Day Three Hundred Thirty-two:

Air Hockey at the movies…

While waiting for the movie Tangled to start, Kate and her buddy Marlee (out of camera) played a mean game of Air Hockey.

This was an afternoon with the Dads as Marlee and her Dad Jeff joined us for the movie.

At first I was a bit hesitant seeing the movie in 3D.  Boy was I wrong to be hesitant.

What an amazing experience — beautifully executed and the 3D was perfect — and the movie was funny and tender…It reminded me a bit of the feeling of  “Up” and now I wish I had seen that in 3D.

I used to think it was kind of a gimmick.  And perhaps for some movies it is, but while I was sitting there watching it, I couldn’t help but think that I had witnessed a bit of a watershed event (though some would say that happened with Avatar) but I really think that 3D will eventually be how we view many if not most of our movies in the future.  And because of the size of the screen, the experience — and of course the popcorn — it may help keep theaters viable for quite a while.

And Kate loved the story.  As I was watching it I couldn’t help but think of my Mom who back in 1939 sat in a movie theater in Philadelphia and watched “The Wizard of Oz”.  Disappointed that the first part of the movie was in b & w, she went up to the usher and wanted her money back because the movie wasn’t in color.  The usher chuckled and sent her back to her seat, telling her to be patient, the color was coming up.

And of course, the color on that movie was simply profound and perhaps just as astounding at that time as the 3D productions such as Avatar and Tangled.

Despite the technology the story is still at the heart of the movie and the characters and that has been true since 1939 and true today.  Making that technology as seamless as possible for the viewer to experience  — to simply be in the moment of the movie, is still the key.

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One thought on “Day Three Hundred Thirty-two:

  1. How funny that you would mention Mom and her incident with “The Wizard of Oz.” I surely smiled.

    Don’t forget, that I think that we all have that love of the movies in our family. I think it’s encoded in our DNA. Perhaps it’s because there was a Gero Theatre in Manistique, Michigan that bears our family name. Imagine the technology that our great-grandfather was working with the in the days of the “non-talkies” and then the “talkies.”

    As Dad always said to us, “the only thing constant in life is change.” How true is that??

    I will never tire of movies. From the first movies that I saw (and remember) in Princeton, IL to seeing Tangled (but only in 2D), this is an important “thing” for me to do always. I remember Mom dropping us off and not staying, which I’m not sure why….but one of my favorites was “The Ugly Daschund.” A Disney flick that if anyone remembers it has got to be at least my age! (Or has Netflix).

    Secretly, I think I have a popcorn obsession, and what better way to eat popcorn than watching the “big screen.”

    Awesome photo of Kate playing air hockey. She is one intense competitor :=)

    Peggy 🙂

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