I agree with Andre. Cinema may be dying but videogames, Twitch and Youtube are becoming more relevant and a place where new ideas and creativity are embraced. People can forgive a bad two hour movie but you can’t forgive a bad game that cost 60-70 dollars. So more time and effort is put into new gaming IPs. Sony just invested a ton of cash into developing new gaming IPs. I don’t see the major studios doing that. A new videogame called Returnal came out for the PS5 and that game shows you what an original and engaging sci fi experience looks like with a weird and engaging story. And yet again you get to play as the character rather than passively watch, all while in stunning 4k HDR at 60fps.
Movies and TV will always be a thing , but sometimes we don’t want the standard three act structure that literally every single movie and tv show has these days. Returnal is a great example of turning the narrative on its head as its a roguelike game where if you die you start all the way at the beginning again and the story only progresses the farther down you reach. Gaming also has many more examples of developing better story mechanics than movies.
I love movies from the 60s and 70s because they would try some really weird and out there stuff. Sometimes it wasn’t always a linear structure. Some were good, some were bad. I know he’s canceled but a lot of Woody Allen movies from those days are great examples.
I think we have lost that spark and a lot of it has to do with everyone in this industry trying to “make” it. So you buy all the screenwriting books, and take the classes, and they are all teaching you the same crap. None of them are teaching you to take chances. I know a lot of filmmakers who look down on gaming, Youtube, and new media like Tik Tok. To me they sound like the old man bitching about the youth. Waiting for things to go back to the way they were . “Well back in my day…. bla bla.” Okay grandpa.
In the end change is coming for cinema whether we like it or not. Start trying new things and stop being afraid your script doesn’t fit the perfect 90 min to two hour time medium. It’s time for change.
Small note . I do find it refreshing that Netflix is embracing more things like Love , Death, and Robots. They are great short films ranging in different lengths and given a platform to thrive. Not all of them are good but they at least take chances. I’m hoping to see more things like it. They are all cinema in my opinion.