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Confirmed: Zack Snyder is directing Superman. 
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Post Re: Confirmed: Zack Snyder is directing Superman.
The special effects in the original Star Wars trilogy are uncommonly successful at creating the worlds of the story, at least partly because they are a composite of real environments and physical objects photographed and overlaid upon one another. Ironically a style of special effects much less susceptible to the uncanny valley--that strange gap between real and almost real.

The driving point behind Simon's argument has nothing to do with the relative merits of the illusion-making and everything to do with the fact that there's an illusion at all. He doesn't object to this fantasy. He objects to fantasy, period. He objects to cinematic adventure stories on principle--he believes they are inherently without value--which is why his criticism of Star Wars is inherently without value. There is no insight to be gained from an opinion that is dismissive right out of the gate.

Personally, if this man were my dad (interestingly, he has no children), I would dread growing up under his cinematic decrees. Sorry, kiddo, no Star Wars for you. Look, here's a movie about an alcoholic Robert Duvall which will do absolutely nothing for your imagination or your sensibilities! Fucking hell, I think I'd learn to ignore movies and take up *barf* sports.

The temptation is to like what you should like--not what you do like... another temptation is to come up with an interesting reason for liking it that may not actually be the reason you like it.

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