Originally Posted by Amos Orange
I don't know if it's a statement about my tastes or the changing landscape of mainstream cinema, but I'm not aware of many movies released recently I'd want to get to a theater to see.
$10 a month is great, but going out is much more of a time sink vs cueing something up on the couch. And once you're committed to an outing, you're less inclined to cut your losses when you're 45 minutes into Annabelle: Creation and realize it's not going to get any better.
The curmudgeon in me says moobies just aren't as good as they used to be.
Weird because I'm listening to Gale Anne Hurd on the nerdist podcast and just as I pull this post up Hardwick started talking about how going to the theaters back during ALIENS was much more of an event and now things are more disposable. Talk about timing.
I used to say Hollywood could fix the attendance problem by making better movies, but I think at this point it's too late. People have already been burned so badly by shit, they don't trust going out to the movies as much anymore, because you're burning up gas and maybe spending too much on concession items. So it's not just risking the movie sucking, you're investing your money and time and it's becoming increasingly not worth the effort.
You don't have to eat at the theater and you can always ride your bike if it's close enough, but I also think we've gotten lazier as a culture... because you have so many other stunning options at home; video games, youtube, social media, netflix/amazon/hulu, HD porn, and of course HD movies that look just as good as anything at the theater. So it becomes harder for theaters to compete.
Personally though seeing something in a theater is still better because it forces you to pay attention, since you're sitting there and can't pause it to masturbate or write a lengthy CHUD post or whatever. And the size of the screen really does matter when it comes to impact. I've never had a great movie experience at home that comes close to rivaling something great I've seen at the theater, especially if its with an audience, where everyone is sharing this amazing thing. It's just two totally different experiences for me, so there's almost a reverential tone to going to a theater. I think Hollywood movies are worse than ever, but there's still alot of indie stuff being released that's worth a trek.