Before CGI: six classic movies at The Heights Theatre

Thanks to increasing advances in computer-generated imagery (CGI), special effects in movies have become impressive. But at the same time, movie-goers have become a little jaded to the technology. Often the most impressive bit of cinema magic is finding out that an incredible stunt was actually staged rather than computer generated.

Some flicks filmed as recently as a few years ago have lost their sparkle, quickly joining the ranks of films that are laughable due to antiquated effects. Those looking to avoid this trend should check out Take-Up Productions new series, Before CGI: Six Sci-Fi Classics.

Screenings kicked off this Monday with Forbidden Planet, and will continue every Monday through October 18 at the Heights Theatre. September 27 is an alien double feature: tickets for the 1953 version of War of the Worlds will also include admission to Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956). Other movies in the series include The Invisible Man (1933), The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957), and King Kong (1933).

At times these movies will undoubtedly be funny when they were intended to be serious, as some effects have lost their luster. Yet while glimpsing a guide-wire here or a wobbly set piece there can be highly amusing, some of those old-school effects still have the power to amaze.

For a list of movie times, visit Take-Up Productions and The Heights Theatre.

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