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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Top Ten 3D Films You Must Watch

Many 3D films have been made over the decades, and, let’s face it, not all of them have lived up to their hype. In fact, some have been a distinct disappointment. However, thanks largely to advances in 3DTV technology helping you to fully immerse yourself into another world, the appetite for these movies is growing.
If you’re on the lookout for the crème de la crème of 3D films, check out this run down of ten of the very best. It contains everything from chuckle-inducing, child-friendly comedies to dark thrillers.

10. Up

This 2009 computer-animated adventure movie, directed by Pete Docter and produced by Pixar Animation Studios, centres on the plight of elderly widower Carl Fredricksen and a young explorer named Russell. After attaching thousands of balloons to his home, Carl embarks on an adventure to South America. Evoking both tears and laughter, the film boasts some of the most beautiful animation ever created by Pixar.

9. Coraline

Directed by Henry Selick, this 2009 stop-motion fantasy film is based on a Neil Gaiman novel of the same name. A scary children’s story with mesmerising visual effects, it focuses on a girl who visits a mirror world, with potentially disastrous consequences. The impressive, perfectly executed animations really bring this dark tale to life.

8. Beowulf

Directed by Robert Zemeckis and released in 2007, this computer-animated fantasy film was inspired by the old English poem of the same name. Using cutting-edge technology, Zemeckis succeeds in creating a true showstopper of a movie with an array of arresting 3D effects.

7. My Bloody Valentine

my-bloody-valentine-3d_top10filmsLending itself perfectly to 3D cinema, this 2009 remake of the 1981 slasher film was directed by Patrick Lussier. Shots of knives and gruesome murders are all the more stark and chilling thanks to the format of the movie. As well as lots of scares, the film delivers some laughs. No surprise then that it was a big box office success.

6. Monsters Vs. Aliens

Monsters-vs.-Aliens_3d_top10filmsYet another 2009 release, this computer-animated science fiction film appeals to young and old alike thanks to its subtle layering of humour. The movie, which was directed by Robert Letterman and Conrad Vernon, is all the more beguiling when seen in 3D. This format perfectly showcases the epic battles that take place between robotic aliens and Earth-dwelling monsters.

5. Toy Story 3

Toy_Story_3_filmThis 2010 comedy animation sees Woody, Buzz Lightyear and chums dealing with uncertainty as their owner, Andy, prepares to leave home to study. Directed by Lee Unkrich, the movie utilises 3D effects to create an immersive and captivating experience, adding to the charm of this family favourite.

4. Journey to the Center of the Earth

journey-to-the-center-of-the-earth-3d_top10filmsReleased in 2008, this fantasy adventure film starring Brendan Fraser was directed by Eric Brevig. Before becoming a director, Brevig was a special effects expert, and he brings bags of skill and experience to this action-packed movie. At one point during the Indian Jones-esque romp, a character spits his mouthwash directly into the 3D camera.

3. How To Train Your Dragon

how-to-train-your-dragon_3d_top10filmsCo-directed by Dean Deblois and Chris Saunders, this 2010 blockbuster is set in a mythical Viking world and it follows the story of a teenager named Hiccup, who at first wants to kill a dragon, but then, after capturing the beast, decides to befriend it instead. The staggeringly detailed computer-animated world that the protagonist inhabits is all the more real and enchanting thanks to the 3D effects used in the movie.

2. Gravity

Gravity_film_sandra-bullockThe 2013 epic space movie Gravity, directed by Alfonso Cuarón and starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, wasn’t actually filmed in 3D. Instead, the conversion process was performed by Prime Focus – and the firm did a great job. The finished result perfectly conveys the vastness of space and the contrasting claustrophobia of the tiny capsule in which Bullock’s character finds herself fighting for her life.

1. Avatar

Directed by James Cameron, the 2009 classic Avatar arguably raised the bar in the realm of 3D movies. Set in the 22nd century on a moon called Pandora, where humans are mining for a precious mineral, it is a captivating cinematic experience. The world of unfamiliar flora and fauna draws in viewers and makes for an unforgettable three hours.
Cara Forster is a multimedia graduate and a self-confessed tech geek. She loves 80s teen films and likes to get her friends rounds to watch them on a projector every Sunday.

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