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Movie Madness

by Pstonie (24 July 2004)

Just a little time before the creation of this temple of fun pickering and toilet humour that we call GGC Media, I started a job at a call desk that provides IT support for people who cannot help themselves. Endless whining aside, it involved me working shifts, some of which enabled me to stay up hours during the dead hours of night watching a lot of movies.

Before I was getting paid to watch movies for seven out of eight hours on a night shift I had time for little else than to play GTA3 and to spend late hours on weekends bickering about Roger Wilco's real hair colour. Now, many months later, after having seen a lot of old and new movies I have been able to reform my former misinformed standpoint that there is nothing new coming out worth watching.

Some would say that the techniques that writers used instead of visual effects have been lost. They came from neccesity and not through choice. This may be quite true, afterall, it takes much more than a thousand shiny pink and blue Apple computers to make a good movie. I think that the use of these techniques will simply spawn yet another method of moviemaking.

What actually does worry me is the apparent loss of character motivation, or good motivation for that matter. When I went to see the much-acclaimed The Day After Tomorrow, it made me realise that it is almost impossible to spot the CG animation from the real stuff, save for the sheer mechanics of reality. I feel fortunate to live in an age where writers can use technology to show exactly what they want to. Another part of the movie was pretty obvious; everything that actually happened did so in the first half of the movie. The second half was only about how the guy set out on a mindless journey accross the country to keep a promise to his son.

It wasn't really apparent until a few days ago when I saw Die Hard. I started to realise that this movie, for some reason, didn't have all the little plot holes that I had gotten used to. The motivation of all the characters were there, all the little logistical issues in the movie made sense and there were no scenes where you got the feeling that someone had decided to delete a scene prior to it. It may only have been a guy who had to kill some terrorists to do his job, but it was bloody beautiful.

I also took it upon myself to see Aliens again. I really started to see how James Cameron made a name for himself. His movies are very energetic and the plot and characters are always on the move. Not to mention the fact that Terminator 2 and Aliens were better movies than their predecessors, an ability that has eluded writers since the dawn of time. Movie time, that is.