This is something that's been bothering me for a little bit now and I think I should say something about it, and I do think it's fitting for an art site too.
The issue is CGI porn in movies.
What I mean are the millions and millions of dollars being spent on CGI elements in movies, from the Star Wars movies to Avatar to Pacific Rim, all those movies that may not have been possible before now. Now I certainly won't argue that the effects are beautifully done, but you have to wonder what it's doing to the story itself. Here are a few examples of what I mean.
Star Wars: The Phantom Menace
This is one of the earliest instances of the CGI being shown off for all to see in the podracing sequence in the middle of the movie. I mean they had already told everyone that the little kid they found is supposed to be powerful, but they felt the need to show what he could do. Of course in the process they were able to show people the great graphics they had access to as well.
JJverse Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness
The first of the newest Star Trek films isn't as bad as the sequel is, however both movies do have their moments. The plot of the first film, while okay, doesn't lend itself to too many chances for too many shots just for the sake of showing off graphics and rendering. It gets really bad in the second film since there are plenty of scenes where it looks like they were writing the film from the standpoint of "how can we write some of these scenes to show off what we can do"? I noticed they were trying to throw in as much Star Trek stuff as possible into that movie to remind people about the history of the series. It's bad when I feel really disappointed about the lack of effort put into a script, and I watched Star Trek 5 when it was new.
Don't get me wrong the action sequences were fantastic in there, the technology they dreamed up was great, but the story jumped from one cliche to another. I must admit I am glad I saw the movie but I think they were looking too much at how to handle all the fight scenes and not enough at character development outside of the cookie cutter plot devices they ultimately used.
Now the one saving grace is that not every single movie these days is gushing with CGI at the expense of any kind of coherent story. One of the better series I can think of is the Marvel series of movies starting with Iron Man going up through the Thor sequel that was released recently, sure there is plenty of special effects and enough CGI to wallpaper with but the stories that the movies still have enough substance to make them entertaining.
I suppose my biggest fear in this case is that movies totally become flash over substance, I worry that we'll get to the point where the movies that will be coming out will appeal to crowds like you'd find in Idiocracy, things that will make the Jackass movies look like Citizen Kane in comparison.
On the upside, the stamps have some substance to them:
Stories in process:
Rogues Gallery 1
Rogues Gallery 2
Rogues Gallery 3
Rogues Gallery 4
Rogues Gallery 5
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