Friday, August 1, 2014

The last picture show is not in the offing

The campfire, the stories...then came the darkened movie theatre and the stories. People like to gather and share a story--the same one--together in an area.

We laugh. We cry. We escape. We learn.

Christopher Nolan, director of the "Dark Knight" trilogy, says this is not going to change, no matter how many streams and DVRs we have. Or digital delivery. Or what have you.

Quentin Tarentino calls digital "the death of cinema" or "TV in public." Yet, he sort of remade movies a while back by glomming together familiar themes and memes into something fresh--Pulp Fiction et al.

In some sense, even the big theatres may be like TV--owners can change what is shown easily.

Still, the shared experience will rule--when you go in a theatre and no one else is there, don't you feel a little cheated?

There will be theatres in the future--bigger ones, fancier ones, but the stories will still rule.

And I hope one of them is mine--Paw & Order. See http://pawandordermovie.blogspot.com.

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