Wednesday, September 12, 2007

My all time favorite special effects sequence

There have been millions of uses of special effects in the movies. Among the standouts are the cow being hit by the car in O Brother Where Art Thou, Tom Hanks shaking hands with three presidents in Forrest Gump, and Sean Connery's wig staying on underwater in Never Say Never Again.

But for me, I don't think anything will ever top the skeleton army in Jason and the Argonauts. Ray Harryhausen's piece de resistance of seven stop-motion skeletons battling live actors took four months to complete, and it was time well spent. It wouldn't take anywhere near that long with computers today, but I can't see how all the technical improvements made since 1963 could match the sheer energy of this encounter.

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