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Dear Flixster Community,

After seven fabulous years with you all, we are sorry to let you know that we're going to be retiring the Flixster Community site on September 30, 2014. Please note that you can still access your ratings, reviews, and quizzes on Flixster and Rotten Tomatoes using your same login. We have had so much fun building this community with you.

Thanks for all the memories,

Bay, Michael

  1. YLOWBSTARDreturns
  2. Michael

He's got the chops; he just makes bad decisions sometimes.

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The Rock 1996,  R)
The Rock
One of the finest American Action Films.
Pain & Gain 2013,  R)
Pain & Gain
"Pain and Gain" isn't just another in a long line of Michael Bay films that "cinephiles" can point to as proof positive that cinema is dying. It's a cutting, dark satire about the search for the American dream and how such a preposterous ideal can be dangerous (even deadly) in the psyche of the more sense-deficient. It has a brain, and Bay's bloated style and vivid cinematography add too the tone of this ridiculous true crime saga.

Wahlberg and Mackie aptly portray two of a rag-tag band of idiots, but they exude a sensitivity and self consciousness that has us rotting for them against our better judgement... but it is Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson who steals the show, with incredible range and presence. He's been really solid in other movies before (playing type), but this is career best work from him that HONESTLY deserve some Oscar consideration. He's that good.

Like many Bay films, "Pain" is a bit too long and struggles with some tonal shifting, but this is really energetic stuff that can't be denied, and most surprisingly it has a soul and a sense of place. That's more than many films can attest too. From it's great opening sequence, "Pain and Gain" grabbed me and I was left highly entertained throughout.

It's "stupid people doing REALLY stupid things" plot reminded me of the Coen's "Burn After Reading." You know what? Bay's film is better. It's his best since "The Rock," and yes... one of my favorites of 2013.
Transformers 2007,  PG-13)
The Island 2005,  PG-13)
Armageddon 1998,  PG-13)
Pure popcorn entertainment. I hate Michael bay, but people are way to hard on this flick( and pearl Harbor).
Bad Boys 1995,  R)
Bad Boys
Too bad the sequel tarnished this promising buddy/cop series.
Pearl Harbor 2001,  PG-13)
Pearl Harbor
People need to give this film a break. It's great fun despite the historical inaccuracies. Also, you can't beat those action scenes.
Transformers: Dark of the Moon 2011,  PG-13)
Bad Boys II 2003,  R)
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen 2009,  PG-13)
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
Somehow I just realised I forgot to rate this!

The first Transformers film was really fun and was a very well concieved effects extravaganza. TRANSFORMERS 2 embodies everything that is wrong with the average Hollywood blockbuster. It is a piece of garbage made for the soul purpose of bringing the studio in a lot of green. It is brainless and obnoxious, and has killed a franchise that could have been something special. But hey, it made a lot of money, so Paramount; Mission complete.
Transformers: Age of Extinction 2014,  PG-13)
Bad Boys 3 2016,  Unrated)

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