Within the last decade, computer animation and special effects for film have advanced from laughably corny to terrifyingly realistic. And though such advances have done wonders like letting us watch epic battles in space, or Brad Pitt as a shriveled old man-child, they are such convincing fictions that the sense of awe, that feeling that the images are almost beyond belief is lost.
But what are you going to do? CG is cheap and sets are expensive.
And though nature is getting scarcer, it's still out there for filmmakers looking to awe and inspire an audience.
Tonight at The Flicks, there's a chance to be wowed by nature, with a special screening of 180 Degrees South, a documentary about a journey into Patagonia, one of the world's last truly wild places.
The scenery is epic, the photography is beautiful and there is no shortage of drama as the explorers debate the peril of continuing their journey.
No matter how much CG improves, it will never be able to create images like those in 180 Degrees South.
The screening starts at 7 p.m. and costs $8.50.