109 – Thor

So Thor was AMAZING!

No it wasn’t ’cause I didn’t get to fucking see it. Thor here is expressing my opinion for me. Even though the theater seemed to know beforehand, the projector showing the 2-D (real) version of Thor was broken, they still sold me tickets anyway, and then tried to “upgrade” me to the 3-D showing, which was going to be more crowded with idiot fucking asshole *****s that love 3-D. So fuck you, Regal Cinemas. I will use the free passes and refund you gave me later, bitches. Assfucks.


    • Jim Purcell on May 21, 2011 at 3:36 am

    I saw Thor Tuesday. My theater was only showing it in 3D in the evenings. Which I thought was super lame. But I watched it anyway, because I have not seen a live action movie in 3D. I was very disappointed for a couple of reasons; one, I wear glasses, so positioning the 3D glasses in front my face to get the right viewing window is a pain the ASS. Two, the 3D shades make everything darker, and Thor has a lot of night scenes. And three, the 3D didn’t add anything to the film really. A few panning CGI scenic shots get a good sense of depth, but everything with people looks like cardboard cut outs against scenes made up of cardboard cut outs.

    I saw Toy Story 3 in iMax3D, and thought their use of 3D was excellent. Everything had a wonderful sense of DEPTH, like the movie screen was a window and everything behind it spread out with lifelike depth. I hate movies that throw in things to ‘fly out at you’ (and Thor had quite a few of those), 3D is best used to create that sense of depth and thickness.

    BUT, the fucking glasses just ruin everything. The Nintendo 3DS is AMAZING in that its true 3D without the glasses. Its a marvel, and I expect some impressive technical achievement in the coming years. But it only goes to prove that if 3D is going to ever be more then a gimmick, it needs to be glasses free.

    But Thor the movie? Damn good. Like Iron Man good(not Iron Man 2, which was a HORRIBLE let down).

    • Eric on May 21, 2011 at 10:53 am

    I actually really enjoyed Iron Man 2.

    I’ve seen a handful of 3-D movies, and yeah, the glasses are awful, especially when you wear glasses. The best use of it I’ve experienced was Avatar, which was a goddawful movie, but was incredibly immersive and wonderfully done, visually. My Bloody Valentine was fun enough, since it was clearly just 3-D done for shock value. Green Hornet was ok, but it was a post-conversion and didn’t really add anything to it. I saw it for free and there was no choice to not see it in 3-D, but I definitely would have preferred the normal version.

    And then there’s Tron: Legacy. Not only was it not a good movie, but the 3-D was terrible. Black costumes on black backgrounds, the landscapes were flat, half of the time it wasn’t even in 3-D. I would take off the glasses and the movie would be normal.

    I’m done with 3-D. Movies have done pretty well without it for a very long time, and even continued to thrive after the first wave of 3-D back in the 50s.

    But yeah, Thor. I got to the theater at around 6:50 for a 7:20 show. Apparently they knew the projector had shut down at least 10 times during the previous showing, but they still sold tickets (also, while I would have missed some previews and not gotten a beverage, there was an additional 2-D showing that had started at 6:50 that I could have gone to). At around 7:13, the usher came into the theater to kick us all out and were going to “upgrade” us to the next 3-D showing. I’m stubbornly sticking to my “no 3-D” principle, plus my friend has something wrong with her eyes that she can’t watch a 3-D movie. All the glasses do is “flatten” it for her.

    I was pissed that I was inconvenienced and had wasted my time and money and I hate that they tried to tell me that 3-D was better anyway. They gave me a refund for the tickets and some free passes, but I had already spent 15 bucks on snacks and drinks since we weren’t going to get dinner until almost 10pm, so I think I mostly pissed about that money being flushed down the toilet.

    I dunno, I’m an idiot, and I threw a shit-fit and almost ruined my friend’s night due to my “principles”.

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