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Lessons from the Aether: Explosions, Lens Flare and Lack of Substance


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It’s May and Summer Movies Blockbusters Season (yes, I capitalized them) is upon us. Time to go to your local theater. over pay for your tickets, sit, relax and let the sub woofers liquify your ear drums while the lens flare melt your retinas.

Do I sound like a pop-culture snob?


Isn’t that a contradiction in terms?

Could be.

Doesn’t that make me a hypocrite?

I’m afraid so, yes. Just a little bit.

I like fluffy, fun, over the top action flicks like the next testosterone fulled male. But I like to at least get a nod to story or a tongue-in-cheek reference. But some movies, like those by Michael Bay and J.J. Abrams don’t even bother with that. Watching one of their movies is like watching a film about somebody filling a Mad-Libs ™ with the words, “Explosion!” and “Lens Flare” regardless of the sentence structure or the instructions on the page. It might give you some giggles but it wears thin rather quickly.

The lesson is pretty clear, I think. Yes, you can hook the audience with with fireworks and not stop action, but leave them with a feeling that they just wasted their money. Might work once or twice, but in the end it always fails.


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