Wenders on why ‘Pina’ needs 3D

Posted by · 5:22 am · September 13th, 2011

Since seeing the film in February, I’ve been something of a broken record saying that Wim Wenders’s marvellous performance film “Pina” — which has been drawing rave responses at Toronto, and was recently submitted as Germany’s entry for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar — single-handedly restates the case for 3D, a technology that any […]

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Nants ingonyama bagithi Baba

Posted by · 1:56 pm · August 27th, 2011

Disney held it’s big premiere for “The Lion King 3D” today at The El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, fit with live African bongo music, a green carpet (made of fake grass) and a “Hakuna Matata” dress code. Not a bad way to spend an early Saturday afternoon, and I’ve been looking forward to this for […]

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Del Toro, Cameron to take on Lovecraft’s ‘Madness’

Posted by · 6:59 pm · July 28th, 2010

At Comic-Con, director Guillermo Del Toro announced that one of his next projects would be a remake of Disney’s “The Haunted Mansion.” Del Toro would be co-writing and producing, though, not directing (and boy did that news get a split reaction from movie-goers).  He said his next directorial gig would be announced shortly, and today, […]

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Christopher Nolan speaks out on 3D

Posted by · 6:39 am · June 14th, 2010

Even with “Inception” still unseen, media and fans alike are hopefully positioning Christopher Nolan as both the artistic and commercial savior of the Hollywood blockbuster in this dreariest of summers. So his views on the lingering point of contention that is 3D strike me as more pertinent than most. And while lofty names from Scorsese […]

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AMPAS does the 3D thang

Posted by · 5:11 am · June 11th, 2010

Don’t panic, they’re not instituting a new Oscar category for Best Achievement In Three Dimensions. (Yet.) But they are acknowledging the ubiquitous trend with a three-part showcase titled “Getting Perspective III: Exploring the Craft of 3D Movie Technology.” Taking place every Tuesday evening between June 22 and July 6, the showcase will comprise panel discussions, […]

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Ebert versus the third dimension

Posted by · 8:26 am · May 4th, 2010

By now, you may have read Roger Ebert’s lengthy nine-point diatribe against 3D in Newsweek — it has certainly generated a substantial amount of online conversation in the last few days. On the face of it, as a declared 3D agnostic myself, I should be pleased with the article: when a “Clash of the Titans” […]

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Scorsese and Herzog venture into 3D

Posted by · 7:52 am · April 14th, 2010

If you can’t fix it, you’ve got to stand it. And so it is, apparently, with me and 3D. As I’ve written before, I’m not a big fan of Hollywood’s favorite rediscovered gimmick. As a gee-whiz novelty — expertly embellishing the odd genuine event film like “Avatar” — it works a treat. As a now-regular […]

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SUNDAY CENTS: Cash of the ‘Titans’

Posted by · 8:34 am · April 4th, 2010

*All historical figures cited are adjusted to today’s dollars. Alright. “Clash of the Titans” is the number one film at the box office with a weekend take of $61.4 million. Is that a tally worthy of the Gods? Simply put, in my opinion, no. Let’s set aside the 3D for a second and just pretend […]

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9/23 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 7:51 am · September 23rd, 2009

• Hugh Jackman speaks out on his Emmy win and whether he’d return as Oscar host. [Vulture] • “A Serious Man,” Colin Firth the big winners in a Toronto critics poll. [indieWIRE] • Mary Pilon sits down with activist and star of “The Cove,” Ric O’Barry. [Speakeasy]

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9/3 Web Round-up

Posted by · 6:32 am · September 3rd, 2009

• When will Quentin Tarantino do away with the filmic pretense and capitalize on his true original talent and potential? [The Film Stage] • Patrick Goldstein gets cock-blocked by Oprah Winfrey. [The Big Picture] • Anne Thompson spotlights 10 hot titles waiting to be bought at Toronto. [Thompson on Hollywood]

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9/2 Web Round-up

Posted by · 9:37 am · September 2nd, 2009

• “A Serious Man,” a glossary. [Focus Features] • Peter Knegt writes up 10 things the fall fests could tell us about the awards season. [indieWIRE] • Julian Fellowes talks Robert Altman eight years after “Gosford Park,” bringing back memories (old school Oscar Central readers know). [The Wrap]

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Continuing the 3D debate

Posted by · 7:01 am · August 31st, 2009

Earlier this month, I wrote a piece detailing my wariness about the current 3D vogue amid the various claims being made that it will alter life (or at least cinema, which for many of us is the same thing) as we know it. Now, with “Avatar” Day having stoked anticipation for James Cameron’s purportedly “game-changing” […]

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The economics of 3D … and why I don’t care

Posted by · 6:36 pm · August 6th, 2009

I’m going to sound about three times my actual age for saying this, but I’ll say it anyway: I could not care less about 3D. I know it’s important, I know it’s fun, I know it’s the future. I know all this largely because almost 20 years ago, a group of cheery traveling 3D promoters […]

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