EFFECTS MASTER: Had the late Ray Harryhausen never broken into cinema, we probably wouldn't have the world of movies we do today. From his breakout in The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (1958) all the way to Clash of the Titans (1981), Harryhausen's pioneering work in stop-motion model animation dropped jaws. And while it's easy to look back and poke fun at the primitive effects, the maestro's innovative work has no better display than 1963's Jason and the Argonauts. Sure, it's a pretty cheesy spectacle, based on the Greek myth of the quest for the Golden Fleece, but even today it's staggering for the level of care Harryhausen put into the world of Hydras and skeleton armies. There's no disputing the importance of the film to future generations (Army of Darkness, for one, wouldn't even exist). Back in the day, people marveled and asked, "How do they do that?" These days, we should ask a more important question: "Why don't they do that anymore?" AP KRYZA.

Playing at: Laurelhurst Theater.

Best paired with: Coalition Cream Ale.

Also playing: Terminator and Terminator 2 (Hollywood), Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (Academy).