By Eric Kohn | Eric Kohn November 5, 2010 at 6:20AM
It's been over a year since "Avatar" stormed into theaters and made a strong case for the ongoing role of 3-D in Hollywood productions. That conversation might seem a little stale right now, but for the first installment in a weekly dialogue with my colleagues Anne Thompson and Leonard Maltin, we tried to find a way to make it fresh again. My own feeling is that 3-D alone can't do much for the moviegoing experience, and that thinking otherwise could lead to the alienation of movies that either can't afford the technology or stand to benefit from it on a creative level. It will remain, I think, an asterisk for most new releases -- although, as Leonard points out, that asterisk costs a few extra dollars at the box office. Anne explained how the recent surge of interest in 3-D no longer has much appeal for audiences as it did a few years ago, a fact that nicely dovetailed into a history lesson from Maltin about the last time 3-D seemed like the next big thing -- sixty years ago. Read the whole conversation here.