Clash of the Titans

I am simply incredulous at just how hideously awful the CGI was. You can list all the common offences of bad CGI here – the creatures are without detail, don’t fit in with the real locations or actors, nor do they move in a believable fashion. But that’s not all. Even the digital matt paintings look poor.
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The Road

The special effects are fantastic – this beats any of the more glamorous and showy dystopic visions hands down. The cinematography is completely devoid of warm colours (excepting some flashbacks); instead we are shown just how many shades of grey one can create.
Rating: 4.5 starsHoopla Factor: 4.5 stars

This is an extraordinary portrayal of a post-apocalyptic world that removes all the 'glamour' from that phrase and replaces it with desolation, destruction and hopelessness.
Rating: 4.5 starsHoopla Factor: 5.0 stars

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The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus is chaotic and sprawling in a manner that ruins the quirky ideas and wondrous fantasies afforded by the premise. We often get to go inside the Imaginarium (filled with pretty but low budget CGI landscapes) and whilst it’s kind of cool, we have no understanding of what kind of rules apply when inside.
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The characters’ faces resemble mannequins most of the time, as if the crew didn’t put enough of those sticky dots on the actors’ faces during motion capture. Thus, it’s nigh impossible to feel any true emotion. The only performance to have any sort of effect is Crispin Glover’s Grendel.
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