The Future of Film – Why I’m Worried

The Future of Film – Why I’m Worried

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Chris Stuckmann discusses the impact of the MCU on movie theaters, Martin Scorcese’s opinions on Marvel, the state of physical media, and much more.

Who’s Killing Cinema?

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32 Responses

  1. Music Mash-Ups Official says:

    The fact that completed movies can be cancelled or completely erased from legal existence is by far the worst danger the film industry is facing. We spent a century fighting against the plague of “lost films” and now that the industry has full power to prevent films from ever being lost again, it’s choosing to let it happen for the sake of greed.

    • The Cinematic Mind says:

      Short Films for decades have been getting this treatment time and time again it’s shocking.

    • Rob says:

      I hate cancel culture in general but politics aside as a film lover this is why I collect physical copies. Hundreds at this point, more to come. Knowing my entire Vudu library of like 100 movies that I “own” could be taken off at any minute or edited for content whenever they want really bothers me. Most digitals I own is because either they’re on sale, or I genuinely can’t find them anywhere else. Oftentimes I own something on digital that was cheap and I hadn’t seen then like it and buy a physical copy.

    • WFM says:

      I remember when Sound of Freedom was making the rounds over the summer I heard it had actually been filmed and edited to completion like 4 years ago and had just been sitting around, collecting dust. I wonder how many other good movies are just never released

    • Madfella Duke says:

      Maybe we should all delete our movie streaming services. I deleted all of the ones I had because nothing good that I haven’t already seen was on them.

    • Rob says:

      @WFM same goes for The Empty Man which is an incredible movie that got no attention and imo could’ve been a decent hit, it’s a bit long but people who like horror movies would’ve enjoyed it and likely not noticed the runtime. It could’ve been fairly well received by mainstream audiences with a good ad push. As of now I think the only legal way to see it is streaming. Still no physical release. I own it digitally but I’m probably gonna have to “find” a physical copy.

  2. biggerblue 2002 says:

    I’m so scared for the future of cinema. I’m glad that studios like A24 and Neon are still doing their films like they are. Festival movies are really saving cinema to a certain degree.

  3. Robert Phillips says:

    The canary in the coal mine (for me) was the commercial failure of The Creator. A mega-talented filmmaker; original IP and spectacular visuals.

  4. Vivek Gunja says:

    I am sending this video now to a lot of people i know, mostly cinephiles and people that are close to me for now because this really made me notice how concerning of an issue this now is despite that over for a decade we have done nothing about it. Thank you for your thoughts Chris and for making the industry a much better place. We all appreciate it :))

    • N. D. M. says:

      They need to make better movies that care about story and character, not political propaganda that hits you over the head with a frying pan. People want entertainment.

    • David Bandy says:

      “People that are close to me for now”?

    • James Nixon says:

      @N. D. M. Which is interesting because audiences that saw Sound of Freedom said “we don’t want fluffy entertainment, we want stories that open people’s eyes about real world issues” I’m kinda confused about what audiences want.

  5. isaiah lucas says:

    one thing i love about physical media so much is the feeling of actually owning the film. at any point, i can grab it and put it on. if the internet’s down in my area, i have movies that i can go to. it’s so saddening to see that huge corporations like target and best buy are doing away with physical media, because it’s not as profitable. anytime i ever go into any of those stores, it’s quite literally one of my stops every time lol

  6. crumble bee says:

    I’m glad you’re talking about this – as a screenwriter on the cusp of making it, I hate that this is where we’re at. If my movie that’s in development does get made, it’s never making it to theatres. It will 100% be on streaming and lost to the vast sea of content..

  7. sai manish says:

    As someone from a developing country, I want to emphasize a unique challenge we often face, particularly regarding independent movies. For instance, films like ‘When Evil Lurks’ are seldom available through official channels in our region. This lack of accessibility leaves us with limited options, with piracy often being the only feasible way to view such content. It’s crucial for filmmakers to acknowledge this issue and strive to make their works more accessible in all parts of the world. Ensuring wider availability can not only expand their audience but also curtail the need for piracy, benefiting viewers in countries where these movies are not easily accessible.

    • Fabrizzio Trujillo says:

      Where are you from mate? Asking just out of curiosity, because I’m argentine and When Evil Lurks is a argentinian film, which despite apparently not making a lot of money, it prouds me that a lot of people are talking about the film internationally.

    • Palito de la Selva says:

      We can’t blame filmmakers of indie movies bc they don’t have the money and means to share it. We can hope some streaming site will share it later, they are the ones to blame for evaluating movies based on taxes they pay instead of views. Trust me the makers of WEL don’t have the means to show the movie even if they wanted, piracy hurts them but they don’t have the millions to take the movie to the entire world specially bc people aren’t going to movie theaters

    • Veer Maharaj says:

      But also, price them appropriate to the region. The price for a ticket in the USA might be someone’s whole month’s salary in another country. So, yeah…

  8. Mighty Mouse says:

    Also, longer movies in movie theaters are going to have to start incorporating intermissions into the movie. A lot of people avoid the movie theater just because they know it’s a good movie and they don’t want to miss anything for a bathroom break. And a lot of people just wait until it comes on a streaming service.

    • Dnikki Thatsame says:

      That’s a great idea. I wonder if it’s a theater issue because I’m sure that that’ll cause need for more staffing

    • Samuel Carrillo says:

      This Will create such a unique experience, if done right and in time. Our elders and young can bond over common ground.

    • Chris I says:

      I deal with chronic pain and sitting in the same spot for 3 hours straight leaves me very sore. I skip long movies in the theater so I can watch them at home instead.

    • iMFA - Cinema says:

      India does this and their theaters are packs. Mind you, their movies really suck but still .. that intermission is nice to use restroom

  9. Anonymous says:

    Agree with a lot of what you said. One of the big reasons I rarely go to the movies now a days, is due to the theatre etiquette of others. It’s ridiculous how rude people are. Ruins the whole experience.

  10. Cody Johnson says:

    The fact that people want “easy” informs us, to some extent at least, about the culture we live in. Easy, for some might mean they simply don’t have the energy to sit through challenging content. I love movies, but my job and the cost of everything can be such a challenge, there are times I see the run time of a movie and I just can’t see myself sitting there for three hours. I think “easy” can be discouraging because it suggest that people just can’t think critically, but I think there are some of us who are just exhausted and feeling beaten down by life and the culture we live in.

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