Why I Hate 3D!

These days everything seems to be released in 3D and I just don’t understand why. As you can tell from the title of this post I am in the camp of people who are against having the third dimension taking over cinema. Let me start off by saying I am someone who can perfectly watch 3D so that isn’t a reason why I personally hate it.

This isn’t the first time that 3D in movies has taken off, the first time 3D became a success was in 1952, yes it was that long ago, this craze for 3D began to wither away by September 1953 due to many reasons, mainly due to the complex task of having to project two images at once. As soon as December 1953 3D was back in our cinemas with all new projectors making it easier for the film to be projected, in this wave of 3D even the great Alfred Hitchcock released a 3D picture but that didn’t stop 3D from wilting out by early 1955. But 3D wasn’t done there a handful of films were released in 3D between 1960 and 2003, where 3D made its long awaited comeback. We now have extremely advanced technology making the production and viewing of 3D easier than ever so why not bring it back.

In the past I have enjoyed the occasional 3D but it has now got to the stage where everything is being thrown out with many of them being post converted making them look even worse than if they were shot with three dimensional cameras. Avatar was actually the first feature length movie I ever saw in the third dimension and I absolutely loved it, the 3D was extremely subtle and was just there to deeply engross you into the film and you know what it really worked. I thought to myself after seeing it, that if all 3D movies are going to be like this then I can really see it taking off, but I knew that wouldn’t happen though, I knew Hollywood would do their best to shove 3D down our throats until we got sick of.

The biggest downside to 3D has to be the expense, the cost of my cinema ticket goes up by a whopping £1.95 just for some glasses that make everyone look stupid and fall off the bridge of my nose. The other day I went to the cinema to see The Pirates! In An Adventure With Scientists and there wasn’t an option to see it in 2D so I had to pay extra to go and see it in a dimension that I didn’t want to. I thought to myself what the hell it might be great 3D, it wasn’t, it added absolutely nothing to the movie so I left the movie pissed off having spent £1.95 on something I didn’t want to. I don’t have a huge problem with 3D in the cinema because it can actually benefit some films, admittedly very few.

In 1896 they didn’t even dream about 3D, when audiences were shown the first ever motion picture – The Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat Station – they all moved back, with some screaming and fainting because they believed the train was actually coming towards them. Nowadays we get every 3D film trying to mimic that by throwing things out us, but you know what? Surprisingly (sarcasm) the novelty has worn off and we don’t want arrows firing through the screen at us every five seconds.

The one thing that I am pissed off about is the amount of 3D rereleases that are coming out, I can actually see the movie industry coming to an end very soon as they clearly have no original ideas and are just rereleasing, rebooting and remaking every movie they can. I really don’t see the point of films being rereleased in 3D, I have never thought to myself damn I wish Star Wars was in 3D. No-one has thought that because no-one wants it, they are phenomenal films (the originals) in 2D so we don’t need a third dimension. I never really thought we needed 3D, IMAX is the most engrossing experience I have ever witnessed and has trumped every 3D movie I have seen so I reckon we should all just root for IMAX instead of 3D.

3D in the cinema is nowhere near as bad as the attempts at 3D in the home. I don’t own a 3D TV at home, I have refused to spend over a grand just so I can watch the occasional movie in 3D. All the reasonably priced 3D TVs I have tried out all experience something called ghosting which is where you begin to see double in some scenes, now to me this is a fault and is proof that the technology isn’t perfect yet they still sell these TVs. I don’t want to spend however much on a TV that has a major fault every time I watch a film in third dimension. I know that all modern TVs that are being bought out now come with 3D equipped as standard and I know the next TV I buy will have it but that doesn’t mean I will use it.

I have decided that when Christopher Nolan finally makes his first 3D movie I will join the bandwagon and accept that 3D is the future but until that happens I hate it. What are your thoughts on the third dimensions? Do you think its really going to take off this time? Or can you see it withering away like another fad? Please tell me your thoughts in the comments below, I am really interested to hear what other people think. Thank you very much for reading, if you enjoyed this most please feel free to hit that like and follow button.

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New ‘Prometheus’ Trailer

A new trailer has been released for the upcoming Ridley Scott movie Prometheus at WonderCon in California. Prometheus is said to be set in the same universe as the Alien movies but there are many rumours that it is a direct prequel to the Alien movies. Prometheus centres on a group of explorers who are taken to a distant planet by a clue to the birth of humanity, on this planet they find out that the whole human race could be in danger, it is their job to stop it. Prometheus stars Michael Fassbender, Idris Elba, Noomi Repace, Guy Pearce and Charlize Theron who are all astonishing actors and can’t wait to see them in their roles. You can watch Prometheus in cinemas on 1st June (UK) and 8th June (USA) and check out the new awesome trailer below.

What do you think of the new, full trailer? It’s insane right? Feel free to tell me your thoughts in the comments below, thank you again for reading.

New ‘Brave’ Poster

A new poster for the upcoming Pixar movie, Brave has been released online today. Brave centres on Princess Merida who must fight to undo a beastly curse that has been cursed upon her people. Brave has the voices of Emma Thompson, Kelly MacDonald, Billy Connolly and Julie Walters. I can’t wait for this movie, it looks like Pixar are taking a much more dark and twisted take with this movie and I like it. Brave will be hitting theatres on 22nd June (USA) and 13th August (UK), I don’t really understand why Pixar have made such a huge gap between the USA and UK release so now I will be waiting two months longer than half of you lot. Anyway you can check out the image below and a trailer will be released tomorrow, so check back then.

What do you think of Pixar’s new direction with this film? Feel free to tell me all your thoughts in the comments below. Thank you very much for reading and if you enjoyed this post please feel free to hit that follow and like button to show me some love.

Buy A Blu-Ray A Week – UK

Blu-Rays To BUY

Warrior – This was one of the best films of 2011, I absolutely loved this movie and it is defiantly worth a purchase on Blu-ray. Warrior centres on two brothers who both enrol in a mixed martial arts competition where they both end up against each other. It is a fairly standard story but it has been executed phenomenally, it has amazing acting from the great Tom Hardy and an Oscar worthy performance from Nick Nolte as their drunk father. I would recommend this film to anyone, it really is astonishing.

Fright Night – This is by no way better than the original but it is still a pretty good film, it is smart and funny and surprisingly frightening. Fright Night centres a teenager that suspects that his new neighbour is a vampire. This film does have a pretty great performance from Colin Farrell dishing out a pretty harrowing performance. I wouldn’t recommend this film to everyone, this is film is more suited to the people who enjoy the horror genre.

Blu-Rays To AVOID

Real Steel – I reviewed this film a few weeks back and I did not enjoy this one bit. Real Steel is set in the future where robot boxing has now become the biggest sport in the world, a retired boxer and his son decide to get into the game of robot boxing. I thought this film was really poor, yes your children may enjoy it but you defiantly won’t. I would only recommend this film to a family who want to watch this film with their kids.

All of these Blu-rays are released on Monday 20th February 2012. What Blu-ray will you be picking up this week? Feel free to tell me in the comments below. Thanks again for reading and if you enjoyed this post please feel free to hit that follow button.

Movie Review – The Descendants

The Descendants centres on Matt King a land owner who’s wife encounters a fatal speedboat accident which leads Matt to need to reconnect with his daughters. Clooney needs to step up and take care of his daughters while their mother is lying in a hospital on deaths door. Is this the film that will win George Clooney his so desired Oscar this year? The Descendants comes from brilliant director Alexander Payne who bought us two brilliant movies, Sideways and All About Schmidt and his new film doesn’t disappoint.

There are very few directors in the world that manage to make perfection every time they get behind the camera and Alexander Payne is one of the directors that can successfully pull it off. All of his movies are said to be comedies but as we have all noticed they aren’t funny, they are smart, beautifully, sad but they aren’t belly achingly funny. What Payne really excels in is capturing the extreme messiness of families, this film has an especially disorientated family and Payne does a great job of capturing all of the many emotions. Despite this feeling extremely similar to Payne’s other work after watching The Descendants it makes you wish it had the comedy and emotion from 50/50 because that would make this movie perfect, but it just feels lacking. But this film proves yet again that Alexander Payne can turn any situation no matter how dark into a humorous fun time.

Where this film really shines is when it comes to the acting, both by Clooney and the young talent he plays off. After watching this it is really making me think that George Clooney should win best actor at this years awards and not Jean Dujardin, Clooney is great in this movie he has great chemistry with the other family members. One of the best parts of the film is where Clooney is running along the streets of Hawaii, it is both funny, sad, beautifully acted and shot by Payne which makes for an incredibly joyful watch. It is just amazing how Clooney can so seamlessly switch from emotion to humour but Clooney isn’t the only one that steals the show here, Shailene Woodley, who plays the role of his eldest daughter makes for some comedic moments along with some very moving ones and I would very much like to see Woodley in many more films. The chemistry between the youngest and eldest daughter also makes this film even more engaging and believable.

The mixture of great script and phenomenal directing makes for a film where you actually feel for the characters in the film, you become emotionally invested in their lives while you are eagerly anticipating what will happen next. The Descendants isn’t a film that will jump out straight away at you making you feel that this is one of the greatest films you have seen, the feeling of brilliance comes about halfway through the film when you realised how engaged you are with the characters lives making the whole film seem real.

This is a throughly enjoyable film that shows the true strains of families through times of hardship. Clooney is definitely a contender for tonights BAFTA’s and next weeks Oscars. I would recommend this to anyone as it is certainly worth anyones time but I can understand people feeling of familiarity and lack of laughs. I would say it is one of the best movies of the year (2011) so go out and check it out.

9/10

Another New Image From ‘Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter’

Yet another image has been released online for the upcoming horror film Abraham Lincoln:Vampire Hunter. It centres on Abraham Lincoln who’s mother has been murdered by supernatural forces which drives him to go on a vampire murdering onslaught. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter sees Benjamin Walker taking the role of Abraham Lincoln, Mary Elizabeth Winstead taking the role of Mary Lincoln and Dominic Cooper taking the role of Henry Sturgess. I am looking forward to this film but I wish they would stop releasing all these images and just show us the trailer already. You can check out Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter on 22nd June (USA) and 2nd August (UK), you can also check out the image below.

What do you think? Are you looking forward to this one? Tell me in the comments below. Thanks very much for reading.

Five New ‘Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter’ Images

Some new images for Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter has been released online, you can look at it with your eyeballs below. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter stars Benjamin Walker, Dominic Cooper and Mary Elizabeth Winstead and it centres on Abraham Lincoln (Benjamin Walker) who’s mother is killed by supernatural forces which drives him to go onto a vampire killing rampage. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is out on 22nd June (UK) and 2nd August (UK) and is set to be a great movie and I can’t wait to see this. Don’t forget to check out the images below.

What do you think of the images? I personally am not a fan of them but please tell me your thoughts below. Thanks again for reading.