Whew! I'm not the only one who noticed — and was really irritated by — the ridiculous lens-flares in the new Star Trek.
As I told you, I loved the movie. But the constant, incongruous, distracting lens flares were the one big visual minus. There was even a lens flare as Spock climbed up a hillside! I mean — dude, what flared? A Vulcan lizard's eyeball?
Anyway, turns out there are a number of articles sharing my pain. This gent felt it was constant, blinding and idiotic. Search "star trek" and flares in Google, you'll get lots of other hits.
Probably the most hopeful title is J.J. Abrams Admits Star Trek Lens Flares Are "Ridiculous." True dat, amigo. But he sas it was his way to indicate that the future is that bright, to hint that something fantastic was happening just off-camera, and to keep it from being a sterile, all-CGI vista.
Some clever geek has applied the technique to the classic TV series: