This is the moment when I begrudgingly admit that, despite the fact that Michael Bay is a complete and total dick, he’s really good at what he sets out to do; that is, Bay is the King of the Vaingloriously Mindless Action Movie. True, this is an honor akin to being crowned King of the Dipshits, but he wears the title well. When one thinks of movie explosions, Bay immediately springs to mind because he’s grown so notorious for his “Boom!” factor (not to mention that allegedly tiny penis of his as well) in movies such as Bad Boys, The Rock, Armageddon Bad Boys II, Pearl Harbor, and that damn Tranformers franchise. Essentially, the man gets paid to do this all day long:
Still, it’s not really fair to give Bay all of the credit for blowing shit up, so without further adieu, here’s a seriously random list of fellow directors who also go for the blow, so to speak. Enjoy, but please note that a chronic overlap between genres means that certain notable “Boom!” sequences may occur in films that wouldn’t necessarily be considered action films.
Roland Emmerich: For every damn movie of his career but especially Independence Day.
Robert Rodriguez: For his work in Desperado and Machete.
Mark L. Lester: For his work in Commando and Firestarter.
Steven Spielberg: For the entire damn Indiana Jones franchise.
Ridley Scott: For many things but, in particular, for the oil-tanker scene in Thelma and Louise.
McG: For his apparent desire to actually be Michael Bay and his actual work in Terminator Salvation and Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle.
James Cameron: For Terminator and T2, natch.
And a little unexpected bonus number for you…
Jerry Bruckheimer: Sure, he’s “just” a producer, but he’s responsible for attaching his name to several boomtastic movies, including a disturbingly large number of Michael Bay films. Here’s a little Deja Vu.
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