The Movie Crisis

Posted on | April 4, 2012 | 6 Comments

3-D, CG and Netflix have become more and more popular, while theaters and stories are dying. For better or worse? Should you pay the expensive price to see a film in the theater, or wait to rent it? Where did all of the stories go? Is Hollywood one big Michael Bay? They spent that much to make the movie and we spent that much to go and see it? Should we see it in 3-D or IMAX? Is the end of Hollywood near? Flick answers everything you could possibly think of… and what you can’t.

Where to begin? Let’s start with something I haven’t mentioned in my brief introduction: the general appeal of the audience. Nowadays every week at least one action/3-D/thriller/science fiction film is released. Some people like these movies. Some don’t. There is no real general appeal of the audience it’s all just “they like that”, “he like’s this” and “she doesn’t like this.” Hollywood thinks that they should release the action spectacle and so on because they will please the most amount of people they possibly can. (A.k.a get their hands on the most money they possibly can.) Then, there’s whether or not it’s worth it…3-D is currently one of, if not the most popular addition to watching a film. At times it can be irritating, at times it can be exciting but it always serves up Hollywood’s first order of business: it serves up money. Either critics recommend it or some gut instinct inside of you says “3-D. Must watch movie in 3-D.” Whatever reason  so many people go to see films in 3-D beats me. But one thing is certain: 3-D won’t be leaving cineplexes anytime soon. None of the stories “went anywhere”, they just disappeared because not enough people went to see them anymore. I could go on for hours about all this, but it all comes down to people are paying to go see spectacles more than they are paying to go see dramas or films with a story. Do you miss the movie theaters? Do you wish the ticket prices were less expensive? The theaters could be going out of business and streaming devices like Netflix could become the new  movie theater. I think that watching a film on the big screen can make the way you view a film entirely different from watching it on your iPhone or iPad or even your TV. Not only is the screen much bigger, but also the shared experience of watching the movie with other people is entirely different (and in my opinion much more fun).One question that I would like to have answered is “Do we have anything to look forward to?”. This whole article I’ve been talking about what isn’t good about the current state of films. I think effects will certainly advance which will completely change the way movies are made just the way films like Avatar have changed the industry already. Also new filmmakers will come into our world and someday all of the directors directing right now will be replaced by completely new directors.

With all the money they’re making (and all the money Flack predicts they’ll make in the future), Hollywood won’t be dying soon and as for the rest if you look hard you can find many enjoyable movies, lately War Horse and Hugo have been some of my favorites. Thanks for reading! If you agree or disagree with my predictions for the future or would like to add something that I didn’t mention please comment. After all, the future of the movies is endless in terms of possibilities.


6 Responses to “The Movie Crisis”

  1. Papa
    April 4th, 2012 @ 8:06 pm

    Your discussion of the “Movie Crisis” combined Flack’s analysis of the upcoming summer movies together present a very comprehensive look at the state of movies today – great food for thought. It will be interesting to see how things develop over the next few years.

  2. flickflack
    April 5th, 2012 @ 6:16 am

    How do you think things will develop over the next few years?
    Thanks for the comment! From, Flick

  3. Abid
    April 5th, 2012 @ 12:45 pm

    This is a very thoughtful article about the creeping business of the art of making movies for people to enjoy. All of these innovations are made to increase the bottom line of the studios; this is not the case of foreign movies.

  4. Papa
    April 8th, 2012 @ 4:39 pm

    I do not think that movies will shift to 3-D overall unless technology is developed to do away with the need for special glasses. I would also hope that there is a shift to more intelligent story-telling as you suggest but that may be wishful thinking.

  5. Steve Itkin
    April 9th, 2012 @ 10:15 am

    Wow! Great analysis…keep’m coming!

  6. flickflack
    April 11th, 2012 @ 7:01 am

    Thanks for the comment! From, Flick (Reply to comment 5)

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