After those original three decent flicks, Star Wars has devolved into billion dollar weak tea. People will continue to shell out coin, trying to recapture some long forgotten feeling, and Disney will surely take in a metric s--- ton of coin over the coming years. But it's still weak tea.
After the first three films - which, if you recall, were innovative versions of Joseph Campbell's Hero's Journey - I (along with millions of other fans) thought that subsequent films were going to be awesome. And the universe was vast; what stories could be told? Maybe Vader's 'fall from grace'? Could've been epic. Could've been Shakespearean. But no. It makes me sad.
There are many, many, many facets and nuances to this topic --- and you gotta admit, more straw-man arguments than you can shake a scarecrow at --- but after some thoughtful consideration I must completely agree with Spielberg. Netflix and other streaming platforms ARE television, and should compete for the Emmy.
Netflix wants to play smallball but at the same time qualify for the big prize. Nah.
If you play flag football, even if you play amazing-world-class-awesome flag football, you don't get a Lombardi Trophy.
I'm saying this as a movie fan. I desperately want more movies that have huge scope, that swing for the fence, that scale the spectacle, and take the risks that television (almost) never does. Those movies are already rare, and I DON'T want studios, producers, directors, and all the other professionals associated with motion pictures to be DISINCENTED to go big. I want moviemakers to be ALL IN. And I believe that means aiming for a theatrical run as the primary viewing experience.
I am also a fan of television. I watch a lot of it. I'm not saying TV is lower-level entertainment, or a lesser art form, the way some people view comic books as lesser than novels. I'm just saying it is fundamentally different. And the rewards, therefore, should be different.
Anyway, nobody has to care what I think. But I think movie theaters are magical places. And I do hope that a hundred years from now, there are still movie theaters, and strangers still congregate in dark rooms to be transported, via the art of filmmaking, to other times, other places, other worlds.
Jon Stewart was an icon, and is sorely missed. He was at his best when taking the news media to task, and making stupid look stupider.
At the moment, my favorite, can't-miss show is Last Week Tonight. It's THE best thing on television. Although not technically a talk show, as there aren't guests in the typical fashion.
Holy crap. As much as I admire some of Kubrick's work, I had no idea....
And I don't give a ---- what anybody else thinks: This guy's title is ARTIST.
Thanks so much for posting this.
I might get shouted down by trolls, but I think the best moments in the Marvel comic book movies are the ... quiet moments ... where the characters reveal a glimpse of humanity. It's an art, revealing character at the same time the world/universe/multiverse is in the process of being destroyed. Doesn't always work. But my recent favorite was in the new Captain America film. The Winter Soldier in the back seat of a VW bug, asking Falcon, "Can you move your seat up?" That's something we can all relate to.
~"A premise is not a movie." So. Very. True.