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Face-Off: Michael Bay vs. Zack Snyder

06.26.2014by: Dave Davis
Last week's Face-Off column put a couple of classic cinematic cops against each other, and most of you agreed that Clint Eastwood's iconic Dirty Harry had a more impressive police record than Mel Gibson's LETHAL WEAPON detective Martin Riggs.

This weekend, mayhem maestro Michael Bay is back with his latest mega-budget robo-blast TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION. Let's put Bay up against another director known for ambitious big-ticket blockbusters and distinct visuals, Zack Snyder.

(Please note: Face Off is an opinion column. We're not using any actual science to prove or disprove anything. It's just for fun.)
BACKGROUND
Attended Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA (classmate of Zack Snyder), and then gained attention for his commercial and music video work
Attended Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA (classmate of Michael Bay), and then gained attention for his commercial and music video work
TRADEMARK
Aside from his slo-mo "hero shots" and seemingly genuine chest-pounding jingoism, Bay's hyperactive storytelling quickly earned him a reputation for his rapid-fire cutting, where everything from shootouts to boardroom meetings are presented with a constantly moving camera and a maximum three seconds between edits.
While modern filmmakers like the Wachowskis and McG were already well-known for utilizing particular slow-motion techniques, it didn't seem ubiquitous until Snyder's adept use of speed-ramping in 300's action scenes helped define that hit movie's style and became the director's signature visual flourish.
FRANCHISES
Bay essentially made Will Smith a big-screen superstar with the smash BAD BOYS (later followed with the unrelenting excess of BAD BOYS II), and then proved there was more than meets the eye (beyond money shots, broad humor and abrasive characters) by turning Hasbro's popular TRANSFORMERS toy line into a global moneymaking movie phenomenon. Imagine if we also got the SUPERMAN movie he was once rumored for...
Snyder is following MAN OF STEEL with BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE and JUSTICE LEAGUE, effectively setting the stage for DC Comics characters to (finally) follow in Marvel's wildly successful footsteps by putting several famous superheroes into a cohesive cinematic universe. While we don't quite know yet how that will turn out, he's basically the guy steering the future of DC's beloved comic characters on the big screen. (No pressure.)
ACTION!
His chaotic quick-cut pace can make action sequences nearly as exhausting as enthralling, but at his best Bay has proven himself one of the undisputed masters of slick widescreen fare packed with city-crushing devastation, high-speed vehicle pursuits and gratuitous gunfights. I ultimately find the TRANSFORMERS series more punishing than entertaining, but I'd love to witness Bay attempt to top the exceptional overkill of BAD BOYS II with another entry in that series.
Snyder filled the screen with admirably coherent carnage in DAWN OF THE DEAD and 300, and made owl-warrior combat look impressive with LEGEND OF THE GUARDIANS. I thought his MAN OF STEEL was a tonally unpleasant, inordinately destructive superhero smackdown, but it's safe to say that Snyder's area of expertise seems to involve costumed characters striking cool poses and knocking seven shades of shit out of each other.
DIVERSITY
Bay firmly established himself with popcorn action like BAD BOYS, ARMAGEDDON and THE ROCK and is now on his fourth movie about giant intelligent robots causing massive collateral damage. But when he strays from bombast, he achieves uneven results -- the impressive attack sequences of the WWII movie PEARL HARBOR were offset by an eye-rolling romance triangle, and the (comparatively) cerebral sci-fi effort THE ISLAND and the musclehead crime-comedy PAIN & GAIN were among the director's lowest earners.

In his spare time (???) Bay also produces lower-budgeted genre movies like THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE remake and THE PURGE through his Platinum Dunes company, and directs the occasional Victoria's Secret commercial.
Snyder's first feature was the surprisingly satisfying remake of George Romero's zombie classic DAWN OF THE DEAD, which he followed by adapting Frank Miller's graphic novel 300 into an ostentatious bloodbath blockbuster.

Snyder hung around the comic racks for a reasonably faithful adaptation of Alan Moore's classic superhero deconstruction WATCHMEN, and then took a stab at computer-animation with LEGEND OF THE GUARDIANS, based on Kathryn Lasky's fantasy book series The Guardians of Ga'Hoole.

His first crack at original material yielded the glossy clunker SUCKER PUNCH, a series of adolescent fanboy fantasies disguised as a female empowerment story. Now he's right back to digging in the longboxes with Superman, Batman and most of DC's heavy-hitters.
BIGGEST HIT
$1.1 billion worldwide for TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON
$668 million worldwide for MAN OF STEEL
MICHAEL BAY
Bay and Snyder seem like a perfect match, college classmates who graduated to the upper ranks of Hollywood's elite Bro Club. While they're both determined to deliver colossal big-screen entertainment, their filmmaking sensibilities both align and deviate -- Snyder is technically competent but seems interested in engaging with slightly more mature material, and Bay continues a singular focus on spectacle and shameless exorbitance.

They've both had hits and misses (sometimes in the same movie), and Snyder is certainly establishing himself as a talented stylist, but could use a stronger storytelling grip and a few more features under his belt. Meanwhile, Bay consistently and reliably abandons intelligent narrative for mass-market appeal and thunderous showmanship. It's basically a matter of preference.

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2:23AM on 10/17/2014

They both Suck

The Watchmen was only good because of its source material. 300 was shallow just like the book. And Man of Steel took a major dump on 75 year old character. Zack Snyder is Micheal Bay if Bay was far more pretentious and self important.
The Watchmen was only good because of its source material. 300 was shallow just like the book. And Man of Steel took a major dump on 75 year old character. Zack Snyder is Micheal Bay if Bay was far more pretentious and self important.
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1:37AM on 06/27/2014
If Snyder didn't make comic book movies, no one would even care about him. He's a poor director, and a worse writer. He leaches off of established popular properties, and knows that if he throws out enough fanfare then the fanboys will just eat it up. His films are a lot like the Twilight films. They are bad movies that know how to manipulate the fanbase.

The one original film he made, Sucker Punch, no one gave two shits about it. It was as equally bad as his other films, but this time he
If Snyder didn't make comic book movies, no one would even care about him. He's a poor director, and a worse writer. He leaches off of established popular properties, and knows that if he throws out enough fanfare then the fanboys will just eat it up. His films are a lot like the Twilight films. They are bad movies that know how to manipulate the fanbase.

The one original film he made, Sucker Punch, no one gave two shits about it. It was as equally bad as his other films, but this time he didn't have popular fanfare on his side.
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12:41AM on 06/27/2014

Snyder Obviously!

Snyder is a far more talented filmmaker. He's like the director Bay wishes he was. Take the final fight in Man of Steel (or anything in Sucker Punch) and it blows away any Bay action sequence. His visual style and effects work blow Bay's movies out of the water. They've both worked with lots of good actors but the performances and charecters are far superior in Snyders work. Let's also not forget he made a movie that was consider unfilmable and did a great job with it. Lastly ask this, would
Snyder is a far more talented filmmaker. He's like the director Bay wishes he was. Take the final fight in Man of Steel (or anything in Sucker Punch) and it blows away any Bay action sequence. His visual style and effects work blow Bay's movies out of the water. They've both worked with lots of good actors but the performances and charecters are far superior in Snyders work. Let's also not forget he made a movie that was consider unfilmable and did a great job with it. Lastly ask this, would you be feel better about Batman vs. Superman if Bay was directing it. I rest my case.
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12:40AM on 06/27/2014
I prefer Snyder thanks to Watchmen and 300. Bay made a good movie once upon a time (The Rock), but he's clearly more focused on ruining 1980's cartoon franchises now.
I prefer Snyder thanks to Watchmen and 300. Bay made a good movie once upon a time (The Rock), but he's clearly more focused on ruining 1980's cartoon franchises now.
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11:08PM on 06/26/2014
I'm a fan of both directors my favourites by both are Transformers and 300 and the ones i don't think get enough love are The Rock and Dawn Of The Dead
I'm a fan of both directors my favourites by both are Transformers and 300 and the ones i don't think get enough love are The Rock and Dawn Of The Dead
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3:21PM on 06/26/2014
Bay 100%. Snyder has yet come close to making a film as good as The Rock.

They both make shallow empty headed movies, but Bay has one gem.
Bay 100%. Snyder has yet come close to making a film as good as The Rock.

They both make shallow empty headed movies, but Bay has one gem.
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2:04PM on 06/26/2014

u make me laugh

I find Snyder an exciting director of action. Bay is deplorable in that his films are racist, anti-woman, include shades of neo-con pro war hype, and normally his action pieces go on too long and become an incoherent mess.
I find Snyder an exciting director of action. Bay is deplorable in that his films are racist, anti-woman, include shades of neo-con pro war hype, and normally his action pieces go on too long and become an incoherent mess.
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3:22PM on 06/26/2014
You just described Man of Steel.
You just described Man of Steel.
3:11PM on 06/26/2014
Agreed--his films are frequently homophobic as well.
Agreed--his films are frequently homophobic as well.
1:53PM on 06/26/2014

SNYDER

His movies often get stamped as just eye-candy, but other than Bay, there is alot more behind it. Sucker Punch has a lot more layers and Man of Steel gets reduced to the destruction at the end while it is a great, contemporary interpretation of Superman.

Watchmen is one of my favorite movies and Man of Steel and 300 are also high on my list. I even like Guardians and Sucker Punch.
So no competition for me here.
His movies often get stamped as just eye-candy, but other than Bay, there is alot more behind it. Sucker Punch has a lot more layers and Man of Steel gets reduced to the destruction at the end while it is a great, contemporary interpretation of Superman.

Watchmen is one of my favorite movies and Man of Steel and 300 are also high on my list. I even like Guardians and Sucker Punch.
So no competition for me here.
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12:51PM on 06/26/2014

Snyder.

While I admit his movie aren't exactly the best, Snyder has the far better overall career over Bay. I even prefer Snyder's taste for action. The only Bay film that had action that came close to Snyder's vision was the first Transformers, but that was ruined when Bay continued to do the exact same thing with all three sequels.

I'd take the grouping of Snyder's films (even with Sucker Punch included), over Bay's abysmal action sets.
While I admit his movie aren't exactly the best, Snyder has the far better overall career over Bay. I even prefer Snyder's taste for action. The only Bay film that had action that came close to Snyder's vision was the first Transformers, but that was ruined when Bay continued to do the exact same thing with all three sequels.

I'd take the grouping of Snyder's films (even with Sucker Punch included), over Bay's abysmal action sets.
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12:45PM on 06/26/2014

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12:54PM on 06/26/2014
Your friend's sister was a prostitute. Spammer.
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11:38AM on 06/26/2014
I know I'll most likely get destroyed for this but I honestly think that The Rock is the best movie in this entire throw-down so technically I'd have to give the edge to Michael Bay.

Though, to be fair I think Snyder's Dawn of the Dead remake is a strong horror flick and one of the few "great remakes" that not just stands on its own but works as a tribute to the original.
I know I'll most likely get destroyed for this but I honestly think that The Rock is the best movie in this entire throw-down so technically I'd have to give the edge to Michael Bay.

Though, to be fair I think Snyder's Dawn of the Dead remake is a strong horror flick and one of the few "great remakes" that not just stands on its own but works as a tribute to the original.
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12:57PM on 06/26/2014
The Rock is one of Bay's best, to be sure. But I'l take a slow-mo Gerard Butler and Michael Fassbender chopping off limbs and knocking dudes down over a slow-mo Nic Cage falling on his knees (insert gay joke here).
The Rock is one of Bay's best, to be sure. But I'l take a slow-mo Gerard Butler and Michael Fassbender chopping off limbs and knocking dudes down over a slow-mo Nic Cage falling on his knees (insert gay joke here).
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11:35AM on 06/26/2014

Snyder for me...

Say what you will about Snyder, but the guy has got a flair for visuals. The action sequences in Bay's movies are often incomprehensible, making it impossible to tell who's hitting who, and the quick shots can be a bit annoying. While Snyder's films aren't the best to come out of Hollywood, he manages to create more visually striking movies than Bay. I think the biggest hit category should be eliminated from this face off. I think most people wanted to see a rebound from the abysmal Revenge
Say what you will about Snyder, but the guy has got a flair for visuals. The action sequences in Bay's movies are often incomprehensible, making it impossible to tell who's hitting who, and the quick shots can be a bit annoying. While Snyder's films aren't the best to come out of Hollywood, he manages to create more visually striking movies than Bay. I think the biggest hit category should be eliminated from this face off. I think most people wanted to see a rebound from the abysmal Revenge of the Fallen (which we did not get), and a film of giant robots beating the crap out of each other without all the human drama (which again, we did not get.)
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11:44AM on 06/26/2014
Fuck. Buttons this small on an iPad are just plain wrong. Sorry - meant to thumbs up , espnfx.
Fuck. Buttons this small on an iPad are just plain wrong. Sorry - meant to thumbs up , espnfx.
11:10AM on 06/26/2014
So if we add the newest Transformers to Bay's list, which is currently sitting at a whopping 26% on the tomato meter and got a 3/10 review on this site, does this change the winner at all? I enjoy reading these Faceoff's, but only for strictly humorous reasons. I mean, the criteria changes for every one, probably to suit the authors particular favorite. Anyway, Snyder over Bay for creativity and less shitty movies.
So if we add the newest Transformers to Bay's list, which is currently sitting at a whopping 26% on the tomato meter and got a 3/10 review on this site, does this change the winner at all? I enjoy reading these Faceoff's, but only for strictly humorous reasons. I mean, the criteria changes for every one, probably to suit the authors particular favorite. Anyway, Snyder over Bay for creativity and less shitty movies.
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5:37PM on 06/26/2014
My favorite was the Cap America vs. Superman Faceoff, where we had categories of "Costume Letter" and "Hometown" lmao.
My favorite was the Cap America vs. Superman Faceoff, where we had categories of "Costume Letter" and "Hometown" lmao.
12:04PM on 06/26/2014
That's only ever been my one hate for this column is how the criteria for judging seems to be purposefully written to support the winner.

This column needs to have more unified criteria like the Movie Hotties Face Off.
That's only ever been my one hate for this column is how the criteria for judging seems to be purposefully written to support the winner.

This column needs to have more unified criteria like the Movie Hotties Face Off.
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11:06AM on 06/26/2014

Bay - 4.6; Snyder - 5.2

Those are the averages of the grades I gave to their movies. I think this is because Snyder has TRIED not to just make another generic blockbuster.
Those are the averages of the grades I gave to their movies. I think this is because Snyder has TRIED not to just make another generic blockbuster.
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10:49AM on 06/26/2014

Snyder

Simply because of Watchmen (which I consider to be better to the Avengers) and 300 and I think that Dawn of the Dead is underrated. One of the worst movie's I have ever seen is Dark of the Moon. Absolutely boring!
Simply because of Watchmen (which I consider to be better to the Avengers) and 300 and I think that Dawn of the Dead is underrated. One of the worst movie's I have ever seen is Dark of the Moon. Absolutely boring!
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11:44AM on 06/27/2014
if dark of the moon is the worst movie youve ever seen, then you clearly havent seen very many movies.
if dark of the moon is the worst movie youve ever seen, then you clearly havent seen very many movies.
7:47AM on 06/27/2014
Man, you think Watchmen is better than AVENGERS?? I'll have whatever you're smokin!
Man, you think Watchmen is better than AVENGERS?? I'll have whatever you're smokin!
10:26AM on 06/26/2014
I was really hoping all the check boxes would be empty and the verdict would just be "NO."
I was really hoping all the check boxes would be empty and the verdict would just be "NO."
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9:55AM on 06/26/2014
Michael Bay gets my vote. Yes, the guy is a supreme douche, but Snyder has never made a movie I really loved. He takes on more challenging material with Watchmen and Man of Steel, but in both cases I left the theater with concerns about how he executed it (Man of Steel is a good film until the whole Smallville/Metropolis disaster undercuts what Superman is all about). 300 was better, except personally it doesn't hold up to repeat viewings. Bay at least has the Bad Boys movies, The Rock (his
Michael Bay gets my vote. Yes, the guy is a supreme douche, but Snyder has never made a movie I really loved. He takes on more challenging material with Watchmen and Man of Steel, but in both cases I left the theater with concerns about how he executed it (Man of Steel is a good film until the whole Smallville/Metropolis disaster undercuts what Superman is all about). 300 was better, except personally it doesn't hold up to repeat viewings. Bay at least has the Bad Boys movies, The Rock (his masterpiece), and the first half of The Island. And the first Transformers isn't that bad either (still haven't seen Pain and Gain). Michael Bay promises popcorn and delivers. Zack Snyder should either be more serious or more fun. So far he seems to want to walk a tightrope between the two, and it doesn't always work.
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1:52PM on 06/26/2014
Superman Returns (which I actually didn't hate) failed ultimately because Singer spent too much time trying to pay homage to the Richard Donner movies and not enough time trying to make a movie that could stand on its own.

I honestly wouldn't have minded so much watching Metropolis be destroyed if there'd already been at least one Superman movie already, where they'd managed to establish the character and his values. Because I didn't walk out of that theater thinking what a great guy Kal-El
Superman Returns (which I actually didn't hate) failed ultimately because Singer spent too much time trying to pay homage to the Richard Donner movies and not enough time trying to make a movie that could stand on its own.

I honestly wouldn't have minded so much watching Metropolis be destroyed if there'd already been at least one Superman movie already, where they'd managed to establish the character and his values. Because I didn't walk out of that theater thinking what a great guy Kal-El was, I walked out of there thinking he should have done more to save people. Why didn't he save those people?

But, you know, that's just my opinion. I was disappointed. You, apparently, were not.
11:58AM on 06/26/2014
Why are people still complaining about the SmallvilleMetropolis scenes? Have you not read a comic or seen any of the animated movies? This shit happens all the time. People complained about Superman Returns not having enough action and then we finally see Superman kick some ass, and people complain.
Why are people still complaining about the SmallvilleMetropolis scenes? Have you not read a comic or seen any of the animated movies? This shit happens all the time. People complained about Superman Returns not having enough action and then we finally see Superman kick some ass, and people complain.
9:37AM on 06/26/2014
All the Way Bay!
Btw, the one movie that called for Snyders trademark slo mo( man of steel) and he doesn't even use it! For shame!
All the Way Bay!
Btw, the one movie that called for Snyders trademark slo mo( man of steel) and he doesn't even use it! For shame!
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9:34AM on 06/26/2014
Snyder all the way.
Snyder all the way.
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9:33AM on 06/26/2014
stupid double post
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9:33AM on 06/26/2014
No contest for me at all....Snyder.
No contest for me at all....Snyder.
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8:42AM on 06/26/2014

Snyder all the way.

How is this even close? There's no way Michael Bay can make Watchemn or 300 enjoyable like Snyder did , and Man Of Steel is not perfect , but way better than anything MIchael Bayhem has ever done.
How is this even close? There's no way Michael Bay can make Watchemn or 300 enjoyable like Snyder did , and Man Of Steel is not perfect , but way better than anything MIchael Bayhem has ever done.
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8:18AM on 06/26/2014

Snyder

Knew this would be a divisive one - a lot of folks hate one or the other director and some can't stand either of them.
Michael Bay has, in the past, made some great action movies. Same goes for Snyder. Whereas I'd give Bay the edge for his past work, I have more faith that Snyder will do something interesting in the future. That and the fact Bay has thoroughly butchered the Transformers concept (makes money, but it's not good Transformers) makes me support Snyder in this case.
Knew this would be a divisive one - a lot of folks hate one or the other director and some can't stand either of them.
Michael Bay has, in the past, made some great action movies. Same goes for Snyder. Whereas I'd give Bay the edge for his past work, I have more faith that Snyder will do something interesting in the future. That and the fact Bay has thoroughly butchered the Transformers concept (makes money, but it's not good Transformers) makes me support Snyder in this case.
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7:14AM on 06/26/2014
Snyder, by a mile. I don't even think most of his movies are all that good, but almost everything I've ever seen by Michael Bay is a trainwreck, and the only stylistic elements of his films serve more to distract from than enhance what's happening on screen. For all the action in his movies, I actually think he kind of sucks at directing action!
Snyder, by a mile. I don't even think most of his movies are all that good, but almost everything I've ever seen by Michael Bay is a trainwreck, and the only stylistic elements of his films serve more to distract from than enhance what's happening on screen. For all the action in his movies, I actually think he kind of sucks at directing action!
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7:08AM on 06/26/2014
Neither director has given something that blew me away. Some of Snyder's visuals are better. Bay's action is too choppy. Snyder's Man of Steel was a good action movie, but it had a terrible story (an 18000 year old Superman suit? Really?). Most of his movies are based on written material with years of fandom (Watchmen, 300, Man of Steel) His one original live action piece basically bombed. So neither director really does it for me.
Neither director has given something that blew me away. Some of Snyder's visuals are better. Bay's action is too choppy. Snyder's Man of Steel was a good action movie, but it had a terrible story (an 18000 year old Superman suit? Really?). Most of his movies are based on written material with years of fandom (Watchmen, 300, Man of Steel) His one original live action piece basically bombed. So neither director really does it for me.
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8:30AM on 06/26/2014
i had assumed it was an advanced 3d printer and that the jor-el ai made the suit, thats why it fit him perfectly
i had assumed it was an advanced 3d printer and that the jor-el ai made the suit, thats why it fit him perfectly
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6:19AM on 06/26/2014
Watchmen and 300 are masterpieces and i cannot see Bay coming close to either of those. Added to that, i actually loved Sucker Punch (it is misunderstood big time) and even Dawn of the Dead was good (as good as a remake of the best zombie movie can be). So Zack wins big time for me.
Watchmen and 300 are masterpieces and i cannot see Bay coming close to either of those. Added to that, i actually loved Sucker Punch (it is misunderstood big time) and even Dawn of the Dead was good (as good as a remake of the best zombie movie can be). So Zack wins big time for me.
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5:34AM on 06/26/2014
Also in his spare time Bay is the director of the Victoria Secret ads.Loved Dawn of the Dead and 300 but got to go with Bay for this ad [link] and this [link]
Also in his spare time Bay is the director of the Victoria Secret ads.Loved Dawn of the Dead and 300 but got to go with Bay for this ad [link] and this [link]
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4:59AM on 06/26/2014

Snyder, very easily.

I'm a huge fan of this guy. I absolutely loved Man of Steel and Dawn of the Dead. Even his lesser works have a lot to enjoy.
I'm a huge fan of this guy. I absolutely loved Man of Steel and Dawn of the Dead. Even his lesser works have a lot to enjoy.
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4:16AM on 06/26/2014

snyder

He has given us a great superman film, one of the best modern zombie flicks. Suckerpunch is a terrible movie but its not on the level of badness of the transformer movies! Bay has given us some decent flicks but is snyder for me.
He has given us a great superman film, one of the best modern zombie flicks. Suckerpunch is a terrible movie but its not on the level of badness of the transformer movies! Bay has given us some decent flicks but is snyder for me.
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3:56AM on 06/26/2014
Why does Michael Bay look like a complete douche-nozzle in every picture that's ever taken of him?
Why does Michael Bay look like a complete douche-nozzle in every picture that's ever taken of him?
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12:07PM on 06/26/2014
Because when you're that much of a douche-nozzle, it can't be hidden, even with photoshop.
Because when you're that much of a douche-nozzle, it can't be hidden, even with photoshop.
7:59AM on 06/26/2014
Truth in advertising.
Truth in advertising.
3:15AM on 06/26/2014

The lesser of 2 evils

Snyder for me. There is some greatness in Watchmen, not perfection but well made entertainment. For me, Bay movies are instantly forgotten whereas Snyder's have more resonance post viewing. And Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole is pretty amazing.
Snyder for me. There is some greatness in Watchmen, not perfection but well made entertainment. For me, Bay movies are instantly forgotten whereas Snyder's have more resonance post viewing. And Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole is pretty amazing.
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2:15AM on 06/26/2014
Michael Bay for me. I have always enjoyed Michael Bay's work. I got hooked since he directed Meat Loaf's "I'd do anything for love" music video. That is an epic music video. As for movies, Bay has his own signature. My favorite films of his: Bad Boys, The Rock, The Island (very underrated) and Transformers 1.
Michael Bay for me. I have always enjoyed Michael Bay's work. I got hooked since he directed Meat Loaf's "I'd do anything for love" music video. That is an epic music video. As for movies, Bay has his own signature. My favorite films of his: Bad Boys, The Rock, The Island (very underrated) and Transformers 1.
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2:15AM on 06/26/2014
Snyder
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2:13AM on 06/26/2014
Yup. I don't hate Snyder, but it's Michael Bay for me too.
Yup. I don't hate Snyder, but it's Michael Bay for me too.
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1:43AM on 06/26/2014

meh

both are decent enough directors but neither of them can write worth a damn and neither of them are that great at directing in years to come neither of them will be really remembered.

but if the question has to be answred i'd say bay, i like his films better then snyder's.
both are decent enough directors but neither of them can write worth a damn and neither of them are that great at directing in years to come neither of them will be really remembered.

but if the question has to be answred i'd say bay, i like his films better then snyder's.
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9:48AM on 06/26/2014
At least Bay does't kid himself and bother writing. Synder's written work has been god awful (300 doesn't count since its a close cut adaptation of the comic).
At least Bay does't kid himself and bother writing. Synder's written work has been god awful (300 doesn't count since its a close cut adaptation of the comic).
12:58AM on 06/26/2014
Snyder takes more care. The Watchmen may not have been 100% but against pretty insurmountable odds, he managed to film the unfilmable. It may be inaccessible to those who aren't fans of the graphic novel but I think the effort really shows. Snyder's films may have a dude-bro vibe to them (particularly 300) but I think he does place adequate focus on characters in addition to the visuals, even if they may not be developed as fully as possible. Legend of the Guardians is underrated and is just
Snyder takes more care. The Watchmen may not have been 100% but against pretty insurmountable odds, he managed to film the unfilmable. It may be inaccessible to those who aren't fans of the graphic novel but I think the effort really shows. Snyder's films may have a dude-bro vibe to them (particularly 300) but I think he does place adequate focus on characters in addition to the visuals, even if they may not be developed as fully as possible. Legend of the Guardians is underrated and is just gorgeous to look at; superb 3D. On the whole, his style just feels less exploitative than Michael Bay's - yes, even Sucker Punch, which says something about Bay.
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2:00AM on 06/26/2014
Why are the responses backwards on this article?
Why are the responses backwards on this article?
1:02AM on 06/26/2014
I agree with that.
I agree with that.
1:01AM on 06/26/2014
Even though they were in baby doll costumes, the women in Sucker Punch were still treated as human beings. They're nothing more than meat in a Bay production.
Even though they were in baby doll costumes, the women in Sucker Punch were still treated as human beings. They're nothing more than meat in a Bay production.
12:58AM on 06/26/2014
Sorry, but Bay made Revenge of the Fallen, which is worse than anything Snyder's ever directed (that includes Sucker Punch).
Sorry, but Bay made Revenge of the Fallen, which is worse than anything Snyder's ever directed (that includes Sucker Punch).
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9:37AM on 06/26/2014
This.
This.
12:52AM on 06/26/2014
Snyder wins in my book.
Snyder wins in my book.
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12:51AM on 06/26/2014
I know what I'm getting into when I go to see a Bay flick and that is why I keep watching them.

Out of the two it seems to me that Snyder is the one more focused on story other than visuals. Even though he may not pull it off perfectly sometimes.
I know what I'm getting into when I go to see a Bay flick and that is why I keep watching them.

Out of the two it seems to me that Snyder is the one more focused on story other than visuals. Even though he may not pull it off perfectly sometimes.
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12:25AM on 06/26/2014
Snyder
Snyder
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12:17AM on 06/26/2014

Zack Snyder

Zack Snyder for sure. Loved 300, Man of Steel, and Watchmen and the style he used for each film. And in my opinion, Watchmen is a masterpiece and Bay has directed nothing that has come even close to it.
Zack Snyder for sure. Loved 300, Man of Steel, and Watchmen and the style he used for each film. And in my opinion, Watchmen is a masterpiece and Bay has directed nothing that has come even close to it.
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9:45PM on 06/26/2014
J-man....you are correct.
J-man....you are correct.
10:01AM on 06/26/2014
Before I knew who Bay was, both Armageddon and Transformers 2 were on my worst movies ever made list. That's ever. In the history of film. Snyder holds no such distinction in my book.
Before I knew who Bay was, both Armageddon and Transformers 2 were on my worst movies ever made list. That's ever. In the history of film. Snyder holds no such distinction in my book.
6:16AM on 06/26/2014
Sorry Soloist i have to disagree with you. Watchmen isnt a masterpiece. it's a FUCKING MASTERPIECE!
Sorry Soloist i have to disagree with you. Watchmen isnt a masterpiece. it's a FUCKING MASTERPIECE!
1:52AM on 06/26/2014
The Rock. Armageddon. Bad Boys 2

All movies that are the EXACT definition of summer blockbuster popcorn flicks. Classica in their own right.
The Rock. Armageddon. Bad Boys 2

All movies that are the EXACT definition of summer blockbuster popcorn flicks. Classica in their own right.
12:13AM on 06/26/2014
Snyder overdoes his trademark WAAAAAAAAY too much. It's so damn annoying. It's like he's some junior high kid making a movie and thinks it will be cool to add slow-mo scenes.
Snyder overdoes his trademark WAAAAAAAAY too much. It's so damn annoying. It's like he's some junior high kid making a movie and thinks it will be cool to add slow-mo scenes.
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1:01AM on 06/26/2014
Ya, I was very glad and very surprised.
Ya, I was very glad and very surprised.
12:59AM on 06/26/2014
No slow-mo at all in Man of Steel, thankfully.
No slow-mo at all in Man of Steel, thankfully.
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