“Books and movies, they are not mere entertainment. They sustain me and help me cope with my real life.”

It has been a fruitful morning. The plants have been watered, the bed made, the laundry washed and the bills paid. I feel quite accomplished, and it isn’t even noon. On second thought, though, it does seem sort of silly to feel accomplished at the completion of such mundane tasks. People are getting Nobel Prizes, and I’m making my bed.

Nothing to do today so I figure to stay around and go through the thousands of catalogues I received the last couple of days. Maybe I can get some Christmas presents bought. I love shopping at the touch of a mouse.

Yesterday I saw Gravity in 3D. I thought about the 3D glasses we all wore when we were kids, the cardboard ones with red and blue plastic lenses. Now they have been replaced by plastic ones which look like real glasses. You don’t have to hold them: they even stay behind your ears. The old ones never did. The coming attractions were also in 3D. The Hobbit preview reminded me of the Viewmaster slides when one character seemed to stand out from the background.

I really liked the movie. The special effects were amazing. At one point I swore a bubble was about to hit me, but I think it hit the guy at the end of the row. Space was magnificent. The movie is short, only around 90 minutes, but after seeing the movie, I understand why. It couldn’t be any longer.

I remember watching The House of Wax on TV when I was a kid. It scared the heck out of me at the end when Vincent Price’s face fell apart after our heroine hit him. That outer face had been made of wax to cover the horrific scars from burns which had pretty much obliterated his face.

The House of Wax was the first movie released in 3D, but I only saw it on television. I remember one effect which I figured had been 3D. A ball on a string came right at you, and I’m suspecting people in the theater moved back the same way people do behind glass if water is thrown at it. Warner Brothers called it NaturalVision 3 dimension.

I always hesitate recommending movies to people. Because I like a movie doesn’t mean someone else will. I always cringe when I’m told a friend hated a movie I recommended so now I avoid doing that. When asked how the movie was, I just say I liked it and leave it at that.

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10 Comments on ““Books and movies, they are not mere entertainment. They sustain me and help me cope with my real life.””

  1. olof1 Says:

    I’ve never been to one of these new 3d movies but I do remember the old ones . They showed them on tv and we all had to buy those old glasses but they looked much like normal ones but made from some kind of paper.

    I think the first one they showed was The Creature from the Black Lagoon. I can’t remeber what other movies they showed but something in the back of my head says Jaws. Must have been fairly new then.

    You and I seems to have very much the same taste when it comes to movies and I guess books as well. I don’t mind recommending a movie, I just say they have bad taste if they didn’t like it 🙂

    No need for watering anything here today, it has rained for two days now. Not enough but at least something.

    Have a great day!
    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      This is the first new 3D movie I’ve ever seen. Like you I only saw the old ones. I never saw The Creature from the Black Lagoon in 3D, only on TV. No on Jaws being 3D which is probably good as a few people would never go near ocean the again.

      I would recommend a movie to you but I have friends who hated movies I love so I don’t recommend anything to them.

      Still dry here. I watered a few outside plants this morning.

      Have a great evening!!

  2. Birgit Says:

    I’ve never seen a 3D movie in a cinema though we’ve had an IMAX theater in town. It’s closed now.
    In 2011 I read some articles about 3D music, a new interesting approach with quite amazing results when applied to old stereo recordings. Audio samples are still available if you are interested:
    http://www.studio360.org/story/127107-adventures-3d-sound-bach-and-binaural-recording
    (-> audio: filter on/off). I wonder why this technique isn’t more popular yet.

    • katry Says:

      Birgit,
      I can’t do IMAX. They make me dizzy and sick to my stomach. The 3D movie was fine.

      You’d think they’d use this for all sound recordings. IT feels as ig the music surrounds you.

  3. Bob Says:

    I hate 3D movies. The glasses hurt my eyes and only a few scenes are in 3D which makes it not worth the eye strain. My wife bought a 3D TV which came with four pairs of plastic 3D glasses. I think my daughter watched one Blue Ray DVD of a concert in 3D in the two years we have owned the TV. I think 3D TV is a major failure.

    Went to the dollar movie theater today and saw ‘Monster University’. I loved the original and this is a great prequel. The popcorn cost more than the movie. Disney has been smart to leave Pixar’s creative people, such as John Lassiter, alone and let them do their thing.

    I also went to see ‘Rush’ last weekend and really enjoyed that movie. I was a big fan of Formula 1 racing as a kid. The film is based on a true story. You can’t go wrong with a Ron Howard film.

    Warm and partly cloudy, but still beautiful weather.

    • katry Says:

      Bob,
      Gravity has several 3D effects and luckily the glasses were fine. They were just like wearing regular glasses and even fit right over my own. That bubble really looked as if it were floating in the theater.

      I wouldn’t buy a 3D TV until all the programs were in 3D. It is like the first HD sets which were a waste as very few programs were in HD. NOw they all are, and the difference is amazing.

      I wish we had a dollar movie theater. I would never mind seeing an old movie for only a buck. I suppose I shouldn’t complain though. For years we didn’t even have a movie theater in my town.

      I agree about Ron Howard’s films.

      • Bob Says:

        I don’t mean that the 3D glasses don’t fit, it’s that the polarizing of the lenses to get the effect gives me eyestrain. It really doesn’t add that much to the film to have a bubble floating in the theater while the movie is on the screen.

        The dollar, it’s up to a dollar and a quarter, theater shows films that were in the regular movie theater last week or two.

      • katry Says:

        Bob,
        The bubble was just one example of the effects. There were many 3D effects throughout the film. I usually have the same trouble you do but these didn’t bother me.

        I wouldn’t mind waiting only a week to see a movie for a dollar and a quarter. That’s a great deal.

  4. im6 Says:

    Since Coffee was closed yesterday, we didn’t get to acknowledge what would have been John Lennon’s 73rd birthday. Also of note on Oct. 9 was the Medicare eligibility of Jackson Browne who turned 65. In keeping somewhat with today’s theme, here’s Jackson doing a song featured in “Taxi Driver.”

    • katry Says:

      im6,
      If I had known, I would have commemorated his birthday today. 73 blows me away.

      This is one of the prettiest songs I have heard him sing. He can’t be that old.


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