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A Ranking of Michael Bay’s Most Epic Explosions

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Michael Bay just loves to blow stuff up. It’s in his nature. Now we’ve seen so many explosions over the course of the filmmaker’s career that his movies wouldn’t be the same without at least one massive display of pyrotechnics. From Armageddon to Pearl Harbor to the Transformers franchise and beyond, Bay has given audiences some of the most spectacularly ridiculous explosions. At this point, they border on the downright absurd.

And like a bottle of wine, a Michael Bay explosion only gets better with age. Looking back on his career and all that his work has wrought, here are the best explosions from this unique mind ranked from worst to best.

8. Bad Boys, Plane Explosion

It’s safe to say no one forgot their boarding pass after this scene. Bay couldn’t help himself. He just had to include this massive explosion, but it was worth the effort. Now, how do I make the baddies’ scream my new ringtone?


7. Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Invasion of Chicago

The Decepticons united their forces and waged a full-scale invasion of Chicago, tearing down buildings with the worm-like Driller and mowing down countless more with their floating ships. No wonder everyone in the next installment, Age of Extinction, were so traumatized by the Transformer threat.


6. Transformers, Attack on the military base

Think back to the first Transformers movie and remember our first taste of Michael Bay at the helm of this franchise. It came when Blackout attacked a military base and left none alive but a handful of soldiers, including Josh Duhamel’s Captain Lennox and Tyrese Gibson’s Sergeant Epps. It set the tone for the franchise and assured us that words like “budget” and “subtlety” was not in Bay’s vocabulary.


5. Bad Boys II, Mansion explosion

Bay set aside a $40 million mansion just so he could blow it up in Bad Boys II. As the New York Post cited, he and producer Jerry Bruckheimer destroyed it within a matter of minutes, and in the most glorious fashion. Limbs flying, people screaming, bazookas blasting…and this is on top of Martin Lawrence and Will Smith shooting rounds upon rounds through its walls.


4. Transformers: Age of Extinction, The final showdown

If you thought Dark of the Moon was an explosion of visual effects, Age of Extinction upped the ante even more than we thought it could. It seems like Bay threw everything he possibly could into one movie: gargantuan robots, robot dinosaurs, alien weapons, Mark Wahlberg, car racing and a massive alien invasion complete with inception horn sound effects. Too bad he forgot to include a discernible plot.


3. The Rock, Nic Cage’s explosion dive

Bay’s obsession with military tech and sweet jets began with this Nic Cage/Sean Connery action flick. Even though Cage’s FBI agent gives the all-clear, Bay can’t help still squeezing in a big explosion — complete with Cage doing a signature Bay “jump away from a massive explosion” — for the end sequence.


2. Pearl Harbor, Attack on Pearl Harbor

Bay’s new stuff is pretty astounding, but they lack the style of his earlier work. Before most of the technological advancements, the director let his imagination explode all over the screen with the attack on Pearl Harbor that saw massive war ships torn to bits in a matter of seconds and planes falling from the sky to be blown to bits in a fiery blaze.


1. Armageddon, Meteor shower

What’s more visually explosive than the demolition of major cities via meteors? Paris was wiped out in a single death blow, Grand Central Station in New York was eviscerated by one strategically placed shot, and everyone was forced to watch as The Big Apple was cut down into The Little Apple. No, The Apple Sliver.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.



Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…

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Celebrating Portlandia One Sketch at a Time

The final season of Portlandia approaches.

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Most people measure time in minutes, hours, days, years…At IFC, we measure it in sketches. And nothing takes us way (waaaaaay) back like Portlandia sketches. Yes, there’s a Portlandia milepost from every season that changed the way we think, behave, and pickle things. In honor of Portlandia’s 8th and final season, Subaru presents a few of our favorites.

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Put A Bird On It

Portlandia enters the pop-culture lexicon and inspires us to put birds on literally everything.

Colin the Chicken

Who’s your chicken, really? Behold the emerging locavore trend captured perfectly to the nth degree.

Dream Of The ’90s

This treatise on Portland made it clear that “the dream” was alive and well.

No You Go

We Americans spend most of our lives in cars. Fortunately, there’s a Portlandia sketch for every automotive situation.

A-O River!

We learned all our outdoor survival skills from Kath and Dave.

One More Episode

The true birth of binge watching, pre-Netflix. And what you’ll do once Season 8 premieres.

Catch up on Portlandia’s best moments before the 8th season premieres January 18th on IFC.

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Celebrity All-Star by Sisters Weekend is available now on IFC's Comedy Crib.

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Sisters Weekend isn’t like other comedy groups. It’s filmmaking collaboration between besties Angelo Balassone, Michael Fails and Kat Tadesco, self-described lace-front addicts with great legs who write, direct, design and produce video sketches and cinematic shorts that are so surreally hilarious that they defy categorization. One such short film, Celebrity All-Star, is the newest addition to IFC’s Comedy Crib. Here’s what they had to say about it in a very personal email interview…

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IFC: How would you describe Celebrity All-Star to a fancy network executive you just met in an elevator?

Celebrity All-Star is a short film about an overworked reality TV coordinator struggling to save her one night off after the cast of C-List celebrities she wrangles gets locked out of their hotel rooms.

IFC: How would you describe Celebrity All-Star to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Sisters Weekend: It’s this short we made for IFC where a talent coordinator named Karen babysits a bunch of weird c-list celebs who are stuck in a hotel bar. It’s everyone you hate from reality TV under one roof – and that roof leaks because it’s a 2-star hotel. There’s a magician, sexy cowboys, and a guy wearing a belt that sucks up his farts.

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IFC: What was the genesis of Celebrity All-Star?

Celebrity All-Star was born from our love of embarrassing celebrities. We love a good c-lister in need of a paycheck! We were really interested in the canned politeness people give off when forced to mingle with strangers. The backstory we created is that the cast of this reality show called “Celebrity All-Star” is in the middle of a mandatory round of “get to know each other” drinks in the hotel bar when the room keys stop working. Shows like Celebrity Ghost Hunters and of course The Surreal Life were of inspo, but we thought it
was funny to keep it really vague what kind of show they’re on, and just focus on everyone’s diva antics after the cameras stop rolling.

IFC: Every celebrity in Celebrity All-Star seems familiar. What real-life pop personalities did you look to for inspiration?

Sisters Weekend: Anyone who is trying to plug their branded merch that no one asked for. We love low-rent celebrity. We did, however, directly reference Kylie Jenner’s turd-raison lip color for our fictional teen celebutante Gibby Kyle (played by Mary Houlihan).

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IFC: Celebrity seems disgusting yet desirable. What’s your POV? Do you crave it, hate it, or both?

Sisters Weekend: A lot of people chase fame. If you’re practical, you’ll likely switch to chasing success and if you’re smart, you’ll hopefully switch to chasing happiness. But also, “We need money. We need hits. Hits bring money, money bring power, power bring fame, fame change the game,” Young Thug.

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IFC: Who are your comedy idols?

Sisters Weekend: Mike grew up renting “Monty Python” tapes from the library and staying up late to watch 2000’s SNL, Kat was super into Andy Kaufman and “Kids In The Hall” in high school, and Angelo was heavily influenced by “Strangers With Candy” and Anna Faris in the Scary Movie franchise, so, our comedy heroes mesh from all over. But, also we idolize a lot of the people we work with in NY-  Lorelei Ramirez, Erin Markey, Mary Houlihan, who are all in the film, Amy Zimmer, Ana Fabrega, Patti Harrison, Sam Taggart. Geniuses! All of Em!

IFC: What’s your favorite moment from the film?

Sisters Weekend: I mean…seeing Mary Houlihan scream at an insane Pomeranian on an iPad is pretty great.

See Sisters Weekend right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib

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