Annie Hall (@nnie H@ll)

by Logan Gion

Why is the title “@nnie H@ll” instead of just “Annie Hall“?

As of this writing, the WGA strike is set to enter its 22nd week. During this time, much has been made of artificial intelligence and its capabilities. I have seen takes from major publications that sound either inane or alarmist. Curious, I familiarized myself with ChatGPT 3.5, feeding it dozens of my reviews and posts. Once I felt ready, I asked ChatGPT to write a review for The Red Shoes. The results were hilariously bad.

Ready to write off the whole technology as bogus, I told my screenplay co-writer what happened. He cautioned my glib attitude, explained that ChatGPT worked better in smaller doses, and encouraged me to try again–this time, section by section. By this time, The Red Shoes review had already been posted, and I’d drafted most of my Annie Hall review. Thus, I bore the below experiment: I write my version of Annie Hall, then display ChatGPT’s version beside it.

As you’ll see, the results hit close to home in some areas, but less so in others. This exercise has taught me that, like money, AI tools are not inherently evil. They’re just tools. The people that want to wield AI unilaterally without distinction, however, are on the wrong side of the WGA/SAG strike.

Separately, I’ve thoroughly tested the layout for this post, but I imagine some readers will get gobbledegook. Let me know if there are problems; I’ll do my best to fix them!

September on the Stage

Where can I watch Annie Hall?


ChatGPT is a powerful tool–one which I’ll be using in the future. Looking up the detailed information for “The Basics” section takes time to get right. ChatGPT does it near instantly. I may also use it as a base for the “Why is [blank] considered obligatory?” section, as ChatGPT can collate historical praise from vast corners of the Internet faster than I can. Another way ChatGPT has already helped me is by writing SEO-friendly meta-descriptions. These 20-word previews, different from those I post on Facebook or in the “More you might enjoy” section, help new people find this blog and help Google place my reviews higher on their pages. All these ways and more mean that ChatGPT, at least partially, showed its value in this contest.

Conversely, I found its version of my content sections bland. Though it has the occasional hit (I actually smiled at its final “Who’s the audience” bullet point), ChatGPT’s overall writing style becomes as taupe as the color of this very font! Rest assured that I’ve not been fully replaced yet.

Finally, and most concerning, ChatGPT’s writing is never bad, always at least competent. Such consistency is desirable in creative industries known where risk is inherent with every project. Many a discussion about “the sameness of Marvel movies” contains a comment that validly points out the level of quality assurance present in the MCU. While Marvel has only a few truly great films in their repertoire, they only have a couple stinkers (Thor: The Dark World is no one’s career high…). The rest sit slightly above average. I understand ChatGPT’s appeal to studio executives. To take a creative endeavor, however, and minimize its creativity is a foundational corruption of the process–one that threatens to rot cinema. Why? Because if I can tell what ChatGPT sounds like after reading five or so samples of its work, moviegoers will learn to spot it  quickly as well–and no one goes to the paint store excited to buy taupe.

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