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3D Movies
3D Movies
3D 电影

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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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i think the out of 3D movies are not only to get ppl back to theaters, given the movie business an excuse to charge us more , it’s also an act of coming up with time and tech. nowadays every business industry need to come up new ideas and new products in order to suit for in this ever changing markets …




I watched a short 3D movie in a fun park. My wife tried to catch some bubbles and were afraid of falling rocks … seemed to be like reality but not to me, because I am not able to see in 3D :))

But I can imagine, these will become a standard in theaters and I am sure, in near future the spectacles will not be necessary anymore.

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