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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

movie March

Early 2011 hasn’t been great for new motion pictures, but March seems to have put an end to that period. Somehow, it always seems that movies released at the beginning of the year never match up to the ones that come out later on.

I’ve been a victim of a few bad early year flicks myself actually. Yogi Bear and ‘I Am Number Four’ included themselves into that category. The first was just too boring and predictable and made me very disappointed especially since I was a fan of the Yogi Bear cartoon series when I was a small kid.

Bad movies aside, its good to have watched a number of shows that I felt were well worth whatever I paid to watch them, probably more even. The first one that probably ended the rein of bad movies at the cinemas actually came in mid-February, Burlesque.  

 
The first time I saw the trailer on television and heard the name Christina Aguilera, I knew that I’d be watching that movie. Set up in a style similar to dance movies like Step Up, the storyline sets itself with a young girl who’s got talent to perform but never had the chance to and finally decided to make it on her own.

Most of the movie takes place in the nightclub and this of course leads to more than one provocative scene. It’s far from a movie that leans towards ‘fan service’ though. As I watched it, i felt the musical performances were more powerful than they were sexy, although both elements are part of what is essentially a burlesque.

Christina Aguilera’s vocal performance and some pretty fine burlesque dance routines made the movie worth watching, even if there were a few unnecessary love lines (something many directors can’t seem to escape from). Unlike Dreamgirls, the film thrives more on the intensity of events and musical numbers than it does on emotion. 

 
Rango is a departure from the classic kid animation such as Toy Story. That’s something you should expect nonetheless, when a person like Jonny Depp is involved. Its probably the first animated film I’ve seen using the wild west as its scenery. Most would think it to be too dry for a movie that’s supposed to attract children, but it does just fine.

Interestingly, there’s deep exploration of the characters personalities and backgrounds that give that lay a solid foundation for on going events throughout the movie. Thankfully, the good effort to create depth for this story hasn’t led to over sophistication that may have left kids wondering at times, like the movie ‘Up’. However, there is one scene that probably baffled everybody as to its relevance and meaning. You’ll need to watch to know what I’m talking about.

A good combination of comedy, conflict, tragedy and substance is rare in animated films. Toy Story and The Incredibles rank among the few I believe have got it right. I’ll dare myself to say that in this instance, Rango probably deserves a look in that category as well. 



Big Momma was another one I went to see. As far as storylines go, it probably doesn’t have anything over any ‘average’ movie. In fact, its just lame at some points. The fact of the matter is, storylines have hardly been the Big Momma’s franchise selling point. However, there’s plenty to laugh about. Double teaming the fat old granny with a fat niece granted a few more angles to work with instead of only one fat suit for the funny moments. In any case, its good to finally see Martin Lawrence on the end of a comedy. It’s a good show for a good laugh, as has been with every Big Momma film. 



This was probably the most anticipated movie for March. The trailer attracted many for its intense batle scenes and Steampunk influence that I personally have never seen on the big screen. Of course, that combined with a girl adds on to the plus points. All that’s only on the surface though, because the movie itself has more depth than the trailer suggests.

Off the bat, some people may dismiss this as another form of Charlie’s Angels, but its definitely better. The story has a dark feel to it, largely due to the fact that it begins with a murder. That one scene pretty much sets the tone for the movie. The action scenes are very firm and each one is unique as all of them contract different scenarios.

For me, the best action films usually find a good balance between action, reason and emotion. Sucker Punch doesn’t lack any of these features, ensuring that its worthwhile watching. Unlike straight story action films, Sucker Punch combines elements from Charlie’s Angels, The Matrix and maybe a video game called Wolfenstein. 



World Invasion: Battle Los Angeles was the most recent movie I’d watched and it did surpass my expectations. While saving the world from aliens isn’t the most novel idea anymore, exploring realistic individual conflict that might arise in such a situation is one most don’t bother to do. District 9 is probably the only movie that did that.

What’s great about the show is that with its limited cast, a wide range of demographic variety was still achievable. Although the movie may focus on a particular squad, they’ve been able to divide it by age, race, experience and confidence levels. That’s important because it allowed the film to show how different individuals would react uniquely to the same mind numbing scenario of Transformer-like aliens blasting heavy rounds at your head.

Unlike Transformers, where no human civilians or soldiers die miraculously, there are definitely bodies to be seen in this film. As with District 9, World Invasion: Battle Los Angeles is pretty disciplined in its effort to make the film as realistic as possible with regards to an alien presence. Hence, fire fight scenes in this movie are on par with Saving Private Ryan or Black Hawk Down. Also, the addition of civilian characters provide a much welcomed perspective of how ordinary people deal with the shock and violence of an armed invasion. There’s not a doubt in my mind that this is a fine movie.

Having watched many movies in the past two months, I’ve come up with my own ranking for the ones I’d personally recommend:

1. World Invasion: Battle Los Angeles
2. Sucker Punch
3. Rango
4. Burlesque
5. Big Momma

On the other hand, here are a few I wouldn’t recommend anyone to watch:

- I Am Number Four
- Yogi Bear
- Mars Needs Moms

Looking at the ratio of good movies I’ve watched to bad ones, its 5:3. That needs to be improved. I’m hoping DC and Marvel inspired movies will correct the balance later this year.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

pork Place

It’s not often that people are willing to drive past a toll for lunch so when people actually do, you know that place has to be good. In my case, it has to be two, because I automatically have to pay a toll if I want to get anywhere unless I’m heading down the Kepong end. So imagine, people willing to pay at two tolls to reach one place just for lunch. What is this ‘special’ place that deserves such effort?

Firstly, as the entry title tells, this place is very well suited for pork lovers such as myself. Hence, vegetarians will have no love for it. However, meat buffs will surely want to give this place a try.

It’s none other than: 

 
Being at one end of Kuala Lumpur, Restoran Sun Ming is near for some, yet very far for others. Taman Connaught, Cheras plays host to this Chinese ‘pork rice’ place, which some may say is one of a kind (location here: credit to food.malaysiamostwanted.com). This is the only place that I know serves chicken rice but isn’t famous for chicken at all. Pork is the star food here.

One thing you must know about Sun Ming, is that its right at the outer part of a neighbourhood, which means to say finding a parking spot will be rather difficult. Ordinarily, you would have to find a place to park further away from the shop lots and walk to the shop under the heat of the sun. Still, the walk under the hot sun will be well worth it.

There’s something you’ll need to consider when visiting Sun Ming as with any other chicken rice stall you may frequent. Do you want to sit and eat or take away? 

Sit & Eat?  


Take & Go?

The reason I’m bringing up this obvious circumstance is because it really matters if time is a concern for you. People who order take outs typically get their food faster than those who choose to sit at a table. Even if the takeout lines are long, I can guarantee they’re moving ones. Of course, how soon you can collect your takeout will depend on how far back the line you are and how large your order is. 



Speaking of time, you may have to wait long for your food to arrive if you choose to sit and eat but came at the wrong time. As with many popular eateries, it pays to be early at this one. A good time to be there would be around 11.30 a.m. That’s right, before noon, so it wouldn’t be a bad idea to miss out on breakfast the day you decide to visit the place. You’ll probably have to leave your home slightly after ten to reach there, depending on where you’re coming from.

I’ve been to Sun Ming numerous times and once I had to wait about 10-15 minutes just to get a table, and another 20 or so minutes before receiving my order, so that’s a lot of waiting. That time, I arrived there past one o’clock in the afternoon. Needless to say, I was frustrated then, so good timing is essential if you’d like a pleasant eating experience overall.

Roasted Pork

The great thing about the roasted pork or ‘siew yoke’ at Sun Ming is that its skin is totally crispy. The pieces aren’t sliced thinly so they’re cut into nicely sized chunks of meat that make for a very pleasant bite. Crispy, crunchy skin with some lovely tender and fatty meat is just that much more sinful than chocolate.

Barbequed Pork

The barbequed pork or ‘char siew’ is also another must have over there. It’s totally drenched in sweet barbeque sauce that’s unique to char siew as you won’t find it in any European or American barbeque sauce bottle. The barbequed meat is also very tender, and a little more generous with the fat than the roasted pork. That combined with the sweet barbeque sauce make it a favourite. Personally, I actually prefer the barbequed pork than the roast pork at Sun Ming.

Chinese Pork Sausage

This special kind of sausage is also on the menu, and is probably one of the underrated offerings there. Its not the typical dried Chinese sausage that’s used in fried noodles and such. This sausage served in slices has a layer of skin that’s definitely thicker than your breakfast sausage and gives a nice bite. Beneath the skin, minced pork forms the rest of the sausage, which is nice and easy to chew. It’s also sweetish, but a lot less than the barbequed pork. This dish probably goes with rice the best out of the three. Actually, it’d probably make for a good snack as well, but I doubt anybody will go to Sun Ming for a ‘snack’. Some may compare this sausage for its similarities to ‘loh bak’. 


Roasted Duck

Last but not least, roasted duck is another favourite at Sun Ming. The reason why I didn’t highlight this so much is because there are a lot of other duck rice places and Sun Ming is more of a pork place. Still, its more than half good, and its worth giving it a go if you want to avoid and all-pork platter at your table.

Sun Ming has a few side dishes that include, Yong Tou Foo, lettuce, bean sprouts, ginger duck and Asam vegetables. 


Price board - click to enlarge
 
Conveniently, there’s a large board inside Sun Ming that shows how much it’ll cost customers for different kinds and sizes of servings. If you look through the price board, I believe you’ll find the prices reasonable for the quality of food served. The haven’t set prices at any premium like those you might see in posh Chinese restaurants although you may pay a few ringgit extra than you usually do for an average plate of chicken rice. In the price list, a single serving of rice and roasted pork/barbequed pork/sausage for one person sells at RM 5.00. That’s not unreasonable now is it?

Summarised, this is a really good place to eat pork but you need to be early if you want to eat in. Getting a takeout won’t be a problem if time isn’t on your side, you’ll just need to queue in line for a while. The food is good, it doesn’t disappoint and it’ll be worth the time and money spent on it. Good food and fair price always spell ‘must try’.

Friday, March 18, 2011

perception Failure

The power went off, and everything went dark. It didn't help that sunlight doesn't make it through the windows here. Light wasn't really the problem though, being stuck with lifeless computers was the trouble. We'd been going through the entire day without a glitch but the power failure brought it to a halt.

Strangely, the power cut didn't affect everything in the building. Out of all the computers, one screen was still alight. A sole survivor if you will, but not nearly enough for the class to continue. Other rooms were lucky. Somehow all their computers were still working although their lights went out. They could still continue, but my group was stuck. What cursed luck.

On the outset, a few of us were happy to have a break. It'd been a long day. Constantly looking at a computer screen while listening to someone for the whole day can be quite tiring even if there are breaks in between. Listening to anyone talk non-stop for just 30 minutes strains my brain and I'll either get lost in my thoughts or feel the drag of time. Others were starting to wonder if this meant we could go back early. There was only an hour to go and blackouts last as long as they aren't fixed, who knew when the power would come back on?

One of the staff came in later to reaffirm the obvious, that there was a power failure and the electric company had been called to fix the problem. Now, a dilemma. Should we stay and wait for the power to be restored or call it a day? After short discussion, tired minds prevailed over patience and an early close to the days proceedings was the end result. Although it meant we'd go back early, it also meant we'd have to replace the lost hours later, on an extra day probably. Power cuts are especially annoying when they affect your schedules.

I walked across to the mall where I'd parked my car. It seems it wasn't just the training center that was caught by the power failure. The insides of a few shops were pitch black, no one could see through the entrances. Just like the center, not every lot was affected. Still, the emergency lights were on in many places throughout. It was a pretty big power cut, but it was strange. It was as if random things had been chosen to be affected by the incident.

I got into my car thinking at least I'd get to get home early and have a few extra hours rest than usual. Beating the 'going-home-from-work' traffic was also another incentive. That idea was lost when I saw a queue at the parking exit gate. Of all things, the power cut just had to affect the parking exit machines! My thought speech could only go, "Man..... really?"

It looked to be that everything that went wrong for everyone in the area that day owed a big thank you to the power failure. Its funny in life that it takes many people to affect something like changing a government, but just one thing like a natural disaster, can affect many people in a single stroke.

Anyway, I saw a lady get out from her car in front. Hers was closest to the exit gate. I suppose she went out to complain and get the power back on, at least for the exit gate. She was gone for a long while so I thought as long as the electric company didn't get things working again, I could be stuck here for a very long time. I thought of reversing out and trying another exit before I decided it'd probably be the same there.

After a while, the lady came back, rushed into the car and put her ticket into the machine. The gate lifted and we were all on our way. That's when I realised something. The power failure had nothing to do with the woman getting out of her car and rushing away. She'd ran out of her car because she forgot to pay for her parking ticket.

Its funny when you think about it, but that's not really the point. After I got home, I realised something about the whole thing that led me to write this entry. Sometimes, everything seems to go a certain way because of a single event. However, that doesn't mean everything is happening because of that one event.

For example, in Malaysia I sometimes feel there's a lot of hidden anger that people don't express verbally but are very willing to do so in cyberspace on blogs and other mediums. Much of this is attributed to politics and racism to an extent. Hence, I feel many Malaysians have begun to blame almost every single problem on politics and racism. I wonder if it has come to a  stage where people are blinding themselves to the real root of certain issues. What if 'simpler' problems of greed and broken hearts are at the core of these unending struggles? Should we fight the politics of the land or politics of the heart?

I'm not saying racism and politics aren't influential issues, they're just as real as the power failure that affected many in MidValley the other day. Still, they're not the reason for every single problem in the country is it? Its good to be able to look beyond circumstances and identify things as they really are. Many times we make fools out of ourselves due to the chronic illness of perception failure that subscribes to stereotyping and prejudice. We need a cure. Perhaps having a mind that's less cynical and open to more possibilities than one would be a good start.

Monday, March 14, 2011

e Soo

For me, thinking of a place to eat for dinner is pretty tough sometimes. When that happens, my brain always automatically works out two categorical options, hawker food or Chinese restaurant food (because my brain is wired to think of cheap and good simultaneously).

Hawker centres are places I frequent for lunch, which often means I’d rather have something different at night. Of course I could always have something different at the same place, ‘Char Kuay Teow’ for lunch and clay pot rice for dinner isn’t bad at all. Cheap and good, there wouldn’t be much to complain about choosing hawker food for a night meal.

However, there are times I feel like having something a little nicer but not to the extent of fine dining. That’s where Chinese restaurant food comes in. Some of these restaurants are tailored for the upper class whose prices and interior decoration rival European themed eateries around town, but then there are others that serve similar food at more affordable prices. Those are the places that I like to go to. 



E Soo Yong Tou Foo is such a place that serves good Chinese restaurant food for a reasonable price. Located across Tesco Village Kepong in Bandar Manjalara, E Soo is a place for family and friends looking for a good Chinese meal without breaking the bank. It probably isn’t the ideal place to go if you’re eating alone because they don’t serve individual dishes like fried rice or single servings of noodles. They do offer however, meal dishes that are best shared by at least three people or more. 

A full house.

From the first two photos, you’ll know this is a place that’s popular among local residents, especially during dinner time. As its situated at a corner lot, the restaurant is generally spacious where there’s at least 2 metres between each table so you won’t have to worry about your chair pushing into another from the table behind. Also, seating capacity is probably around 80 pax, less if its raining since they do have tables outside. With E Soo’s popularity and limited seating capacity, its always a good idea to arrive there at 6.00 p.m. or sometime after 8.00 p.m. to avoid competing with the masses for a table. 

 
 
I admit that one of the reasons I like this place is because of its ‘non-Chinese’ friendly menu. Even if the words are not in English, you’ll probably get by just from pointing at the item you want. Something interesting about E Soo is that it doesn’t leverage solely on Yong Tou Foo for its menu but meal dishes that you’d find in other Chinese restaurants as well. Its not fusion by any means, but a good way to provide variety.



Fried pork.

Marmite Chicken


Pork Rib Curry


Yong Tou Foo


Fried Sui Kow


Stir-fried vegetables


Those are some of the dishes I’ve tried at E Soo and have come to like quite a bit. The fried pork in particular is a personal favourite of mine. The pork is nicely cut into strips, the tender meat with a balanced amount of fat to go with it makes it easy on my taste buds, hahah! Its not a very salty dish in truth, lightly salted so there’s no overkill there. However a downside to this is if you take other dishes with more flavour, its possible you won’t taste much of the fried pork after that.

The pork rib curry is another favourite of mine. I don’t eat it elsewhere often so when I tried this at E Soo, it topped my list of favourites at E Soo. Its has a unique taste as there’s a hint of lemongrass combined with what I’m guessing is a house recipe for their curry that makes it a little more sweetish and less salty. The curry goes very well with rice.

Fried sui kow is also on my list of ‘things to eat’ when it comes to E Soo. The fried dumpling that has a filling of fish paste together with some pork and condiments is the only thing I sincerely enjoy when eating Yong Tou Foo so it’s great that E Soo has that. Still, its expected because I haven’t seen one Yong Tou Foo places that doesn’t serve sui kow. 

 
 
Now, the place seems to be open to reservations like other restaurants so you can always give them a call if you want to book a place for a big group of friends. Don’t expect them to speak in English though. Also, the place is open everyday at the times shown in the photo above. Its great to know this place opens during public holidays, because some Chinese eateries tend to close during such events even if they’re not celebrating the special occasion.

Well, whether its meat or seafood with rice or Yong Tou Foo, E Soo has choices for both. There aren’t many places I know like that and the good quality food combined with fair price should bring you back for more than a first meal. When I think of where to eat for dinner and I can’t decide quick enough, I always know that E Soo won’t disappoint. In terms of affordability, today my mother and I shared stir fried vegetables, pork rib curry, Yong Tou Foo, rice and drinks for a total of RM 30.00. That’s not too bad now is it?

Saturday, March 12, 2011

the Doll

“She’s such a doll!”

Ever heard that phrase before? Actually, its not just ‘she’, many times its ‘he’ too. Lots of people like the doll face kind of look. Who wouldn’t have a go at a girl with Barbie-like features? If Barbie were real, the queue outside her house would probably be longer than one for free ice-cream at Hagen Daz.

Not leaving the girls out, they aren’t short on their list of physical features they’d like their ideal guy to have either. Tall, strong, toned body and so on (tall, dark and handsome is something I’ve never heard a girl actually say). Girls of the past clamoured for Cruise and Clooney. Now, its different with vampires like Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner (its okay if you don’t know they’re Twilight actors, I forgive you).

Now with both sexes attracted to the other by natural magnetism, it doesn’t take a genius to figure out that a movie with some sort of love line between a hot couple would make a catalyst for higher ratings on a motion picture. You’ve got plenty of film genres that integrate the couple concept. Old western films, modern inspirational romance movies, television dramas, action movies, even horror films aren’t spared from this ratings riser.

When you look at the list of genres, it doesn’t seem unreasonable that a romantic couple could be involved in an action or a horror film. I mean, it makes sense right? You could probably imagine a couple escaping a haunted house or running away from some bad guys like in the Bourne Identity.

There is one thing that pushed my acceptance of ‘couples in films’ to the limit though. Vampires. Previously known to be blood sucking human eaters, they have apparently evolved into doll faced romantic pale white beings with abs that have got teenagers the entire globe suffocating. I have to say that Twilight is just gay, really gay, nothing more than that. Please, there are girls that agree with me on this all right?

Now, in the past there would’ve been quite a bit of debate on how gay Twilight is. I’d like to put this argument to bed with some physical evidence. How?

Well, actually, I was downtown in KLCC a few weeks ago and I met the actor for one of the characters, Jacob Black, whose real name is Taylor Lautner. I was pretty shocked to see him, who isn’t shocked to see a celebrity right (regardless if you like or hate them)?

He couldn’t really talk because he had a few other doll faced girls about, so I didn’t really want to interrupt. He was pretty boxed in, but even just looking at him confirmed how gay Twilight was. Among several clues was that he was topless, why walk around without a shirt? This is how he was as I met him: 



I wanted to say “Hello,” but I couldn’t because like I said, he had some girls with him: 
Doll faced, no?

By the way, this is how Jacob Black introduces himself:
Mamee Monster, anyone?


Barbie Collector: Pink Label


Now, can you still argue with me that Twilight isn’t gay?


P/S: This is the first Barbie figure I’ve seen topless. Hold on a second, why is a child’s toy topless? Hmmm…

Monday, March 07, 2011

passing Time

I haven’t blogged much about what I’ve been doing lately and I guess now’s good a time as any. The first two months of the year have really zoomed by, not too much has changed though.

Being one of the many students from UTP under a PETRONAS sponsorship, I’ve been waiting and hoping to get a call from their human resources department for quite a while now. More than two months passed before I got a call from them. That was about three weeks ago. 



They’d arranged for me to meet with a few managers from PETRONAS MITCO at their office in Twin Towers for a ‘chit-chat’ session as they put it. MITCO is one of many subsidiaries within PETRONAS, known as the trading arm for PETRONAS CHEMICALS that’s been made famous by the recent IPO. My ‘chat’ session with them was all right, they told me they’d let me know something between a week to a month. It’s been about three weeks now, so I’m a little doubtful about my chances but I’m still hoping for it. Whatever the outcome, I’m still confident God’s got the best in mind.

While waiting for the final outcome, I signed up for an MDEC sponsored training programme being run by Guidance View for Oracle 11g database administration running from 28th February until 23rd March. Actually, I was supposed to go for something similar last December for end user SAP skills but I skipped that. 



When I first signed up for the Oracle 11g training, I was worried if I’d get accepted by MITCO halfway through the course. That would force me to pay a RM 3,000 fine. However, I think they would be considerate enough to defer my reporting duty to a later date. Asking for a deferment of less than eighteen days isn’t too much I think. What concerns me more is when I’d be able to take the two Oracle exams in that situation. If there aren’t dates available during weekends, then that’d make things a little difficult.

Also, I’ve been doing quite a bit of reading lately. I’ve been able to complete two HALO novels, which has left me wanting for more really. From a little research and bookstore wandering, I’ve found that it’d be pretty hard to get my hands on the whole series. They’re not cheap either, with retail prices of about RM 40 per paperback. Nonetheless, I’ve started on one of three hard cover novels I got from BookXcess a couple of weeks back. There’s plenty to read so I think I’m covered for the next few months, haha.

Wednesday, March 02, 2011

fake Dimensions

Watching movies at the cinema is definitely in my top 10 list of enjoyable things for a weekend. Although its not a weekly ritual of mine, I always enjoy shifting into a comfortable seat with lots of leg space, staring at the big screen in a dark room where all my focus turns to a motion picture for at least an hour and a half. 



I love going to the cinema but watching films with a lack of attention to content and more to special effects ruin my movie going appetite. Surely, one of the most annoying things about many movies right now is the current scheme to draw crowds to the screens called 3D. Yogi Bear was such a movie, with only 3D tickets available in Malaysian cinemas and it bore a storyline that did great service to make it a total flop. I’ve heard and seen the term 3D so often on cinema screens that I’m sure it has to be the most overrated and overused term of the movie industry.

How many times have you and I heard the phrase ‘in 3D’? Countless trailers have made it such a big deal and have taken a lot of effort to show moviegoers their film has employed a special technology that will blow your mind away. Movies employing this ‘new technology’ never fail to advertise the word 3D in extra large font at the end of their trailers.

I said that 3D is an overused movie industry term. That’s justified by what I just mentioned in the last paragraph. However, I didn’t do much to explain why I believe 3D is also overrated beyond its hype.

First, let’s understand what 3D is. In the context of current movies, 3D is all about an experience where you’ll feel that you’re inside the movie. Objects on the screen are supposed to appear as if they exist behind and around you, some will even seem as if they came from behind you. Its a viewing experience that’s enhanced by being able to see from multiple perspectives, hence the term.

That sounds good and all, but to me, it’s not as special as much as it is a cheap gimmick. If you watch a 3D film at the cinema without the ‘special glasses’, you’ll see the image in a fuzzy form. Its as if there’re many frames of the same image put on top of one another. Many ‘frames’ mean one thing to me, many layers. 

 
I wasn’t far from the truth, researching from HowStuffWorks, the fact is two projectors are used to project two different polarised images on the screen. Translated into simple terms, movie projectors trick our eyes to believe certain objects on the screen are closer or further away than they really are.

The question is, is that what 3D really is? Is an image in 3D simply because certain objects look closer or further from our eyes than others? Isn’t 3D about the perspective of length, width and height, and not just length alone? The simplest way to explain this so called ‘3D effect’ is to illustrate with the following: 

 
Take a look at Wonder Woman here. The fact her image pops up above the book’s page gives gives a visual appeal. However, you and I both know that Wonder Woman here is still just a flat 2D piece that’s been arranged to appear closer to our eyes than the page of the book. We’ve all seen pop-up books before right? Characters jump out of the pages to look alive but we still know they’re flat pieces of cardboard.

That’s exactly the same thing movie productions have done with their films and are touting it as revolutionary 3D technology. All they’ve done is to take 2D images from the screen and arrange them parallel at different lengths. This altered arrangement of flat images is what they are selling as three dimensional! I have observed this in EVERY so called 3D movie I’ve watched.

Honestly, this parallel image effect fits well on books, quite simply because book pages are meant to be flat, two dimensional. Therefore, having a pop-up every now and then does bring a little excitement because it adds a different dimension. However, using this very same concept with movies is hardly the same because motion pictures are meant to portray three dimensional images and have done so for some time now! 

If you’ve watched a live action movie, then you’ll know each actor is a three dimensional being, not a flat pancake. This three dimensional view in live action films has been emphasised with slow motion scenes where cameras are able to film a 360 degree shot of a pose. If you’ve watched 3D animations such as Finding Nemo, The Incredibles and Toy Story, note that they’re all modelled in three dimensions and aren’t flat anime drawings. Since all these things are already in three dimensional form, why are movie makers slapping a 2D effect on top of it? To me, its like adding a bad mod to a video game that’s already very good.

In my opinion, there’s no real sense of depth perception and absolutely no immersive experience with what's being sold as 3D right now. As I said before, its simply an application of a 2D concept. Now, I can’t think of a single reason as to why I should pay double the price of ordinary movie tickets just to watch a few layers of 2D images that hardly make the movie experience much more than ordinary. I’d rather spend more money filling up on an extra large Coke or an extra ticket for a date.