Archive for December, 2009
At the moment everybody is raving about James Cameron’s Avatar but I for one will never see this movie ever in my life time. Sure it’s a big budget 3D blockbuster with lots of special effects and critics have been raving about it… but…
Apparently we are meant to feel sympathetic about these creatures from Uncanny Valley, the Na’vi, losing there habitat, but in my opinion these things should be killed off. How could anyone see these things and not want them destroyed? What exactly was Cameron smoking when he thought that we could root for these freaks.
I know that it’s cool to use CG and motion capture when making adventure movies but please give it a rest. I’m begging.
James Cameron is usually a pretty dependable film maker unlike Robert Zemeckis who has made a couple of ventures into Uncanny Valley, the problem is that no matter how spectacular the film is these creatures will have me freaking out.
You know, it would probably have been better if they just got some actors to don some blue paint and make-up rather than to have these freakish computer generated images.
Apparently Cameron has loaded the film with criticisms of George W Bush and climate change sceptics but who cares really? Others have claimed that he lifted the plot from straight from the movie Fern Gully. I don’t really care about that as these disturbing creatures are just freaking me out.
Here’s another random Christmas image that I swiped from Bob Jacques’ blog.
I caught this cartoon a week or so on Cartoon Brew and thought it was pretty interesting.
The problem with the cartoon is that it was trying to make a satirical statement but it is just wrong. Disney Princesses have not been ‘white only’ for over a decade and a half or more. Perhaps Pocahontis, Mulan and Jasmine don’t count as being non-white, as they are not African American. I don’t know, but the concept of race in America confuses me sometimes, especially when there are black people who argue that President Obama is not black enough to be black.
The uncanny valley hypothesis holds that when robots and other facsimiles of humans look and act almost like actual humans, it causes a response of revulsion among human observers.
Why does Robert Zemeckis have to take viewers to the depths of uncanny valley with his stupid CG mo-cap Christmas movies? Is he too stupid to realise just how creepy his creations are? If he is going to make a CG movie why does he have to make the characters look
as realistic as possible? Why not just make a live action film?
I have heard that A Christmas Carol is not as creepy as the Polar Express (a film featuring the creepiest characters since Todd Browning’s Freaks) but I am still not going to watch it. Considering there are dozens of movie versions of A Christmas Carol that don’t feature creepy CG, motion capture or the ever annoying Jim Carrey, including a couple that are all-time classics, Zemeckis’ version is pretty redundant anyway.