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Ridley vs. Technology

09.03.2007
So apparently it's round two of the celebrity mega death match, Ridley Scott vs. The Spectre of Technology. His latest comments came during the Venice Film Festival:

"People sit there watching a movie on a tiny screen. You can't beat it, you've got to join it and deal with it and also get competitive with it. But we try to do films which are in support of cinema, in a large room with good sound and a big picture...I'm sure we're on a losing wicket, but we're fighting technology. While it has been wonderful in many aspects, it also has some big negative downsides."

Hmm, I love what technology is doing for film. BRICK is one of my all-time favorite movies and Rian Johnson could have made that for five bucks and a camera, but I want to see TRANSFORMERS or even ARMAGEDDON every now and then, too. I'm pretty sure that's technology for ya. And sure, people watch a lot more movies at home, but do we really think people are stopping going to the cinema? Will they ever? Didn't SPIDERMAN 3 just make like a bazillion dollars in cinemas? What do you guys think? All I know is that if nothing else, having recently become single, I need the cinema because I'm boring as hell and my first port of call with a chick is to take her to a movie. 'Hey baby why don't we slip back to my pad and crack out GOODFELLAS?' probably scores you a lot less dates in the long run.
Extra Tidbit: Possible reasons Ridley Scott is unhappy with his movies' success and is using technology as a scapegoat: 1. He's English (we blame everyone/everything) 2. A MONOPOLY movie sounds like a good idea to him; and 3. [On why his movies don't have sex scenes] "Sex is boring unless you're doing it." Tell that shit to WILD THINGS, Rid.
Source: Film Stalker

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8:16AM on 09/05/2007

Quit Whining

We wouldn't be reading this article without tech. We wouldn't be able to post comments without tech. Mr. Scott certainly wouldn't have profited from the awesome Alien Quadrilogy collection without tech.

Technology never removes old options; it simply makes new options available. If large numbers of people migrate to the new options, it's because they prefer them. Free market, baby.
We wouldn't be reading this article without tech. We wouldn't be able to post comments without tech. Mr. Scott certainly wouldn't have profited from the awesome Alien Quadrilogy collection without tech.

Technology never removes old options; it simply makes new options available. If large numbers of people migrate to the new options, it's because they prefer them. Free market, baby.
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12:56AM on 09/04/2007

an opinion...

Hi Blowers...serious film geeks like us, and lets face it, we're here on a movie site discussing this, are a dying breed. WE would never use a celly in the theatre. WE dont talk, even during previews. WE know the value of seeing a movie on a huge screen, especially if its an effects laden adventure that a home tv just doesnt cut it for us. WE hate extortionate prices for sodas and popcorn but its part of the experience, so we put up with it (although i'm trying to break that habit)
Hi Blowers...serious film geeks like us, and lets face it, we're here on a movie site discussing this, are a dying breed. WE would never use a celly in the theatre. WE dont talk, even during previews. WE know the value of seeing a movie on a huge screen, especially if its an effects laden adventure that a home tv just doesnt cut it for us. WE hate extortionate prices for sodas and popcorn but its part of the experience, so we put up with it (although i'm trying to break that habit) Unfortunately, todays moviegoers with their A D D and holier -than-thou attitudes, wreck it for us. Would i pay $11.50 twice, plus gas and $17 for a food combo for myself and the "little woman" to see Hotrod, when a $5 copy is at the flea market? probably not. Would i see 300 or Transformers on a quickie dvd from there, ABSOLUTELY NOT !! some things are worth seeing on the big screen, and need that experience. Camerons upcoming 3-D AVATAR flick, will usher in a new filmgoing experience and kickstart a medium getting clobbered by videogames now, they just need to upgrade the quality, downsize the cost of snacking, and quit trying to rip us off financially because some star needs 20 million a picture. doesnt all the lame advertising before the previews equal a cut in pricing for a ticket, or just serve to further piss us off? what do you think?
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10:07PM on 09/03/2007
This has been said before, but the problem is that home technology has grown leaps while theater technology is still basically the same as it was 30 years ago. It used to be that you either watch a movie at the the theater, or on your crappy 19inch TV and VCR with tracking problems. Now a lot of people have widescreen HDTVs and everyone has DVD players, and the picture quality at most theaters is not as good as you get at home. Add to that uncomfortable chairs and noisy people at the
This has been said before, but the problem is that home technology has grown leaps while theater technology is still basically the same as it was 30 years ago. It used to be that you either watch a movie at the the theater, or on your crappy 19inch TV and VCR with tracking problems. Now a lot of people have widescreen HDTVs and everyone has DVD players, and the picture quality at most theaters is not as good as you get at home. Add to that uncomfortable chairs and noisy people at the theaters, and the bonus features of DVDs, and it's no wonder people choose to watch movies at home.
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9:02PM on 09/03/2007

Theaters suck...

I hate all the major chains... I hate that people literally still pull out there cell phones. How is this still possible? People have been asking how it's still possible for the last 8 years... so how? Overpriced drinks, an dealing with a lame audience (most times:) who has at least 30% of the people getting up 5 min. before they think the movie will end so they can get to their cars and go home... AH! Of course I rather stay home at this point. It's a shame cause going to the movies should be
I hate all the major chains... I hate that people literally still pull out there cell phones. How is this still possible? People have been asking how it's still possible for the last 8 years... so how? Overpriced drinks, an dealing with a lame audience (most times:) who has at least 30% of the people getting up 5 min. before they think the movie will end so they can get to their cars and go home... AH! Of course I rather stay home at this point. It's a shame cause going to the movies should be great, but it's not. And sorry, but just seeing big pretty robots on screen isn't enough anymore unless they start working on the scripts for these films a little more. On a lighter note, Brick was awesome, btw!
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8:54PM on 09/03/2007
There are some films that are just plain better on the big screen...nuff said.
There are some films that are just plain better on the big screen...nuff said.
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8:12PM on 09/03/2007

Let's see...

He simply states that technology, while being a good thing (yes, he does indeed not comepletely trash new technology despite what the agenda of the article writer) it has also had a negative side on creating films in the traditional sense. Just saw a revival showing of BACK TO THE FUTURE a few nights ago, and while watching it at home never gets old, there's nothing like the big screen experience. He's right, that way and appraoch is taking a back seat to future DVD sales markets. Thoo makes it
He simply states that technology, while being a good thing (yes, he does indeed not comepletely trash new technology despite what the agenda of the article writer) it has also had a negative side on creating films in the traditional sense. Just saw a revival showing of BACK TO THE FUTURE a few nights ago, and while watching it at home never gets old, there's nothing like the big screen experience. He's right, that way and appraoch is taking a back seat to future DVD sales markets. Thoo makes it sound as if he's outright boycotting new technology...trying to fabricate a sensational story which is, if nothing else, the lowest form of jounralism. Even on a movie news website.
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7:13PM on 09/03/2007
My two cents?

Theaters and video stores represent places in our communities where we come together to experience art and entertainment with each other...to interact over and about it.

Technology pushes us apart when it renders these outlets useless. It makes us stay at home, it makes us lazy (when we can simply use netflix or on demand), and it reinforces a continually engorging consumer culture (I own 800 DVDs myself, so don't attack me here). Above all else, it robs us of that theater
My two cents?

Theaters and video stores represent places in our communities where we come together to experience art and entertainment with each other...to interact over and about it.

Technology pushes us apart when it renders these outlets useless. It makes us stay at home, it makes us lazy (when we can simply use netflix or on demand), and it reinforces a continually engorging consumer culture (I own 800 DVDs myself, so don't attack me here). Above all else, it robs us of that theater experience (sitting in the dark in wonder with dozens of others), and hence that social capital we build by going out and experiencing something together.

Plus...it's bred people to forget they're not supposed to talk in the theater.

As for the other two points...Of COURSE digital cinema is a great democratizing force for up-and-comers in the game (I'm shooting a series of movies right now on a DVX). ...and CGI is lazy. Just build the damn model.
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6:48PM on 09/03/2007
The should charge like 3 dollars for early showings, or have a half price day like in Mexico. The common folk don't want to spend their hard earn cash in movies and us filmgoers dont want to watch crap all the time, and that's what we're getting, more and more lousy titles at more expensive prices.

I also agree that it's not that big of a deal, it does look like they are loosing SOME costumers but they keep making megaproductions and filmtheares keep showing them, I've yet to see one close
The should charge like 3 dollars for early showings, or have a half price day like in Mexico. The common folk don't want to spend their hard earn cash in movies and us filmgoers dont want to watch crap all the time, and that's what we're getting, more and more lousy titles at more expensive prices.

I also agree that it's not that big of a deal, it does look like they are loosing SOME costumers but they keep making megaproductions and filmtheares keep showing them, I've yet to see one close down.
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4:54PM on 09/03/2007

Eh???

Crazy talk, look at all the kids cg movies coming out, breaking more records by the year (well i guess not the more recent ones).

Cinema has had some amazing moments thanks to technology - 300, transformers (i'm hip to trannys), spidey 3 as mentioned. Each year, another one of these movies breaks a record of some kind.

No idea what the chum is on about, he been munching the shrooms in vegas.
Crazy talk, look at all the kids cg movies coming out, breaking more records by the year (well i guess not the more recent ones).

Cinema has had some amazing moments thanks to technology - 300, transformers (i'm hip to trannys), spidey 3 as mentioned. Each year, another one of these movies breaks a record of some kind.

No idea what the chum is on about, he been munching the shrooms in vegas.
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4:25PM on 09/03/2007
I'm really not sure which part of technology in films he's talking about--Big special effects ridden drecks of storytelling, or just competition with the home theater industry. It must be me and my inability to understand people from across the pond, because I never know what the hell you're talking about, James. Anne Frank and what?
I'm really not sure which part of technology in films he's talking about--Big special effects ridden drecks of storytelling, or just competition with the home theater industry. It must be me and my inability to understand people from across the pond, because I never know what the hell you're talking about, James. Anne Frank and what?
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3:08PM on 09/03/2007

movies are dying

or at least in critical condition. What he's really up against is pirating, downloading and bootlegging. turns out a lot of people are willing to watch a crappy image with bad sound. The end of theaters is near(unless you want to pay $50 a ticket to cover the losses) save your money and buy a flatscreen
or at least in critical condition. What he's really up against is pirating, downloading and bootlegging. turns out a lot of people are willing to watch a crappy image with bad sound. The end of theaters is near(unless you want to pay $50 a ticket to cover the losses) save your money and buy a flatscreen
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2:52PM on 09/03/2007
I dunno. I agree with him for the most part. At the same time, I don't exactly see movie theaters becoming ghost towns any time soon...but I definitely think that the movie theater business should try to do something to get more people to come, and I don't mean churning out more food for even more expensive prices.
I dunno. I agree with him for the most part. At the same time, I don't exactly see movie theaters becoming ghost towns any time soon...but I definitely think that the movie theater business should try to do something to get more people to come, and I don't mean churning out more food for even more expensive prices.
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