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Rian Johnson waxes thoughtful about 3-D

Rian Johnson on the set of "Looper" with actor Joseph Gordon Levitt.Rian Johnson, one of the great young technicians of cinema (see “Brick” and “The Brothers Bloom”) wrote a blog post today about 3-D that is particularly insightful, a respite from the usual black-and-white assessments of the now common technology.

You’ll have a hard time not reading on after this seemingly contradictory thesis:

One of the most provocative claims from the pro-3D camp is one I actually agree with, and I’ll sum it up in two closely related statements:

1.  3D is the future of cinema.

2.  The introduction of stereoscopic photography is analogous to the introduction of color.

I agree with both of these statements.

I will also never shoot stereoscopic.  I actively avoid seeing most stereoscopic movies.  Generally speaking, I don’t like stereoscopic photography.

To find out why Johnson doesn’t consider this statement to be a contradiction–plus a lot of illuminating, detailed thoughts about the future of the stereoscopic medium–read on, over at his Tumblr.

Johnson’s next film, the science-fiction head-scratcher Looper, comes out in glorious 2-D on September 28.

About Danny Baldwin

Danny Baldwin has been writing about film on the Internet for over a decade, initially for BucketReviews and now for Critic Speak. He holds a Master's degree in Critical Studies from the University of Southern California and in past years served as a member of both the Online Film Critics Society and the San Diego Film Critics Society. Danny's favorite films include “The 400 Blows,” “Imitation of Life" (1959), “My Neighbor Totoro” and “The Silence of the Lambs.” He lives in Los Angeles.