Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Are the Movies Dying?

Recently, much hand-wringing has occurred over declining box office returns. Ty Burr's article, Are the Movies Dying? looks at film-going in the 21st century, and questions whether the slump is just a trend or if a larger cultural shift is afoot. The article quotes liberally from a recent AOL survey covered in one of my previous entries, Movies at Home vs. The Theater. Burr, too, touches briefly on the communal aspects of theater attendance--he calls it "communal dreaming", a phrase I like quite a bit!

For a different take on "the slump", Patrick Goldstein's article, Nothing's New in Hollywood, lays blame on the rampant trend of remaking older films and tv shows. True, we are currently awash in remakes, and as my friend Tim said, "Do we really need another version of ADVENTURES IN BABYSITTING?" Originality, it seems, has taken a long vacation....


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Anonymous John Ventura said...

What an idiot to put a commerical on a blog. Anonymous should get a life. "Are the movies dying" I hope not. I grew up in the fifties and still remember Saturday mattnee at the movies, a double feature and free give aways. What is more important I do not think you every get the same feel looking at a movie on dvd. I have many and will continue to buy and rent them but there is something to be said to be in a dark theater with a 30 foot screen ( or what ever size they are) completely involved with the movie. There are distractions some times, people talking, but if I am involved in the movie, all that fades away. A good movie can change my mood and it happens most often in the theater.

8:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is why movies are dying, because the industry is filled with criminals...

If you can help me save some unsuspecting filmmaker some pain by posting this, it would be appreciated, thank you, Luis



ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA – The director of Rockets Redglare!, a Steve Buscemi produced documentary which screened at Sundance in 2003 featuring Mr. Buscemi, Willem Dafoe, Jim Jarmusch and Matt Dillon, announced today he has filed a $1.75 million lawsuit in Federal Court against the film’s primary distributor.

Luis Fernandez de la Reguera charges that Michael Broder DBA Small Planet Pictures and Undecided Films, based in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, is in breach of contract, failed to pay advance fees and royalties, distributed the film illegally outside of North America, and did not honor marketing commitments. Entertainment lawyer J. Christopher Robbins is handling this case.

In a two-count federal lawsuit, the film’s owners allege that Small Planet Pictures,Undecided Films and its owner, Michael Broder, “obtained gains, profits, and advantages as a result of his wrongful acts.” They seek a court order preventing further unlawful distribution of the film, dissolution of the contract, and damages.

For more information contact:
Catherine Timilty, Esq.
(866) 862-6878

2:51 PM  

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