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I don't think anyone's gonna drink this Kool-Aid [Sep. 29th, 2010|03:22 pm]
If only:

1.) I'd taken the 3-D is the awesomest awesome ever pill; and

2.) If it weren't Star Wars

then George Lucas' plan to improve the technology of refitting 2-D movies to 3-D might actually be something I could anticipate with glee.

You see, George Lucas has devolved into a terrible filmmaker. But he is still a technical visionary who is the power behind Industrial Light and Magic, and ILM's innovations have changed the face of movies many times. WETA is giving them a run for their money now, but WETA acknowledges that it stands on the shoulders of the genius of ILM.

So if anyone can figure out how to retrofit 2-D movies to brilliant 3-D extravaganzas - instead of the reportedly dark and murky mess of the 3-D version of Last Airbender - then ILM is who I'd trust with that project.

But that brings me back to my first two points: I'm not convinced that 3-D is All That; and why does it have to be Star Wars?

I'm done, George. You got me to buy in one last time when you released the Original Holy Trilogy as an extra to the "pratfalls and farts" Special Edition. But I'm not buying them again, and I'm not going to see them in the theater again.

Not even to have an X-Wing fly right at my head.


Though that would be cool....

[User Picture]From: candiedheart
2010-09-29 07:35 pm (UTC)
I would've gone to see them again if it wasn't a re-release in 3-D. I'm tired of 3-D. It gives me a headache.

Even if he is going to make retrofitting 2-D amazing, it just doesn't make me want to shell out an extra $3.00 per movie (I think that's what it is here) to see something I've seen on the big screen again, but with bulky glasses and tylenol.
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[User Picture]From: smartlikeatruck
2010-09-29 08:11 pm (UTC)
Gives me headaches too.

Also, I remain far more impressified by the vaseline and puppets used in the original trilogy than by the (admittedly keen) blue CG people of Avatar.
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From: (Anonymous)
2010-09-29 07:43 pm (UTC)
Aaaargh! Somebody needs to get this man a hobby that doesn't involve fucking with my childhood.

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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-09-30 01:10 am (UTC)
Welcome to the club.
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[User Picture]From: kenp_v3
2010-09-29 08:25 pm (UTC)
Hmm, I'm of two minds about this.

One is that I'm not so sure I can pass up the opportunity to see Star Wars in the theaters again. At least not the original trilogy and perhaps Episode III.

The other is that I'm just not that into 3-D and seeing movies in 3-D is expensive. I didn't even see Avatar in 3-D. The only movie I've seen in 3-D is Toy Story 3, but that's because a friend talked me into it. I doubt the 3-D had any effect on how much I enjoyed it.

So I'll probably skip Episode I and see how I feel after that.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-09-30 01:16 am (UTC)
If I was going to see Star Wars, yeah. But it's going to be the SE. And that's just sad.

3D has not impressed me except Avatar. I thought its depth was amazing (it was the only depth it had).
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[User Picture]From: zhent
2010-09-29 08:37 pm (UTC)
As I have discovered recently there seems to be an entire generation that hasn't been exposed to the original trilogy in any incarnation. Perhaps that's his market? I know it's not us old fans who have purchased three copies of them and now refuse as we've spent that money.
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[User Picture]From: kenp_v3
2010-09-29 10:13 pm (UTC)
As I have discovered recently there seems to be an entire generation that hasn't been exposed to the original trilogy in any incarnation.

Which is just a sign that I must be getting old. Because I can so clearly remember that was the pitch to my generation when the special editions came out in 1997.

Maybe people with kids can answer this question: does Star Wars still resonate with young people like it used to? It seems like it must. Last time I checked Toys R Us still sells as many Star Wars toys as they did when I was a teenager. My little cousin enjoys the Clone Wars cartoons. Has Lucas managed to create a self-sustaining franchise that will grab every up and coming generation, even at the expense of the previous generations? If so then perhaps I don't give Lucas enough credit. I can't think of any other film franchise that has managed to do that.
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[User Picture]From: xpioti
2010-09-29 08:40 pm (UTC)
I'm kinda jealous; I can't see 3D. My eyes usually don't focus at the proper focal length for it to work for me. Those stereostopic images that were so popular in the late 80s, where you hold them close to your face and let your eyes de-focus? I can't see those either.

I haven't tried old-school, blue-green-glasses 3D, actually; that I might be able to see.
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[User Picture]From: mariadkins
2010-09-30 12:04 am (UTC)
i'm too far blind for 3-d to work for me. i can't even do those "magic picture" things - all i ever see are squiggles, if i make it that far.
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[User Picture]From: darthfox
2010-09-29 09:03 pm (UTC)
I'm right with you - 3D gives me a headache and I'd just as soon George left Star Wars well enough alone already. But alas there are many people who will drink the Kool-Aid, because as far as they're concerned the great Lucas is a (or the) prophet and anything he says or does is infallible because he's the one who said or did it. (Otherwise reasonable people, even! ... I guess we all have our weaknesses.)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-09-30 01:20 am (UTC)
There are fewer and fewer.
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[User Picture]From: sestree
2010-09-29 11:19 pm (UTC)
Thank you for acknowledging ILM. It's easy to forget with the abysmal dialogue that shows up in the prequels, just what the original Star Wars did. It was something many of us hadn't seen before.

I know many people don't like the computer generated stuff in his recent offerings either but IMHO it came together on Revenge of the Sith. The scenes with order 66 couldn't have worked as well without it. If only he wouldn't write dialogue.

Still...3D? dunno. I haven't seen a 3D since sometime back in the 70s. I wasn't that impressed.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-09-30 01:27 am (UTC)
I love the original trilogy, and think it's important to acknowledge the 30 years of innovation that ILM has brought us. But I still think the prequels shouldn't have been made, at least not by George.

I've seen a number of 3D movies, and they look good, but I'm not sure they really gain anything for the most part.
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[User Picture]From: mariadkins
2010-09-30 12:05 am (UTC)
george lucas needs shot.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-09-30 01:30 am (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: meyerweb.com
2010-09-30 02:18 pm (UTC)
In semi-fairness to "The Last Airbender", pretty much every 3D movie I've seen recently has been optically dim and muddled, even when one's eyes resolve the 3D effect. (Note: I did not see "Avatar".) I would've been far happier to have seen the 2D versions of "How to Train Your Dragon" and "Toy Story 3" rather than squinting and straining to see the 3D versions.

Now, as for the dim and muddled nature of the story, acting, and overall quality... well, I don't think we can blame the 3D process for that.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-09-30 06:14 pm (UTC)
As I said, I haven't drunk the 3D Koolaid, either. I'll opt for 2D when available.
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[User Picture]From: kmg_365
2010-09-30 11:14 pm (UTC)
Remember when they were wrapping Episode III and George said he was going to make movies for him? Movies no one else would probably see?

What happened to that promise?
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-10-01 01:01 am (UTC)
Well, they're not new movies.....
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[User Picture]From: dandelion_diva
2010-10-01 04:59 am (UTC)
Yep. That's pretty much how I feel about the whole thing.
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