Saturday, August 4, 2012

At Least a Corn Dog Has a Nice Flavor Balance

From blogdaughter Boudicca of Boudicca's Voice, I offer this quote:
Me: What?! What's wrong with Weird Science? It's a Classic 80s movie!

Eric *turning to my boys*: Classic 80s? Guys. Listen to me. It's like ordering a corn dog and saying, "This is the best corn dog I've ever had". It's still... a corn dog.

Yeah, I get the point, and I'll probably be saying "It's still a corn dog" a lot from now on, because it DOES apply in a lot of situations.

But classic 80's movies?

Look, there's a lot to not like about the shallow, insipid pop-culture of that decade, but the movie scene wasn't one of them.

The 80's was that wonderful transition period right after Star Wars when whole new vistas of special effects were opening up. Green screen had cleaned up enough so there was no longer a fuzzy black outline around composite shots, and advances in robotics and latex-molding gave us actual convincing aliens & monsters instead of guys in rubber suits.

Nowadays, advances in CGI have made directors lazy.

Don't have a good script? Who cares. Just throw more pixel-clutter on the screen until the audience is too distracted to notice there's no story.

If your live-action movie is more computer-cartoon than live action, you're doing it wrong.

For a corn dog to work, it need both corn AND dog.

And a stick, too, I guess, but I'm not sure where that fits in the analogy.


  1. Corn dogs are one of my favorite foods.

    They were a staple in my diet when I was on the road a lot last summer.

  2. Corn dogs also need copious amounts of mustard. Mustard goes well with 80s movies.

    I agree -- the 80s were a great transitional time for movies. Many great lines.

  3. Not all corn dogs are created equal. Some use premium ingredients while others use whatever crap they can get away with. Home made corn dogs? Yep. Can do. And can be awesome.

    80s movies ran the gamut of most movie fare to that point in the evolution of movies, before the devolution to the derivative crap that dominates today's screens. Some were pretty good, some were crap and most, as usual, were pretty *meh*. Nowadays, "meh" is the new "pretty good".