The guys at CinemaSins have returned with a new Everything Wrong With… video essay. This time the video takes a look at Michael Bay‘s 1998 feature film Armageddon. Some people seem to hate these videos, but it seems like few can resist from clicking through and hitting the play button. I’m sure we’ll see fewer complaints in the comments this time, with a 14-minute video making fun of a Michael Bay movie.
That said, I love so much about this movie, and Bay’s earlier efforts when he had a producer that was powerful enough to say “no” every once in a while. Watch Everything Wrong With Armageddon, embedded after the jump.
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We saw this one coming. A quote surfaced yesterday in which Michael Bay said “I will apologize for Armageddon.” And while the context of the article in which it appeared made pretty clear that Bay was just talking about the rushed post-production of the film, that didn’t stop many from simply saying that Bay was writing off the movie itself.
The director isn’t slow to issue clarifications when this sort of thing happens, and indeed he has posted a note on his own site. The short quote is “I’m proud of Armageddon,” and we’ve got the full text explaining what he was really saying, below. Read More »
This is a quote I expect Michael Bay is going to address in the near future, but for now it’s an interesting statement from a guy who isn’t known for modesty. In an interview to promote his new film Pain & Gain, the director of the Transformers films, The Rock, and Armageddon, says “I will apologize for Armageddon.”
Reading the full context of the quote, however, his apology doesn’t seem like quite the statement people are assuming it to be. Read More »
Michael Bay is well-known for his use of explosions, helicopters, and sheer budgetary mayhem. But what is the breakdown, by movie, of the use of some of those factors? And which of the films managed to turn Bay’s excess into financial gain?
An infographic called The Formula for Complete and Utter Bayhem breaks it down. Check it out below. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, August 9th, 2011 by Angie Han
Michael Bay may be best known as the guy who blows things up, but like any auteur, he’s got more than one signature move in his bag of tricks. Perhaps his second-favorite tool — after those big, loud, fantastically expensive explosions — is the slow-motion, low-angle, 360-degree shot. You know what I’m talking about: The character, who’s usually recovering from some earlier incident that’s landed him on the ground, looks off into the distance at something alarming and/or horrifying that we can’t see. As he comes to realize that shit has just gotten really real, the camera slowly revolves around him for dramatic effect.
This new supercut pulls together clips of Bay’s favorite shot while revealing what it is that has all these characters so riled up. (Hint: It’s another Bay staple.)
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Think of all the ridiculous, crazy things you’ve ever seen in science fiction movies: X-Wing Fighters flying through trenches, aliens bleeding acid blood, giant robots that transform into cars. Take all of those things into consideration and then realize this. NASA has named Roland Emmerich‘s film 2012 the least plausible science fiction movie ever made. They also made an inverse list, naming Andrew Niccol‘s Gattaca as the most plausible science fiction movie ever made. Want to know what else is on each list? You’ve gotta hit the jump. Read More »
IO9 has created a handy chart which shows which space movies feature the most common scientific mistakes. It might come as a surprise that Michael Bay’s Armageddon actually fares better than the Star Wars of Alien films. And it comes as no surprise that Apollo 13 and The Right Stuff have been graded a clean bill of accuracy. Hit the jump to see the entire chart.
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Goodie Bag has created a fantastic video called “Hollywood vs. New York”, featuring four decades of celluloid New York annihilation distilled into one musical montage. Watch the destruction now after the jump.
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Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen has just passed $600 million at the worldwide box office, despite mostly really bad reviews. This is nothing new. Mainstream audiences don’t listen to the critics, and big screen spectacle will almost always win over quality entertainment. Nothing was going to stop me from seeing the movie, not all the bad reviews in the world. It’s an event movie — and I needed to see it for myself. It should be noted that box office should never be looked at as an indication of the mainstream public’s thoughts on a movie (it sold tons of tickets so the mainstream public must’ve loved it) but only an indication of the hype (and in later weeks, possibly word of mouth).
The success of Transformers 2 got me thinking. What is the worst reviewed box office success of all time? Could it be Revenge of the Fallen? Find out what I’ve uncovered after the jump.
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