The one nice thing about getting older is when you start to see things that will eventually be commonplace but make no sense to you now you can at least be relieved about the fact that you will probably dead by the time you would need to understand them. Good luck with whatever the hell this is, kids.
In honor of today's 3D release of The Phantom Menace, Wired has re-released their 1999 review of that film, also in GLORIOUS, EPIC 3-D. Were we ever this young How could George Lucas possibly botch the most anticipated film in history? Three words: annoying alien sidekick.
Say what you will about extremely rich man George Lucas… because he is extremely rich and will ignore what you say anyway.
3D TV is going to be great for everyone, excepting children, pregnant women, old people, tired people, people with serious medical conditions, those with poor eyes, and drunks. If you're not a member of any of those groups, sitting on your ass and doing nothing is about to get a whole lot more exciting!
1. “THE CASE IS CLOSED”
“For general use the single-tone [black-and-white] pictures will enormously prevail." — Rupert Hughes, screenwriter, 1923
“[Sound film] is an exhausted toy, ready to be cast aside.”—David Belasco, playwright, 1930
“Television won't last. It's a flash in the pan.”—Mary Somerville, radio broadcaster, 1948
Roger Ebert knows that 3D movies just don’t work—and they never will. This past January, he wrote: “The notion that we are asked to pay a premium to witness an inferior and inherently brain-confusing image is outrageous. The case is closed.”
As Exhibit A in support of this verdict, Ebert furnished a letter from Walter Murch, the acclaimed editor of The [...]
"Insiders say," as these sorts of items always begin on Deadline, this one describing how Paramount said "WHY NOT?" to Jackass 3: Now With 3D or whatever it's called, "some of the footage displayed how Steve-O, Johnny Knoxville and cohorts doing their usual pratfalls, but the stunt that really won the day was called 'The Heli-cockter.' One of the Jackass crew-I believe it was 'Party Boy' Chris Pontius-tethered a remote control-operated helicopter to his penis, and sat there grinning as the copter swung in circles, flying out at the spectacle-wearing Paramount executives who green lit the film." From the best comment ever on that site: "The only rule these [...]