And why this isn’t a good thing for our culture – By Ben Warner.
The cultural impact of cinema has been waning for years. There was a time when films generated thought and discussion in their audience. Now, films are consumed and forgotten, while making billions in the process (and thus encouraging film studios to make more of these forgettable blockbusters). It’s an endless cycle, and unfortunately, there is no end in sight.
A case in point is the recent release The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. I went to see this yesterday, not out of any sense of excitement, but to dutifully finish off the trilogy. Peter Jackson had done such a spectacular job with The Lord Of The Rings trilogy, and I wanted to see how he was going to end this new slate of films based on Tolkien’s universe, even though the previous two…
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