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If you watch a film on a mobile device, you're breaking Spike Lee's heart

04.30.2015

I don't always agree with everything Spike Lee says but I think I'd have to side with him on this case; the director spoke at Variety’s Entertainment and Technology conference in New York where he said that he'd rather watch a movie in a big theater than on a mobile-phone screen. Well...yea, most of us would, but it got me thinking about the state of theaters and how we choose to view our entertainment now that we have so many options available to us. We can view movies on our computers, on our phones, even our watches now; that sort of accessibility won't be going away anytime soon, it will only grow and evolve to the point where theaters are simply one option among many.

Spike Lee on viewing films on a mobile device:

I know I’m a dinosaur, but there’s something still for me actually being in a movie theater. I know it’s not a popular view, but as a filmmaker — we kill ourselves with editing. With lighting. With sound, it’s heartbreaking.

When all is said and done, I believe that films are made for the big-screen; we're meant to see them larger than life in a building specifically built for the purpose of viewing them. However, in recent years, I've noticed my trips to the theater have dropped significantly. It's not that there aren't films I want to see, it's that the theater experience is not what it used to be. In a lot of cases theaters have become a place for idiots to hang out and get drunk while shouting at the screen or for parents to dump their kids without any supervision. To be fair, this isn't a regular occurrence but it's happened enough times for me to be somewhat leery each time I head to the theater. I do agree with Spike, in a perfect world I'd want to see each and every film in a theater with like-minded cinema lovers, but unfortunately we don't all have that luxury.

Spike Lee is currently casting his next film, known as CHIRAQ, with Samuel L. Jackson, Jeremy Piven, Common, and Kanye West possibly starring in the project. It's been a while since I was excited by one of Spike's films but I'm always holding out hope that he'll pull another great one out of the bag.

I'm curious to hear your take on this topic, so let me know where you choose to watch movies for the first time, and while you're at it feel free to share some terrible theater stories so I won't feel like such a grumpy old man.

Source: Variety
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10:39AM on 05/04/2015

Painful. Oh, so painful...

…just to simply utter the words "I agree with Spike Lee," isn't it?! Even if you DON'T agree with him, just saying it causes an unspeakable pain. Anybody else get this as well?
…just to simply utter the words "I agree with Spike Lee," isn't it?! Even if you DON'T agree with him, just saying it causes an unspeakable pain. Anybody else get this as well?
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2:41PM on 05/03/2015
It depends on the movie but I'm at the theater at least 4 times a month, sometimes twice that. However, for many movies I don't mind watching on my iPad at all. I'm holding it close and it's big enough for me. It just depends on the movie and if it's a second viewing I'll watch anything on it. If I could afford it and had the time I'd see more movies in the theater though, and I guess I'm really lucky because I never, ever run into problems in the theater with people acting up or even using
It depends on the movie but I'm at the theater at least 4 times a month, sometimes twice that. However, for many movies I don't mind watching on my iPad at all. I'm holding it close and it's big enough for me. It just depends on the movie and if it's a second viewing I'll watch anything on it. If I could afford it and had the time I'd see more movies in the theater though, and I guess I'm really lucky because I never, ever run into problems in the theater with people acting up or even using cel phones. The only incident I've had in years was an elderly man spilling his entire coke down my back when he tripped, but I can't count that it was an accident. :)
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9:12PM on 05/01/2015

Spike who?

...oh yeah, the guy who has never made even a decent movie in his life. Also, The Knicks suck Spike.

But yeah, watching anything smaller than a computer screen is just a waste of time.
...oh yeah, the guy who has never made even a decent movie in his life. Also, The Knicks suck Spike.

But yeah, watching anything smaller than a computer screen is just a waste of time.
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7:10PM on 05/01/2015

He's right

But fuck Spike Lee.
But fuck Spike Lee.
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7:47AM on 05/01/2015

He speaks the truth but...

I couldn't give a shit about his broken heart.
He could choke on a blue whales cock and I wouldn't give a shit.
I couldn't give a shit about his broken heart.
He could choke on a blue whales cock and I wouldn't give a shit.
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11:37PM on 04/30/2015
I have zero interest watching a movie on my iphone or small screen in general. I mean I have a 47" tv, which is fine, but on a tablet or phone, NO!! I want to enjoy the picture, the sound, the viewing experience. Small screen just doesn't work for me.
I have zero interest watching a movie on my iphone or small screen in general. I mean I have a 47" tv, which is fine, but on a tablet or phone, NO!! I want to enjoy the picture, the sound, the viewing experience. Small screen just doesn't work for me.
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11:32PM on 04/30/2015

I actually get it.

I work in editing. Between cutting, color correcting, grading, lighting... It's a pain in the ass. Believe me. It's hard to appreciate the effort that goes into a project when you're watching it on a laptop... let alone a cell phone.

On the other hand, it is what it is, and it's not going away... You either have to get used to it, or you stop directing movies and start a YouTube channel.
I work in editing. Between cutting, color correcting, grading, lighting... It's a pain in the ass. Believe me. It's hard to appreciate the effort that goes into a project when you're watching it on a laptop... let alone a cell phone.

On the other hand, it is what it is, and it's not going away... You either have to get used to it, or you stop directing movies and start a YouTube channel.
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11:14PM on 04/30/2015
Good because this dude is a racist prick. And before y'all thumbs down me he said "I give interracial couples a look. Daggers. They get uncomfortable when they see me on the street.”
Good because this dude is a racist prick. And before y'all thumbs down me he said "I give interracial couples a look. Daggers. They get uncomfortable when they see me on the street.”
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10:49PM on 04/30/2015
David Lynch said it better.
David Lynch said it better.
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10:37PM on 04/30/2015
Who cares about Spike Lee let alone his broken heart.
Who cares about Spike Lee let alone his broken heart.
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10:32PM on 04/30/2015
I would NEVER watch a movie I have not seen already on a phone or tablet. Hell even on my 45 inch TV it's almost too small if its a first time view. I can see using a phone or tablet if I was traveling and bored off my nut, but that's it.
That said it is hard to go to the theater now a days, I only go for major event movies like Avengers 2, which I just saw. 10/10
But I had a hillbilly behind me the whole time doing the running commentary thing, so I can see why people don't like the theater
I would NEVER watch a movie I have not seen already on a phone or tablet. Hell even on my 45 inch TV it's almost too small if its a first time view. I can see using a phone or tablet if I was traveling and bored off my nut, but that's it.
That said it is hard to go to the theater now a days, I only go for major event movies like Avengers 2, which I just saw. 10/10
But I had a hillbilly behind me the whole time doing the running commentary thing, so I can see why people don't like the theater experience.
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