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There seems to be an audience that demands everything be explained to them; that everything be easy.  And I don’t think that’s doing us any good as a culture.  The ease with which we can accomplish or conjure any possible scenario imaginable through CGI is almost directly proportionate to how uninterested we’re becoming in all of this.  I can remember Ray Harryhausen’s animated skeletons in Jason and the Argonauts; I can remember Willis O’Brien’s King Kong.  I can remember being awed at the artistry that had made these things possible.  Yes, I knew how it was done; but it looked so wonderful!  These days I can see half a million orcs coming over a hill, and I am bored.  I am not impressed at all.  Because, frankly, I could have gotten someone — a passerby on the street — who could have gotten the same effect if you’d given them half a million dollars to do it.  It removes artistry and imagination and places money in the driver’s seat.  And I think it’s a pretty straight equation, that there is an inverse relationship between money and imagination.

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Leonard Pierce is a freelance writer wandering around Texas with no sleep or sense of direction. If you give him money he will write something for you. If you are nice to him he may come to your house and get drunk.

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