I’m sure you could spin this either way depending on who you prefer between Michael Bay or David Fincher, but the facts are this: Bay has used images and ideas that have previously shown up in the work of Fincher.
Despite the gulf between their critical receptions, the two have obviously adopted very similar styles on numerous occasions. You’ll see plenty of demonstrations in this video (thanks to FincherFanatic and Slashfilm).
Of course, both have adapted somewhat over the years – or, at least, they’re now working on rather different material from one another. Perhaps the upcoming Pain & Gain, which would seem to be closer to Fincher’s wheelhouse, certainly closer than the Transformers films, will see Bay’s style edge closer again.
In Swipe File we present two or more images that resemble each other to some degree. They may be homages, parodies, ironic appropriations, coincidences or works of the lightbox. We trust you, the reader, to make that judgment yourself? If you are unable to do so, please return your eyes to their maker before any further damage is done. The Swipe File doesn’t judge, it’s interested more in the process of creation, how work influences other work, how new work comes from old, and sometimes how the same ideas emerge simultaneously, as if their time has just come. The Swipe File was named after the advertising industry habit where writers and artist collect images and lines they admire to inspire them in their work. It was swiped from the Comic Journal who originally ran this column, as well as the now defunct Swipe Of The Week website.