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Date: Jan 23 2013

Themes: Pop Culture

Grammar: Comparatives and Superlatives

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The movie industry is in trouble these days. With online movie-viewing and illegal downloading on the rise, it’s not a surprise that the movie business is trying to figure out a way to keep people coming in to the theater. One strategy they’ve been pushing hard over the last few years is 3D.

But have they been pushing it too hard? Sure, 3D effects are cool for certain movies with cool effects, like Avatar or Coraline. But do we really need 3D versions of dramas, like Titanic, or family movies, like The Smurfs? Hear what Jason and Mason think in this movies English lesson.

如今,整个电影行业境遇堪忧。由于在线观看电影和非法下载人数不断攀升,难怪电影公司不得不想方设法吸引观众走进电影院。其中一种策略就是,过去几年电影公司一直极力推崇的 3D 技术。

但是否有些过头?诚然,某些电影(例如《阿凡达》(Avatar) 和《鬼妈妈》(Coraline))的 3D 特效非常棒,播放效果异常炫目。但是,我们是否真的需要 3D 版的故事片(例如《泰坦尼克》(Titanic))或家庭电影(例如《蓝精灵》(The Smurfs))?在这节电影英语课上,听听詹森和梅森的想法。

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Jason:  I’ve seen some 3D movies that were awesome. Avatar...

Mason:  Yup.

Jason:  But why is every movie in 3D now?

Mason:  It’s a gimmick, at the end of the day. I think the movie industry is looking for an excuse to not only get people out to theaters, but charge more to be in those theaters. And it’s tough because there are definitely some films where the 3D experience is awesome. Avatar, you said, I think Coraline was another one that was just an amazing thing to see in 3D. I heard that Hugo was great in 3D, which I wouldn’t have thought necessarily.

Jason:  Cool.

Mason:  But by and large, most of it is kind of added as an afterthought.

Jason:  Yeah, like they re-released Titanic in 3D.

Mason:  Right. That’s where you automatically don’t go see it, if it’s a re-release in 3D. That’s the easy one.

Jason:  I actually saw it, but it didn’t…

Mason:  You saw it?

Jason:  It didn’t enhance the movie.

Mason:  Did the ship sink more epically?

Jason:  No! That’s kind of not the point of that movie, which is what’s so strange to me about it being in 3D.

Mason:  Huh.

Jason:  Maybe we can start a back-to-2D movement.

Mason:  What would we call it?

Jason:  2D for me.

Mason:  Yeah. Stay flat, man.

 

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Jason wonders why so many movies these days are coming out in 3D. Mason thinks it’s basically just a way to get people into the theaters and make money.

Mason and Jason agree that some movies are really cool in 3D. These are movies that are really made to be seen that way, like Avatar or Coraline. What’s strange is when a movie that was originally 2D gets re-released in a 3D version, like Titanic. Jason saw the 3D version, but didn’t think the 3D did anything special.

Jason jokes that maybe he and Mason could start a “back to 2D” club. In their club they’d appreciate the old-time, “flat” versions of movies.

What do you think about the fact that so many movies are getting released in 3D? Do you think it’s good for movies, or just a gimmick? What’s the best 3D movie you’ve ever seen?

 

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kukuka

kukuka

Ukraine

I agree with the guys. In many cases a 3D version of a movie is just a way to attrcat more viewrs and earn more money. Yet some 3ds are quite good. One of them is with Jeff Bridges starring (can’t really remember the name), about a computer game and some cyber world created in that game by Jeff’s character.

08:45 PM Jan 28 2013 |

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niyooshar

niyooshar

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

I like 3d movie so buch.its so excited!

04:48 PM Jan 25 2013 |

margaralo

Colombia

I Saw 3D movie in Disney. The efects were magicals. I like so much.


03:57 AM Jan 25 2013 |

princessanika

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

i never try the movies in this Tv but i’m sure it’s fantastic and has a very amazing feel:)

04:46 PM Jan 24 2013 |

yuminaga

yuminagaSuper Member!

China

the life of pie is the best movie i hv ever seen

09:48 PM Jan 23 2013 |

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Whisper of Hearts

Egypt

Ilike watching films by this way so  much

08:10 PM Jan 23 2013 |

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ola33

ola33

Japan

Just remembered being in Disney Park, (Epcot). There’s one of the documentaries we went ...Oh, my God – if you guys have never flown before, go for it. It’s so fantastic. I was flying in my full-fledged 40s! It gives you an experience that you will never get in you life and it looks so real!

06:59 PM Jan 23 2013 |

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vinayaji

vinayaji

India

I saw one 3D movie with my kid ( it was for kids) so i enjoyed it :) 


Don’t have an idea about normal movies!

06:52 PM Jan 23 2013 |

ola33

ola33

Japan

Well, I like that gimmick to make the movies more popular. It’s worth it! It just enhances the entertainment you’re getting sitting at the theatre. There’s no one in front blocking your view, you have the wide screen in front of you no matter where you’re sitting, the sound is so precise that you can hear a pin drop. You’re totally lost in time and space experiencing with the actors, partcipating with them, almost touching them – you’re among them! I just love it! Right, some movies in 3D is not that cool idea to release like I wouldn’t have gone to Hugo in 3D as well. But Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunter I can’t wait to watch. It’s coming soon on the sreens and in 3D!!!

06:30 PM Jan 23 2013 |

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Mahtab.bp

Mahtab.bp

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

HaHa!


Yes julito!


But I felt his breath on the back of my neck then I’m a surviver now! :))

12:15 PM Jan 23 2013 |

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 julito

julito

Argentina

 Mahtab,  and you still were  lucky that  Dracula´s fangs  were not on your  throat sucking out your blood…... jejejeje!!!

12:06 PM Jan 23 2013 |

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Irene Forever

Ukraine

Julito, right. Don’t take any risk to be disappointed with the modern technology that can make us deaf easily.:)


By the way I love black sugar free coffee . So we can watch a movie enjoying our company as the advantages will  definitely outweigh the risks. Don’t you think so?:)

12:01 PM Jan 23 2013 |

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Mahtab.bp

Mahtab.bp

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

I have watched the short 3D animation with my friends few times!


It was great when we screamed because we felt we are falling down or our seats moved fast and hard!


But I’ll never forget when my face was wet with Dracula sneeze!!:))

11:58 AM Jan 23 2013 |

Daisymeng

China

I like 3D movies very much.

11:19 AM Jan 23 2013 |

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konstantin cherta s dva

Russian Federation


By any large, I don’t mind against 3D movies. But there are some moments that a bit disappoint me about 3D films. First is that 3D-glasses absorb some part of light, so the picture becomes noticeably darker, I don’t like such effect . Another thing is that than more time passed while you watching the movie than less you notice 3D effect, you kind of get used to it, so it is not so exciting anymore.


10:56 AM Jan 23 2013 |

MESS

MESS

Turkey

I think 3D movies are fun for kids. Also, I agree with Mason. It is a way to make more money because 3D movies seem interesting and a new kind of technology. What is new always gets more attention at first, so that’s the main reason why 3D movies are on the front burner these days.


I personally prefer enjoying a movie at home with a cup of sugar free coffee and maybe, some yummy cookies on my favorite sofa but it always seems more fun to enjoy a movie at night when it is completely dark, not like dark when you turn off the lights. I mean really dark when the sun goes down and darkness descends. :)


Ali Sadeghi

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

I don’t like 3D Movies.

09:53 AM Jan 23 2013 |

 julito

julito

Argentina

I haven´t so far seen a 3D movie , I am afraid that – as Irene – I wouldn´t be comfortable  with  this  visual breakthrough technology. Moreover, I am not deaf , therefore  the blasting speakers   also  irritates me. Irene, decaf for me, no sugar .:))))) 

Irene Forever

Ukraine

I’m not so much into 3D movies. I have seen a few of them, and they were impressive because of the effects, but not coz of  their plots. Becides, my eyes were tired.


Actually, I don’t like watching movies at the cinemas , and the main reason is  incredibly loud sound. I prefer doing it at home sitting comfortably on the couch. What irritates me a lot is people who eating popcorn or something else beside me while I’m at the cinema. I feel I’m in the canteen.


So I am not a cinema goer at all. I’m rather a stay-at-home with a cup of cofee  nicely settled in my hands.:)

Wielomian

Wielomian

Poland

First of all, we have 21 th century, so everything should be different than some years ago. We are different people because of technology and as people of computer science era we want something else from normal things including cinemas. We can now sufr the internet, listen to the music, read a book and talk with somebody in the same time. We are not able to just do one thing. This is why we always listen to music in buses and trams, because we are bored without it. We get used to fast life and it’s normal that many things are happened around us. If not, our senses are not satisfied. So cinemas have to create 3D movies in order to make us happy and in order to satisfy our sense. This is why we not only have 3D movies, but even 5D and more. 


In my point of view there are two film types:


- movies with outstanding plot, which we can watch on DVD for example


- movies with 3D effects, which we have to see in cinema in order to feel these effect on whole body


Many of movies are created for effects, in order to show what technology can now and in order to shock an audience. But (and it is sad) decreasingly number of movies are made in order to think about it and have some deep afterthoughts after watching it.

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