Submitted by Jessica Stringer on September 26, 2006 - 01:16.
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Is anything sacred? I remember when there were no DVDs, no Netflix, no movies on iTunes and when going to the movies was special. I've read so many articles in the past few days about how Netflix is taking away from the movie industry, how movie pirating on Canal Street is costing Hollywood millions (about $6 million a year), and how iTunes is selling movies that I just had to say something.
I don’t know about you but I think some movies would just be better seen on a big movie screen in the dark with a bunch of strangers. (Star Wars or Casablanca or any action movie for example.) You don’t get the same experience on a small television or computer as you would seeing some of the best made movies on a huge screen. In a theatre, that’s when you really get lost in the sight and sound going on in front and around you.
Granted, I do see why people have Netflix (as my family does). It’s a lot more convenient, cheaper than hiring a babysitter and you get to enjoy a movie without commentary from immature viewers. According to a recent Pew Research Center survey, the typical adult now goes out to see a movie only five times a year. What is to blame? The Internet and video games and most of all the growing popularity and affordability of high-definition TVs are. Why go out when you can sit on your couch and your food? Still though, nothing beats a gorgeous movie (like Water or Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) and a huge bag of popcorn. It saddens me that movies may become obsolete one day.
Any suggestions for the movie industry you’d like to share? (Better movies, cheaper tickets, etc?) Do Hollywood and chains like AMC need to change or does the consumer need to change? What do you think about the practice that Steven Soderbergh tried when he simultaneously released his film Bubble in the theatres and on DVD at the same time?