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The A To Z Of Michael Bay
Prepare for Bayhem as we examine the director's career to date...

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The A To Z Of Michael Bay | Launching And Relaunching Careers
The A To Z Of Michael Bay | Launching And Relaunching Careers

Launching And Relaunching Careers

By the time The Rock exploded uncontrollably all over cinemas, hoovering up cash and inspiring thousands of teenagers to call each other "Ace", Nicolas Cage had already won his Academy Award for his role in Leaving Las Vegas - so Cage's career was already on the up. But one thing's for sure: Bayhem's Alcatraz-based exploda-palooza was the film that turned Cage from weirdo arthouse darling into weirdo mainstream movie star action hero. Other examples of Bay kicking careers up the arse and firmly skywards include Megan Fox, who was pretty much a nobody before Bay spotted her; Will Smith, who although stupidly talented was still just a sitcom lead before Bad Boys; and arguably Ben Affleck, who hadn't been considered an action hero until Armageddon came along and made that happen. And you thought Armageddons were a bad thing, eh?

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Posted on Monday July 4, 2011, 01:31 by Spaldron
L: JensonJet I don't know why people have a problem with Bay's films. You know what you're getting, so surely you just avoid them if they're not for you. They're generally excellent popcorn, action flicks. There are some I didn't care for, some I though were rubbish and some I thought were really good. Transformers isn't aimed at my age group, so I watched the first (missed the first twenty minutes, and still have never seen it) and found it watchable enough. I was too old to have grown up with the toys but I didn't find the movie half as offensive as many action films. I actually think Bay have a very good eye for framing shots, angles, etc, and I'm happy to watch a film that's fast-edited. I think he's more than capable of making a calmer, less action orientated movie, but he enjoys making the films he makes, they're successful and millions seem to enjoy his work, so long may it continue. re generally a dumb, throwaway form of entertainment. Bay undeRead More

2 RE: Thats one uplifting Gift
Posted on Saturday July 2, 2011, 23:00 by Scruffybobby
L: Spaldron Really disappointed Empire. M should have stood for Misogynistic and R should have been Racist Robots. S could have been Shitty Director and L should have been Leery. nd F really should have been - ahem - "Fruitcaking" the frame Read More

3 RE: Thats one uplifting Gift
Posted on Saturday July 2, 2011, 04:32 by Spaldron
Really disappointed Empire. M should have stood for Misogynistic and R should have been Racist Robots. S could have been Shitty Director and L should have been Leery. Read More


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