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  • Video Games: The Movie 2014

    ★★ Watched 31 Jul, 2014

    Cramming way too many topics into less than two hours’ time and focusing almost purely on celebrating video games and game culture, this documentary remains uncritical throughout and often feels like a commercial for the industry rather than an investigation of the phenomenon.

  • Napoleon 1927

    ★★★★★ Watched 15 Jun, 2014

    "Impossible is not French"

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  • 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 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.