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Michael Bay and "Transformers: Dark of the Moon"

30 June 2011 3:40 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

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"No, I don't think Bay can direct actors," concedes Bilge Ebiri in an entry he posted yesterday entitled "In Defense of Michael Bay (Sort Of)." What's more, "No, I don't think he can tell a story with any kind of nuance. But on some distant planet in an alternate universe, Bay is the greatest director of straight-to-video junk ever, raising lowbrow, seemingly unredeemable, and utterly anonymous thrillers and other types of junk food to the status of art. In that world, film buffs pass his name around in hushed tones. He's a low-level genre striver, a guy more people should know about, the kind of filmmaker John Woo was once upon a time, back when we had to hunt down unsubtitled laserdiscs of his flicks in Chinatown…. We can often see glimpses of the director he can be: Bad Boys 2 is in some ways pure evil, but »

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