Posted June 30 2005 - 02:04 PM
Good point, this year has been the damn week as far as interesting movies goes. All I'm saying is, of my friends who have enjoyed current movies from the past 3 years, the chasm between the ones who saw them in the theaters and enjoyed them and the ones who downloaded them, watched them on their computers and hated them is vast. Factor that into marketing dollars, with the marketing people knowing that people think their all bad ass by watching stolen property, and knowing that this piracy is causing the numbers to go down in theater audiences (find me one person who downloaded a movie on opening week end who didn't justify it by saying something to the effect of "If Hollywood made good movies, I'd support them.") and it doesn't take a rocket scientist to extend this to a conlusion where they think that the audience would be satisfied with lower spectical, ie cheaper pictures. I'm talking about the money guys and marketers here, the souless, artless demon money worshipping scum that actually manage the money and make pictures happen.
And no, I'm not stupid, I really don't think that downloading is bankrupting Hollywood, it is a great excuse for studios to make to justify poor returns for:
| There are simply far too many big budget films, 'event' scaled films from too many studios. |
Absolutly right Alex! We live in a day and age where every single studio movie has to have a min $150,000 opening weekend to be considered a success. In stead of making interesting pictures that can captivate an audience, the studios have chosen to make giant big dick waving special effects extravaganzas. Now don't get me wrong, I like big d... uh, special effect extravaganzas, but not every time I go to a movie.
I remember a interview with Ebert, from the 90's, in which he expressed concern that our movie culture (my term, movie culture, because I can't think of what else to call it) was heading in the direction where the Hong Kong industry had already arrived. Basically, that movies would be expected to be huge, make a ton of cash the first couple of weeks, than bang, another huge movie, at the cost of generally dumbed down movies. Pretty astute prophecy from Ebert, if my newspaper listing of what's playing is any indication.
I think this is very real, at a very real cost as to what we can expect to see at the theater in the future. Steven Soderberg already announced that he is working on a project that well be done on DV and released to theaters, home video, and pay-per-view at the same time. I like Soderberg's stuff, so I'm sure this release well be pretty great, but I'll put money down that it not's going to be exactly Lawrence Of Arabia in scope and awe inspiring spectical.