Special effects wizard Ray Harryhausen has died at the age of 92.
His films had a profound and lasting effect on me. Growing up, they offered a chance to escape the humdrum into a world of magic, myth, and monsters. And, to be honest, I don't know if I'd be spending so much time training in Kali and messing around with sticks, knives, and swords if it wasn't for Sinbad and Jason and the Argonauts.
One of my favorite scenes was in fact from Jason and the Argonauts: the famous skeleton battle. 'It took four months to put the skeleton fight scene together and it lasted less than five minutes," Harryhausen said. But oh, what five minutes!
Rest in peace, Mr. Harryhausen.