Always trolling the caverns of the Memphis Flyer.
Did this author really use the word "sheeple"? My how clever you are, there's a tell-tale sign of hack snark if there ever was one. Just another example of Palin Derangement Syndrome. December won't be free of Palin, people in the "blogosphere" like Cheri love to bitch about her too much. Keep bleating along with the rest, hack.
Just don't see the James Cameron sequel. It's atrocious.
And I would say that discussing this trend the way you did seems silly in relation to Piranha 3D, with stuff like Alice in Wonderland, Clash of the Titans, and The Last Airbender, it is essentially Hollywood pouring perfume on a turd. Piranha, on the other hand, is completely earnest in what it is, and what it delivers. The movie knows exactly what it wants to be, and gives the audience what is promised, discussing the trend of 3D seems more suited to things like the previous films mentioned, or ones nominated for Oscars like Avatar. When movies in 3D start getting noms for Best Picture, that's when it really became a cause for concern.
I saw both The Expendables and Piranha 3D and was more happy to pay the extra to see Piranha, I felt cheated by the former. I'm an enormous Sly Stallone fan who loved Rocky Balboa and Rambo, but this movie felt cheap and clunky as though not a lot of thought went into it. Aside from a great bit involving Jason Statham, a plane, and a flare gun, it wasn't the tribute to eighties action it could've been. Piranha 3D is not a legitimately good film, but I had a blast seeing it in the theater, and while I'm no fan of 3D, this time it seemed to make the experience extra sleazy and more fun. The audience was hooting and hollering the whole time, I haven't had that much fun in the theater since I saw Drag Me To Hell with a packed house yelling at the screen. A movie like Alice in Wonderland has no right to be in 3D, but give me a goofy exploitation movie, 3D is just an added bonus. I dislike the way Hollywood shoves 3D down our throats just as much as you do, but this stuff is the kind of delicious junk food it was truly made for.
And I've seen the Joe Dante one. It's a lot of fun too, you should check it out.
It's laughable that Addison Engelking is using Piranha 3D as a platform to begin a discussion on the pitfalls of the saturation of 3D at the cinema, when talking about it in relation to retrofitted crap like Clash of the Titans or The Last Airbender would be more appropriate. Piranha 3D is a very tongue-in-cheek affair, it's knowingly sleazy and violent but it rarely winks at you the way a lot of throwback genre movies do (it gets the winking out of the way in the opening scene). Make no mistake, 3D is a gimmick that Hollywood sticks it in movies to up ticket prices and fight piracy at the same time, and often the films suffer for it. Since 3D is a gimmick, it can make movies like Piranha 3D more fun to see in the theater, after all, why not stack another element of exploitation on what is already an exploitation film. I saw it in a packed screening at the Paradiso and laughed along with everyone else every time we had to dodge vomit, guts, and severed body parts coming out at us. 3D enhances the collective experience for a silly movie like this one, whereas it just waters down films like Alice in Wonderland to create a lazier experience for the audience. If I were to tell you that there is one movie that is essential to see IN THE THEATER this summer, it would be this one. It's a shame Engelking is too busy uselessly using this film as a forum to contemplate the future of 3D to be in the joke.
That picture makes it look like Steve Cohen is fondling his own man-boobs.
I saw this version of the movie and I didn't find it to be very satisfying...it really felt edited down, like a highlight reel or something, with all of the action and money-shots left in and everything else scrapped. I would've loved to have seen the 5 1/2 hour version instead.
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