a TF movie with the 1st one..why it's deviated so much..idk....that said...Bay made it cool to be a Transformer fan again and he's gotta get props for that.
     
  8. Galvatron II

    Galvatron II I can type whatever here?

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    ... Ugh. I don't want to deal with this right now.

    Michael Bay's hyperactive filmmaking style just does not work for telling stories that invest the audience, which is literally the entire purpose of narrative.
     
  9. Chaos Prime

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    In all fairness, Bay can care about his work, and still be bad at it.
     
  10. Decepticons

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    Well, I don't think he's bad at it.
     
  11. Galvatron II

    Galvatron II I can type whatever here?

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    But your opinion is wrong, remember? :lol 
     
  12. Crainy

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    Pain and Gain is awesome. Its just not for everyone. Like every Bay movie ever.
     
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    Agreed. I like scenes, I can like bits but the whole I don't like. In the end I never care about what is happening to who in his movies.
     
  14. 03Mach1

    03Mach1 Logic has been replaced with blind ignorance.

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    Nice article. Keep making movies, Michael, and we will keep watching them.
     
  15. Ash from Carolina

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    That's true, just because you love doing something that doesn't mean that you are great at it. I love 2D fighter video games but I get my butt stomped by human opponents all the time and I have to set things to easy because I just don't have the twitch factor and getting older the twitch factor only gets worse. No amount of love will make me the top player in the US.

    Honestly sometimes I really wonder if Bay cares about all the aspects of film making or just parts of film making. It's like he really loves the cameras but when it comes to a story he's sort of whatever it's just the silly thing that lets me use these great cameras.