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Human, all too Human (BBC Documentary on Sartre, Heidegger, & Nietzsche)

From the good folks at the Open Culture blog:

Human, All Too Human” is a three-hour BBC series from 1999, about the lives and work of Friedrich NietzscheMartin Heidegger, and Jean-Paul Sartre.The filmmakers focus heavily on politics and historical context — the Heidegger hour, for example, focuses almost exclusively on his troubling relationship with Nazism.

Beyond Good and Evil, Frederick Nietzsche

Human, All too Human, Martin Heide






Is CGI ruining movies?

A controversial topic among many, the question, “is CGI ruining movies”, is one argument that is tearing apart families, ending friendships, and burning directors at the stake by the reviews they receive from THE PEOPLE BORN IN THE 80’s who are die hard fans of costumes, face paint and non-computer animated backgrounds.

Personally I don’t mind CGI! At all! In fact, they make movies much better! I FEEL THE POWER!!! EXPLOSIONS? YES! IRON MAN FLYING THROUGH THE SKY AT 100 MPH?? GIVE IT TO ME!!! OPTIMUS PRIME BEING BADASS AND TRANSFORMING AND DOING WHATEVER TRANSFORMERS DO?? HELL YEAH!! That’s why I chose this topic; to smash the whiny babies who thought the Star Wars prequels were lifeless.

And so the argument:

Premise 1: Some movies use CGI

Premise 2: All movies using CGI are bad

Conclusion: Therefore CGI ruins movies 

Premise 1: “Some movies use CGI”. This is factually correct. Technically speaking, almost all movies use CGI. Heck, even in romantic comedies they use CGI. You see that plant over there? CGI! But you didn’t notice it did you? Was the movie bad because of that? No, you walked out of the theater thinking about more important aspects of that movie than a computer generated plant. It didn’t hurt you. But, hey, we’re talking about the overuse of computer generated imagery. Aside from romantic comedies, many many action movies use CGI. Your favorite superhero, sci-fi, thriller/horror, fantasy movie is all heavily steeped in magical graphics to enhance and bring imaginary worlds to life, which couldn’t have been possible without technology.

Premise 2: “All movies using CGI are bad”. BUZZER SOUND. Stop. Stop right there. This is FACTUALLY INCORRECT. Some of the most critically acclaimed movies are BUILT UPON CGI. Box office hits like Marvel for example, are CGI-fests. You can’t go 4 minutes without seeing beautiful pixels. Oh wait, EVEN SOME OF THE CHARACTERS ARE MADE WITH COMPUTERS. *cough* THE HULK *cough*. I agree, some movies, like say, King Kong (2005), Scooby-Doo, Spy Kids and Sharknado all have horrible effects and are terrible movies, but counting those out, CGI can make for some memorable and beautiful moments. The occasional “oh haha they’re using a green screen” or, “look at that fake looking troll!” are all part of the ups and downs of movie making. It’s not perfect. It’s technology.

“It doesn’t matter how many how many hours or computer modeling programs have been spent to create “lifelike” scenery or surroundings, it will always lack the element of chaos, the potential for mistakes, that makes it something we can believe (and lose ourselves) in. Moviemakers today can try and distract us from that missing piece – with occasionally unintentional results; how many times do we watch something and think that it’s impressive or “must have taken a lot of work,” and not notice that we’re being taken even further out of the story in order to do so – but there hasn’t been any CGI-centric creation that has managed to replace it, yet.”

– taken from here

Conclusion: “Therefore, CGI ruins movies.” This is not a sound argument, since there are many 5 star movies, with heavy use of CGI. Some examples are, The Avengers (92% fresh tomatoes, 8.1 on iMDB, and made $1.52 billion at the box office. Others I can name are Batman Begins, Transformers, Jurassic Park, Lord of the Rings, Inception, Gravity, heck the list can go on for ages.

In conclusion, no, CGI does not ruin movies and you need to stop being so damn salty.