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ParaNorman

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ParaNorman is the latest animated kid's film. By the makers of Coraline, this stop-motion comedy horror is a fantastic mix of action and humour. It will appeal to adults and children, due to the great script and voice acting. 
The film follows the story of a young boy, Norman, who has a strange gift: He can see ghosts. He is unloved by his parents and an outcast at school, except for his one friend, Neil. Norman is told by his uncle that he needs to rid the town of a curse that was cast by a witch 300 years ago. Norman embarks on an adventure to save the town.
The stop-motion looks amazing. The characters are lovingly made and are unique and loveable. Stop-motion clearly trumps computer animated any day. The script is full of clever wisecracks and in-jokes. There are nods to classic horror films, including Halloween and Dawn of the Dead. Norman is a character that everyone can relate to, as he is introduced as a social reject. The film is not too scary, although younger kids may fin…

IMAX vs 3D

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IMAX is widely hailed as the best way to watch a film. With cutting edge technology, huge screens and amazing films this is the ultimate movie experience. However there are fewer IMAX screens at the moment than your average multiplex. This is where 3D comes into play. The idea is that donning a pair of 3D glasses transports you into the film, deeming 2D as pointless. However does this work? Is IMAX worth it? What method gives you the ultimate trip to the cinema?

IMAX was born at Expo '67 in Montreal when a group of filmakers attempted to create the ultimate cinema by syncing up nine projectors. It worked and the technology was developed and improved over the next three years. It premiered at Expo '70 in Japan. The first permanent IMAX theatre was built in Toronto, Canada and showed a film about the history of the city.
IMAX went public in 1994 and theatres were built in North America with the technology. However, only a handful of producers were making IMAX films. To this proble…