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Full Sci-Fi Feature – THE FABULOUS WORLD OF JULES VERNE

For our 100th post we thought we’d celebrate by linking to this super-cool flick that captures the spirit of the isle of cinema. Hope you enjoy the nearly-forgotten 1958 Czech masterpiece by Karel Zeman, Vynález Zkázy (aka The Fabulous World Of Jules Verne), a visual smorgasbord of matte paintings, incredibly rendered sets, and beautiful hand-drawn and stop-motion animation, stunningly meshed with inventive live action which captures the magic of Méliès and Lang. Enjoy!

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January 5, 2011   No Comments

Great Scenes – YAMATO TAKERU

Also known as Orochi the Eight-Headed Dragon, Takao Okawara‘s 1994 special effects bonanza tells the tale of a banished Prince on a journey to return home. But it’s really about the rubber suits, elaborate sets, laser-y goodness and near-copyright infringement (is that a lightsaber?) Oh yeah, and did I mention the enormous 8-headed hydra, a 90’s update of the classic King Ghidorah monster? Enjoy!

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December 9, 2010   No Comments

Great Scenes – DIE NIBELUNGEN: SIEGFRIED

HAPPY THANKSGIVING! Here’s a thing I’m thankful for:

1924’s Siegfried is the first part of Fritz Lang‘s ambitious Die Nibelungen duology, the other being Kriemhild’s Revenge – the Lord of the Rings of their time, full of camera tricks and visual creativity that broadened the scope of cinema. Check out this scene which features some cutting edge FX and inventive composition, as Lang varies the size of the frame using shadows and foregrounded silhouettes to create frames-within-frames. It’s a tad on the slow side, but every shot is a work of art – like a graphic novel unfolding before your eyes.

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November 25, 2010   No Comments

Great Scenes – HOLY WEAPON

Two swordsmen clash in the most WTF? of scenes from a 1993 classic filled with such moments, brought to you by the king of WTF? himself, Wong Jing. If you like this scene chances are you’ll like the movie. And that you need to consult a therapist. Of awesome.

It’s like an anime come alive!

September 30, 2010   No Comments

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