Does It Ever Rain In A Michael Bay Movie? – THE ISLAND (2005)

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This series focuses on the one and only Michael Bay. Attempting to deconstruct his filmography, one film at a time. The ideas explored here may or may not end up in my Dissertation about Michael Bay and Post-Cinema.

And to answer the question: Does it ever rain in a Michael Bay movie?

After the unhinged Bayness of BAD BOYS II, Steven Spielberg called up Michael Bay to direct a sci-fi film for Dreamworks, THE ISLAND.

What followed is Michael Bay’s first box-office failure.

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Does It Ever Rain In A Michael Bay Movie? – BAD BOYS II (2003)

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This series focuses on the one and only Michael Bay. Attempting to deconstruct his filmography, one film at a time. The ideas explored here may or may not end up in my Dissertation about Michael Bay and Post-Cinema.

And to answer the question: Does it ever rain in a Michael Bay movie?

“You ain’t seen BAD BOYS II?!?”

That’s it. Thats the introduction.

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Does It Ever Rain In A Michael Bay Movie? – MIDWAY (2019, Roland Emmerich)

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This series focuses on the one and only Michael Bay. Attempting to deconstruct his filmography, one film at a time. The ideas explored here may or may not end up in my Dissertation about Michael Bay and Post-Cinema.

And to answer the question: Does it ever rain in a Michael Bay movie?

“Hang on. I thought that BAD BOYS II was next, and MIDWAY isn’t even a Michael Bay film.” And you are very, very correct in that observation (pat on the back). The reason I want to discuss MIDWAY in this series, is that in my writing about ARMAGEDDON and PEARL HARBOR it dawned on me that discussing Roland Emmerich needs to happen. It can’t be ignored.

So let’s discuss MIDWAY and Roland Emmerich.

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Does It Ever Rain In A Michael Bay Movie? – PEARL HARBOR (2001)

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This series focuses on the one and only Michael Bay. Attempting to deconstruct his filmography, one film at a time. The ideas explored here may or may not end up in my Dissertation about Michael Bay and Post-Cinema.

And to answer the question: Does it ever rain in a Michael Bay movie?

In 1997 the biggest film of all-time was released, James Cameron’s TITANIC. A grand epic, a love story centred around a tragedy. In 2001, Michael Bay released his grand epic, tragic love story, PEARL HARBOR.

The results were, interesting.

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Does It Ever Rain In A Michael Bay Movie? – ARMAGEDDON (1998)

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This series focuses on the one and only Michael Bay. Attempting to deconstruct his filmography, one film at a time. The ideas explored here may or may not end up in my Dissertation about Michael Bay and Post-Cinema.

And to answer the question: Does it ever rain in THIS Michael Bay movie?

After the heroics of THE ROCK, Bruckheimer and Bay (sans Don Simpson who passed away) moved into the territory recently destroyed by Roland Emmerich, the Disaster Movie. In 1996, INDEPENDENCE DAY showed audiences that blowing up major landmarks, whilst nothing new, was an amazing spectacle with modern movie-making.

Michael Bay goes one bigger with ARMAGEDDON, “It’s what we call a global killer.”

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Does It Ever Rain In A Michael Bay Movie? – THE ROCK (1996)

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This series focuses on the one and only Michael Bay. Attempting to deconstruct his filmography, one film at a time. The ideas explored here may or may not end up in my Dissertation about Michael Bay and Post-Cinema.

And to answer the question: Does it ever rain in a Michael Bay movie?

Your “best”! Losers always whine about their best. Winners go home and fuck the prom queen.” – Mason

It was about 30 seconds into THE ROCK, that it dawned on me that this is perhaps the least Michael Bay, Michael Bay movie. What I mean by that is that there are the flourishes of what people think of when I say ‘Michael Bay’, but there is a somberness and tragedy to the film that I can’t quite place.

This is the last Don Simpson film produced before he died. Maybe that has something to do with it.

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Does It Ever Rain In A Michael Bay Movie? – BAD BOYS (1995)

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This series focuses on the one and only Michael Bay. Attempting to deconstruct his filmography, one film at a time. The ideas explored here may or may not end up in my Dissertation about Michael Bay and Post-Cinema.

And to answer the question: Does it ever rain in a Michael Bay movie?

The Porsche drives towards the camera, the orange haze of the picture, complements the heat. A low angle shot of a plane flying over a sign saying, ‘Miami’. This is BAD BOYS, the first feature film from advertisement and music video director Michael Bay. Starring Will Smith and Martin Lawrence, two black leads in a buddy-cop crime movie. One of whom was starring in only his 2nd feature film after years of being the Fresh Prince, the other was a comedian and the star of HOUSE PARTY 1 & 2.

On the surface, this had all the hallmarks of a picture that would’ve just been another LETHAL WEAPON rip-off.  But something was different.

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