Ben Peek (benpeek) wrote,
Ben Peek

Ballard, 1977

"With Star Wars the pendulum seems to be swinging the other way, towards huge but empty spectacles where the special effects--like the brilliantly designed space vehicles and their interiors in both Star Wars and 2001--preside over derivative ideas and unoriginal plots, as in some massively financed stage musical where the sets and costumes are lavish but there are no tunes. I can't help feeling that in both these films the spectacular sets are the real subject matter, and that the original and imaginative ideas--until now science fiction's chief claim to fame--are regarded by their makers as secondary, unimportant and even, possibly, distracting."

--JG Ballard, 1977.

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