Oh, for heaven's sake. Movies aren't dead. Spielberg simply isn't relevant anymore.
People laughed at Richard Branson when he suggested that theaters have different prices for different movies. But instead of paying $25 for an Iron Man and $7 for Lincoln, as Spielberg suggests, it should be the other way around. The summer blockbusters are for mass consumption and should be priced that way. Movie-goers are more willing to blow $5-7 on a crappy movie and not regret it too much, and perhaps see it multiple times if they enjoy it. Pricing a well-crafted (Oscar-bait) movie at $10-15 is analogous to paying more for a 95-point bottle of wine.
They are not going to get the older home theater folks back to the theater anytime soon.
I was hoping someone would link to this article although it came out literally days ago.
Spielberg is whining here and I do think Lincoln should have been a tv movie rather than one at the theaters. Same with Lucas - Red Tails - please, no one saw that, so he's whining.
This also reminds me of Soderbergh's whine last week. These people are uber rich, uber priveleged, you can get your shit done no matter what. Bunch of fucking whiners.
Spielberg and Lucas are in their sixties - how many Hollywood directors from the Golden Age got to direct films this late in their lives?
John Houston, Alfred Hitchcock perhaps. Who else? John Ford may be on the full list.
Even Billy Wilder barely got financing for his few late in life films.
Their time has gone and they should accept it.
"Oh my God. I'm back. I'm home. All the time, it was... We finally really did it ... You Maniacs! You blew it up! Ah, damn you! God damn you all to hell!"
We are switching to the new platform for The DataLounge this weekend. All of our mobile users have been using it for over a week and all first time users have been using it for about a month - which adds up to well over one million users. So we're ready to end this phase of the testing and move everybody to the new site. (more)
And yes, we've changed the look and some of how it operates.
Yes, we know you just *hate* it in well in advance.
Yes, we know we suck.
Yes, we are the biggest suckers that ever sucked.
But it was time for a change and with the huge shift to mobile it was long overdue. We've taken this opportunity not only to update the look but also make major changes under the hood (or "bonnet" if you're either British or pretentious or both). And we have to prepare for 2016 - a presidential election year where we can normally expect to see a 60% jump in traffic (yes, we've seen 5 presidential elections so far…Christ we're old).
The site has a bunch - nay, plethora - of new features which will make the site more usable: better search, the ability to ignore posters and threads, see link previews, to pick up a thread where you left off, spam and malware filtering and more.
If you want you can go explore and see for yourself, Click here.
And while running the tests we've noticed two interesting reactions to the new system - people are spending more time on the site and more people that come stay around longer and look at more stuff. Both good things. Yay!
Possibly we've not slain all the dragons and there will be issues that come up during the switchover. There's a help button in the lower right hand corner of the page which you can use to send us bug reports.
Please include as much information about the hardware (PC, Mac, Tablet, Phone etc), operating system (Windows, Mac OS, Android, iOS etc) and browser (Chrome, Safari, Opera, Internet Explorer etc) that you are using as possible to help us replicate and fix the problem.
Please note that complaints about colors, fonts, icons and the like are not "bugs" - they are design choices that we've made and we expect one or two cases of world-class bitching. But they won't actually cause headaches, scurvy, heart attacks, Restless Leg Syndrome, Morgellon's Disease or the vapors (but have your smelling salts at hand just in case).
Talking to DataLounge servers. Please wait a moment...