Steven Spielberg: The Movie Industry Is About To Implode

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Internet killed the Hollywood star.


This is what the disintegration of IP looks like. So yes, blockbuster movies that will be bootlegged will still exist. *shock*


Hopefully this will ultimately lead to more small projects, as filmmakers stop trying to meet a standard that they can't. I end up wondering how close the relationship is between online video "retailers", like Amazon Instant and Hulu, and major hollywood studios. I know that this late season of Arrested Development had some special deal with netflix, so if there are ways to cheaply distribute lower-budget films through a very visible medium (without any big studio vampirism), maybe there's hope for some more interesting films to be made outside of the system. District 9, although not a Citizen Kane, comes to mind as a moderately successful movie shot on a smaller budget.

Also the Kickstarter fundraiser has already been used to fund a couple of video games, it could be done for movies as well.

Niccolo and Donkey
This present 'crisis' is reminiscent of the late 1960s in which the big studios were taking a beating financially and were out of touch with what moviegoers wanted to see. In came movies like "Bonnie and Clyde" and "Easy Rider", and a new crop of directors created some great American film up until money took control again with the huge success of Spielberg's "Jaws".

There is no risk-taking allowed in Hollywood as the money invested is too big and risk-aversion too high. So let's hope Spielberg and Lucas are right and it all falls down. That can only be a good thing.
Niccolo and Donkey
Stubby O'Zebedee

Here's the book that you want on the topic. I think parallels can be made to the state of film in America today:

It's hilarious, because Lucas and Spielberg claimed that their megahits helped fund the '80s art house boom, and now they're arguing against other mega filmmakers.

By the way, the multiplexes may have allowed smaller art house films to run in the "seventh theatre," but eventually the big distributors simply took them away entirely from the indie art houses. I saw it as it was happening. This had a massive effect on small scale filmmaking.

Interesting to see people like Schrader trying to find another model for stuff like that; hope he does well.
Niccolo and Donkey
Yeah. Biskind lays out a convincing argument that Spielberg and Lucas were the ones who ended the most experimental decade in American film at any time post-Hays Code.
Notice that both movies are either about flagrantly going against the law or trying to live outside of it peacefully. The protagonists of both movies are also vagabonds. No one wants to obey unjust laws and live a sedentary lifestyle.
Niccolo and Donkey
Pretty good snag, popper. I never thought of that even though it's obvious. Bonnie and Clyde stands up much better today than Easy Riders.
Bob Dylan Roof

Spielberg and Lucas pioneered the big-budget-cartoon-for-prole-manchildren trend in Hollywood and now they're trying to pass the blame. "It was those other comic book jews who ruined it!"

Also, lol at their wild, disconnected projections about the future of theaters. For people who do not own private movie theaters, going to the theater can actually be an "experience" beyond the content of the film itself.