Thursday, February 5, 2009

Criticwatch - Help us Roger Ebert, you're our only hope

Erik Childress gives us the Ben Lyons quote of the week:

"I love special effects movies that don’t take place in modern times or in the future. I like a special effects movie that really is groundbreaking for a story that takes place in the past."

Erik continues:

Read it to yourself aloud and try to decipher it. Lyons is breaking down his preference for special effects movies and seemingly prefers them to take place in the past. Why? Because in those times special effects didn’t exist yet and its cool to see them interact with a time and place that now only exists thanks to the special effect of the motion picture? No, it’s just another attempt for Lyons to sound all smart and critical because he probably heard someone talk about the banality of FX pictures - and by applying an antiquated timeline to the argument he can then attempt to drone on about the way FX are “used” for the better service of the story. No? OK, then you tell me . . .

Effects have evolved. Transformers has incredible effects. Doesn’t make it better than Blade Runner. Oh, but why not? On the timeline the Autobots come before the Replicants. And while we’re on the topic of robots, isn’t it time that At the Movies recognize they have an R2 unit with a bad motivator and upgrade it presently so movie criticism can have some hope for the future?

Read the entire Criticwatch Ben Lyons Quote of the Week here.


Anonymous said...

I'm so glad Benny Boy wasn't around when the LOTR movies were coming out. He would have got on his knnes and fellated them for three years straight. He would have predicted Oscar nominations every week. He would have supplied numerous raving blurbs for quote-happy ads. Erik's head would have exploded.

Anonymous said...

Maybe he means he enjoys seeing FX utilized in movies that aren't sci-fi or fantasy. That's kinda a good point to make. Then, Titanic used a slew of FX in every scene (even the waving flag on the boat was CGI!) and that didn't mean that it was either good or bad in and of itself.