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It used to be that the only acceptable Michael Bay movies to champion were The Rock and Armageddon, both of which did receive Criterion Collection releases, after all (never mind the reasons). Then he made Pain and Gain, which was celebrated by a good amount of smart critics last year. I’m not one of those (who celebrate it; I do consider myself to be smart), having turned it off halfway out of boredom. But I’m glad that it surprised a lot of people.
To date, even with some early reviews of Transformers: Age of Extinction, Bay only has one movie with a fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes — that’d be The Rock. And that includes the movies he’s produced, most of them horror remakes, which is a shame because The Amityville Horror isn’t that bad. I don’t love it, though. I only love one of his movies, in any capacity, and that’s why it was really difficult to select and rank three of them. Going by the Twitter responses down below, I wasn’t alone in that.
My top three Michael Bay movies:
1. The Rock - Yeah it has a ton of problems, but Bay’s second feature is still his most entertaining and most coherent. It’s also not too big, which means we get some nice character scenes with some great actors like Nicolas Cage and Sean Connery and Ed Harris. Speaking of Harris, his is the rare villain that we like because he has some fair points regarding his agenda, and I’ve always appreciated that.
2. Pearl Harbor - I haven’t seen this since it came out, but I didn’t hate it at the time, certainly no more than any other Michael Bay movie, and in spite of its many corny bits I thought a lot of the action was done really well. If you take out all the sappy plot involving the love triangle and that scene where FDR triumphantly pulls himself out of his wheelchair, the Pearl Harbor bombing sequence is extremely thrilling, and because it’s a true event, extremely chilling.
3. Bad Boys II – I can’t say I’m a fan of this Bad Boys sequel, especially all the horribly reckless mayhem at the end. But as I noted in a recent post, the highway chase with the car carrier is one of the best of all time.
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