Re: George Lucas - Why the Vitriol?
On the subject of CGI vs practical, both have their pros and cons. With practical effects sometimes you can get a happy accident. Something doesn't work right, the light refelcts off it/onto a certain way. With CGI you don't have that. To me the space battle in Jedi is far more intersting than that CGI fest we had at the start of ROTS. To me it just looked fake. Watching some of these older films on blu-rays with practical models and you think wow.
But sometimes you have to use CGI because practical won't work for whatever reason.
On the continent of wild endeavour in the mountains of solace and solitude there stood the citadel of the time lords, the oldest and most mighty race in the universe looking down on the galaxies below sworn never to interfere only to watch.