Brent Simon is a regular contributor to Screen International, Magill's Cinema Annual and ShockYa, among many other outlets, and serves as film editor at H Magazine.
A three-term president of the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, Simon has contributed to many online sites, including New York Magazine's Vulture, IGN, Rotten Tomatoes, FilmStew and
Reelz. He has worked with AFI Fest, served as a juror on COLCOA and many other film festivals (plus a nasty three-week criminal trial), and is currently working on a book project. SharedDarkness.com
is his online blog, and he thanks you for stopping by.
So Murphy's Law has a way of reaching over and slapping you down, as I (re-)learned last night, after mentioning on Twitter that I was (finally) headed to a screening of The Avengers. An incident at the ArcLight Hollywood prevented that, however. The 3-D presentation was screwed up. After the movie started, several dozen people started streaming down the aisles, searching for replacements for their 3-D glasses. My friend was among them; I waited two or three minutes, but the blurriness around the edges became too much. I retrieved another pair, which was worse, actually — a massive green tint (Hulk Vision?), and a significant blacking out of image in left lens. After more than 10 minutes of this, coming and going and trying another seven pairs or so, I quit and gave up. Some folks just lumped it and stuck in out, I guess, but this was a widespread issue, and quite disorienting. Was this part of some elaborate episode of Punk'd, like where Ryan Reynolds gets revenge on critics for their dismissal of his superhero turn in The Green Lantern?