50-60 years ago people were making that complaint about Cecil B. De Mille/Wannabe epic spectacle thingies, which were seen, with some justification, as flashy and dumb and (with less justification) as poorly acted. This last was somewhat hypocritical because at the time half of Hollywood was a World of Ham
and the other half was a World of Repetitive Mannerisms, and the film critics picking on Charlton Heston and costars for things everyone else was doing always smacked of Acceptable Targets
Anyway, getting back to the main topic, De Mille made flashy, sloppily written movies for something like thirty years, and the industry survived that. I'm pretty sure it will survive the movies of Michael Bay (who, by the way, has been directing movies for nigh-on twenty years now).
As for "correcting" people's opinions, well, one is certainly free to argue about the aesthetic merits or moral issues with regard to any film made, with anyone who will engage with you.
"By any means necessary?" That's either an extreme piece of tongue-in-cheek exagerration on the part of the OP's friend, or an extremely naive piece of Sincerity Mode
. Without high-level brainwashing you can't make people dislike things they like; heavy social pressures can only make people ashamed of what they like...or mad at the people who are trying to shame them.
edited 14th Sep '12 10:50:34 AM by odadune