Oh, Michael Bay... Only a year and a half ago, the bash-em, smash-em director was ranting to and fro about the crappiness of 3-D. In April of 2009, he said: "I think 3-D is going to be a fad. I personally don't like 3-D. The glasses impair your peripheral vision. If the studios want to push any technology, it should be IMAX. That's much more immersive." A few months later, he followed that up with: "I prefer the flat screen. I'm not jumping to do 3-D at all -- it's a pain in the neck to shoot it and I actually like the flat image. I've heard that some people can't even see 3-D and, moreover, that a major side effect of watching it is feeling exhausted. Can you imagine how you'd feel watching one of my movies in 3-D?"

Just a year later, we learned that we wouldn't have to imagine how we'd feel with Michael Bay in 3-D for long -- 'Transformers 3' was being shot with 3-D cameras. And this was more than just some begrudging agreement with 3-D hungry studios because, apparently, Bay has turned from anti-3-D dude into James Cameron Jr.

In a website post that has since disappeared from the site, Michael Bay did a total 180 on his 3-D opinions. The Playlist managed to capture the statement: "Wow, I read these morons on the internet who think they are in the know. 'We have problems with our 3-D????' Really? Come into my edit room and I will show you beautiful 3-D. There has never been a live action show that has pushed the boundaries of 3-D like 'Transformers 3.' We shot the entire movie with 3-D cameras. I actually loved shooting in 3-D."

See? He's Cameron Jr. Bay is not only loving the format, he's taking over the "I push boundaries with 3-D" hat from 'Avatar' man, and is incredulous that anyone wouldn't agree. How quickly we forget... The director is also quoted as saying that you don't want to watch 'Transformers 3' in 2-D, as "we made it for 3-D" and "I will give full details of my process and why I liked 3-D in the next week."

Whether he will still give the full details or not remains to be seen, but it'll be interesting to see what swayed him if he does. Was he just totally enamored with the look of 'Avatar'? Does he no longer care about the down-sides he once complained about? (The lack of peripherals, feelings of tiredness and the people who can't view the extra dimension?) Will we see the rest of the anti-3-D contingent fall into line?

Are the days of the two-dimensional blockbuster about to become a thing of the past? And, as Bay himself once pondered, should we still be afraid of what a Michael Bay movie in 3D will look like?
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