Recently watched one of my childhood favorites: The Last Starfighter. I’m still trying to decide what I think about the film now. It didn’t really withstand the test of time, though it had some fun moments here and there. I’m glad I bought it, of course, I just don’t imagine watching it again anytime soon. One of the main selling points is the state-of-the-art graphics, which are perhaps a little behind Saturday morning cartoon CG these days.

I think I’m missing something: something vital. For me, this time around, the fun I got from watching the movie mostly came from the people I was watching it with. It’s a cheesy film, now, I’m sure it used to be a lot more dramatic, maybe twenty-five years ago when it came out. It certainly isn’t a film I’d watch on my own, and I’m trying to think what I’d have done differently. This thing about computer graphics…

You know, if you use cheesy models or computer graphics, it’s the same either way if the characters or story fall short. How about The Fifth Element? The focus of the movie was never the graphics for me. I’ll bet there are terrible moments of costume or graphics failure that I gloss over simply because the movie is fun enough that they don’t matter. I wonder if that’ll change, too, in another twelve years or so.