Not Reason Enough

Apparently, some folks are up in arms about Paramount’s Netflix deal regarding the recent release of Alex Garland’s Annihiliation.

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On the basis of this still alone, I knew this was a movie I was going to watch.

I was interested in seeing the film during its brief appearance in local theaters, but my wife wasn’t, so I’m waiting for its home video release. Not the way I’d hoped to see the movie for the first time, but…

Reading an article about the Netflix deal–

http://www.indiewire.com/2018/02/annihilation-netflix-paramount-deal-streaming-1201932550/

–I found this remark jumping out at me:

Allow the “Annihilation” Netflix deal to be a rallying call to movie lovers across the world. If we want studios to keep producing and releasing challenging films with big budgets and auteur visions, then we have to show up every time one of them comes to theaters. We have to go see “mother!” and we have to go see “Downsizing.”

“Every time”? Most people don’t go to the movies solely as a statement of principle. When I was younger, there were certain actors whose films I would sit through simply because they were in it.

80s Favorites

Didn’t matter if the film’s subject matter interested me or not. If the project was worth the actor’s while, my reasoning went, then it must have merit.

Guided by that rationale, I sat through so much garbage.

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All that wasted time, I eventually realized, could have been better spent watching other movies and for better reasons, i.e. they looked interesting to me beyond more than just who was starring in them. Just one of many important lessons I learned as I got older.

As a lark, let’s travel back in time to…oh, how about 1980…and revise indiewire’s “every time” quote to fit within that particular time period:

If we want studios to keep producing and releasing challenging films with big budgets and auteur visions, then we have to show up every time one of them comes to theaters. We have to go see “Raise The Titanic” and we have to go see “Heaven’s Gate.”

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See what I mean? A bit ludicrous, is it not?

Films ought to be judged on their individual features and merits. Movie studios and distributors shouldn’t be rewarded for product ignored, for whatever reason, by an overwhelming number of filmgoers.

I know my free time’s more valuable than that. Isn’t yours? Isn’t everyone’s?

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