Unfortunately, Cinefex is not quite the magazine it used to be. Throughout the 80s, each quarterly issue concentrated on the effects of one or two movies and was not afraid to get very technical in its descriptions of advances in optical compositing or miniature construction.
Back then, there were only a handful of big effects-driven films a year to report on. These days, in order not to exclude anyone, Cinefex often reports on five or six films in each issue, and often the short articles that often feel like they might as well simply read: "So, they used computers to do the effects." Needless to say, I'm enjoying cracking open the vintage issues.
Found some great material for my chapter on the frequent inability of on-set puppets to live up to the expressive range of stop-motion or CG creatures that are intercut or share the screen with them. The full-sized Kong s great, but he won't make you cry. The next Cinefex issue on the stack has an article on Little Shop of Horrors, which is the stunning exception to the rule about weak puppet performances. Of course, they wrung a bit more fidelity out of Audrey II's performance by undercranking the camera…but I'm getting ahead of myself!