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Has the quality of movies, recently and near future, gone down since pandemic?

Old 10-06-21, 08:48 PM
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Has the quality of movies, recently and near future, gone down since pandemic?

As i was coming home from work, i thought to myself that movies haven't been the same for obvious reasons, but still they are making them and perhaps because some straight to streaming service or on-demand, day 1 of theater or slight delay is tampering with numbers, in the grand scheme of things there has been no movie so far or upcoming that i am like clamoring to see.

Sure, i want to see Bond and Matrix and Dune, etc..., but i don’t have that yearn i once did bc of what's been churned out so far, i think. other reasons factor in too, i am sure, but the quality seems to have dipped greatly imo to the point, i'm like ok, if i don't see now, i'll see soon enough streaming. nothing cries out like it once did,

and yes, there have been blockbusters, a few anyway, but i still think quality overall is just not as it once was.

what do you think?

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Re: Has the quality of movies, recently and near future, gone down since pandemic?

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Re: Has the quality of movies, recently and near future, gone down since pandemic?

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Re: Has the quality of movies, recently and near future, gone down since pandemic?

Yes, but Iím not sure the pandemic is entirely to blame. I think there has just been a lot of shit movies.

Iíve seen a handful of movies that were obviously effected by the pandemic that were very minimally filmed in one or two locations with only a couple actors (Locked Down, Malcolm & Marie). But those movies that appear to be a direct result of the pandemic seem few and far between.
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Re: Has the quality of movies, recently and near future, gone down since pandemic?

Has the quality of movies in the near future gone down since the pandemic? WTF kind of question is that?
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Re: Has the quality of movies, recently and near future, gone down since pandemic?

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Has the quality of movies in the near future gone down since the pandemic? WTF kind of question is that?
Yes, it was will be.
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Re: Has the quality of movies, recently and near future, gone down since pandemic?


"And remember, my friend, future movies such as these will affect you in the future"
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Re: Has the quality of movies, recently and near future, gone down since pandemic?

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i donít have that yearn i once did
Maybe it's just you and not the movies. Things change as you get old. You like the exact same foods you did as a child?
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Re: Has the quality of movies, recently and near future, gone down since pandemic?

Just a hunk, a hunk of yearnin' churn.
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"I AM big. It's the *pictures* that got small."



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Re: Has the quality of movies, recently and near future, gone down since pandemic?

This is a tough one. I don't think movie have necessarily gotten worse, I just think the form of media needs to evolve - into what I have absolutely no idea but the current format of movies in general is just stale and starting to become easily skippable (to an extent).

They tried to go the interactive route (i.e. Bandersnatch) but that was just tedious.

If I had to guess, I'd say more immersion is the next step - maybe something virtual are some other way to project the movie around you.

We've been watching movies the same way for years and years and with the amount of shit coming out of streaming services, it hasn't helped.

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Re: Has the quality of movies, recently and near future, gone down since pandemic?

I think that a number of projects that would not have seen the light of day made it out due to lack of production when things were shut down. COVID has also changed how people are set on stage and sometimes it's very apparent. It also hurt movies that may have re-shot if the option was there so in my opinion quality control went down somewhat as well.
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Re: Has the quality of movies, recently and near future, gone down since pandemic?

It does feel that way a bit, but I think itís just coincidental. There have been some movies Iíve enjoyed, but definitely less.

Granted last year not many really released. This year has been better, but I havenít seen a movie thatís really wowed me.

I will say that there are less movies that draw me into wanting to go to the theater, and ones Iím on the fence about itís much easier to say that Iíll stream them or blind buy them on Blu-ray or 4K.

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Re: Has the quality of movies, recently and near future, gone down since pandemic?

In spite of this being an oldboy initiated thread, I would have to agree with the premise but for very different reasons.

I find it more entertaining to read (or watch) the initial spoiler-free previews + reviews, and guess what tropes and flow of the storyline is. By the time the spoiler filled reviews show up online, it gives a good idea how many of the guesses line up.

It takes a lot of the anticipation out like a lead balloon, when something becomes too easily predictable. Especially when reading websites like tvtropes.org is more entertaining, than watching the actual movies (or reading the actual books).
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Re: Has the quality of movies, recently and near future, gone down since pandemic?

I think jpcamb has a good point, as well as a few factors outside of that.

The gap between "blockbuster" and "prestige" has been widening for a while now, a few directors like Nolan and Villeneuve notwithstanding. There also aren't a lot of midrange budget films made anymore, so directors that flourished there either had to move to TV or retire or get forced into budget scales beyond their comfort zone with more studio influence.

There also might be a depressive effect from the pandemic (and other current events) on audiences' perception of media, causing you or I or anyone else to just not be very excited about stuff we see. Older movies becoming "comfort food" can further reinforce the idea that new movies aren't good.

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Re: Has the quality of movies, recently and near future, gone down since pandemic?

I just came back from the near future, and everything was fine. The movies were great.
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Re: Has the quality of movies, recently and near future, gone down since pandemic?

What?

Another baffling and incoherent Old Boy thread
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Re: Has the quality of movies, recently and near future, gone down since pandemic?

I know we like to give Oldboy shit, but Iím pretty sure all he means by near future is upcoming films that heís not as excited about. Itís not that baffling to me. Maybe weirdly worded, but I get what he means.
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Re: Has the quality of movies, recently and near future, gone down since pandemic?

(More generally).

Even though many of oldboy's threads/assertions may sound like adhd riddled brain farts of a high functioning autistic/asperger mind, I do appreciate that they are being asked/discussed in the first place.
Especially when such brain farts inadvertently points out a big elephant in the room, whether real or imagined.
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Re: Has the quality of movies, recently and near future, gone down since pandemic?

They remaking Dumbo Drop or something?
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Re: Has the quality of movies, recently and near future, gone down since pandemic?

Entertainment in general has been down since Covid first hit. The production pipeline was severely affected and studios became reticent at spending money during a global lockdown with few theaters open. The effects will be felt for a couple years at a very minimum.

In an earlier era you might have seen "smaller" flicks fill the gap but those aren't real moneymakers in Hollywood anymore, so there's little investment for them in the first place.

There's also a serious argument to be made that topline talent has been spread too thin across the industry - the rise of streaming has too many producers chasing the same small pool of actual creative talent in Hollywood. It should actually get better once some of these streaming venues collapse and we are left with the few winners. Many are still coasting on VC money without actually making a profit.
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Re: Has the quality of movies, recently and near future, gone down since pandemic?

You do realize that the vast majority of the movies that have come out during the pandemic were filmed months to even a year or two before the pandemic? Trying to tie in the pandemic to your personal taste in movies is totally illogical.
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Re: Has the quality of movies, recently and near future, gone down since pandemic?

Originally Posted by morriscroy
(More generally).

Even though many of oldboy's threads/assertions may sound like adhd riddled brain farts of a high functioning autistic/asperger mind, I do appreciate that they are being asked/discussed in the first place.
Especially when such brain farts inadvertently points out a big elephant in the room, whether real or imagined.
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Re: Has the quality of movies, recently and near future, gone down since pandemic?

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