Michael Bay Movies, Or: Why Your Eyes Love What Your Brain Hates

We're big fans of Tony Zhou's cinematic analyses, but we're especially fond of his recent breakdown of Michael Bay's visual approach, which manages to acknowledge the director's knack for spectacle while identifying him as a slave to his own system – a gratuitous, over-evolved action style we love to hate.

The whole analysis is worth watching, even if Zhou's thesis is pretty straightforward. As he so succinctly puts it: "Every shot is designed for maximum visual impact, regardless of whether it fits." Oh, and lampposts.


[Every Frame A Painting]



But what if your brain AND eyes hate Michael Bay films?