4 comments on “Lucas and Spielberg See Big Changes — What’s Next?

  1. The problem with the self-destructive actions of the film industry is that it doesn’t respond to the genuine marketplace (which is not the way to proceed and always puts them years behind any legitimate “trends”) but attempts to fabricate an illusionary marketplace from their own continuously artificially inexact expectations.

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  2. Didn’t they say something about big-budget movies becoming more rare and more expensive to see, like live theater? I imagine the idea behind this blog trending more and more — people will gather in small groups and choose their own movie(s). And a resurgence for classic film.

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  3. Well put and poetic to boot, ChandlerSwain. It does indeed seem like a self-destructive situation, sort of fiddling while Rome burns? Yet with all the dependence on market research, how does the film industry continue to fail to respond to the marketplace? I wonder if there is one particularly strong driver or a convergence of many.

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  4. I agree! The expanded release of the classics — or even the non-classics (I’m wallowing in old Doris Wishman these days) — is a way to produce revenue without new investment, a kind of estate sale. I’m imagining a future with a kind of “slow” or “go local” film watching experience. Perhaps every Starbucks or wine bar will be connected to a small neighborhood theater with a 10′ screen, 50 seats, computer, and a cost-effective Netflix streaming agreement for communities.

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