What’s easier than hating on Michael Bay? Hooking up with Megan Fox while on one of his sets, perhaps. But, really, throwing verbal darts at the hugely successful blockbuster director has become commonplace amongst snooty critics and cynical filmgoers.

Not that the familiar slights against Bay’s movies are without merit; since debuting with the Will Smith/Martin Lawrence buddy cop action flick Bad Boys way back in 1995, the notoriously demanding and cold-blooded filmmaker has cluttered his expensive popcorn films—The Rock, Armageddon, Transformers, and others—with excessive amounts of explosions, superfluous shots of hot women’s boobs and booties, supercharged violence, and forced “emotional” scenes usually underscored by Top 40 hard rock hits.

Granted, a couple of Bay’s films have completely sucked (i.e., Pearl Harbor and Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen), but, for the most part, we here at Complex aren’t afraid to admit that we’re suckers for the guy’s over-the-top cinema. And with his latest CGI showcase, Transformers: Dark Of The Moon, currently wowing audiences through its inarguably incredible effects and roaring action sequences, the time is right for some pro-Bay outcry. Thus, we’re here to counter the ongoing contempt for film’s most outlandish content provider with Eight Reasons Why You Should Love Michael Bay.