This evening I'm meeting Chris to see Watchmen on an IMAX screen in Northern Virginia -- yes, I'm the last person in America who wanted to see Watchmen and hasn't already done so.
I'm pretty excited about this. The last conventional movie I saw on an IMAX screen was the first Batman, on a screen somewhere in Texas when I was there on business.
Tomorrow night, depending on my other commitments, I think I'm going to see Monsters vs. Aliens in IMAX 3-D, taking it to the next level.
What I don't know is whether I'll get the full effect of these movies -- and yes, it does have to do with my inability to see the 3-D images in Magic Eye pictures. Maybe.
Because I don't know why I can't see the Magic Eye images. I've never been able to, even though people have tried to teach me, and I've found websites that give instructions. I'm good at looking into the middle distance; I have no problem letting my eyes drift out of focus; I cannot see those dumb pictures.
I suspect that it has something to do -- although, why would it? -- with my mild form of retinitis pigmentosa, which limits my field of vision and makes it hard for me to see in dim light. I'm never quite sure where the boundaries of my field of vision are, and it's possible that the 3D images in Magic Eye pictures materialize somewhere in the middle where I just don't see.
Can you see Magic Eye pictures? Don't bother giving me advice about how to do it, I've tried everything.