Top Ten 3D Film Classics

Top Ten 3D Film Classics

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       In the 1950’s, families were abandoning city theater seats for suburban lawn chairs, a Supreme Court decision toppled the studio system and a little medium called television was becoming the biggest thing since, well, the movies. So Hollywood tried to entice audiences with marvels that only movies could offer, including 3D. Stereoscopic 3D had been around since the late 1800’s, but it was with 1952’s Bwana Devil that moving pictures in three dimensions became a sweeping fad. It didn’t hang around long, the format was too cumbersome and inconvenient, but 3D has been revived and revised several times since. Here’s the best of the classics.

  1. House of Wax (1953)
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    House of Wax is the greatest 3D film of all time not only because it combined stereoscopic effects without sacrificing story (Vincent Price as a wax sculptor whose art is also his means to crime), it’s the greatest 3D film helmed by a director unable to see out of one of his eyes. Director André de Toth was hired by Warner Bros. to translate the studio’s first 3D production onto the screen despite having lost sight in one eye. Somehow de Toth knew what he was doing and crafted a film that cannily used 3D (including a paddleball sequence where a ball rapidly bounces toward and away from the audience), even if he couldn’t see the results himself.
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  2. Creature From the Black Lagoon (1954)
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    Of all the id-like monsters that terrorized movie screens during the 1950’s stereoscopic craze, none is more famous than the titular Gill-man from Creature from the Black Lagoon. Creature perfected the B-movie King Kong formula of a misunderstood human-like beast pursued by man and enraptured by woman, and was boosted in its horrors by 3D, which allowed the creature to invade the viewer’s comfort zone. A sequel, Revenge of the Creature, was also in 3D.
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  3. Andy Warhol’s Frankenstein (1973)
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    The avant-garde has had a fascinating tradition of expanding normal movie-watching formats, and legendary modern artist/filmmaker Andy Warhol was no stranger to the practice, often using multiple projectors and live performances to take the experience to new, unconventional places. Warhol’s protégé Paul Morrissey actually wrote and directed the film, but Warhol’s stamp of macabre humor and ironic detachment is all over this irreverent take on the horror classic, and its unflinching gore is done justice by its Space-Vision 3D.
    Links: Top Ten Paintings by Andy Warhol, Top Ten Frankenstein Movies,
  4. Friday the 13th Part III (1982)
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    The Friday the 13th Part III represents the finest of its many, many sequels in no small part due to the 3D effects that make it a gruesome little novelty. One of the seemingly ubiquitous horror movie installments to use 3D during the format’s brief revival in the ‘80s (Jaws 3-D, Amityville 3-D), Friday the 13th Part III shows greater invention over its rivals: An arrow shot through one of Jason’s victim’s as well as an inevitable scene in which someone’s eyes pop out of his head.
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  5. Dial M for Murder (1954)
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    3D is often associated with contrived spectacle: How will the filmmakers find inventive excuses to have objects leap off the screen? But Alfred Hitchcock had other ideas in directing the stagey Agatha Christie-like mystery Dial M for Murder for both regular and 3D formats. Instead of gimmickry, Murder uses 3D for purposes of subtle maneuvers through space, with only one or two shocks (those scissors!) meant to startle audiences. Seen mostly in its flat version at the time of its release, revivals of the 3D version have proved much more popular in years since.
    Links: Top Ten Alfred Hitchcock Films, Top Ten Directors,
  6. The French Line (1954)
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    Only larger than life aviator, mogul film dabbler Howard Hughes would produce a 3D movie starring amply endowed Jane Russell and advertise the results with the tagline: “It’ll knock both of your eyes out!” Like Hughes’ production code-baiting, The Outlaw, The French Line was made more to challenge the MPAA’s censorship rules with titillating dialogue and Russell revealing costumes that provide a classy night out at your local theater and the sexual provocation was nicely helped by 3D.
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  7. The Mask (1961)
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    3D had been more or less pronounced dead by the ‘60s, but a few low-budget horror films kept it alive, including a Canadian cheapo flick called The Mask (also known as Eyes of Hell) that featured several surreal 3D sequences. When urged to “Put the mask on, NOW!” viewers would slip on their glasses (in the shape of the title artifact) and share Paul Stevens’ scientist character’s hallucinatory experiences brought on by wearing an ancient mask containing mysterious properties.
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  8. Spooks! (1953)
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    A number of big stars embraced the 3D fad of the early ‘50s: John Wayne, Rita Hayworth… and the Three Stooges. Unleashing their violent brand of slapstick in three glorious dimensions, the Stooges made two of their almost 200 shorts in 3D, including Spooks!, a Jekyll-Hyde send-up that employed stereoscopic vision to enhance their trademark eye poking and pie throwing.
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  9. Bwana Devil (1952)
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    A brainchild birthed by Milton Gunzburg, whose Natural Vision 3D invention was passed over by a handful of studios toying with other gimmicks, and Arch Oboler, who wrote, directed, and produced the Africa adventure film, Bwana Devil was a clumsy first attempt at 3D in the 1950s. Not usually remembered for its own merits but absolutely instrumental in putting the process on the map, it was enough of a success for films like House of Wax to employ Natural Vision and advance the art of 3D even further.
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  10. Jaws 3D
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  11. Amityville Horror

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  1. The Big Lebowski

           The Big Lebowski is a 1998 comedy film written and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen. Jeff Bridges stars as Jeff Lebowski, an unemployed Los Angeles slacker and avid bowler, referred to as “The Dude.” After a case of mistaken identity, The Dude is introduced to a millionaire also named Jeffrey Lebowski. When the millionaire Lebowski’s trophy wife is later kidnapped, he commissions The Dude to deliver the ransom to secure her release. The plan goes awry when The Dude’s friend Walter Sobchak (John Goodman) schemes to keep the full ransom. Steve Buscemi, Philip Seymour Hoffman, David Huddleston, Julianne Moore, Tara Reid, and John Turturro also star in the film, which is narrated by a cowboy known only as “The Stranger,” played by Sam Elliott. The film is loosely inspired by the work of Raymond Chandler. Joel Coen stated: “We wanted to do a Chandler kind of story – how it moves episodically, and deals with the characters trying to unravel a mystery, as well as having a hopelessly complex plot that’s ultimately unimportant.” The original score was composed by Carter Burwell, a longtime collaborator of the Coen Brothers.
    Links: Top Ten Coen Brothers Films, Top Ten Jeff Bridges Filmshttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Lebowski,
  2. Easy Rider
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           Easy Rider is a 1969 American road movie written by Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, and Terry Southern, produced by Fonda and directed by Hopper. It tells the story of two bikers (played by Fonda and Hopper) who travel through the American Southwest and South with the aim of achieving freedom. The success of Easy Rider helped spark the New Hollywood phase of filmmaking during the late sixties. The film was added to the Library of Congress National Registry in 1998. A landmark counterculture film, and a “touchstone for a generation” that “captured the national imagination,” Easy Rider explores the societal landscape, issues, and tensions in the U.S. during the 1960’s, such as the rise and fall of the hippie movement, drug use and communal lifestyle. Easy Rider is famous for its use of real drugs in its portrayal of marijuana and other substances.
    Links: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Easy_rider,
  3. Marley

           Marley is an amazing 2012 documentary-biographical film directed by Kevin MacDonald, which document the epic life of Bob Marley. It was released on April 20, 2012.
    Links: Great Bob Marley Songs, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marley_(film),
  4. Up In Smoke
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           Cheech and Chong’s first feature hit in 1978 and changed the pot landscape along the way. The 12th highest grossing film of the year, it spawned a brand of filmmaking unto itself that one can only refer to as “the Cheech and Chong” genre. Cheech & Chong’s Next Movie, Nice Dreams, Still Smokin’, Cheech & Chong’s The Corsican Brothers, and several other films followed. Now that’s a legacy. The plot of the film, or what plot there is, involves the dudes getting deported to Mexico, where they agree to drive a van made of weed back to the US. Aside from that famed reefer ride, other memorable elements of Up in Smoke include Stacy Keach’s tough-ass narc, Chong in drag, a climactic battle of the bands, and spliffs like you’ve never seen them before.
    Links: Top Ten Cheech and Chong Films,
  5. Half Baked
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           Dave Chappelle himself co-wrote and stars in this hemp-filled tale of a group of buddies who are striving to bust their boy out of jail, and get as high as they can while they’re at it. The comedian stars as Thurgood, who along with pals Brian (Jim Breuer) and Scarface (Guillermo Díaz), take to selling pot (stolen from the lab where Thurgood works) in order to bail out Kenny (Harland Williams). Dubbed Mr. Nice Guy (after the friendly Kenny), the bud-biz takes off and starts to bring in lots of money and some high-flying clientele. Good times go bad though when Thurgood’s lady finds out that he’s selling grass, and he and his pals come into dangerous territory when drug lord Sampson Simpson (Clarence Williams III) objects to the gang’s cutting in on his territory. Featuring an appearance by the legendary pot-guru Tommy Chong (as a convict called the Squirrel Master), the film also has cameos by famed weed lovers and regular folk alike, including Willie Nelson, Snoop Dogg, Jon Stewart, and Bob Saget. Still, despite the movie’s seeming pro-pot stance (“Marijuana is not a drug,” says a coke addict in the film. “I used to suck dick for coke. Now that’s an addiction. You ever suck some dick for marijuana?”), why does Thurgood go clean at the end of the film?
    Links: Top Ten Stand-Up Comedians, Top Ten Dave Chappelle Films, Top Ten Dave Chappelle Skits,
  6. Pineapple Express
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           Hilarious stoner classic about when a weed dealer and his faithful client become best friends and go on an epic adventure.
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  7. Super Troopers
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           “Smell that, Rabbit?” Sniff, sniff… Yeah, smells like fear,” and a touch of reefer for good measure. When this Broken Lizard movie hit in 2001, it wasn’t necessarily regarded as a pot movie, but the scenes involving marijuana are quite memorable nonetheless. When the state troopers of the title (who consist of Lizard’s Jay Chandrasekhar, Paul Soter, Steve Lemme, Erik Stolhanske, and Kevin Heffernan) pull over a trio of hapless teenagers who’ve been smoking, it’s freak-out time for the boys in question. Chandrasekhar’s Trooper Thorny and Stolhanske’s Trooper Rabbit grill the kids and put the fear of God into the potheads, much to the cops’ amusement, but that’s just the beginning. Later, after the three have been arrested and are stuck in the back of one of the cop cars, another trooper pretends to be a murderous escaped con who steals the car while the “we’ll-never-take-drugs-again” petrified teens are still in it. That’s O.K., though, because at least the snozzberries taste like snozzberries.
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  8. Friday
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           A lot can go down between Thursday and Saturday. The original “in-the-hood” stoner comedy, Friday tells the story of two homies, Craig and Smokey, who spend the afternoon smoking and drinking on the front porch of their South Central, Los Angeles house. Unfortunately, they smoke an angry drug dealer’s entire stash of weed and have to figure out a way to pay him $200 before the end of the night. Ice Cube co-wrote and stars in the flick, the first directorial outing for Italian Job and Be Cool director F. Gary Gary. It was also the first big movie role for Rush Hour series star Chris Tucker.
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  9. Dazed and Confused
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           Richard Linklater’s ensemble dramedy is set in the mid-1970’s, what some might consider the classic stoner era. It’s cast includes an impressive lineup of stars-to-be like Matthew McConaughey, Ben Affleck, Milla Jovovich, Parker Posey, Cole Hauser, Joey Lauren Adams, Adam Goldberg, Nicky Katt and Rory Cochrane. And that’s just part of what makes it one of the ultimate stoner movies. The story follows a group of rising seniors and incoming freshmen looking to ease their teenage boredom. And, of course, they do so by drinking and smoking a lot of weed. The movie also sports an incredible ‘70s rock soundtrack with tunes from Foghat, Alice Cooper, Lynyrd Skynyrd, KISS and more.
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  10. Nice Dreams
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           Nice Dreams is Cheech & Chong’s 3rd feature-length film, released in 1981 by Columbia Pictures. It stars Cheech Marin, Tommy Chong, Paul Reubens, Stacy Keach, Evelyn Guerrero and Timothy Leary. Chong also directed the film.
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  11. Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle, Harold and Kumar: Escape From Guantanamo Bay
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           Harold and Kumar are two loveable stoners who get the munchies and take off on a Friday night mission to satisfy their craving for White Castle burgers. If that sounds a lot like Dude, Where’s My Car?, that should come as no surprise as the movie was directed by Dude director Danny Leiner. But Harold & Kumar is a unique stoner movie. Rest assured there are plenty of wild weed-smoking hijinks, but there’s also some deep meta-physical shit…and Neil Patrick Harris. WWNPHD?
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  12. Reefer Madness
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           Reefer Madness (originally released as Tell Your Children and sometimes titled as The Burning Question, Dope Addict, Doped Youth and Love Madness) is a 1936 American propaganda exploitation film revolving around the melodramatic events that ensue when high school students are lured by pushers to try marijuana — from a hit and run accident, to manslaughter, suicide, attempted rape, and descent into madness. The film was directed by Louis Gasnier and starred a cast composed of mostly unknown bit actors. Originally financed by a church group under the title Tell Your Children, the film was intended to be shown to parents as a morality tale attempting to teach them about the dangers of cannabis use. However, soon after the film was shot, it was purchased by producer Dwain Esper, who re-cut the film for distribution on the exploitation film circuit. The film did not gain an audience until it was rediscovered in the 1970’s and gained new life as a piece of unintentional comedy among advocates of cannabis policy reform. Today, it is in the public domain in the US and is considered a cult film. It inspired a musical satire, which premiered off-Broadway in 2001, and a film based on the musical in 2005.
    Links: Top 100 Cannabis Strainshttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reefer_madness,
  13. Grandma’s Boy
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           It may not have won critical acclaim, but in the realm of stoner movies, it’s among the new classics. The flick stars Allen Covert as Alex, the world’s oldest videogame tester. But at night, he is secretly developing what could become the next big game. Alex’s efforts are complicated after he is evicted from his apartment and must move in with his grandmother Lilly (Doris Roberts) and her two friends, Grace (Shirley Jones) and Bea (Shirley Knight). Oh, and Alex smokes a shitload of weed. It’s not Shakespeare, but there are some great gags. There’s the “incident” with the Lara Croft doll. And you’ve just gotta love a movie that features a kung fu-fighting chimp.
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  14. The Wall
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           Pink Floyd – The Wall is a 1982 British live-action/animated musical film directed by Alan Parker based on the 1979 Pink Floyd album The Wall. The screenplay was written by Pink Floyd vocalist and bassist Roger Waters. The film is highly metaphorical and is rich in symbolic imagery and sound. It features very little dialogue and is mainly driven by the music of Pink Floyd. The film contains fifteen minutes of elaborate animation sequences by the political cartoonist and illustrator Gerald Scarfe.
    Links: Great Pink Floyd Songs, Top Ten Bands, Top Ten Banksy Works of Art, Top Ten Walls, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pink_Floyd%E2%80%94The_Wall,
  15. The Stoned Age

           The Stöned Age (also known as Tack’s Chicks) is a 1994 American comedy film directed by James Melkonian, set during the 1970s about two long haired stoners named Michael Hubbs and Joe Connolly and one night cruising Southern California looking for alcohol, parties, and chicks.
    Links: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Stoned_Age,
  16. Super High Me
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           From the documentary side of things comes this picture, which obviously plays off of the title of Morgan Spurlock’s Super Size Me doc. What happens if you smoke pot more or less continuously for a full month? You don’t know? Then what exactly did you do in college? Starring Doug Benson, who is probably best recognized from VH1’s Best Week Ever, Super High Me depicts the comedian not smoking for 30 days and then diving into a month-long binge that would make Jeff Spicoli proud. Also featuring interviews with pot advocates, medical-marijuana users, politicians, and others, the documentary is interesting for its scientific look at the effects of the drug on Benson as he undergoes tests both mental and physical during his experiment. (He passed with flying colors, by the way, despite gaining almost ten pounds during the stoned month. Also, he aced the ESP test.)
    Links: Top Ten Comedians,
  17. How High
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           Those prefixed-men among mortals, Method Man and Redman, star in this 2001 stoner comedy. Directed by Bob Dylan’s son Jesse, How High focuses on a pair of potheads named Silas P. Silas (Method Man) and Jamal King (Redman) who are able to summon the ghost of their recently deceased friend Ivory (Chuck Davis) when puffing on their latest stash of Mary J. The reason for this otherworldly apparition being that the duo used Ivory’s ashes to fertilize their latest homegrown crop, obviously. Having a ghost around is helpful when one needs to take their college admission exams (here called the THC’s, Testing for Higher Credentials), and since Ivory provides all the answers to this latter-day Cheech and Chong pair, the two soon wind up as students at Harvard. There the film becomes a fairly typical us-against-the-university picture; think of it as Old School or Revenge of the Nerds on dope, as Mr. Hand might say. The supporting cast ranges from Fred Willard and Jeffrey Jones to Spalding Gray and…wait for it…Benjamin Franklin. A sequel to the film is reportedly in the works.
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  18. Bonus: Dude Where’s My Car
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