Without the cinema theatre, there is no home theatre...
For those of you so in favour of TV streaming, is there any made-for-streaming movie that even comes close to Blade Runner 2049 or Dunkirk in terms of doing your system justice?
What's the point in spending the tens of thousands that we have on our home theatres, only to watch middling TV movies?!
Is there any movie made for any streaming service that comes close to even a simple, small movie like Phantom Thread in terms of artistry, acting and filmmaking?
Even a tiny, low budget (under $5million) horror movie like Get Out looks and sounds better, has better acting and is more cinematic than any and all made-for-streaming movies to date. Because it was made for theatre. The writer/director, actors and the cinematographer of Get Out are all from TV backgrounds primarily and the movie was shot on a video camera (Alexa), not on film, yet it is still cinema percisely because it was made for theatre and not for the home like most of their other work. It shows. They bring their A-game.
The choice isn't between watching movies in non-ideal theatres vs. on your high quality home theatre system... the choice is between what movies will be available to you, ones made for theatre, or movies made for ipad...
Are you guys really excited about tech giants like Netflix and Amazon to start campaigning for awards and obscuring quality filmmaking even further, deminishing the theatrical experience?
If the theatrical requirement is reduced further, the movies you will be able to stream will start to look and feel smaller, less important, less impactful... because they will be made with distracted ipad users in mind, not with a 20 metre theatre screen and 10,000s watts of audio power and a couple of hundred pair of attentive eyes and ears in mind...
This is the physical reality that these streaming companies want to obscure, because it is something they cannot deliver in their lowest cost distribution model.
I tried to watch Red Sparrow in theatre this week, but I walked out of the cinema because the track lights were so bright that they washed out the bottom third of the screen and gave the movie a blue colour cast
... I will probably rent it on iTunes and watch it on my projector at home in better quality
... But the fact remains that even a typical, non-Oscar level, movie like Red Sparrow is made to a scale and at a level that made-for-streaming movies simply do not and will not match. Why should they, when the vast majority of their users watch on their phones and in 15 minute chunks?
Without the theatre, there would be no Red Sparrow to stream... That is something worth thinking about. I still go to the cinema regularly, because i recognise this fact. I'm glad thst someone at Spielberg's level is addressing this.