THE MICHAEL BAY EXPLOSION TOURNAMENT

Tuesday, June 23 by

VOTING FOR ROUND 1 IS CLOSED, BUT YOU CAN STILL VOTE FOR WHO GOES TO THE BIG BOOM CHAMPIONSHIP MATCHUP!

Welcome to Baywatch Day 2, junkies.  Yesterday, we introduced you to Michael Bay’s music video oeuvre.  The hits were many.  The explosions?  Merely metaphorical. 

And that’s just not what we really really really love about Bay, is it? 

Well you’re in luck.  Today marks the launch of "Michael Bay and the Bracket of Boom," a tournament pitting the filmmaker’s best cinematic eruptions against each other.  We selected the participants – one from each of Bay’s eight feature films – and you get to choose which explosion survives its head-to-head matchup.  Each day you can come back and see who won the previous day, then vote – as many times as you like – for your favorite one.  And if you need to refresh your memory, the clips are embedded below.

There can BOOM only one.  The detonator is in your hands. 

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MATCHUP #1


The boom that saves the world versus the boom that vaporizes a complex piece of machinery.  You’d think Bruce Willis’ detonation in Armageddon would reign supreme, but when you get down to it, it is just a really big rock.  The helicopter in The Island has bells and whistles and blades and gauges.  Engineers spent countless man-hours calibrating those delicate devices and in a flash they’re gone.  You tell us what’s the bigger loss.   

NOTE: Results slightly delayed!

 

 

MATCHUP #2


 One can’t deny the sweet irony of a missile hit blowing Nic Cage into the ocean right before he started making poor movie choices.  It’s like it tossed him into a world of mediocrity where his sarcastic quips don’t quite have the same resonance when they’re bellowed through a cloud of bees.  Bees?!  On the other hand, you have a CG robot breaking through a wall and you can’t help but yearn for a time when Bay’s explosions where practical and not rendered on a computer.  Is it Cage’s acting or movie magic that makes the explosion hit harder? 

 

NOTE: Results slightly delayed!

 

 

MATCHUP #3


I’m not sure you can vote for an attack on Pearl Harbor and still call yourself an American, even though following that bomb down to the ship’s galley is pretty sweet.  But go ahead and vote for it if you like it because movies are exaggerated depictions of real life tragedies.  As far as Transformers goes, we haven’t seen mass public transit explode like that since Keanu crashed a bus into a plane.  The damn thing gets ripped in half by a gigantic robot!  Screw global warming, people need to get to work alive!   

NOTE: Results slightly delayed!

 

MATCHUP #4

A plane and a mansion.  Two luxuries people don’t mind watching be destroyed because most are owned by corrupt bankers or drug dealers.  And oh how destroyed they are in these two films.  The amount of flames that spew out of them is almost unfathomable.  New physics were created to meet Bay’s vision.  Below-the-line crewmembers probably died and wer buried in the ashes of fusel lodge and foyer.  But hey, if you want to make a omelet you gotta crack a few eggs.  Another note: Bad Boys was the first time Michael Bay’s trademark "silhouetted body blown across screen with fireball background" was used.  Perhaps this is Mr. Bay’s version of avant-garde.

NOTE: Results slightly delayed!

 

STAY TUNED FOR ROUND 2 TOMORROW!

 

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