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Erik Kain

Erik writes about video games at Forbes and politics at Mother Jones. He's the contributor of The League though he hasn't written much here lately. He can be found occasionally composing 140 character cultural analysis on Twitter.

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  1. Avatar Jaybird says:

    They’d screw it up.Report

    • Avatar E.D. Kain says:

      Of course they would, but I’d still love to see it done with modern tech and CGI.Report

      • Avatar Kyle Cupp says:

        Me too. I showed the film about a year ago to my son. It was a bit too dark and slow-paced for him, but we’ll have to have another viewing in a couple years.

        I also want to show him Willow, but that may be a few more years off.Report

      • I can’t stand CGI. It’s possible that CGI could be done well, but directors always insist on being all masturbatory and showing off; this is especially true with fantasies it seems.Report

        • Avatar Rufus F. says:

          Okay, I have an anti-CGI bias too. However, I really think the point should be made that the magic and craftsmanship behind the Dark Crystal would be shot all to hell by doing it with CGI. The reason you can’t help but admire that movie and stare at it in wonder is that people made that world with their hands and made it work through puppetry. It’s an incredible accomplishment. Doing it with CG would be like going to the circus and having them replace the acrobats and clowns with a screen showing CG animated acrobats and clowns.Report

          • Avatar Rufus F. says:

            Incidentally, this is the main friggin problem with the Indiana Jones Disappointment: stunts work because it’s just thrilling to watch someone do something dangerous and do it well. Doing the same thing with a green screen totally removes the sense of danger and thus excitement. By the way, “The Good, the Bad, the Weird” is just as great as the new Indiana Jones thing should have been- and probably better.Report

            • Part of me still hopes the nuke scene was part of some nightmare I had and not actually in the movie. When I saw that scene in the theater, my jaw actually dropped, and I remained in a state of pre-lacrimation until the closing credits.Report

    • Avatar Burt Likko says:

      Game, set, match.Report

  2. Avatar Maribou says:

    Thanks for posting this, I *love* it. My favorite fine-art-for-dorks sites are Terrible Yellow Eyes (different artists’ versions of Where the Wild Things Are), and Hey Oscar Wilde! It’s Clobberin’ Time!!” where different comic artists draw their authorial or character inspirations… which wouldn’t be so dorky if so many of them didn’t <3 Lovecraft :P.Report

  3. Avatar Plinko says:

    Great stuff at that link, now I want to fish my PS2 out and play though Katamari Damacy.Report

  4. Avatar dhex says:

    someone will eventually remake it. the leads will “kick ass”.Report

  5. Avatar Artor says:

    There is actually a prequel to Dark Crystal in the works; I spoke with Toby Froud about it. Unfortunately, the first script they had was unworkable, so they’re starting over again with a new production team, which has set the project back a few years. Good news is, it’ll be all muppets again, with little or no CGI.Report