July 6, 2017 at 11:18AM
"Rotten Tomatoes Controversy"
Sydney Pollack: -- "We have been given the privilege of making films. It is our responsibility to make them good." -- Rotten Tomatoes just allows us to make intelligent choices by aggregating reviews. Keeps the filmmakers on their toes, because now they know that they can't just dump a shitty film into our laps and expect all of us to blindly schlump into the theater like cattle. I believe film reviewers are consumer advocates, and provide a public service; especially these days, when it costs $40 for One Ticket, One Coke, One Popcorn. The problem for Hollywood isn't RT, it's Ticket Prices, Mobile Phones, Big Screen TV's, Home Theater Systems, Great Scripted TV Series on Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, Vudu, HBO, Showtime, Christ, a MILLION other channels. I really think long-form, view on demand, scripted series are now more satisfying to viewers. Single-view, 2-hr story arc itself is dying. Stories aren't rich enough for this generation of viewers. Brick and Mortar is dying everywhere. New world. I don't have an answer, but I do expect a lot fewer big theaters, a lot more Pay-per-view, and a lot more choices. So, If you don't like Rotten Tomatoes, don't read it.