Thursday, April 09, 2015



If it's Thursday, it must be time for an all-new Fear of the Velvet Curtain over at Trailers from Hell, and this week we go all immersive in anticipation of the Blu-ray release this coming Tuesday of Jean-Luc Godard's magnificent Goodbye to Language:

"The movie is, of course, fundamentally experimental, and you can sense the sort of driving curiosity, and the irreverence with which Godard approaches dismantling the idea of 3D and reassembling it to his own purposes—it’s an approach which almost seems to be still being worked out in the finished film. I can’t think of another 3D movie that has been so consistently surprising in its use of the technology, or one in which the experience of seeing it in 3D actually lends meaning to that experience. (This will be a much different movie seen flat.)"

Godard's use of 3D is as unexpected as it is groundbreaking. And that got me thinking about other modern-era movies I felt were at the top of their game in the use of 3D, either as a true enhancement to the storytelling or as a glorious embrace of the format's down-and-dirty exploitation roots. So in addition to the Godard movie, you'll find a list of 10 movies I felt were memorable for their use of 3D, and no, none of them are named Avatar. 

Also, stay tuned for a look at Noir City 2015, which ramps up again tonight and continues at the American Cinematheque's Egyptian Theater in Hollywood, and a last goodbye to one of my personal heroes, the great American satirist Stan Freberg.

It's all in this week's unusually jam-packed edition of Fear of the Velvet Curtain now playing exclusively at Trailers from Hell.


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