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.