Originally Posted by GeorgeHolland
Your response seems a little harsh to a valid opinion or possibly you felt you were responding to an opinion you interpreted as harsh. I can appreciate both opinions and tend to fight my obsession for the biggest and best with a balance that isn’t completely focused on watching TV and movies.
For example, my current family room TV has a Pioneer Pro 141 60” plasma, largest available at the time, and it draws attention to the room. A current 65” actually takes up less space so when I finally upgrade, I’ll likely choose a 75” and based on my personality, may not be able to resist an 80+ inch. This in spite of the fact I have a dedicated Home Theater in my basement and since I can't sell projectors for much when I upgrade, a second "B" Theater in a bonus room I use for exercising.
A 75 to 82-inch screen is going to dominate the room and I can see where it could distract from a room some may prefer have interaction, decor and socializing as the central theme, not an enormous screen that overwhelms the room. I drive home at night by a neighbor whose very large screen lights up their house and looks out of place and surreal when passing by. Another house across the narrow lake I live on also has a huge screen I can clearly notice in the winter when the leaves are off the trees.
Eyesore may not be the language I would have used but an 85” screen in a multipurpose room will draw the attention and focus of anyone in view when on and a bit even when off. Not necessarily bad but it may look like an eyesore to someone that doesn’t rely on watching TV and movies as a significant outlet or hobby in their life, a minority of those on this forum I would be safe to assume. I admit to worring about generations growing up today, constantly connected to mobile devices and relying on social media rather than face to face interations and experiencing life vs watching it.
I have no comment on where the market is heading, don’t know, don’t care. When I am ready to upgrade, I will research and find the best fit for my goals.
Third point, I don’t read that emcdade doesn’t care for movies but that the movies produced over the last decade are lacking for his/her interests. You may disagree but it will be interesting to see how many films of the last decade will be considered classics in 20, 30, 50 years?
My wife is taking a film class that requires her to watch and comment on at least this point in her quarter, older films; Mr. Smith goes to Washington, The Philadelphia Story, From Here to Eternity, Double Endemnity, Casablanca, It’s a Wonderful Life have been covered so far. I am watching them with her and enjoying the heck out of them. Emcdade may in fact love movies, just not what studios are putting out today and did mention enjoyed the movies produced by HBO.
Different opinions don’t make either of you right or wrong, just different.
Sometimes I'm a bit harsh, I've been told.
and I were debating whether AVRs are good for music (I say yes, he says no... take it from there) just recently and maybe a bit of that rubbed off in my comment here. Hopefully we're all adults and folks here can handle it. Yes, I said I was "not feeling" that opinion, but I'm not saying anyone is right or wrong.
How many Hollywood classics will this era produce? Plenty. Movies (and music for that matter) are not in some creative lull. But if someone is not into movies, maybe they are not aware of this.
TV has gotten better, movies have not gotten worse, per se.
TV that's produced like a movie gets the same benefit from a larger screen, it's about how it's shot to begin with. If HBO is making a "cinematic" show the director of photography is likely using techniques created for "the big screen" and not for TV. Indeed, when people talk about the "movie quality" production of a TV show they are discussing either the quality of the special effects, or else how the scenes are framed and shot.
Accommodating a large screen is the price to pay for a cinematic experience is the main thing I'm trying to convey. If, where and how you do it is up to the individual. Directors are not shooting a film thinking "I hope someone watches this on a 65" OLED because of the amazing black levels" that's not how directors (Hollywood anyhow) think.
Movies are framed for a big screen. I'd argue that some folks singing the praises of TV show production have not experienced what a full 4K UHD Atmos production can deliver in terms of putting you in another place. Does not have to be a comic book movie.
FWIW I also happen to think viewing sports benefits a lot from a larger screen. Of course, if a living room does not have a good spot to put an 85" TV then maybe it's not an option. Having reviewed 55" through 85" TVs in the last year (including 65" and 75") I've thought about this quite a bit, and not just as a hypothetical. If you have a nice wall to mount it on, or space for a large TV stand, an 85" TV looks awesome, especially showing some artwork when it's not showing TV or a movie.
Anyhow, my point is that if someone does not care for (current?) movies and does not care for a big TV in their living room, of course it's a valid viewpoint. All I'm saying is I not agree with it. But in the end is just an opinion, people should enjoy media however they see fit!
Originally Posted by NewAger
I, too, found Mark's response a bit harsh. Perhaps there are some past issues between the two.
I share the increasingly popular viewpoint that modern television productions have far surpassed feature films with regard to quality. It used to be the other way around. And on that note, it is worth mentioning that TV series can also make for an engrossing audio/video experience in your home theater of choice.
Far surpassed? I've seen zero evidence of this. Maybe if you compare a handful of the best shows to a collection of the worst movies, but otherwise I don't see this as being the case. And inasmuch as there are shows with good writing and acting and production value, it's certainly not every show, just as not every movie is good.
The difference, as I see it, is that a show will have more episodes at the same production quality. Movies are one-off events, no guarantee a sequel stands up to a good original. And because personal taste plays such a huge roll in movies, reviews are almost worthless. Also, movies that wind up being a "series" like Hunger Games or Avengers will have a long gap between premieres.