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Plague has kept us out of the movie theaters, forcing new streaming practices so that films can be released at all, but as these restrictions end in 2021, do we want things to go back just to the way they were?
Your hosts Mark, Erica, and Brian reviewed many articles where filmmakers fretted about the future of cinema, but we pretty much ignored all that (at least for our first half hour) to have a nice new year’s discussion of our own past theater-going habits and experiences. What has worked and hasn’t in the shift toward more spectacle and amenities? What do we like and loathe about being in an audience with others? Is the theater experience essential just for big special effects films, or does it make any film more effective? How would we improve moviegoing and home viewing? We consider the list of films that were supposed to come out this year and were either delayed or moved to streaming, like Tenet, Soul, In the Heights, etc.
Here are those articles, so you too can mostly ignore them:
- “Every Movie Release Date Affected by the Coronavirus Pandemic” by Christopher Rosen
- “Hollywood’s Obituary, the Sequel. Now Streaming.” by Brooks Barnes
- “On the Future of (Going to the) Movies” by Jordan Crucchiola
- “The Future of Movie Theaters In the Age of Coronavirus: A Dialogue” by Brent Lang, et al
- “Streaming Is the Future for 2021, but I’m Not Convinced It’s the Future of Movies” by Matt Goldberg
- “Michael Shamberg On How The Theatrical Business Can Rebound From Covid-19”
- “How Will Movies Survive the Next 10 Years?” by Kyle Buchanan
- “Here’s How Movie Theaters Will Survive the Next 10 Years: Exhibitors Speak Out” by Eric Kohn
- “Christopher Nolan Rips HBO Max as “Worst Streaming Service,” Denounces Warner Bros.’ Plan” by Kim Masters
- “Patty Jenkins, Aaron Sorkin on Warner Bros.’ HBO Max Shocker: ‘We’re All Scared Everything’s Going to Change Now’” by Adam Vary
- “After Warner Bros.: The New Long-Term Deal Hollywood Studios, Movie Theaters and Netflix Need” by Eric Rosenbaum
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Conner Fields says
Did we already do games as high art vs. games as design. Is chess high art? How about Basketball, Soccer.
Video games as artwork is a good idea; I think we’d batted it around but forgotten about it. I’d have to think about a good guest for that.
I’m guessing we’ll do more sports at some point, but not sure of an angle as of yet.
Let’s get some live theater happening again before we cover that!
Conner Fields says
Wait, did we do The Live Theatre Experience?