3D Week

It is funny how people say 3D was a gimmick that wouldn’t last. Although they are kind of right with 3D TV’s being out of market and fewer and fewer 3D films get released, remember that stereoscopic images was introduced over 100 years old, so it is a gimmick that has been around for a while now. I still think 3D is highly effective when done right, but horribly distracting when done wrong.

In the Line of Fire (1993)
The week started off with an action thriller starring the always squinting Clint Eastwood. Me and a friend watched it together and we tried to figure out why on earth this was nominated for best screenplay. We concluded that the movie is an old white male fantasy scenario. Clint Eastwood is an elderly, who saves the day and get the way younger girl in the end. Perfect for all the oldies in the academy. Mystery solved.
Nominated for best actor in a supporting role (John Malkovich), best original screenplay and best film editing.

Audioscopiks (1935)
This is basicly a demostration of early use of 3D, with really dated commentary on top. I watched this with good old anaglyph 3D-glasses that was a strain on the eyes. Good this it was a short film. Some of the scenes in this I had seen before on the great 3D Rarities that is available on blu-ray.
Nominated for best short subject – novelty.

Miss Sadie Thompson (1953)
I love seeing vintage 3D films with newer 3D technology, although this really did not need to be shot in 3D. But it was 1953, 3D’s biggest year, and Rita Hayworth in 3 dimensions is quite the selling point. It was almost a good film if it had not been for a really out of place ending that didn’t suit any of the things that had happen to that point. But it was a ending fitting the formula of the times. Too bad.
Nominated for best song “Sadie Thompson’s Song (Blue Pacific Blues)”.

Their Own Desire (1929)
I had to go away for some days so I loaded up my iPad with some old, shorter feature films, so I could still watch films on the go. Worked like a charm. I enjoyed this quite a bit. I found the overly dramatic nature of the film suiting of the young and spontaneous leads, so it was all good, even though it probably wasn’t on purpose.
Nominated for best actress in a leading role (Norma Shearer).

The Letter (1929)
This is the most drunken movie I have seen. The camera man doesn’t know where to point the camera half of the time, the editing is bizarre and Jeanne Eagels seems to be having a hard time keeping her balance. Very fascinating in that regard, but also very boring.
Nominated for best actress in a leading role (Jeanne Eagels).

Min and Bill (1930)
I enjoyed this a great deal. Sad without being too dramatic, funny without being over the top, has setup and payoffs and great performances overall. The seaport setting also helped with a great atmosphere.
Winner of best actress in a leading role (Marie Dressler).

One Way Passage (1932)
Totally mesmerizing chemistry between the two main stars, William Powell and Kay Francis. I really enjoyed the premise and the setting. Perfectly paced and with fitting humour to lighten the otherwise depressing themes. Very nice and bittersweet.
Winner of best writing-original story.

Bolt (2008)
This was the last computer animated film from Disney before they found its footing with Tangled and the incredibly expensive software that made computer animated films look like they do today. Bolt does not look good, and it feels uninspired. I just wanted it to end, not because it is horrible or anything. It’s just painfully bland. The 3D also felt like an afterthought, not surprisingly since it was made just at the dawn of the latest 3D craze.
Nominated for best animated feature film.

The Lady and the Reaper (2009)
This is supposedly the very first Spanish 3D film. Great premise drowned in a tedious action chase segment. Disappointing, but mostly because it has a very promising start.
Nominated for best animated short film.

Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011)
Sweet and funny, and often very creative, although not very well told story. But I had a good time watching it regardless. Great cast and very entertaining use of 3D.
Nominated for best animated feature film.

Rio (2011)
I expected this to be in the same wein as Trolls or other exhausting sub-par animated films. But it was not that bad. It is colorful and light without being annoying, but still very by the numbers and not very creative or clever (except the bird warming itself on the traffic light). Tracy Morgan basically playing himself as a bulldog is pretty fun. The 3D does not add a whole lot, but it is nice during some of the flight scenes.
Nominated for best original song “Real in Rio”.

I still have Puss in Boots (2011), Monster House (2006) and Hondo (1953) left to have seen all the oscar nominated 3D films (as far as I know), but that will have to wait to another time.

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