Many of the best films of 2015 struggled to find audiences on the big screen. It’s not that Americans have stopped splurging at the movies: ticket sales are projected to hit a record $11 billion this year. However, audiences were more inclined to brave the multiplexes for major tentpole entertainment like “Stars Wars: The Force Awakens,” “Jurassic World” or “Avengers: Age of Ultron” over small dramas or comedies. The golden age of television might be influencing consumer habits, too. Theatergoers want their money’s worth — in the form of special effects, explosions and A-list stars — when they make a commitment to see a movie.
If the trend continues, the industry will need to brace itself for major changes in the years to come. Although Sundance 2015 was a strong year for quality pictures, most of the titles that debuted in Park City floundered at the box office. The prestige fall movie season, typically a good time for indie and adult-oriented releases, proved to be equally cold: among the casualties were “Steve Jobs,” “Our Brand Is Crisis,” “The Walk,” “Freeheld,” “99 Homes” and “Burnt.”
Reality check: The major change is that Hollywood is firewood, and not because of Bible belters picketing on the sidewalk, rewarding the stars with free publicity.
Rather, all the new high-tech special effects make blockbusters better now. Alongside which, fewer people actually care about the values that Hollywood defends, represented by “indie and adult-oriented releases.” That’s not because they reject the values, but because most people either live that way or don’t, but neither group needs pay to see a film about it.
Alongside which, fewer people actually care about the values that Hollywood defends, represented by “indie and adult-oriented releases.” That’s not because they reject the values, but because most people either live that way or don’t. ut neither group needs pay to see a film about it.
Hollywood triumphed over fire and brimstone. So? So now, g’bye.
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It’s not about what people believe; it’s about Hollywood as such being technically and culturally obsolete, unless it wants to push sex with kids, cannibalism, the moral righteousness of FGM, or something else that would genuinely titillate the “adult” audiences’ sense of values. Aw, maybe not even then.
It’s anyone’s guess as to what the political impact, if any, would be. Progressive governments funding Hollywood, to preach their values?