Bayhem: Michael Bay's visual style, from Bad Boys to Transformers: Age of Extinction (VIDEO).

What Makes a Michael Bay Movie a Michael Bay Movie

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July 3 2014 2:02 PM

What Makes a Michael Bay Movie a Michael Bay Movie

Transformers.
Still of Mark Wahlberg in Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014).

Photo by Andrew Cooper/Paramount Pictures.

Tony Zhou, whose videos about Edgar Wright and Martin Scorsese we previously highlighted on Brow Beat, has a new one about Michael Bay. In it, Zhou explains why Bay loves lampposts, what he owes to West Side Story, and, more generally, what distinguishes Bay’s visual style. Love Bay’s movies or—let me guess—hate them, it’s an illuminating look at “Bayhem.”

David Haglund is a senior editor at Slate. He runs Brow Beat, Slate's culture blog.

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