Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Michael Bay to receive award for filmmaking excellence (?)

Yes, this is - somehow - the state we've come to.  That guy who directed "Armageddon," "Pearl Harbor," "The Island," and "Bad Boys" is now receiving actual awards.

According to Variety, director Michael Bay will receive the ShoWest 2009 Vanguard Award for excellence in filmmaking at their upcoming confere in Las Vegas.

My brain hurts at the thought of this, but at least it's a group of theater owners giving Bay the award instead of, y'know, a critics organization (he tried to plead with them when he made Pearl Harbor and he created an insipid propaganda piece).

Although this DOES remind me of a perfect comment given by a colleague when someone lamented on Bay's "Armageddon" being part of the Criterion Collection for DVD: (I paraphrase) "He IS the most widely recognized creator of ridiculous, explosion-filled, dumbed-down action movies, and he somehow does it to eye-popping if brain-numbing effect and has indeed created a unified ouevre, so his recognition in Criterion recognizes that he fills that niche in many regards" (my wording is better, I think).  Sad, but f*@%ing true.

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