- May 24, 2021
Of course film history matters but you bemoan modern business models when compared to old ones. If there is one thing we learn from history is that society and technology changes. People are still the same greedy, self-interested short-termist, arseholes they always have been (for the most part) but the melieu in which they operate is never the same. Stuff that worked 40 years ago don't work no more.
I love film. I think the feature film is one of those pefect art forms. Even shitty ones are to be treasured. I am aware though that it is a dying art form. Its time is up. It's not going to vanish overnight; people will still make them, I mean, people are still writing and producing ballets and grand operas long past the time when there is any viable economic justification for them - but as an important driver and unifier of popular culture the movie's days are, sadly, numbered.
Hollywood is, to paraphrase the great Morty Feinman. "Just milking the cow till it is dry, then it will make hamburgers and wallets."
Like it has always done.
I'm not sure the film medium is dying, so much as in a transitional state.
I just saw this, yesterday:
U2 aside, the potential for this a some kind of mass, quasi-religious experience is untold. They're already planning on building one in London.
Now imagine changing this to a narrative format. Movies will never be the same again, and this won't be replicable in your home like movies of today are. This is iMax on steroids.