Archive | June 2012

Don’t Waste Your Money On Disney ‘Brave’ In 3D – If You Have To See It Skip The 3D. Movie Way Too Dark In All Respects.

Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

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by Anura Guruge


We just got back from seeing ‘Brave in Disney Digital 3D‘ in Hooksett. We were all highly disappointed. By far the WORST animated movie of recent times!

After having seen ‘Puss in Boots‘ in IMAX 3D we have been hooked on 3D — IMAX whenever possible. We saw ‘Tintin’ and ‘Lorax’ in 3D. They were all outstanding. The 3D was breathtaking and the colors were exquisite.

95% of Brave is set in DARKNESS — night scenes, inside a dark castle at night, and within an even darker cottage. 3D doesn’t work when there isn’t enough light for contrast! Disney knew that. Pixar knows that. This was a disgrace.

So this is what most of the movie looked like — in 3D, and I kid you not. My wife spent much of the movie taking off her glasses to make sure that it wasn’t the glasses that was making the picture dark (and yes, polarization does make the picture about 10% darker).

Scotland as seen in Disney’s Brave Digital 3D. Trust me. You are paying to watch pitch black in 3D.

Now don’t get me wrong. I am a great fan of Pixar. I owned Pixar stock when it first went public c. 1995. We have all 3 Toy Stories. I also am a huge admirer of Steve Jobs.

This was the worst digital animation we have seen in 5 years — at least. Nothing stood out. There was no ultra realistic furs, skin, textures or anything else. Just lots of blackness.

So don’t waste your money on 3D. If the kids must see it tell them no 3D on this one. I am kicking myself that we didn’t see Madagascar 3 instead. We will go see that, in 3D, soon.

Hope this helps. Cheers, Anura

P.S., The story line wasn’t that great either. As connoisseurs of Scottish music (oh, and I am an adopted Scot) we can confirm that the music was lame. This really was a missed opportunity. Disney bombed.

Dartmouth’s Free HopFest, July 20 – 21, 2012 Looks Beyond Compelling

Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

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by Anura Guruge


Click image to access Dartmouth site for Hopfest


We are hoping we can make it — at least for one of the days. We are great fans of all things Dartmouth. We do go to events at the Hop which is how we got notified of this event. I just listened to two of the bands. They sound great. Might be another event that goes on our annual calendar alongside: Revels, Plymouth Education Theater Collaborative play, Laconia Multicultural Day, Highland Games, Barnum & Baily circus …

Saw The Venus Transit From New Hampshire, Tuesday, June 5, 2012 at 6:34pm In Alton

Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

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by Anura Guruge


That really was serendipitous. I checked the forecast last night and it had rain and clouds for us most of the day.

We were coming back from Boston. It was raining, at times hard, in Manchester. As we got towards Alton I could see some patches of blue, but there were huge, dark rolling clouds and the sun was obscured. But, as we turned up Prospect Mountain Road, off Route 28 (just past Halfmoon Lake), I caught a glimpse of the Sun. I knew the transit started for us in NE at 6:14 pm. 1/4 way up Prospect Mountain is an abandoned development site with all the trees gone. Got my wife to drive up there — since it has a perfect, hardtop road going into. I had taken the precaution putting my two pairs of eclipse glasses, from the December 2000 eclipse, into the van — just in case. We jumped. Put on the glasses.

Bingo. Could see it at once, right up at the top, near 1 o’clock. We all go to see it.

We came home and unloaded the van. We had left at 5:30 am for Boston to spend the day with my father who was visiting Boston for the day on a Bermuda cruise. That was fun. We even managed to get in two televised interviews in Cambridge, may father being somewhat famous.

The sun peaked out again. I went out with the glasses. Some neighbors walked by with their dog. Showed them the transit. They were impressed. The kids got to see it again around 7pm. So I am thrilled. We got to see the transit. I was bummed that I was going to miss it. It really was serendipity — a word that gets its origins from my country of birth, Serendib >> Ceylon >> now Sri Lanka.

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