David Hettinger

Animatronic Movie Monsters Remain Superior to CGI

When a T-Rex stomped onto the big screen in 1993’s “Jurassic Park,” it was more massive, terrifying, and realistic than the CGI Indominus Rex from “Jurassic World” in 2015. Some of the most iconic movie monsters were created using practical effects. However. nowadays, movies that are meant to be centered around supposedly incredible monsters have become oversaturated with computer graphics. The T-Rex from “Jurassic Park” is noteworthy because it was created using practical effects. The terrifying dinosaur (which was the center of the scariest sequences in the classic film as it attacked the main characters) was created using a full-sized animatronic. Therefore, when you are looking at the dinosaur on screen, you are looking at a full-sized dinosaur. Still, the fourth movie in the franchise, “Jurassic World,” resorted to CGI which made the dinosaurs look to cartoonish to be scary.

Audiences Deserve Another “French New Wave”

It’s no secret that franchise films have dominated the box office for years. The top 10 highest grossing movies of all time are coming from the biggest franchises in the world, except for “Titanic.” However, while I was extraordinarily entertained by franchise films when I was younger, I felt more inspired by events such as the “French New Wave.” This event took place in the 1950s-60s and helped revolutionize how movies are made. It all started when certain French directors including Francois Truffaut, Jean-Luc Godard, Claude Chabrol, and many others felt like they were seeing the same kinds of movies over and over again’ this enabled them to decide to change that. Director Francois Truffaut stated the following during the “New Wave”: “The film of tomorrow will not be directed by civil servants of the camera, but by artists for whom shooting a film constitutes a wonderful and thrilling adventure.” This meant his intention, along with the list of other directors, was to make filming more complex and create absorbing adventures that had legitimate artistic integrity.”