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Ray Harryhausen - Special Effects Titan

This 2011 documentary calls Ray Harryhausen a special effects titan. Now one of the meanings of the word titan is “a person or thing of enormous size, strength, power, influence”. 245 more words

Misc. Ramblings

Jason And The Argonauts (1963 UK/USA)

I’m sure it takes some artistic license in retelling the myth, most notably how it’s rushed conclusion neglects to finish the whole story. But it manages to convey such strong suspension of disbelief I find myself not minding. 577 more words


Hollywood Dinosaurs documentary review 

Hello and konichiwa. Today I am going to talk about the VHS documentary “Hollywood Dinosaurs”. The publishers of this VHS documentary are Video Treasures (well I do not see this company these days because retail stores no longer have VHS tapes), Fireworks production and produced by Lanny Lee I read on the opening credits while the song The Night Butcher plays. 522 more words

Clash of the Titans (1981)

And so the hero marches forward to find a mystical treasure and defeat a great evil save the most beautiful woman in the land. That’s essentially the heroic fantasy narrative that is so common that it’s become part of the public’s perception on fantasy in general. 482 more words


Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan (2012)


A fairly standard hagiographic documentary about Ray Harryhausen, the master of stop-motion special effects and, as the film shows, as much of a legitimate auteur of the films he worked on as anyone else, even getting heavily involved at the story-writing level of his films. 67 more words

Film Reviews

Jason and the Argonauts (1963)


Of all the films Ray Harryhausen worked on, Jason and the Argonauts is probably the one that still resonates the most today; the stop-motion sequences still have a wonderful, powerful charm to them that looks concrete in a way that CGI never seems to manage. 77 more words

Film Reviews

Barquero (1970)

Taking time out from his run of Spaghetti Westerns, Lee Van Cleef returned to Colorado locations to take the title role and play the good guy opposite the black clad Warren Oates as the heavy in this Gordon Douglas directed shoot’em up. 821 more words

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