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Speaking of MONSTERS VS ALIENS... and by that I mean Harry is speaking about them...

Hey folks, Harry here... MONSTERS VS ALIENS is the first Dreamworks Animation property that I feel has been specificially targeted for my brain. When I got offered a chance to go out to the fabulous Dreamworks Animation campus - I accepted mainly because I am an animation-holic, but I wasn't absolutely super-duper excited. I'm not the biggest fan of DREAMWORKS ANIMATION. In my opinion - in their CG world they've made 3 pretty darn good films with ANTZ, OVER THE HEDGE and KUNG FU PANDA. The first two SHREKS were fun as I watched them in the theater - but instantly upon leaving the theater, I began hating them. There's gags that stuck with me, but the humor and story was so incredibly disposable that I kinda hated having laughed - so basically the first two SHREK movies made me feel like a snob - and I really don't like that sensation. And the third... was an unbelievable pile of shit. But - DREAMWORKS ANIMATION had a carrot to entice me. MONSTERS VS ALIENS. Just at a basic level - that title translates to - "Harry's ass is gonna dig this" - and if the film doesn't live up to that - I'm going to be royally disappointed. But I did see a big chunk of the opening of the film. Most of which was taken in piece form for the trailer that was up, then gone - This actually looks like inspired material - and the directing team and everyone I met was extremely geeked out by working on this. Posters for films like ATTACK OF THE 50 FT WOMAN, THE BLOB, MOTHRA and others decorated offices - and as cool as the designs for the monsters and aliens were... What really got me going - and mainly what I saw were the HUMAN CHARACTERS. Too often, human characters in CG animated films lack character and tend to be young, smooth and unexpressive. For MONSTERS VS ALIENS, they've done something so geekily cool - so intrinsically speaking to my monkey brain that I was overjoyed with glee. They're doing JACK DAVIS humans. What the hell is that? Well, you're obviously not an EC and MAD MAGAZINE geek. Jack Davis had a specific style of caricature that ruled the pages of MAD MAGAZINE and EC Comics throughout their history. And every human character had that sort of look - and as I looked at the monsters - they kinda had that same Jack Davis parody of monsters look. And that's fantastic. In particular – I love the design on Stephen Colbert’s PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES – it’s such the dream image that you’d imagine Colbert would conjure for his Presidency – a comedic design cross from Colbert and Ronald Reagan. The initial scene – where he flies in to initiate first contact with the aliens in the form of what seems to be an enormous ship… well, it rules. He climbs this enormous staircase with a podium at the top – with a keyboard – and proceeds to play 5 notes that you all know – followed by a fantastic other musical selection. And he looks so fricken cool doing it. Later at the “War Room” style set – very inspired by Dr Strangelove – Colbert’s President is on full on ego bloated and scared whiney fear mode. Great stuff. That’s where we get introduced to General W.R. Monger – he’s the General with a plan to use Monsters against the Aliens. He’s voiced by badass vampire Kiefer Sutherland. Frankly, I couldn’t tell it was Kiefer – in either design or in voice – he sounds very much like an angry and fired up cross of George C Scott and Lawrence Tierney. He’s full on blustery – and he’s great. I didn’t really get much in terms of the Monsters – just their introductions through footage – but the cast for this thing is incredibly impressive. Seth Rogen, Reese Witherspoon, Paul Rudd, Hugh Laurie, Will Arnett and that evil evil dancing singing talent man… RAINN WILSON cue Girly Screams and Fainting Spells – he plays an alien named Gallaxhar. His design is crazy fun. The footage I saw was also all in 3D and damn it looked awesome. I also had a conversation with Katzenberg about 3D and the struggle he has in convincing the theatrical companies (ie the theater owners) to make the conversion for the upcoming onslaught of 3D entertainment. Of course – he was preaching to the converted – I’m 100% on board the 3D event film – and I’m also an advocate for 3D in the realm of dramas, comedies and especially Nature Documentaries – not to mention HOME THEATER!!! Jeffery was philosophical about the battle to bring theater owners around – he has days where he feels defeated and days where he feels it’s all going to work out beautifully – but he’s absolutely convinced that this will help save the movie theater experience and industry. We’re at a point where the home theater set up… my god, at my house I have something that I feel is more cozy and wonderful than any theater I’ve ever been to. As I work right now – SMART PEOPLE is playing beautifully 9ft by 12ft and there’s zero chance of interruption… of someone chewing popcorn behind my head – and I’m burning a candle that my wife got me that is scenting the room like Cupcakes (a sin I can not partake in, but damn I love that smell) 3D is an experience that for most folks can not really be duplicated at home with the effect it has in a movie theater. And when you have films like MONSTERS VS ALIENS coming in the format – you’ll see what I mean. The big one will be AVATAR – and Katzenberg has seen some of James Cameron’s mysterious film in 3D and he believes it will singlehandedly revolutionize the business. It will be THE experience to experience and Jeffrey’s campaign in many ways isn’t just about getting enough screens to do MONSTERS VS ALIENS – but to pave the way for AVATAR which will convert the unconverted… and will justify his commitment to the format – which he’s dedicated the future of DREAMWORKS ANIMATION to. MONSTERS VS ALIENS is the first big salvo in the 3D war to win the screens and projectors of movie theaters around the United States and one day the world. Some are betting 3D will be a folly – as it was perceived in the 50s… a cheap trick. Only the technology has improved like so much of the technology we have today. The experience has become vastly superior. Though that isn’t necessarily so – I’d argue that films like DIAL M FOR MURDER and MISS SADIE THOMPSON and CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON and HOUSE OF WAX are in fact better than any modern 3D movie that I’ve yet seen. I’ve a feeling that will change – I’d love to see non-event movies shot in 3D. Something like a Wes Anderson film or a Paul Thomas Anderson film or a Coen Brothers movie. Something that is just patently cinematic, where 3D is a compelling tool used to draw you into the drama, comedy or suspense. That was a tool for atmosphere and not just about whiz-bangery. ANYWAY – I’m getting off target… it’s kinda what I do, but I feel that the subject of making cinemas better than they have ever been is important. That the experience is under assault by the home market – and that 3D is part of that answer. The other part is the part that has always been plaguing Hollywood… that is to make compelling and awesome movies that get our asses in seats and returning often. To that end, I can’t say MONSTERS VS ALIENS will be everyone’s cup of tea – but it might be one helluva Coca Cola…

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  • Aug. 5, 2008, 2:48 a.m. CST

    TDK Blows!!!!!!!!

    by Lashlarue

    No, it's actually GREAT. Congrats to DannyGloversDickBlood!

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 2:48 a.m. CST

    Better be good!

    by iamnicksaicnsn

    Dreamworks mostly sucks!

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 2:50 a.m. CST

    You liked ANTZ??!???

    by ShiftyEyedDog2

    <br><br>That's -500 credibility points for ya right there.<br><br><br>

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 2:51 a.m. CST

    Oo, Colbert's in this?

    by iamnicksaicnsn

    His show's getting somewhat weaker though. Some brilliant episodes here and there, but mostly not as strong as The Daily Show. TDS actually had quite the stinker the other night, but still, more consistent than Colbert.

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 2:54 a.m. CST

    I hope that 3D will never catch on.

    by DerLanghaarige

    I'm almost blind on one eye, so unless it will be some Star-Trek-Holosuite-ish environment, it will never work for me. Can you believe how frustrating it is to sit in a theatre and hear everybody around me go "aaaah" and "ooooh" and you got no idea what they just saw?<br> Yes, I'm a whiny bitch today. Fuck 3D,

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 3:04 a.m. CST

    3-D has yet to impress...

    by The Eskimo

    ...me a I REALLY want it to. The only films I've seen where this works to great effect is in Imax Discovery documentaries (like Monsters of the Deep, etc). The rest all leave something to be desired...as does Dreamworks animation. Did they do The Incredibles? That's the only movie in that style that kept my attention throughout.

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 3:13 a.m. CST

    "Did they do The incredibles?"

    by comedian_x

    You better be a troll Eskimo because no one is that clueless.

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 3:16 a.m. CST

    Danny Glovers DickBlood!

    by andrew coleman

    You were mentioned by Judd Apatow on Conan! Oh and Lashlarue you blow... bitch

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 3:18 a.m. CST

    Lashlarue

    by andrew coleman

    That was a joke btw

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 3:18 a.m. CST

    I'm exited about 3D!

    by mr.brownstone

    this was a nicely written piece harry. I love Jack Davis' EC and trading card work.

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 4:30 a.m. CST

    phoenixmagi2

    by mr.brownstone

    I agree with every last word you said, but I still think 3D is cool. I agree it's gimmicky, but I like it.

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 4:37 a.m. CST

    i called it

    by bacci40

    cross between incredibles, doom patrol and dr strangelove

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 4:48 a.m. CST

    Beowulf 3D was incredible

    by Rupee88

    If you doubters didn't see that, then your opinion means little.

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 5:19 a.m. CST

    Beowulf 3d gave me a headache

    by OBSD

    I had to cross my eyes to see the 3-D. If I didn't everything just went blurry. After 2 hours of that, I gt a wicked migraine. If the future of 3-D is like that, you can count me out.

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 6:12 a.m. CST

    They make candles that smell like cupcakes?

    by Jackie Boy

    Huh. How about that.

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 6:19 a.m. CST

    Salvation schmalvation

    by coolhive

    Nothing any filmmaker does (3D, etc) will ever save the theater-going experience. It's over. There has been a cultural shift and people today are just too inconsiderate and annoying to get people to keep going to the movies. Cell phones and text messaging have completely transformed the audience into the fat blobs as depicted in Wall-E. (Fat between the ears, that is.) It's too late to turn back. All these cell phone addicted retards have ruined the movie going experience. Who want to go to the movies and have to put up with this crap?! No thanks. I'll take my 52" plasma home theater anyday.

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 6:37 a.m. CST

    TomBodet

    by HEADGEEK

    yes, and it was a shit film which didn't help the 3D format in the fucking least.

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 6:48 a.m. CST

    OBSD

    by Rupee88

    Everyone is not defective like you. I saw Beowulf 3D twice and had no headache problems whatsoever and I doubt many others did either.

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 6:50 a.m. CST

    Cameron will be the big test of live action 3D with Avatar

    by Rupee88

    Until then, I don't know if it will work...but animated 3D works for sure...and it's not going anywhere (hopefully). It will win over more and more people if some more good 3D films are released. Zemeckis is doing A Christmas Carol which seems boring, but it will be a good animated 3D film that will help sell the format further.

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 6:54 a.m. CST

    what does it take to convert a theater to 3D?

    by Magic Rat

    do they have to replace all the screens, or the projectors, or is it just a question of handing out 3D glasses and stuff? Sorry for my ignorance.

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 6:54 a.m. CST

    coolhive

    by Rupee88

    Is this why there is record box office this year? Yeah, much of it is inflation but admissions sure aren't dropping quickly. As long as there are dumb teens who need somewhere to go on a date, the theater-going experience will live on and prosper. I agree with of what you say though and that's why I only see films in the theater three or four times a year at this point...but I'm not in the target demo.

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 6:57 a.m. CST

    Magic Rat

    by Rupee88

    I could be wrong, but I think at this point, it's just a matter of having digital projectors and those are growing in popularity anyhow. So 3D may just end up being a niche, but it should be around to stay this time. I haven't seen any live action 3D that works...like I said, Avatar will be the big test.

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 7:21 a.m. CST

    I like Harry but.......

    by Cysquatch

    does he have to mention the size of the screen in every article he writes? We get it, you have a bigger screen than most of us.

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 7:29 a.m. CST

    How soon?

    by RenoNevada2000

    How soon until some tool from Film Threat complains on another website that this is a review?

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 7:48 a.m. CST

    Over the Hedge was good

    by filmcoyote

    Are you nuts? I'll give you Antz (my favourite DWA) and Kung Fu Panda (which surprised me that i didn't hate it) but Over the Hedge is unfunny and looks awful! I love 3D, between IMAX and Real-D i've seen about 7 recent films in 3D plus the test footage of New Hope, Lord of the Rings, King Kong etc. It's awesome. That said most of the films done so far haven't been. They've relied on people only seeing the 3D to be called great. Beowulf for instance sucked if you looked past the effect. Monster House was the best of the recent ones.

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 8:09 a.m. CST

    i must be lucky

    by Bouncy X

    i'm sure i've said this before on here but i hear the horror stories of people's theater experience and it shocks me. i dont if its because i'm in canada and we truly are "nice" but i've never had anything even close to what i read about here and other sites. i've been going to the movies since i'm 4 and i'm 31 now and i cant even remember a bad experience like those. maybe there's been some morons now and then but it was never to the point it ruined the experience or anything. no wonder so many americans seem to not like the experience so much if thats what you constantly deal with. granted i never go on opening night and shit and i usually see movies a week after they come so that might help but yeah.

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 8:25 a.m. CST

    Yes a lot of of Americans suck

    by Rupee88

    I personally will not go to a crowded theater to see a movie..I will always go to an early or extra late show just to cut down on the probability of some annoying person sitting close to me. It usually works, but sometimes you still get tripped up. Of course it is a small % of the people at the theater who are assholes, but it only takes one...

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 8:29 a.m. CST

    Beowulf kicked ass, but...

    by Rupee88

    ..it was not a movie that had a wide appeal to a general audience. It was very geeky and you had to really love the style of animation and the 3D to get off on it. The story was nothing special but didn't get in the way of the experience either. I liked how they animated Angelina Jolie and just gave her a PERFECT body...even better than in real life. And the character of beowulf was flawed and funny and the sequence with the dragon at the end in 3D was just one of the most fun I've had in a theater in years. So it just showed me the power of 3D for the first time and I am SOLD.

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 8:47 a.m. CST

    Here's an idea.

    by Knuckleduster

    How about making movies exclusive to cinemas again, instead of simultaneously making everything available on the internet, DVD, satellite and whatever else a mere two months after a movie premiered. How about getting a handle on fuckin movie piracy. That could help.

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 8:51 a.m. CST

    B&W 3D

    by Rando Calrisian

    I would love to see some of the films Harry listed - Dial M for Murder and The Creature From the Block Lagoon in the new 3D process. The old red and blue glasses were so annoying. While the 3D worked, the new process is so much better. It would be nice to actually see the films in 3D without the colored tint. <br> <br> Harry, is the new 3-D process possible in a home theater setting? Would you need a special projector, or can it be achieved on a flat screen? I assume you would have to line the projection up properly to achieve the correct spacing of the image for 3D viewing. <br> <br> Do you know if the new 3D images in theaters are produced by two projectors, or just one?

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 9:13 a.m. CST

    The problem I have with 3D is

    by SilentP

    it doesn't feel like the picture is surrounding me. It feels like there is a glass screen a few feet in front of the actual theatre screen, and stuff is playing out in 3D inside there, and I'm watching it from outside. Like a hologram inside a glass cube or something. As a kid, I remember feeling like 3D came right out to touch me, but I'm not sure if it was somehow better back then, or if my imagination was just making up for it (probably the more likely scenario). Also, the glasses are uncomfortable to wear over my own glasses, lol. I need prescription 3D glasses.

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 9:24 a.m. CST

    3D+PEYOTE=

    by krull rules

    w00t!!! Can't wait for AVATAR!!!

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 9:52 a.m. CST

    IMA will save the Movie going experience not 3D

    by dundundles

    3D IS a gimmick that will not last once the technology becomes available in the Home video market. However the giant screen experience of IMAX will never be duplicated at home. Chris Nolan knows this and is trying to push filmmaking in that direction. I like a 3d flick as much as the next person, but seeing those dark knight scenes in Imax was breathtaking. This is where the filmmaking community needs to put it's focus on, not 3D. James Cameron's Avatar will probably be amazing. But is he shooting in Imax? nope. His film will be dated when 3D hits the home market.

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 10:13 a.m. CST

    Sci-Fi 3d

    by FatRat

    Why haven't we seen a good sci-fi movie in 3d? Can you imagine the dive into the death star trench in 3d? Or the asteroid chase? *sigh*

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 10:35 a.m. CST

    Captain Eo in 3D Ruled

    by Glamour Fairy

    I love gimmicks and if they are going to get more people back in the theatre it's going to have to be with gimmicks not easily reproduced at home. Sure you can play video games at home in HD, but you sure can't have your sofa do barrel rolls. :)

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 10:53 a.m. CST

    3D is a fad...plus it gives people headaches.

    by fiester

    No thanks.

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 11 a.m. CST

    The trailer was extremely funny, so I'm optimistic

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    Anything that prevents more movies like Madagascar 2 can only be encouraged.

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 11:06 a.m. CST

    Wearing 3D glasses over regular glasses

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    This is the only problem I've had with the current process. It can't be THAT difficult to make some 3D specs that just clip onto your regular glasses, can it? They have clip-on sunglesses, so why not clip-on 3D glasses? The current ones just BARELY fit over my glasses, and it kind of ruins the experience when I'm worried about the 3D glasses scratching my lenses.

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 11:07 a.m. CST

    And Antz was the best Dreamworks movie EVER.

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    That shit STILL makes me laugh. And it managed to have "adult" content and mild language without resorting to fart and poop humor. Name ONE Woody Allen performance in the last two decades that was as funny or endearing as his role as "Z".

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 12:01 p.m. CST

    Jack David EC or MAD?

    by ZeroCorpse

    Harry-- Jack Davis' EC work is a bit different from his work with MAD. With EC it wasn't quite as cartoony, and he went for a more serious look. I assume this movie uses something more like the MAD Jack Davis art, which was fantastic stuff. He even used that style for a few movie posters. <p> That alone makes me interested. I'm eager to see western comedy animation break out of this trend of always looking like TOY STORY. Sure, the technology is the same, but the art style doesn't have to be. I'd hate for our CGI movies to end up like Japanese anime, with every one following the same "rules" for art, characterization, plot-lines, and story progression. There's a reason I loathe anime, and it's the same reason I'm starting to roll my eyes whenever I see a new American CGI animated feature: Homogenization. <p> You could cut up parts of ANTS, TOY STORY, SHREK, OVER THE HEDGE and other CGI toons, and splice them together into a new movie that would maintain the same basic story, with a damn near identical art style. I hate that. <p> My biggest argument with American animation right now is this trend to hire established, famous screen actors to voice the characters, instead of hiring new talent. It's ANIMATED. If there's anything that is conducive to letting new people break into movies, it's animation!!! Their performance is what matters-- Not the name recognition! Without a face attached, it's detrimental to hire famous celebrities. When I watch TOY STORY, I hear Tom Hanks and Tim Allen and Cliff from Cheers. If they'd hired voice actors instead of screen actors, then we'd have ORIGINAL characters without the baggage of their own celebrity. <p> That's why things like VENTURE BROS and FUTURAMA are at the top of the heap. When they first appeared, the voices weren't all that familiar. Sure, Fry was also Stimpy, and Patrick Warburton was mildly famous, but for the most part these shows introduced new CHARACTERS, and those voices WERE those characters. When I hear The Monarch, I don't think of some other character from some other show/movie. He's ONLY The Monarch. The same goes for Hank, Dean, and most of the other characters. The same goes for Fry, The Professor, Bender, and Zoidberg. (Although I have to say Phil LaMarr is overused in animation, and his range of different voices is mediocre. He's getting to be the black Frank Welker: I know he'll ALWAYS be there whenever a particular character needed in the script. For Welker it's sidekicks, animals and guys who look like Freddie from Scooby Doo. For LaMarr it's ALL Black men. Are there no other Black male voice actors?) <p> Where was I? Oh yeah. Deviation in art styles! <p> All I'm saying is that it almost seems like every studio is looking at what Pixar did with TOY STORY and copying it point-by-point. They want it to "look like Toy Story" and "Sound like Toy Story" and "feature BIG NAME CELEBRITIES" (even if their voices are too recognizable or they SUCK at VO work). <p> Shake it up, people! DO SOMETHING UNIQUE!

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 12:12 p.m. CST

    Is the estate of Jack Davis being paid for this?

    by SnapT

    I sure hope so.

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 12:28 p.m. CST

    Here's another idea for Dreamworks animation...

    by Sequitur

    Try to develop a great story FIRST instead of relying on Big Name stars and a screenplay 90% full of cheap pop-culture references. Then you'll get my respect.

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 1:01 p.m. CST

    do you need 20/20 vision for the new 3D to work?

    by JimmyJoe RedSky

    i wear glasses - and im severely nearsighted in my left eye - does this disqualify me

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 2:28 p.m. CST

    I have HORRIBLE eyesight...

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    ...and I haven't had any noticable problems with the handful of modern 3D films I've seen (Nightmare Before Christmas, Beowulf). Just give me some lenses I can clip OVER my glasses, please.

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 2:33 p.m. CST

    Daming Kung Fu Panda with faint praise Harold...

    by Boba Fat

    ..and that won't do, it's fucking great! As good as the weakest Pixar stuff, i.e A Bug's Life. Maybe better than Toy Story, number one always felt a little clunky to me, and Jack Davies work on EC is outstanding, nobody before or since has made the page look so grimy. Can't wait for this.

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 3:47 p.m. CST

    Just another dimension of suck...

    by Toulon

    ... that's all we're gonna get!! Seriously, 3D won't do shit to save an industry that doesn't need saving in the first place . . . it just needs to make GOOD, ORIGINAL films . . . what a concept.<p>Beowulf NEVER needed to be in 3D . . . it was a blah film with a gimmick, that's it.<p>One main problem I have with 3D is that you have to wear the glasses for it to work . . . for anyone who DOESN'T wear glasses all the time, it can be very distracting . . . if they're not squeezing my head or pinching my nose from being the wrong size, I'm always AWARE of them . . . it's a filter to the image on the screen, and you'll never get passed that . . . keeps me out of a film every time.<p>I agree with the idea that IMAX is the one that will eventually stick. My lord, TDK in IMAX was UNBELIEVABLE. I'll pay to see that any day . . . 3D will die a second death, to be sure.

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 5:30 p.m. CST

    re: by Rupee88

    by coolhive

    The problem is, you don't have to be near anyone annoying to be affected by their poor behavior. The dumbfucks that play with their cell phones during the movie don't seem to grasp the idea that a device that emits a bright light in a dark theater acts as a fucking flashlight and everyone sitting behind them can see it. Every movie I've seen in a theater this summer (about 6 or 7 movies) have all been ruined by shits with their phones on. At one point during Wall-E, I could see at least 5 phones on in front of me, and I was sitting about half way back from the front. The stupid bitch in the row in front of me must have looked at her phone about 20 times in 2 hours. Fuck that. 3-D will not stop people from being assholes.

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 5:45 p.m. CST

    Fireproof

    by Bloo

    "but yeah, the one monster totally looks like Bloo from "Fosters Home For Imaginary Friends"."<P>you say that like it's a bad thing

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 5:50 p.m. CST

    cell phones

    by Bloo

    should be banned in movie theatre, how hard is it for them to post a message "please turn off cell phones while in the theatre" and then people actually doing it!! Theatres, like that show plays, musicals, etc, enforce this rule, why can't movie theatres? Owners/managers I'm sure would say "just come see us and complain" well then a)you're the asshole who complained and b) you miss part of the movie

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 8:22 p.m. CST

    So what about Douglas Trumbull?

    by Kurgan

    Why the hell are we seeing all these advances in 3D and shit when we REALLY ought to be seeing advances in the FRAMERATE of the films? Around 72 should be sufficient (3x24 in case you are morons). Establish that as a world-wide standard. Start implementing. Immersion is so fucking much more dependent on the framerate -- what the fuck does 3D help with the stuttering pans?

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 9:30 p.m. CST

    When do we get 3D porn?

    by KongMonkey

    I'd pay some cash to sit in a midnight showing of JUGS-3D. Give all the adults a reason to grope the air in vain like their kids do with all these toon flicks.

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 10:48 p.m. CST

    3D Porn in HD

    by ZeroCorpse

    Dive! Dive! <p> And I do agree with Bloo-- Cell phones need to be banned in theaters. Frankly, I wish theaters would go back to the way they were in the old-old days, when they had ushers (REAL ushers, not trash-cleaning ticket-takers) and balconies. You know, back when they'd show shorts and newsreels before the feature, instead of Coke commercials? Back when the ushers STAYED IN THE THEATER and dealt with problems as they happened..? <P> Yeah. Get off my lawn.

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 11:36 p.m. CST

    Cell phones

    by ebonic_plague

    At the brand new megaloplex where I went to see Dark Knight, an usher stood up before the previews and told the crowd that if they saw anyone using a cell phone during the show they would be kicked out with no exceptions. I forget what chain it was, but I thought it was a great idea, the best thing since metamucil.

  • Aug. 6, 2008, 12:05 a.m. CST

    I dunno. Metamucil is pretty awesome.

    by ZeroCorpse

    Seriously, though, it's cool to know that theaters are working toward making the experience better for paying customers.

  • Aug. 6, 2008, 1:45 a.m. CST

    WIll Cameron release AVATAR in IMAX?

    by Rindain

    I sure hope so...the best 3D experience I've had BY FAR was Beowulf in IMAX 3D. The non-IMAX 3D screens I've seen have simply been too small...only IMAX made me feel immersed in the film. The regular 3D screens were like watching a hologram inside a box far in front of you, as someone else said.

  • Aug. 6, 2008, 1:53 a.m. CST

    3D only works when it's artisticially justified

    by palimpsest

    like in AMITYVILLE 3-D, JAWS 3-D, and FRIDAY THE THIRTEENTH 3-D, where the use of the technology was in no way as a prop to shore up flagging franchises. And Tony Roberts in AMITYVILLE 3-D is majestic.

  • Aug. 6, 2008, 1:17 p.m. CST

    Monsters vs. Aliens 3D

    by Posthumos1

    It is slated for a March release, for now, in IMAX 3D http://tinyurl.com/5kw2ya I don't know how they are going to run MvA3D within three weeks of Watchmen though. I hope they move MvA3D up into December, or Watchmen either way they need at least 5 weeks apart on the releases. Not all IMAX theaters can run a 2D and a 3D print at the same time. Rando Clarisian: IMAX 3D is run by two projectors simultaneously. RealD is digital and, I believe, runs off of one projector head, as I understand it, it is software enhanced 3D technology.