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Martin Scorsese considers shooting all his future movies in 3D

Martin Scorsese considers shooting all his future movies in 3D (photo)

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Martin Scorsese‘s “Hugo” has turned a lot of 3D naysayers into believers. Even Roger Ebert, a notorious 3D hater, conceded in his “Hugo” review that Scorsese used the technique “as it should be used, not as a gimmick but as an enhancement of the total effect.” Personally, as a guy who wanted to believe there was potential in 3D but was ready to write the whole thing off after one too many post-production converted ripoffs, it was exciting to see a filmmaker like Scorsese bring some intelligence and artistry to the 3D format (read more of my thoughts on the 3D in my review of the film).

Based on the interview Scorsese just gave with Deadline he must have been pretty happy with the results too. Speaking with Mike Fleming, he said he was open to shooting all his future movies in 3D. Yes, all of them. Here’s Scorsese’s exact quote on the subject:

“Quite honestly, I would. I don’t think there’s a subject matter that can’t absorb 3D; that can’t tolerate the addition of depth as a storytelling technique. We view everyday life with depth. I think certain subject matters aren’t meant for 3D but you have to go back to Technicolor; when it was used in 1935 with ‘Becky Sharp.’ For about 10-15 years, Technicolor was relegated to musicals, comedies and westerns. It wasn’t intended for the serious genres, but now everything is in color. And so it’s just a different mindset. Granted once the technology advances and you can eliminates glasses that are hindrances to some moviegoers, so why not? It’s just a natural progression.”

Of course Scorsese would make an argument for 3D from a historical perspective; in a way, “Hugo” itself is an argument for 3D from a historical perspective. 3D and a love letter to silent cinema set in 1930s Paris might seem incompatible, but Scorsese manages to promote this new medium while simultaneously proselytizing for the preservation of our shared cinematic history. That, no doubt, was part of his goal: proving that his love of the past is not incompatibile with his belief in the vitality of the future.

Eventually color, which was considered a gimmick in some circles initially, became the dominant form of the medium. Sound evolved in much the same way. The march of technology is inexorable. At least with guys like Scorsese embracing it, we have a fighting chance of seeing that inexorable progress brought to bear by an artist.

Do you want to see more 3D movies from Martin Scorsese? Or should he stick to good old fashioned 2D? Tell us in the comments below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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