Roger Ebert tells Newsweek why he thinks 3D stinks!

Roger Ebert has always been the guy willing to give a thumbs down.

After seeing KICK-ASS, Ebert didn't care for it. He had no clue how an 11 year old could have no remorse for killing others. A lot of people did not agree with his viewpoint.

This time, you might agree with this one.

Ebert wrote an article for Newsweek titled, "Why I hate 3-D (And You Should Too)". This is how his article opens:

"3-D is a waste of a perfectly good dimension. Hollywood's current crazy stampede toward it is suicidal. It adds nothing essential to the moviegoing experience. For some, it is an annoying distraction. For others, it creates nausea and headaches."

Here are the nine reasons given as to why you should hate 3-D (if you don't already). Some are already mentioned in the opening:

1.) It's the waste of a dimension.

2.) It adds nothing to the experience.

3.) It can be a distraction.

4.) It can cause nausea and headaches.

5.) Have you noticed that 3-D seems a little dim?

6.) There's money to be made in selling digital projectors.

7.) Theaters slap on a surcharge of $5 to $7.50 for 3-D.

8.) I cannot imagine in a serious drama, such as UP IN THE AIR or THE HURT LOCKER, in 3-D.

9.) Whenever Hollywood has felt threatened, it has turned to technology: sound, color, widescreen, cinerama, 3-D stereophonic sound, and now 3-D again.

Of course someone had a rebuttal. Devin Coldewey of CrunchGear debates from a tech perspective each of the reasons given by Ebert. Coldeway's introduction: "Roger Ebert. I love the guy, but love can be complicated. I respect and admire so much about him, from his honest take on movies to his courageous embrace of technology to replace his voice, that I feel obligated to give anything he says a fair shake. But his recent dismissal of games as art, and this attack on 3D cinema, demonstrate a curmudgeonly side of him that I wasn’t aware of (I’m well aware of my own)."

Both articles are fairly long, so head here for Ebert's write-up. Then head here for Coldewey's rebuttal.

Extra Tidbit: So who are you with?
Source: NewsweekCrunchGear



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