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  • They Shall Not Grow Old

    They Shall Not Grow Old

    ★★★★

    The technical achievemen really is not what made this film work for me (the coloring and other forms of digital manipulation fascinating but not that great). It worked because of its combination with the interview excerpts, creating a documentary experience of this war which is unconventional, vivid and immersive.

  • Venom

    Venom

    ★★½

    Tom Hardy at least seems to have fun with this.

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  • Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan

    Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan

    ★★★½

    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

    ★★★★

    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.