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Audiences and their phones have changed the experience of going to a movie.

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Aug 7, 2023Liked by Cole Haddon

I feel like this question is directly related to the content vs film distinction that’s becoming increasingly easy to make. Take Roma which premiered on Netflix. For me, that film was diminished by the small screen experience. Ant-Man 3 not so much. That said, during the lockdowns, we gave our daughter a mini-film history course at home, and the small screen still generated enough magic to make films like 2001 et al unforgettable.

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It depends: small independent movies that can’t easily make it to a movie theater always get my attention, but I generally don’t watch big budget movies made for platforms. I just find it nonsensical...

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When I was growing up, we went to the cinema every week, pretty much, no matter what the latest release was. That was where you watched new movies

Then you had the video rental store where you could find the odd curiosity that you’d missed or hadn’t made it to our 3 screen local. Once you could buy videos it was even better as you’d actually own some of your favourite movies and didn’t have to wait until they were on TV at Christmas

However, as much as it was great to watch stuff at home, nothing beat queueing outside the cinema with a group of folks your own age all hyped to see Return of the Jedi or Rocky IV and then getting in and scrambling for a decent seat!

Streaming is the worst of both worlds. The movies are there but without the cinematic experience or actually getting to own the physical copy. It’s like someone just lets you watch their copy for a bit

And, ultimately, I’m sure there aren’t any filmmakers who imagined their movies being watched on a phone or a tablet

Still try and go to the cinema as often as we can and our son is the same with his friends. As for the cost, we’re quite lucky with the prices where we live. Got to see the new Mission Impossible for £5 each if you go out of core hours. If you want popcorn or juice that’s a second mortgage though!

Streaming has its place but I think mostly for TV shows where they can be watched in a serialised form

Anyway, apologies for the rambling answer. Not sure I’m happy agreeing with Tarantino on anything these days but he might have a point for once! 😁

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Imo, there exist many good films that for one reason or another are released direct to video or television or streaming. (There's also lots of crap of course.) Many contemporary martial arts b-movies, for instance, go DTV, as do later horror sequels to notable franchises. This does not necessarily mean that these are bad pictures or that they don't receive any recognition.

So, I don't think a movie necessarily has to have a theatrical release to qualify as good. Tarantino also specifically seems to be talking about big budget productions that cost over 50 million. But really, a lot of the non-theatrical pics don't have budgets that are that big. Indeed, smaller budget works seem to thrive in the DTV space.

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Aug 7, 2023Liked by Cole Haddon

I love cinema but can’t see everything I want there, so have no problem watching at home, and for big releases I break out the projector and screen to make it feel more of an event.

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I always prefer the theater but just don’t have time or money to go much anymore. But I think a good movie is good no matter how it’s watched. I mean, is Casablanca a classic because it was released in a theater or because it’s a good movie?

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Aug 7, 2023Liked by Cole Haddon

There are surely many really GOOD movies that I've never seen in the theater - esp. my tippy-top fave, the LotR trilogy (boy, would I love that!) but must say it is different than trying to watch at home with all of its distractions. So, mostly AGREE, although in my area theaters that show, say, retro, classic movies are few and far between.

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If I really enjoy the movie, I think "wish I could've seen this on the big screen first".

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The theatrical experience is overrated for me nowadays, particularly with how much it now costs to go to a theater. In LA to see Oppenheimer at Universal Citywalk, each ticket is $25 apiece. Add in the cost of parking $5, popcorn and soda $25, and a babysitter for while we are out for another $100, seeing a movie nowadays can cost almost $200 for a couple with kids. No way I'm paying that much for Guardians 3, or Fast X or any of the franchise films coming out recently. We did take off work to see Barbie in the afternoon this past week, which made the tickets cheaper and no babysitter, but it did cut into our salaries for the week.

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