Has CGI ruined cinema? Has CGI ruined cinema?
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    I caught the last Die Hard on TV the other week, Was expecting some mindless nonesense that would be mildly entertaining. In the previous films, they were a bit daft but within the realms of possibility. Many of the films relying on stunt men with a few special effects. However, the latest film used so much CGI it was almost like watching a Tom and Jerry cartoon. It seems Mr Willis doesn't die hard these days more that he is an indestructable super human. He can jump onto a fighter Jet and jump off as it's crashing, he can get alsorts of heavy machinery thrown at him and remain unscathed.

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    Not to mention Indiana Jones can escape nuclear explosions by flying through the air in an old Fridge.

    IMHO CGI has ruined many modern action/adventure films. OK, Lord of the Rings, Sci-Fi etc it makes sense, but films supposedly based in the real world need some sort of credibility and film makers need to credit the audience with some sort of inteligence.
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    Aye, I saw that clip and was likewise impressed by his ability to bring down a fighter plane.

    Damn, reminds me. I meant to pick up some 3D specs from Sainsbury for 3D week next week.

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    No.

    CGI, if used in moderation and/or context, can be great.

    It is Directors who don't know how or when (and when not) to use it that are the problem.
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    Very poor year for films this year.

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    Clippy, that is kind of what I am saying, they don't seem to know when to use it, so it gets used in films that don't need it (much) and ruins the whole film.
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    But the judge said: “That simply demonstrates your arrogance continues. You are typical. Inmates of prison are people who are dishonest. You are a thoroughly dishonestly man motivated by your own selfish greed.”

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    I rather enjoyed that Die Hard film. It gave me ideas as to what I can do with my bench time!

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    I wouldn't say CGI has ruined cinema, but undoubtedly it's overused in many cases and has spoiled some films.

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    The last star wars was a bit of a joke, sure you got to see full landscapes of futuristic alien cities but so many scenes would have been 2 actors running around on a blue set, I kind of think the actors lost the sense of context and it showed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by minestrone View Post
    The last star wars was a bit of a joke, sure you got to see full landscapes of futuristic alien cities but so many scenes would have been 2 actors running around on a blue set, I kind of think the actors lost the sense of context and it showed.
    FWIW, the last Star Wars was a cartoon. They generally have a lot of CGI in them these days.
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    As ever, poor application of technology is no answer to the problem.
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