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  • Beep: A Documentary History of Game Sound

    Beep: A Documentary History of Game Sound 2016

    ★★½ Watched 03 Nov, 2016

    It took some time to get from successful Kickstarter project to actual documentary, but Beep is finally here. Written and directed by game scholar Karen Collins, Beep certainly is comprehensive due to its very detailed and unabashedly technical approach to discussing the history of game sound, and countless of game composers and other audio wizards have been interviewed. There's many insights and anekdotes here which create a fascinating overview of what game audio entails as the result of a complex…

  • The Shallows

    The Shallows 2016

    ★★★ Watched 28 Oct, 2016

    why didn't she eat the seagull?

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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.