Theater or Renter: Captain America: The First Avenger

Captain America: The First Avenger hits theaters July 22nd raising the question:  will I watch it in the theater, rent it, or don't even care?  Before making that decision lets watch the trailer above.

I will probably see this in the theater mainly for the awesome cast.  There are many concerns over the look epsically for Captain America who looks more like a plastic action figure in the trailers.  I suspect this is due to the studios foolish choice of making 3D special by making everything look wierd in 2D.  This is one of the major flaws that hurt Green Lantern and will probably be a big problem with Captain America as well.  

The film tells the story of Steve Rogers, a sickly man from Brooklyn who is transformed into super soldier Captain America to help the war effort. However, Captain America must stop Red Skull, Adolf Hitler's ruthless head of weaponry and leader of a terrorist organization, who intends to use a mysterious tesseract energy-source for world domination. (via Wikipedia)


Concerns For Alien in 3D

There are plans to do an Alien remake in the 3D format and to make it a trilogy.  I loved the Alien movies they are a brilliant example of good horror.  This remake project brings great concerns.

Will James Cameron return to the project?  This is an important question.  He was so involved with the movies starting with his writing on the first Alien movie.

The gimmick concern.  The studios are going nuts over making movies in 3D as a gimmick to lure people into the theaters to watch movies.  This creates problems since not all theaters can handle 3D.  Thus if the movie is not shot with care it appears distorted and becomes troublesome to watch in non 3D.  I also find it offensive that the studios would take such a flagrantly lazy approach to create desire in watching movies in the theater.  Generally I find putting out movies that have good writing, storylines, and aren’t just throwaway media will make me want to go watch it in the theater.

One of the things that makes the Alien movies work so well as horror and to still appear fairly current even 30 years latter is that they don’t show too much and they use the real when they can for the effects.  Modern movies, especially those for 3D, tend to show too much moving from a terrifying scene toward the grotesque desensitizing the audience.

(via SCI FI Wire)

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Does 3D really enhance your movie experience?

A 16 mm spring-wound Bolex camera. Image via Wikipedia

After reading about Warner Bros. latest gimmick to get people to watch movies in the theater.  I started to wonder does 3D really enhance your movie experience?

Warner Bros. is Converting  Clash of the Titans and Harry Potter to 3D.  They will be released in 2D and 3D simultaneously.

“We are experienced and have been successful in the conversion of 2D to 3D going back to such hits as The Polar Express, select scenes in Superman Returns and the last two Harry Potter films.” (via /Film)

I get that the studios want us to believe that 3D is the next great thing because it pushes the importance of going to the theater to watch a movie.

My problem is that no matter how visually stimulating a movie is if the story and acting are terrible, abusive, or just empty then what is the point.  I can only hope that the studios are spending as much money, time and effort to fix those issues with movies as well.

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