MAN OF STEEL
No matter what they’re charging to get in, it’s worth more to get out.
-Roger Ebert on “Armageddon,” July 1st, 1998
Roger Ebert was a titan – perhaps the titan – of film criticism, and his rise (which began in the late 60s) signaled a major changing of the guard. Tasked with bridging the generational gap between WWII vets and baby boomers, Ebert intelligently transformed the stuffiness of his forebearers into an accessible, yet still cerebral celebration of film. Along with his television partner, the late Gene Siskel, Ebert brought movies to the masses and served as a cinematic tour guide for millions, myself included. (more…)
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Moviegoers just aren’t going anymore. When adjusted for inflation, the numbers indicate that just one of the twenty-five top-grossing domestic releases of all time came out this century – “Avatar.” As for tickets purchased, no film has cracked the 100 million mark in nearly 20 years and only five have cleared the 75 million mark since the mid 80s. It’s easy to point to other burgeoning forms of entertainment – sports, television, and the internet – but the population of the United States has more than doubled since “Gone With The Wind” sold 225 million tickets in the late 30s and early 40s. Yes, some films used to play for years instead of months, but the fact remains that 110 million people watched the Super Bowl last January while only 60 million tickets were sold for “The Avengers” last summer – many of those purchased by repeat customers.
People crave entertainment now more than ever, but the great communal experience of moviegoing is dying. And it’s the movie theaters, not the moviegoers, that are killing it. (more…)