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Published 9 months ago with 6 Comments

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  • NotWearingPants
    +8

    Going to the movies is going to cost you 50 bucks, maybe 100. Maybe 150.

    I only go a couple times a year at $12. At the prices he's suggesting, you effectively eliminate the working class.

  • ohtwenty (edited 9 months ago)
    +6

    It looks to me like their arguments mostly hold for big-budget films, blockbusters, and standard hollywood things (anyone psyched for marvel's 23rd avengers film?).

    "There's going to be eventually day and date with movies" — when films are available on demand at home the same day they hit theaters

    Already exists here in the netherlands, albeit with a pay-per movie scheme.

    You're going to have to pay $25 to see the next Iron Man. And you're probably only going to have to pay $7 to see Lincoln.

    Do they ever go to smaller, independent cinemas? Those are already cheaper, but often won't have blockbusters. Again, already happening.

    Meanwhile, as far as I can see, there's interest in going to the cinema more (For the Netherlands: subscription service one, cineville;, subscription service two, pathé unlimited; subscription service three, America's Moviepass -- which only allows one movie a day, as opposed to the other two where you can go back-to-back [I've only managed two in a day, but I know people who've gone to three movies in a day!]). They all have been growing steadily. But maybe Spielberg & Lucas are right -- it's got to be more about quality if movies want to succeed. And frankly, big budget does not correlate with quality, imo. Popularity, certainly. But there's some fantastic smaller budget films.

    edit: /u/8mm, you might want to include in the title that it's an old article. "predict" doesn't really work if it's 4 years ago.

    • AdelleChattre
      +8

      They all have been growing steadily. But maybe Spielberg & Lucas are right -- it's got to be more about quality if movies want to succeed.

      This from the auteurs behind such blockbusters as Howard the Duck and last year's The BFG.

      u/8mm, you might want to include in the title that it's an old article

      Just because this article's from four years ago doesn't mean u/8mm's had time to read it yet, or that u/hiihii will read it before oddly re-posting it tomorrow.

      "predict" doesn't really work if it's 4 years ago.

      Sounds like the germ of an idea for making perfect predictions all the time to me.

      • ohtwenty
        +3

        Sounds like the germ of an idea for making perfect predictions all the time to me.

        Fair enough, but if something, especially a prediction, from four years ago is still relevant I personally think it's up to someone, preferably OP, to show that it's still relevant. Looking at the top budgets A quick glance suggests about 1/3-1/2 of most films are from 2013 until now. It looks like u/8mm posts a lot more about films though, so he might know something I don't.

        This from the auteurs behind such blockbusters as Howard the Duck and last year's The BFG.

        I've never seen HtD, or even the trailer, but that looked absolutely aweful. Thanks for sharing.

  • NinjaKlaus
    +5

    "It's because all the gatekeepers have been killed!"

    Yeah, more like you will have a big giant gatekeeper for all. Look no further than the Disney Fox deal where Disney could, in theory, walk away with 40% of the market.

  • RusSwatKatsFan
    +4

    Old article, but Spielberg seemed eerily prescient on the 3-4 tentpole failures; that's exactly what happened to Paramount this year with Ben-Hur, Monster Trucks and a few others being megabuck flicks that flat out bombed.

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