Your Voices is a simple concept created to encourage conversation and opinions between movie lovers. It’s been a while but it works like this: I throw out a certain topic. After that I’ll make my case or share my opinions. Then it’s time for Your Voices. Head to the comments section and let me and fellow moviegoers know your thoughts on the topic for that day!
One thing the current coronavirus pandemic has shown us is that streaming is a viable option for movie fans when it comes to seeing new films. But what does that mean for movie houses and multiplexes everywhere? With the recent news that AMC theaters may not survive the pandemic-related shutdown, questions naturally arise about the future of watching movies. What does it mean for the movie theater experience? Is streaming an acceptable substitute? Is there a scenario where both can equally co-exist?
Without question I have streamed more new releases recently than I ever have before. Some have been through screeners, but many have been through Vudu, Amazon Prime, etc. The biggest plus to streaming is the instant accessibility and the ability to watch instantly on a wide variety of devices. There is a convenience factor to streaming that is undeniably attractive.
But what about movie theaters? Personally I love the seeing movies on the big screen with sharp digital projection and high quality sound. And there is something about joining a group of strangers and watching a movie together (except when they’re constantly chattering or bringing their infant child). And some movies are unequivocally better on a big screen. They are conceived for it, filmed for it, edited for it. In other words they are made for it.
So where do I land? Shamefully on the fence. I want both to be viable options. But I’m not sure if that is realistic. And if so, there are certain to be some business casualties.
But enough of me, now it’s time for Your Voices. Please hit the comments section to share your thoughts.