I think the sequel(s) to Transformers would have been not so great no matter who was the HNIC behind the scenes. In my opinion one Transformers was more than enough. I really dont have anything against Bay. But SB is correct about the cheesiness factors with the 360 slow mo cameras while the actors look toward the sky and all. I really didnt take notice to that till it was pointed out. I would see another Bay movie in the theater, depending on what it was....but definitely not Transformers. I still think he did a good job with Pearl Harbor, Stank is way too harsh. True the love story is geared more for the heart throb teeny bopper, but in order to make a movie about it some sort of substance was necessary.
Spielberg is the top dog IMO,
Cameron.....EEHHHH hes alright. I didnt realize how long his resume was till I googled it. Aliens was the shit, Camerons Titanic was probably Micheal Bays Pearl Harbor. I see some similarities there. In fact Cameron is similar to Bay, maybe just not as extreme. At least it seems that way to me. Avatar was ok, In all honesty I had trouble staying awake thru the entire duration tho.
Nolan is good, His Batmans are the best out of any. I have to admit tho, I wasnt crazy about Inception.