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Are You Ready for Michael Bayghazi?

Throughout my time at Daily Surge, I’ve made no secret of my general disdain for Michael Bay, but it’s not as if I’m alone in my opinion. It seems like just about everyone thinks the guy is a horrible director who turns even the most basic of concepts into effects-heavy disaster affairs, complete with an overreliance on explosions and enough CGI to make George Lucas blush. And yet, people still flock to his movies. His latest reboot of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was savaged by critics, yet it raked in nearly $400 million bucks in box office bank. Before that, Transformers: Age of Extinction delivered Bay an upwards of $1 billion dollars in ticket sales. Both films were terrible…and no one seemed to care. Even Bay’s public meltdown in January wasn’t enough to dissuade Americans from seeing his latest flicks.

So with all of that baggage, who in their right mind has decided that Michael Bay should direct a movie about the Benghazi terrorist attacks? You heard that right — he’s in talks now. Obviously, Michael’s propensity for massive ticket returns outweighs any concerns about respecting the material.

It’s bad enough that a film is going to be made at all about the tragedy, though at least it will be based on the highly acclaimed book, 13 Hours. At the same time, leaving the story in the hands of the man who directed Bad Boys 2 and Pearl Harbor is just begging for a nightmare to transpire. No, Michael, Ambassador Chris Stevens wasn’t murdered by a giant computer-generated alien.

But hey, no one ever accused Hollywood of being too sensitive.

If there are any Michael Bay defenders out there, they are bound to insist that he is a talented director who is certainly capable of delivering a more “mature” film. To them I say…go watch Pain & Gain, Michael’s most recent attempt at a “different” kind of movie experience. What a flaming pile of cow pie that thing was.


Matt Fox

Senior Editor

Fox has history in broadcasting that spans two decades. From his early days as an FM host and club DJ in the mid-90′s to his later experiences in political talk radio, he has always had a knack for combining topical news with his love for popular culture. Those experiences culminated in his position as executive producer for several radio shows featured in the TALKERS Heavy 100. Originally from New York, Fox has made the great pilgrimage down to sunny south Florida.

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