Tuesday, June 17, 2003

F/X Porn

After Reloaded, and with T3 coming soon, we were amused to run across this 1998 piece, which gives credit to Terminator 2: Judgment Day for “inaugurating what’s become this decade’s special new genre of big-budget film: Special Effects Porn. ‘Porn’ because, if you substitute F/X for intercourse, the parallels between the two genres become so obvious they’re eerie. Just like hard-core cheapies, movies like Terminator 2 and Jurassic Park aren’t really ‘movies’ in the standard sense at all. What they really are is half a dozen or so isolated, spectacular scenes—scenes comprising maybe twenty or thirty minutes of riveting, sensuous payoff—strung together via another sixty to ninety minutes of flat, dead, and often hilariously insipid narrative.” So true. “T2 is thus also the first and best instance of a paradoxical law that appears to hold true for the entire F/X Porn genre. It is called the Inverse Cost and Quality Law” (David Foster Wallace, “F/X PORN,” Waterstone’s Magazine, Winter/Spring 1998). Also has other interpretive elements for Terminator 2.

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