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Drew Halevy <[log in to unmask]>
Wed, 3 Aug 1994 10:43:43 -0500
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Eric writes about Blown Away, and I too felt the same way. I found myself
simply enjoying the action (and the suspense was quite good) without
caring about the people in the film. The one major problem was that the
entire Boston Irish-American immagrant story was very pooly done. It
seemed to me to attempt to capture the spirt of the wedding scene in Derr
Hunter, and fell far short of the mark. One of the most annoying elements
was the very poor attempts at a Boston Irish-American accent, esp. Lloyd
and Jeff Bridges.
I think that as a more general trend, the technology of film making and
special effects as reached such a level in the past ten years, that film
makers have gone to such an extreme in special effects at the expense of
good acting or writing. I was, as I am sure most were, quite impressed
with the special effects in T2, or Jurassiac Park, or Forest Gump. The
problem is, when the technology (in this case,  the computer) becomes the
star of the film, everying else seems to suffer. we now find ourselves
seeing flims for gee-whiz f/x rather than old fasion acting and origional
scripts. (i think if i see one more baby boomer remake i will scream) -drew