• The New York Press’s Armond White on Made in U.S.A and 2 or 3 Things I Know About Her—by way of Michael Bay (we knew it would happen someday!):

    “Both these widescreen spectacles can help remind moviegoers how important it is to appreciate movies as a visual art form that represents the world and the imagination with creativity and integrity. That’s what is missing from the Harry Potter junk, where imagery is corrupted into tired, overfamiliar, nonvisceral special effects. Made in U.S.A and 2 or 3 Things have more in common with the visual wit of Michael Bay’s Transformers 2. It is Godard’s bold example that taught Bay to love sound and image. All these films share a visual language and a way of seeing the world that is rooted in an artistic use of technology. What a triple bill.”


  • By Troppmann
    August 14, 2009
    02:10 AM

    I imagine that any somewhat intelligent student of film should find the above quote rather painful to read. Yes, all of us probably prefer Godard's films to the Harry Potter series. Mr. White shouldn't feel too proud of himself for making this aesthetic judgment. In fact, he should probably feel embarassed about bombarding us with meaningless superlatives instead of offering some kind of analysis of Godard's films. What do these words - "imagination", "creativity", 'integrity", "artistic use of technology" - tell us about the nature of film art? Did he actually get paid for writing this?
  • By Batzomon
    December 03, 2011
    11:20 AM

    Brother, just when I think I've heard all the foolish thing White has to say, he tops himself. I would feign to believe that Michael Bay takes his style from Godard as Brett Ratner takes his style from Jodorowsky.