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  • Pearl

    Pearl 2016

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 04 Oct, 2016

    After having seen the Google Cardboard and Gear VR versions, I now tried the HTC Vive version. Which matters as the latter adds motion tracking, enabling you to actually look around inside the film's car setting. I expected it to be an even better experience, but the sudden freedom of movement also put way more emphasis on the immersive surroundings than the development of the characters (especially in a moving car which constantly changing scenery). Is was really beautiful to…

  • 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...

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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.