August 29th is a big day in the Terminator mythology. It’s Judgment Day—the day Skynet became self-aware and blew the world to hell. To celebrate this year’s anniversary, the franchise announced that Terminator 2: Judgment Day will get a 3D theatrical release in 2017.
It's not that 3D movies aren't worth watching because some totally are (see: Gravity). It's that Hollywood loves to shove it down our throat as something new and fancy and some sort of advanced technology and trendy and bullcrap like that. It's not! Most of the times, 3D movies are made just to squeeze more dollars…
There's nothing quite like seeing a vintage 3D movie on the big screen. Sure, we have plenty of movies released in 3D here in the 21st century. But back in the 1950s (and even much earlier) the 3D movie was a taste of the future. Which is why I'm pretty excited for a little festival in Hollywood that starts next week.
Have you ever been to a movie so shocking that the theater management offered you a life insurance policy just in case you died of fright? Filmmaker William Castle devised a scheme that did just that for the release of his 1958 suspense/horror film Macabre. Thankfully, they never had to pay out.
Predictions that 3D movies would be the wave of the future are even older than the talkies. But back in 1935 the so-called father of science fiction gave his prediction for 3D films an even bolder twist: By 1945, audiences would be able to watch 3D movies without having to wear those silly glasses.
If you think the glasses you have to wear at every 3D movie today are a pain, remember to be grateful that we're not all stuck with the early 20th century's version.
Glasses-free 3D: eventually someone is going to get this right, and researchers in South Korea are well on their way, which means eventually we might be able to go to a 3D movie without having to wear those dorky, uncomfortable glasses.
Watching the official trailer, I get the feeling that not even Lucasfilm is convinced that a third dimension is going to improve The Phantom Menace. So they've instead they've opted for Plan B in the trailer for the 3D re-release: the eradication of Jar Jar Binks.
I hear you're releasing The Lion King in 3D. First you shit out two horrible sequels and now this? Are you trying to ruin my childhood?
Does that mean we can expect a 3D treatment for Blade Runner? God knows there aren't enough different versions in existence already. The director announced at Comic-Con that he'll "never work without 3D again, even for small dialogue scenes."
Roger Ebert dropped his review on the final Harry Potter movie, and guess what? He likes it! But there is one thing he doesn't really like: the 3D.
There were better movies playing Sunday afternoon. Super 8, X-Men: First Class. Midnight in Paris. But I bustled past all of those. I headed to theater 7, foul den of Green Lantern 3D. Armed with a superpower of my own.
Some day in the not-so-distant future, there's going to be a bizarro Criterion Collection that goes about destroying the very worst that Hollywood has provided us. They'd be wise to start with this (gigundo) graphic that lays out every single 3D movie ever. BURN IT. BURN IT ALL.
I mean, who's really looking forward to Transformers 3? Really? Really?! Anyway, turns out James Cameron is to blame, with Bay saying "years ago, Jim Cameron called me and told me I needed to do 3D. I told him no!"
For the last several years, the single-day box office king in Hong Kong has been Avatar. People love giant blue cat-people! But not, apparently, as much as they love full frontal nudity. Because after grossing $340,000 US on 73 screens, 3D Sex and Zen: Extreme Ecstasy has taken Hong Kong's single-day box office crown.
It's honestly gotten to a point where it's almost impossible to find a two-dimensional version of a major 3D movie release. For those of us just want our eyeballs back? 2D Glasses are here, they're real, and they're ready to flatten whatever Hollywood throws at 'em.
How could 3D glasses go from the sleek, minimal shades we see here on the noses of 1951's Festival of Britain-goers, to the clumsy, Oakley-style wrap-arounds of today? Dolby's new lightweight ones aren't even much competition, even though they're only passive glasses and don't even need to house the heavier active…
Guess we know which country likes "larger than life" films the most. With IMAX opening 100 cinemas a year there over the next 2 - 3 years they'll be buying up a lot of pairs of 3D glasses. As of last year, there were 445 IMAX cinemas globally. [Variety]
Following up on the unfortunate promise that he'd release all six Star Wars movies in three dimensions, George Lucas has settled on February 10th, 2012 for the premiere of a 3D Episode I: The Phantom Menace. Subsequent titles will be released once per year, in order, which means we've got some time before there's…