I’ve been half-watching The Terminator in the background while working on the how best to use this program to publish a weblog. I have to say, even twenty years later, it’s a pretty great movie. Yes by todays standards a lot of the special effects are definitely dated. But still there’s something about practical effects–miniatures, puppets, and other pieces and events that interact with the actors in “reality”–that is so much more convincing than CGI. Yes, you can get shots now that were never possible in 1984, but somehow sticking an actor in front of a green screen and painting in the special effects later doesn’t seem as realistic as an actor being menaced by an actual evil robotic arm.