A friend of mine recommended this piece from GQ where friends, relatives and subjects of Michael Bay are quoted talking about him. As my buddy pointed out it’s kind of horrifying and also fascinating, just like Bay’s movies. It’s not a thorough career overview, because it completely skips BAD BOYS 2 (which is his FEMME FATALE or ON DEADLY GROUND, isn’t it?). I think it’s meant as a goofy but ultimately loving profile, but to me it makes him just seem like an asshole who gets away with yelling at people because of his job. There’s also an anecdote (one I’d heard before, but maybe it’s new to you) that implies that he was destined to make bad movies since he was a teenager.
Just so you know, I did succumb to my dark side and went to see the new Bay/Hasbro joint last night. It will take me a little bit to formulate all my thoughts though, so if you want to discuss the movie please use the comments here and not the other non-Transformers review that I hope to post shortly.
I will say this, the new one is the least racist of the trilogy, so congratulations on that. It’s not as insane as part 2 but it’s pretty similar and has some new areas of weirdness so I got what I was looking for and I think Mr. Majestyk will probly get a kick out of it. There is no fucking way this qualifies as a genuinely good movie though, so if that’s what you’re hoping for don’t believe the hype. (Yeah, boy-ee.)
VERN has a new action-horror novel out called WORM ON A HOOK! He has been reviewing movies since 1999 and is the author of the film criticism books Seagalogy: A Study of the Ass-Kicking Films of Steven Seagal and Yippee Ki-Yay Moviegoer!: Writings on Bruce Willis, Badass Cinema and Other Important Topics as well as the crime novel Niketown.