Main Blockbuster Age Of Hollywood Discussion

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06:13:18 AM Oct 18th 2010
HDTVs is just like watching a film? Um, the screens are not that big, and the prices are not dropping that fast. Plus surround sound is not a mainstream product. It cannot replace movie sound for the average moviegoer.
05:13:16 AM Mar 4th 2011
edited by TheRedRedKroovy
Just changed that section to specify that it's still mostly upper-middle class consumers who enjoy the full benefits of these new technologies. After all, it's only once you start getting into the high end that home theaters can compete with traditional theaters.
09:36:34 AM Jul 30th 2010
I think we need to start discussing for real if this age is already over and done with.
05:24:30 AM Aug 30th 2010
edited by TheRedRedKroovy
As the person who first wrote this page, I think we should too. Hollywood's been having several bad years now, with rising budgets and declining ticket sales being masked by skyrocketing ticket prices, and it's only been this past summer that average moviegoers (those who aren't movie buffs or Hollywood insiders) are starting to realize it. It's starting to look like a repeat of the Fall of the Studio System. Back then, Hollywood had to worry about television stealing their audience; now, it's the internet and video games. Back then, there was a backlash against the Hays Code; now, people are complaining that the MPAA is too puritanical to be considered representative of the average moviegoer. Back then, the star system fell apart thanks to headstrong, disgruntled actors and scandalous tabloids; now, people are proclaiming the end of the "movie star", or at least the idea that star wattage alone can sell a film to the public.  * And both then and now, Hollywood has been failing to hold its customers' attention. The only difference I see is that there hasn't been any equivalent of the Paramount or Miracle decisions to really shock Hollywood.

I think it can be agreed that the Blockbuster Age is either on its last legs, or already over, and personally, I'm leaning towards the latter. To me, all that remains is naming the new age of Hollywood's history (the Modern Age? The Fall of the Second Studio System?), and deciding when the Blockbuster Age ended and the new age began. I think there are several points over the last five years or so (if not earlier) that can be pinpointed as the dividing line (the Writers' Strike, the rise of independent studios, this crappy year of movies), but it will take hindsight to really determine which were ultimately the most important. So for now, let's just keep calling the Blockbuster Age the current age until we can be sure that it's really over.