We already brought you one side of the Michael Bay debate here at IFC.com this week with Travis McClain’s piece “Why Michael Bay should be taken seriously.” Now, via Jim Emerson’s Scanners blog, the other side, courtesy an impressively concise yet comprehensive account of Michael Bay’s filmography by College Humor.
Funny. But allow me to play devil’s advocate to this piece of devil’s advocacy for a minute. The auteur theory teaches us to examine a director’s larger filmography for consistent themes and motifs. And what does this video show if not a consistency of ideas (well maybe “ideas” is the wrong word, more like “things”) across all of Michael Bay’s movies: a fetishization of technology, a sort of unstoppable kineticism, and lots of girls in short shorts. Like it or not, Michael Bay is a director with a clear authorial signature. He shows you the dark of the moon and the dark side of auteur theory.