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The Last Furry Action Hero

The 1984 cult classic ‘Gremlins’ has stood the test of time–well, at least 34 years thus far–as a case study in the cinematic quality and effectiveness of practical effects. Specifically, puppeteering. While CGI (computer-generated imagery) has its place in films, that place should be limited and difficult to decipher or not distracting from reality.

Gizmo is proof of this.

Once again: That movie called ‘Gremlins’ achieved this impressive feat in the mid-’80s. Yes. It’s true.

And the rewards for dedication to practical effect artistry in the ever-innovative movie industry almost can’t be measured in tangible metrics. The expectation for good storytelling demands the best of everything while we escape into a fantasy setting, which includes two-dimensional ropes for audiences to hang onto.

This expectation even reaches (well, reached) into our own reality.

Warner Bros. understood that blurring the line–and even creating a direct link–between a movie and our daily life is the most valuable metric.

A metric that shouldn’t be tracked past midnight.

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Happy Monday!

The influence of the ’80s aren’t going anywhere on TV, movies or music–both in nostalgic throwbacks and as a pop-culture golden age–and that’s a good thing.

Actually, that’s an awesome thing.

Exhibit June  4, 1984:

At least we can rest easy and listen to The Midnight after midnight while eating food without fear, unlike some furry friends who first showed up on June 8, 1984…

Have a Better Week Than Last Week.