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China Mieville's King Rat has been on my to-read list for a while now, but maybe I'll take a pass.

Why the Navi Are Making Me Blue

"...computer-generated imagery (CGI) is rotting science fiction from the inside."?

I think I just rolled my eyes so hard that I saw my own brain.

And oh, look. He couldn't manage to shoehorn yet another Tolkien insult into his little article, so he bashed the LotR movies instead. Classy.

Date: 2010-01-15 01:08 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] lark_ascends
In some ways, I think he has a bit of a point (although not that it's rotting scifi). It's part of the reasons why (other than the bad storylines) I did not particularly like the new Star Wars movies--the cgi was so damned obvious that it really did draw attention to itself, whereas I could buy all the things in the original trilogy.

However, LoTR has to be some of *the* best cgi I've ever seen, because it did blend seamlessly.

I do agree that I wish that cgi wasn't so in your face, but I do definitely think it has its place.

Date: 2010-01-15 01:58 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] gatezilla.livejournal.com
I absolutely agree that cgi should be there to enhance the story, it shouldn't be the story itself. And I don't think the cgi in the new SW movies would have stood out so much if there had been a decent story holding it up. (I have so much rant inside me about the prequels, it's truly epic.)

But I don't even agree with what he has to say about the cgi in Avatar, that it's choppy and unrealistic, and then to have him put it up against Harryhausen is just... laughable. I mean, yes, Harryhausen was a genius but it's not like I ever thought the skeleton army in Jason and the Argonauts was real. You know? It's not even apples and oranges. It's apples and, like, super delicious apples from the future. :)

Date: 2010-01-15 01:59 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] lark_ascends
Having not seen Avatar, I can't comment on that. ;-)

Heeeee. Like your comparison.

Date: 2010-01-15 02:04 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] caerwynx.livejournal.com
It's not even apples and oranges. It's apples and, like, super delicious apples from the future.

*needs shades because you are so shiny*

I'd pass on King Rat and go straight for The City & the City.

Date: 2010-01-15 05:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] gatezilla.livejournal.com
Hee. *lensflare*

I will check out The City & the City!

Date: 2010-01-15 03:10 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] gi-jules.livejournal.com
I love it. The more money Avatar makes, the more assholes keep coming out of the woodwork to talk shit about it. Hacking on the CGI...that's got to be the result of crack abuse. Or maybe folks figure that if they say it's bad often enough, people who haven't seen it yet will believe them. Which makes me wonder WTF all over again. There's something that people from all different parts of the world agree on (and let's face it, that doesn't seem to happen often), and folks are out to slap it down. You gotta love that.

Date: 2010-01-15 05:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] gatezilla.livejournal.com
And the thing that drives me up the wall is that nobody's saying (except maybe Cameron, 'cause he can be a nutter) that it's the 2nd coming of movies. It's just a fun, really cool looking movie that people like! But the more money it makes, the more the critics screech about how awful it is.

Chill. It's just a movie, ffs.

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