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  • Modern Inventions 1937

    ★★★½ Rewatched 08 Mar, 2014

    "Your HAT, sir"...

  • The Rainbow Thief 1990

    ★★½ Watched 21 Feb, 2014

    Jodorowski might have disowned this film, if you want to see a confused-looking Peter O’ Toole constantly playing with a dead dog hand puppet, Christopher Lee riding around on a cow wheelchair surrounded by scantily clad Rainbow Girls and Omar Shariff being chased by both a dwarf and a giant, I guess this is the one to watch.

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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.