Michael Bay has his fair share of haters, but he's also admired by people like Steven Spielberg and Christopher Nolan. It's easy to despise Bay's movies, and it's arguably easier to not like the man himself based on his sometimes abrasive personality and the tons of stories that have come out over the years of how he treats people on his sets. But if you consider yourself a fan of cinema, I think it's pretty clear that a line can be drawn between liking Bay's overall final products and appreciating the man for his directorial skill and striking ability to capture kinetic, indelible images that no one else can (and there are plenty of pale imitations to choose from which prove that last part).
Our own Lucas Lowman wrote an essay about this topic, and now Cinefix is here with a video that break down six reasons you have to respect Bay, and while there's maybe a bit too much importance placed on his perceived thoughts on race (I mean, did you guys see Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen? Casting Martin Lawrence and Will Smith in Bad Boys doesn't make up for creating those racist robots), there are some pretty good points to be made here. Check it out below: