Originally Posted by rbryanh
The problems of the American entertainment industry have nothing to do with communications technology and everything to do with their their product. They've very little to offer beyond a hyper-conservative, formulaic, rehash of 20th century clichés, sensationally degraded beyond recognition in a futile attempt to inject novelty into what has long since become as tediously uniform as the dripping of a leaky faucet. Both the film and music industries have been aesthetically, intellectually, artistically, ethically, and spiritually bankrupt for so long that it's financial failure is a consummation devoutly to be wished. They're parasitic, sapping the vitality out of an entire culture by depriving it of art, which - all bombast aside - is a basic human need up there with food, companionship, and a reasonably safe place to sleep.
Their obsession with short-term profits and form over content has finally caught up with them. Their market now treats their products and their producers with all the respect due disposable trash. Given that the primary goal of the industry is duping people into paying to be targets for advertising, stealing their product, giving it no more than the 30 seconds of attention it deserves, throwing it away, and forgetting about it is not just the only sane approach to it, but a decidedly moral one.
After all, what would we call someone who avidly purchased a $25 bag of potato chips and treated it as haute cuisine? A chump.
I agree to some extent. There is a lot of garbage out there.
Add to that the copycatism. No Strings Attached comes out and a year later, it's Friends with Benefits. Of course, this isn't recent - It's a Bug's Life comes out and a year later, it's whatever the silly copy was called. There is too much tendency to simply copy successful movies.
Then there's the issue of cost. If I take my daughter to see a movie and get drinks and popcorn, we're out nearly $30. Even the discount theaters (with their more limited selection) will set me back $15 for the two of us. For that price, I'm perfectly happy to wait 6 months and watch it on Netflix.
That said, there are occasionally good movies. Avatar was exceptional by almost any standard. If you like the genre, I really enjoyed The Blind Side. No Strings Attached was pretty good, again, if that's the type of movie you like.
I think the problem comes down to the movie theaters never understanding the concept of supply and demand. They have a philosophy of "If you film it, they will come". There seems to be more focus on getting lots of movies out there rather than spending the time, energy, and money releasing a smaller number of very good movies.
Of course, that problem is completely internal to the industry. They can't blame it on Apple or anyone else. Until they learn to focus on quality rather than quantity, their situation isn't going to improve. (BTW, my own view is that the music industry had some of the same problems. Even if piracy hadn't been a problem, I suspect that the music industry would have eventually faced the same problems. The fact that it's much cheaper to make a movie slowed the process down, but didn't stop it).