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  • Invasion!

    Invasion! 2016

    ★★½ Rewatched 16 Aug, 2016

    The full version of this short is now out, with Ethan Hawke as narrator. Unfortunately, it doesn't really add much to the original teaser, neither in terms of content nor form...

  • The Presence

    The Presence 2016

    ★★★ Watched 12 Jul, 2016

    While the film's story in itself is not that inspiring (or scary for that matter), as an experiment in "interactive" cinema it surprised me. I first watched the "cinematic" version and wasn't that impressed with the camera positioning and editing (both of which are common pitfalls for 360 films of this type). Then I watched the "free roam" version which allows you to switch camera positions, with each room in the appartment having its own 360 camera setup. I then…

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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.