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  • Hard to Be a God

    Hard to Be a God 2013

    ★★★★ Watched 14 Jul, 2015

    Sniff.... Sniff....

  • Memories

    Memories 1995

    ★★★★ Watched 12 Jun, 2015

    Magnetic Rose (Kôji Morimoto) ★ ★ ★ ★
    Stink Bomb (Tensai Okamura) ★ ★ ★ ½
    Cannon Fodder (Katsuhiro Ōtomo) ★ ★ ★ ½

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  • Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan

    Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan 2012

    ★★★½ Watched 22 Mar, 2013

    Essential viewing for those interested in (the history of) special effects, but nevertheless a rather straightforward documentary. The most poignant part comes near the end, where directors and sfx artists influenced by Harryhausen discuss (lament?) the current state of CGI, which through overkill is in danger of removing the “special” from special effects. To quote Harryhausen himself, “you can’t have an explosion every five minutes in Greek mythology”.

  • The Painting

    The Painting 2011

    ★★★★ Watched 28 May, 2013

    Another film I will retroactively place in my top 25 of 2012 - a beautifully realized existentialist work of animation about the class(/race?) struggle among characters in a half-finished painting, which drives some of them to search for their painter for answers.