|Pulsewoman Wrote: I also know lots of people who will _swear_ that model ships look better than CGI ones. Including me.|
Absolutely. The "Derelict" ship in Alien was a masterpiece of modeling...as were all the original Star Wars films.
Something does have to be said for modern special effects too. For example, the Lord Of The Rings could not have been done as well as it was if it was limited to 1980's special effects techniques. That film, however, used them only where they needed to be used.
Episodes 1-3 of Star Wars used them in the wrong place. For example... Jar Jar. It was not done very well and in the end was not believable at all. Want to see how animation and live action blend well? Get out your old Mary Poppins VHS tape.. and that was from the 60's. Besides... Gollum in LOTR was 1000% more believable than Jar Jar.
In Episode 2, when Anakin was riding some beast or something... that was just fake beyond belief.
And in Episode 3... there was some scene where the character played by Christopher Lee did a forward flip... and I just remember thinking... man is this the best Lucas can do... REALLY?
So... modern special effects are great, but it has to be coupled with a competent director and someone who actually knows something about art direction. Lucas knows neither.