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William Hazelgrove

William Hazelgrove
chicago, Illinois, usa
January 27
William Hazelgrove is the best selling author of four novels, Ripples, Tobacco Sticks Mica Highways and Rocket Man. His books have received starred reviews in Publisher Weekly, Book of the Month Selections, ALA Editors Choice Awards and optioned for the movies. He was the Ernest Hemingway Writer in Residence where he wrote in the attic of Ernest Hemingway’s birthplace. He has written articles and reviews for USA Today and other publications. His latest novel Rocket Man was chosen Book of the Year by Books and He runs a political cultural blog, The View From Hemingway’s Attic. He lives in Chicago.


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APRIL 30, 2012 1:52PM

Titanic in 3D

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Romeo and Juliette on a ship. That is the way James  Cameron originally sold Titanic to the studio executives. He said it was his shortest pitch. Seeing Titanic again in 3D was not so much the wow the boat is coming right at you experience as it was a demonstration on Camerons very adept way of inserting his love story against the historical love affair people have with this catastrophe. It was still damn entertaining and if you are a Titanic fan/buff then you still appreciate the small touches Cameron inserts.

But to the 3D glasses. Not such a great experience. The film was converted but the conversion falls away quickly and you are just watching the film. So much so that the 3D becomes a nuisance, actually fuzzing the scenes and doing weird things to the edges of the film. But again, you forget all about the gimmick as the story kicks in and there is Romeo and Juliet with Leo and Kate and the ship is sinking and they are being separated and it still holds up. Maybe it is the big screen thing, I don't know.

But if you want to look at it from a novelist viewpoint. Titanic is a great study in that everyone still wants to be lost in a great romantic love story and you can paste that on any disaster and have people weeping in their chairs. A good story is a good story in 3D or just simple old film or even a book.

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