Friday, April 29, 2011

An Honorable Use of 3D

Oh if only this 3D craze would just die already! It's a gimmick, it isn't the future of cinema and in a few years we'll all be watching "I Love the 2000s" and laughing at how silly we all were. You don't need to see The Great Gatsby in 3D! 

That being said, there are some filmmakers out there who could potentially do interesting things with 3D. Jackass 3D was fascinating for it's use of cutting-edge technology to document such crudely simple gags and I cannot wait to see what Martin Scorsese accomplishes on Hugo Cabret

Another artist who I am intrigued to see work in 3D, is Japanese wild-man Takashi Miike, who will be debuting his remake of Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai at the upcoming Cannes Film Festival.

The fact that Miike seems to have mellowed in recent years actually makes his decision to use the format all the more interesting. His earlier films like Ichi The Killer and Dead or Alive were so relentless that use of 3D would likely turn your brain to Jell-O. But as evidenced by this teaser trailer, Hara-Kiri seems to be a film content to take its' time. 

Ideally this will mean action sequences that are much more visceral, because they have been earned through slow build-up. A good Samurai film is one that takes its' time finding the perfect moment to STRIKE! This should also be used as a guiding principle for 3D filmmakers. Not everything needs to be a peak. Sometimes you need valleys.

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