My eyes hurt. 3D…Stop it already!!!

April 14, 2010

Even the glasses were cooler before it disappeared for 50 years.

When will this end? I’m so sick of 3D movies. Whats the big deal? I really don’t like things moving/flying/floating around me in real life so why would I like it while watching a movie. HD/3D, what does any of this have to do with the story or acting or characters or directing or anything??? O.K. HD looks great but after a few minutes of being in awe of unnatural enhanced color,  brightness and sharpness my brain shifts toward everything else in the media. Like the STORY!!! And thank YOUR god I feel that way. I would hate to be that simple minded to be so easily mesmerized by a cool light show. Are we that shallow of a society that all we need are some PRETTY things floating around to woo us into a trance. ART is something to be appreciated but 3D destroys other “arts” around it because it is such a dominate force. 3D is like a big bully to the direction, lighting, sound, acting, and well everything else that goes in to a the making of a film. In my opinion it does more harm than good. What if an actor just stepped in front of the other actors while they were speaking their lines? Well, that is exactly what 3D does to everyone who worked on a film that didn’t sit behind a desk to create the 3D effect.

We know why every film now is in 3D. One word, Avatar. Yeah that’s right. One stupid predictable alien movie makes 2 Billion dollars and everyone in Hollywood is gaga over 3D. STOP already!!! Show us some respect. Theaters even charge more for a 3D ticket. Not for the glasses, which they recycle, but for… I don’t know… they haven’t told us… maybe for production… but then shouldn’t Indie Films cost less for a ticket? Today, the already high prices for 3D will go up 20%.

In markets across the United States, ticket prices for 3-D movies jumped more than 20 percent Friday. Chains including Regal Entertainment Group, Cinemark Holdings Inc., and AMC Entertainment Inc. are trying to capitalize on the hits “Avatar” and “Alice in Wonderland.”

In Danvers, Mass., that means prices for 3-D movies are rising from $14.50 to $17.50. And at a Seattle multiplex, a regular 3-D showing is now $15, up from $13.50. For IMAX 3-D, it’s now $17, up from $15.

“This is a very dangerous situation for the movie industry,” says Paul Dergarabedian, box-office analyst for Hollywood.com. “When is too much too much? The demand has been huge, but theater owners should not just think that they can charge whatever they want, because there is a point when people will literally just stop coming because they can’t afford it.”

Even though last year’s box-office revenue hit $10.6 billion (a record), and this year is 10 percent ahead of last, 30 percent of the 2010 box office is from just two films, “Avatar” and “Alice in Wonderland,” Mr. Dergarabedian says. Read more.

What a slap in the face. Are we not in an economic recession? Record profits??? Are you kidding me? Weren’t we just a few years ago worried that the top Theater chains were gonna go under and may need help. Even Crack Dealers don’t have BALLS this big. From what I’ve read the Crack prices were always pretty steady at about $5 for a couple rocks. No dealer ever got a junkie hooked then said now you gotta pay $6. If so there might have been a Crackhead revolt. Even Crackheads can spot a Mark. But to Ma And Pa with 2.4 kids, they’re as gullible as a con man in love to their children wishes and the studios know it. But what about the anti-trust laws we are supposed to have in this country? Can the Theater conglomerate just decide TOGETHER to raise prices 20%.

How about this, Hollywood? Don’t make movies that cost half a billion dollars. Why should movie goers have to pay for Hollywood’s risky roll of the dice. Or make all prices progressive. Cost a billion pay $25. Cost 25 million pay $2. I would go for that.

Well, today it gets even worse. Today one of my favorite directors of all time announced the he too will be hitching a ride on the 3D Chuck-Wagon. Yeah, that’s right Sidney Lumet is remaking Dog Day Afternoon in 3D. LOL Just Kidding. SL would never do that. Martin Scorsese ain’t so cool.

Martin Scorsese is the latest director to take the plunge into 3D waters.  A spokesperson for Sony Pictures confirms that the Academy Award winning director of “The Departed” and the recent “Shutter Island” will direct “The Invention of Hugo Cabret,” based on Brian Selznick’s bestselling children’s book.  The film will be produced in 3D. Read more here.

The art from Invention is incredible.

Over half of The Invention of Hugo Cabret is some of the most beautiful artwork ever in a book. A fantasy M.C. Escher comes to mind. Why does this art need to be in 3D? Maybe we should redo everything in the Grand Louvre? Rembrandt van Rijn portrait in 3D anyone?

How about The Mona Lisa?

Put on your glasses DUMMY!!!

Not like this is new TECH. 3D has been around for decades. My parents watched 3D films when they were young. But then 3D faded. When I was a kid I remember local SF TV20 distributing 3D glasses to build their viewership. I never got into it but some people did but then it all faded once again. And 3D will fade today as well.

Hollywood wants people to stop sharing their media online…maybe they should stop with the shake down tactics at the Cinemas. But I guess since they stopped serving real butter there has to be some reason to go to the movies. 3-D TV anyone? Oops!

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