Why do special effects these days suck? Why does every film over use CGI?? CGI doesn't look that great, alot of the time it's needless, alot of the time some other technique would be much better suited. Look at that movie Poseidon coming out. In the trailer, you see a massive CGI tidal wave, and a huge CGI boat being rocked around by the tidal wave. The original movie relies heavily on drama. What I'm saying is, why in a movie where drama is key, is such massive amounts of crappy looking CGI being used? I recently watched John Carpenter's The Thing. Great movie. I own it on DVD. The effects are incredible. "The Thing" always looks amazing, and totally believable. Great monster effects. I shudder to think what another remake would be like. You know that it would be CGI'd up the ass! American Werewolf In London. The transformation sequence, one of the best things I've seen on the screen. Amazing. I couldn't really name you the movies, but recent movies along this line all use CGI instead of practical effects. Bladerunner. How great does the city look in Bladerunner?? It looks totally believable. Every single recent sci fi movie involving the future uses CGI, whereas Bladerunner used models. What looks better? Bladerunner. Definately. Such massive amounts of the usage of CGI is destracting. The thing that gets me is that the people in the movies lie. Producers, or directors, they say things can't be done without CGI. It's a lie. I think more and more, people are seeing the overuse of CGI for what it is. If movies from the time of Bladerunner look better than 90%, if not all recent sci fi movies... something is terribly wrong in the movie industry.