Michael Bay fans are about to have a very busy couple of weeks. As most of them already know, the action-guru’s latest picture, Pain & Gain, will be making its way to theaters on April 26. In hopes of psyching Bay fans up for that event, the Alamo Drafthouse plans to honor the director’s career with a Lifetime Achievement Award and an induction into the newly-created Tough Guy Hall of Fame. The entire event, coined “Baymageddon,” even has its own trailer, which we’re sharing above via a Vimeo link.
The Bay events, according to a release, will be held on Sunday, April 21, at Alamo Drafthouse locations in Austin and Houston, TX, Kansas City, MO, and Littleton, CO. Three “classic” Bay films will be screened, followed by an early screening of Pain & Gain, giving the director’s top fans the first chance to see the movie that won’t be in theaters for another week.
On piecing together the event, Alamo programmer Greg MacLennan said:
"When I first started programming the Tough Guy Cinema series for the Alamo Drafthouse, I wanted to take repertory film screenings to a new level, and the first films I could think of were modern masterpieces of mayhem from Michael Bay. I wasn't taught them in school, you don't see any books on them, but his films deserve to be recognized and revisited on the big screen. Blockbusters may come and go, but his films stand the test of time. He's made heroes out of everyday actors, and somehow, along the way, he became one himself."
Alamo Drafthouse founder Tim League adds:
When I first heard the idea of "Baymageddon," I knew it needed to be more than just a marathon. It needed to be as big as a Michael Bay film itself, which is why I'm very happy to be inducting Michael Bay as the very first member of the Alamo Drafthouse Tough Guy Hall of Fame. It takes a truly tough guy to make such beautiful mayhem."
Hard to argue. Now, it’s a bit of a roll of the dice. You might buckle in for three straight Bay movie and get Pearl Harbor or Transformers: Dark of the Moon. If it were up to me, I’d dial up the first Bad Boys, The Rock and Armageddon for the perfect appetizer before Pain. If you had to program three Bay films, which would you pair for a perfect Baymageddon?