Sunday, May 2, 2010


I rarely agree with Roger Ebert's reviews. Sure, sometimes he hits the nail on the head but too often he recommends a terrible film. I've never forgiven him for Sgt. Bilko. (That goes for you too, Steve Martin.)

But Ebert has written an article, "Why I Hate 3-D", and I couldn't agree more. I recently saw Clash of the Titans in 3D and, besides being a horrible movie, I hated the entire experience of watching it in 3-D.

Roger Ebert puts it best:

3-D is a waste of a perfectly good dimension. Hollywood's current crazy stampede
toward it is suicidal. It adds nothing essential to the moviegoing experience.
For some, it is an annoying distraction. For others, it creates nausea and
headaches. It is driven largely to sell expensive projection equipment and add a
$5 to $7.50 surcharge on already expensive movie tickets. Its image is
noticeably darker than standard 2-D. It is unsuitable for grown-up films of any
seriousness. It limits the freedom of directors to make films as they choose.
For moviegoers in the PG-13 and R ranges, it only rarely provides an experience
worth paying a premium for.

Click over to Newsweek to read the entire article. Meanwhile, if you see Roger Ebert, tell him he owes me $5.00 for Sgt. Bilko.


Stan Gilbert said...

Right on, as usual Keith-o. But just so you don't think there aren't other opinions out there, check out this guy who maintains that Ebert's comment disqualifies him from being a movie critic.

K and S said...

Well, this guy isn't interested in films of adult material. And by "adult material" I don't mean pornography. I refer to quality movies that are more than popcorn blockbusters that rely on explosions instead of dialogue. Could the Accidental Tourist benefit by being shown in 3-D? Of course not. 3-D has been and will continue to be a gimmick. Jim states, "I am just a simple movie blogger" and the word "simple" couldn't be more obvious. He should try focusing on movies with something to say instead of a rehash of Pocahontas.

Tim said...

I absolutely hate 3-D and I also hate that it seems that Disney and Pixar think that a movie is best in 3-D...yes it is maybe ok occasionally for an old B-movie or something, but I absolutely hate it! I agree!

K and S said...

It's a fad and won't last long. It didn't last long in the 50's and it won't last long this time either.

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