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Roger Ebert Hates 3-D movies, Does Arthur C. Clarke's Wisdom Apply?

"If an elderly but distinguished scientist says that something is possible, he is almost certainly right but if he says that it is impossible, he is very probably wrong." — Arthur C. Clarke

Roger Ebert, one the best and most prolific film critics in America, hates 3-D and thinks you should too, as he explains here in Newsweek. Below are his bullet points which he fleshes out in his article.

1. IT'S THE WASTE OF A DIMENSION

2. IT ADDS NOTHING TO THE EXPERIENCE

3. IT CAN BE A DISTRACTION

4. IT CAN CREATE NAUSEA AND HEADACHES

5. HAVE YOU NOTICED THAT 3-D SEEMS A LITTLE DIM?
6. THERE'S MONEY TO BE MADE IN SELLING NEW DIGITAL PROJECTORS

7. THEATERS SLAP ON A SURCHARGE OF $5 TO $7.50 FOR 3-D

8. I CANNOT IMAGINE 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.

Reasons 1 through 3 are his opinion.

Number 4 is true, but seriously affects only a tiny portion of the film-going audience.

Number 5 is also true, but is a technical issue which can be overcome.

Numbers 6 and 7 leave me shocked, absolutely shocked to learn that Hollywood is all about business, not art. When did that happen? Why was I not informed?

Number 8 is, once again, his opinion.

Number 9 is an historical fact. But does Ebert think we should roll back technology to the days of hand-cranked, black and white silent film cameras? Is he seriously against stereo sound, color and widescreen formats?

Number 10. Couldn't he come up with one more reason for an even 10?

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