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To 3-D or not to 3-D, that is the question

I recently managed to crawl out of my hovel to take in a feature film at the local theatre (The Rio – love the Rio, my favorite movie house in town!). Thor in 3-D was the night’s offering. I must say that the 3-D was less than impressive. (The film wasn’t very good either) It was blurry and really didn’t enhance the viewing experience at all. I ended up taking my glasses off for chunks of the movie. I can honestly say that I’m not at all impressed with this new technology. I know that the film wasn’t shot in the 3-D but converted afterwards. It was dark, and washed out looking. And when the 3-D made itself noticeable, everything looked small and fake – like models from a 50’s sci-fi film. I’ve seen a few films shot in 3-D, Avatar comes to mind, and while impressive looking, I felt the same thing, the 3-D made it look unreal. I saw Avatar on a pretty big screen – The Park theatre and all I could think of was that it needed to be bigger as the 3-D rendered it smallish and freaky. I hope that 3-D is just a passing fad. When I was younger – in my teens in the 80’s –  there was a slight resurgence in the 3-D films. I was excited for that way back then as I thought it great fun to get really high and watch Friday the 13th in 3-D. Nowadays I just find it gives me a headache.

Here’s an interesting article from Roger Ebert (he hates the 3-D) about the problems with 3-D and with regular 2-D films shown in theatres equipped with the new 3-D projection systems. http://blogs.suntimes.com/ebert/2011/05/the_dying_of_the_light.html

Greatest movie character of all time??

I just barfed in my mouth a little bit when I read this headline…Forrest Gump voted greatest movie character of all time. Bond #2, Scarlett O’Hara #3, Hannibal Lecter #4.

Who voted in this thing? What’s wrong with people?


Opening Credits!

Here’s a nice little video discussion from the AV Club over at the Onion discussing Enter the Void and its opening credit sequence along with their picks for other cool opening credits. Good stuff.


Great Movie Insults part 1 and 2

There has to be more that I can’t remember (go figure) but here a nice little chuckle if you have a bout 10 minutes to spare…