Just quickly, a great article at Salon by Matt Zoller Seitz about the dearth of practical effects in modern films, and the stunts that went with them. Solid analysis with a good amount of historical context concerning one of my biggest pet peeves. Couple this with a new biography by director Hal Needham coming out in February, and I'm a happy man.
The article here.
Pre-order STUNTMAN! by Hal Needham here.