People don't really like director Michael Bay, but the most common explanation of why just boils down to "explosions." That doesn't mean they're wrong— it just means we need to go deeper. Here, Tony Zhou of Every Frame a Painting breaks down the most important visual clichés that Bay has borrowed, defined, or overused ad nauseam to create his trademark "Bayhem."

"There are filmmakers we love and then there's Michael Bay," Zhou writes, "Even if you dislike him (as I do), Bay has something valuable to teach us about visual perception."

The next time you need to explain why Michael Bay sucks, you'll have a lot more ammunition in your pocket: Explosions and lampposts!


And, although it's not a visual element, let's not forget about the gratuitous gay jokes.


[H/T Devour]