Originally Posted by Art Sonneborn
You made the comment that effects couldn't save 2001 when you don't have any way to know what it would have done without effects so your conclusion there is flawed.
Lack of effects wouldn't have helped 2001 do better. In fact, quite the opposite. My point was that the latest technology didn't keep that film from flopping, just as 3D won't do the same for slow and cerebral films today. So the low box office of a modern classic like No Country isn't due to technology. It, and the other films you mentioned, weren't going to do big box office anyway.
I'm not sure why my concern that 3D will balloon and be used as a substitute for great writing as a way to save commercial cinema thus giving us fewer story driven films bothers you so much.
Huh? This is a discussion forum. Replying to a post doesn't mean I'm bothered. Just means I'm expressing a different opinion. That's what people do on a discussion board: discuss. If everyone agreed, there wouldn't be much discussion.
I know that there is no way that you can predict the impact any more than I can and this is simply my opinion.
No problemo. But I hope you understand that there are other opinions, based on a century of film history. Using the past as an indicator is not something uncommon nor unreasonable.
You feel that 3D reducing the space for story driven films in box office count,screens etc could never happen with "your generation" (whatever that is) but I do.
Correct, I don't feel movies are a zero sum game. For example: home video growth doesn't have to be at the expense of theatrical runs. The '80s and '90s demonstrated this, as the home video business AND theatrical audiences grew simultaneously.
Same with 3D (or any other technology for that matter). If you had been watching Transformers or Meet the Robinsons a couple years back, and been concerned that CGI-fests and 3D movies were "reducing the space" of story driven films, then your concerns would have been proven unfounded a few months later when Atonement, No Country For Old Men, Into The Wild, There Will Be Blood, etc., were released. How come those films weren't "driven away" by Shrek:The Turd and Beowulf?