Story and animation are equally clumsy, even if the Dinornis itself looks funny in a stupid kind of way. Willis O’Brien’s pre-Kong shorts are quite uneven. Not in my book of early birds. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zZs_XvEk54Y
These amusing anachronisms of everyday prehistoric life surely must have inspired The Flintstones. Unfortunately, most of the story is rather slow and tedious – plus somewhat confusing and at times even incomprehensible. A surprising and hilarious mutilation scene is not … Continue reading
By today’s standards this caveman stop-motion – famous animator Willis O’Brien’s first – is both crude and simplistic. Definitely no tragedy, though! Refreshingly ironic intertitles. Not in my stone age book. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AQ1DaT7f5lE&t=33s
Simplistic script and slow storytelling while the dinosaurs themselves look surprisingly alive, moving – and breathing! – in a quite naturalistic manner. Technically impressive, though not in my prehistoric book.
The birth of a nation (1915)A bombastic civil war spectacle, legendary for its cinematographic innovation, melodramatic grandeur – and racism. This three-hour fresco is a message from another world, historically and politically incorrect on an alm… Continue reading
Intolerance (1916)Herculean in ambition – glorious sets, overwhelming mass scenes, surprising story twists and some unusual main characters. The four separate yet crosscut storylines are not at all convincing, though – illogical, pompous, incohere… Continue reading
Les vampires (1915) This ten-part serial has everything you could ask for in suspense – and more! Severed heads, poisonous rings, coded messages, people rising from the dead, murder on stage, car chases, gun fights, bondage, wild partying, hypnoti… Continue reading