The seeds of fact around which (both playful and revealing) mythologies find themselves clustered are very often difficult to directly perceive. In some cases, such as that of the myth of Jason and the Golden Fleece being derived from the historical activity of archaic gold extraction methods involving sheepskins, the fact upon which the fictional narrative grows and eventually comes to obscure (perhaps as though dense foliage overlaying some ancient ruin) remains in archaeological suspension, waiting for a tenacious investigator to uncover. 313 more words
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Long before the days of computers and green screens, when special effects had to be achieved using superimposed images, stop-motion models, and colour-changing imagery, I went to see an exciting new epic at the cinema. 366 more words
AEGIR, billed as “A Festive Film,” is in fact a German propaganda effort from 1918, though it tries to be festive by taking a fantastical, mythological view of the war. 291 more words
The Wonderful Worlds of Ray Harryhausen: Volume Two (1961-1964) | Mysterious Island, Jason and the Argonauts and First Men in the Moon
From Indicator/Powerhouse comes three more classic Ray Harryhausen adventures presented with brand new 2K and 4K restorations, and containing a wealth of new and archival extras. 1,489 more words
This is a magnificently awful thing.
JACK THE GIANT KILLER is a terrible film already, a cynical and actionable rip-off of Ray Harryhausen’s classic THE SEVENTH VOYAGE OF SINBAD, with pretty much every set-piece, character and story point duplicated in an inferior way (it even casts the same actors as hero and villain). 469 more words