March 02, 2004 - 12:37 a.m.|
Three Days of 3-D
Well, I promised you folks I’d do some entries on comics, science fiction and role-playing games, and I’m working on it, promise! This entry has a little about Sci-Fi, so we’re getting there.
I started writing a blog entry on comics on Monday, Feb. 23, but doing it has grown to be quite the monster. I’m linking to references like crazy, which is slowing me down, I finally decided to wait till it’s finished to research and input all of my links, so I’m making better progress. Hate to get your hopes up, after all this is no great masterpiece I’m crafting, just a long blog entry, but part of what is slowing me down is the way I imposed some silliness into the structure of my narrative, and I’m still not sure if I can get it all to work. We’ll see, friends, we’ll see!
Because it is such a huge undertaking, I find myself interrupting this blogging with other, more postable blogs! Sort of like this…
3-D Film Festival Highlights
The most thoughtful present I received for Christmas was also the most eclectic, my friends Jeff and Dori got me tickets to Big Screen Classics’ 3 Days of 3-D Film Festival in Suffern, NY. The Lafayette Theatre, host of the event, is a spacious, beautifully restored 1920’s era (I think, correct me if you know more) movie house featuring a curtained silver screen, ornate plasterwork on walls and ceiling, front and side balconies, it’s picture perfect!
What better place to see original polarized 3-D movies (twin-projector method with clear polarized glasses, not to be confused with the inferior single projector style featuring red & blue glasses) than the first theater in the region to be equipped with 3-D projectors in the 1950’s?
The bill had ten features plus 3-D shorts, many of which haven’t been seen in this format on the East Coast since the 1950’s; some of the shorts have never been seen east of Hollywood! I was lucky enough to see three of the ten features. I’ll go into more detail after giving you the batting lineup!
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 27
10:00 pm - MISS SADIE THOMPSON
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 28
3:00 pm - GUN FURY Short subject: Down the Hatch with Harry Mimmo
7:00 pm - CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON
10:00 pm - Alfred Hitchcock's DIAL "M" FOR MURDER
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 29
3:00 pm - INFERNO
7:00 pm - KISS ME KATE
10:00 pm - IT CAME FROM OUTER SPACE
I got to see three features, House of Wax with Casper the Friendly Ghost in Boo Moon, Early, Rare, 3-D Test Footage, plus a Bonus Reel of 3-D effects from 1928 used to demonstrate 3-D technology to the studios! Gorilla At Large with The Three Stooges in Spooks and It Came From Outer Space with The Adventures of Sam Space. Here are my mini-reviews of each segment, in the order viewed.
Bonus Reel of 3-D effects from 1928
Early, Rare, 3-D Test Footage
Casper the Friendly Ghost in Boo Moon
House of Wax
The Three Stooges in Spooks
Gorilla At Large
What a cast, though! Cameron Mitchell, Anne Bancroft, Raymond Burr and a young Lee Marvin as Shaughnessy, The Comic Relief Cop! Yeah, as if a movie with dueling gorilla suits even needs comic relief! This was a lot of fun, though, even if there weren’t that many 3-D “wow’ moments.
The Adventures of Sam Space.
Basically, in the far-flung future of 2001 two precocious kids (Sam and I-Forget-His-Name) are digging for worms when they unearth a time capsule from the 1980’s! Bringing the time capsule to The Professor (of course! ) simply serves as a quickie plot device to explain how our alliance with another planet saved us from a sneak attack by alien conquerors from “The Space Island.”
Just then (you see it coming, don’t you? ) The Professor receives a transmission from our Alien Allies (wish I could remember their name) that says our allies are about to be attacked by The Space Island! The Professor, his 2 boy wonders, plus the trusty robot given to them by the Alien Allies years before, hop into their rocket and blast off to the rescue! They encounter and easily defeat the red flying saucer from The Space Island in a space battle that reminds me of Luke and Han’s first firefight with the Empire’s Tie Fighters in the first Star Wars!
They then show up on the alien planet, receive accolades, end of movie. Painful fun!!!
It Came From Outer Space
Big Screen Classics promises to run another 3-D Film Festival in the fall, and I will give a shout here when I find out more details. Folks, I don’t care where you’re from, this is worth flying in for!