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  • I'm convinced that the reason there are so many Macs in movies is that is the only computer that movie folks use. I suppose I could be mean and say that is the only computer they know how to use, but considering that current state of Macs that's unfair to the Macs. :-)
    • I just figured they were more picturesque, really. I've never been into popular aesthetics, and popular aesthetics has never been into me, so I could be very wrong.

      You are what you think.
    • Back in the days when Guy Kawasaki was running the evangelist list, I think there was some sort of tacit marketing budget to get Macs on screen. Coulda been free hardware or something. But I think Apple had an active role in getting the Mac on film/video.

      Perhaps they still do.

  • I definitely see your point about the ID4 syndrome. I think that the syndrome may taint the Star Wars prequels as well...

    Hmmmm, I wonder if Annakin is going to be able to resist the dark side of the force. I wonder if that Senator guy is really bad.

    I guess the prequels are saved somewhat by the fact that they are explaining how things came to be the way they are; but with such knowledge of the future the plot just loses its edge somehow. Life must be hard being if you are Harry Seldon [] or Muad'dib [].

  • I didn't notice Lou Ferrigno, but I did notice that his counterpart coming out of the building with him was Stan "The Man" Lee.


  • The ID4 Syndrome is pretty bad. But the opposite syndrome -- Batman and Robin Syndrome -- is worse.

    Start with a miserable excuse for a plot where everyone already knows the characters. Spend 5 minutes (or less) setting up the plot for this movie (or introducing new characters), and cue the action. Why bother with plot? Why not just throw two hours of CGI and FX footage into Summer Action Porn (tm)?

    When a studio puts out a film that's not as engaging as Battlefield Earth you know something is wrong..

    • I picked up Battlefield Earth at Blockbuster a year or so ago. I noted on the back of the box that it was rated PG-13 for "extreme scifi action".

      I'm used to seeing things like "adult themes", "partial nudity", "drug usage", etc. That's the first and only time I've ever come across that particular explanation.