I love videos, and if you do too then there has never been a better time to enjoy them. Its not cheap to make good films, and yet so many good ones can be had now at never before imagined availability! YouTube, Vimeo, Netflix, Hulu and friends have made it abundantly clear that the landscape has become stale and must change. In fact FilmMakerIQ.com an interesting article out on the topic now. Everyone seems to have a voice to add into the mix on this topic.
Some are heralding the end of the blockbuster movie as we know it. Its a fascinating read. And fortunately or unfortunately (depending on your point of view) I think this is going to happen and is necessary. The days of Hollywood making movies by the numbers and not by whether a film is good or not is going to come back to bite them in the wallets. Problem is, who is going to house clothe and feed all the wealthy unemployed Hollywood executives once the house of cards crumbles? Well maybe they’ll be taken in by the new kids on the block at Netflix making decisions about future seasons about the show “House of Cards”. On second thought, no. Please no.
As the movie studios like Disney and Paramount keep churning out duds, big name actors and directors (and lots of just film crew staff in general) are moving from the short subject matter of feature films to long formats in television. Never has there been more good TV shows out there then now, and they aren’t even on TV channels! Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright blockbuster of the moment, House of Cards, is a masterpiece, its winning awards left and right and it can’t be seen on the big movie screen or TV channels. Netflix has stolen the bottle of of movie magic and playing the game of “Smash, grab, and run like hell!” (obscure reference from GTA Vice City).
But what does this mean for consumers, and what does this mean for me? Well to celebrate the beginnings of this site I’ll begin with a short list of stuff I’m going to miss about the old order. With movie theaters threatened by the idea that one day you might be able to watch movies on Netflix the day they hit theaters, what point will theaters have to continue? Here are 5 things I will miss the most.
- The Big Screen Experience: Movie theaters are shutting down, and or they aren’t carrying the kind of movies that appeal to me. I’m pretty sure that sleeper hits like Indie Game: The Movie and Upstream Color and Cash Back would never have made it to my local theater anyways in the little sleepy town of northern California that I live in. And as the profit margin falls, as the costs of movie tickets increase, I’m going to miss visiting the big screen and finding the things I want there.
- The Amazing Surround Sound: I could never afford in my own home (and even if I could I wouldn’t want to bother with neighbors asking me what the heck was going on in my house). There is something about the total immersion that takes place in the kind of surround sound you find in the larger theater. Sure my dad had some amazing setups when I was growing up, but even these just don’t compare unless you own a bazillion dollars. I’ve only ever been in ONE home in my brief career as a window cleaner that had a REAL indoor theater. It was massive and nearly perfectly recreated the film going experience in a theater, but even if I had that money I would prefer to let a theater chain spend their own money to make that kind of arrangement. Cause I don’t want to spend my money when someone else can spend their own.
- Sneaking Candy Via My Dates Purse: OH COME ON! You really expected me to PAY your lame concession prices?! Uh, no! I believe whole heartedly they should have found a way around this long ago. Why aren’t there more chains of movie theaters that were a full service restaurant? Make the food good and an affordable price and give us less chairs that are fewer and further between and give us tables, knives and forks! There is NO REASON this shouldn’t be common place. But then again, I feel that the sneaking in snacks things was part of the experience and thus I expect I’ll miss it.
But its not all downers. Next time I’ll submit my list of 3 things that have me super excited about the coming changes in the new “Online Subscription Based Video Service Regime”.
- Netflix Is Betting BIG On Kevin Spacey’s ‘House of Cards’ (contactmusic.com)
- Is Netflix Going to Conquer the Media World? (plutonicgroup.com)