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  1. Thank you all for contributing to a 60% decline in Oscars viewership!


    Let’s keep it going next year!



    On 1/15/2020 at 5:26 PM, BLUMENKOHL said:


    I think the pandemonium is dying. Over a 20 year period viewership has plummeted -50%. 


    1998: 55 million viewers


    2018: 27 million viewers


    2019: (the first up year in a long time) 29 million viewers. 


    Most people know BS when they see it. 

    2020: 23.6 million 


    2021: 9.8 million 🤣

  2. 9 hours ago, Ricard said:



    Yep. Stupidity, ignorance, and above all, lack of actual consciousness.


    I wonder why they don't cancel all the Westerns that support the Native American genocide, or any kind of violent films for that matter.

    LOL. This is America as it’s always been. 

    Where Dr. Seuss gets cancelled and your average grade defense company making bombs and missiles to drop on weddings with ethnic music makes $100 billion in revenue. 

  3. 16 minutes ago, Nick1066 said:


    Respectfully, this the misunderstanding of what freedom of expression is that I'm referring to. And it's rampant on social media. Any time this issue comes up, someone goes on about how free speech only applies to the government not censoring you, and if you're not going to jail, your speech isn't being censored. Which is garbage. When you can lose your job for what you say, you're being censored, period. When your livlihood is at risk for having unpopular political opinions, you don't have freedom of expression.

    This is stuff I go over with my 1L's in Con Law. The human right of freedom of expression goes beyond the narrow confines of the US First Amendment or other government free speech protections. The First Amendment springs from the right of free speech, not the other way around. Respecting the speech rights of others (with certain narrow exception) is a societal compact that people in free societies make with each other...i.e. I respect your right to speak, and you respect mine, even if we vehemently disagree with each other.  If you don't respect, or at least tolerate, speech you disagree with, then you don't respect free speech at all, period.

    And I seriously find it both troubling and amusing that people so willingly want to narrow the definition of free speech so much, and are seemingly so willing to hand over the power to decide what is an isn't acceptable for them to say in the public square (which today means social media) to a handful of tech companies.


    I don't have to agree with Gina Carano's opinions to respect her right to have them, and I certainly don't want to see her lose her f*cking job for having them.


    We have’t always agreed in the past, but this is excellent.

  4. 10 minutes ago, crumbs said:


    Except one side spreads relentless misinformation on subjects they have vested political or financial investment in.


    I'm not arguing that all media companies are desperately seeking revenue in the current landscape with sensationalist headlines.


    Neither has anything to do with being "brainwashed" into what personal beliefs you hold.


    There you go with the “except one side” again. Everyone has incentives and those incentives will guide what they choose to present, how they present it, and when they present it, down to the placement of commas and pauses. Being on any side does not preclude you having incentives. 


    Look, I’m not going to argue with you. I’m not going to convince you, because I think you’re smart enough that you’ll eventually figure it out on your own.


    Best of luck!

  5. 4 minutes ago, crumbs said:


    "A negative outlook on current events" ...?


    I've heard some breathtaking euphemisms in my time, but this one takes the cake.


    While orange-man was president, it was the end of the world to the left. Own up to it, you’re being manipulated into tribalism and you just don’t see it. 






  6. 4 minutes ago, crumbs said:


    Trust me, it's not just in Germany. You hear these same idiotic comparisons from the morons at Murdoch's toxic media outlets in Australia, then all the braindead individuals who listen to their vitriol spread it across social media.


    My side does it, it’s legit concern. 


    Their side does it, it’s vitriol. 


    The only thing correct in your post is that media outlets want to feed you toxic waste. Your flaw is you think it’s only one side. Profit has no party my friend. 

  7. 4 minutes ago, GerateWohl said:

    In the recent month here in Germany it had become strangely common in certain circles of so called Corona Critics, who claim that every Corona protection measure is a proof that we are living in a dictatorship, that they compare themselves with Anne Frank or Sofie Scholl in their oppression and fight for freedom. This is so awfull and stupid. Carano is more or less doing the same. I would not want someone like that work for me in a representative role. 


    That doesn’t make sense. People cannot have a negative outlook on current events and should not work for you because of it? 


    Man...I should have fired half of my employees from 2016-2020 for being concerned about the state of the US. 

  8. Hollywood’s being doing this for the last 50 years, albeit with less visibility. You stay in line with the message or you get quashed. It’s always been euphemistically called, “Hollywood Liberalism.” 


    Hence the virtual lack of political diversity in the industry. You either shut up, or say what’s in line with THE Message. Standard contract. She and her agents knew what they were doing. 


    You kids are just woking up to how it’s always worked because the ethos is spreading to your back yard. 

  9. 14 hours ago, KK said:

    When trends end, we tend to mine from the past to find solutions to communicate and express in the future. I can't tell you what film music will sound like in 10 or 20 years. It probably won't sound like Star Wars, but it will sound different from what we're hearing now.

    If you had said this in 2008 I think you’d be wrong on the 10 year horizon at least. 

  10. 8 minutes ago, Datameister said:

    Some of the most interesting visual evolution has happened with animated features. I'm thinking of things like Into the Spider-Verse or Klaus - films that really stretch to try something new, and succeed in a big way.


    As far as live action goes, though, I think I agree overall. I haven't noticed any significant shifts in the look of live action for the last ten years or so.

    You’re right, animation has developed quite a bit.

    5 minutes ago, KK said:

    Just look to Zimmer's scores from 2008 vs 2020 (ex. The Dark Knight vs Dunkirk) to sum up the broader changes in the film music landscape. The late 00s still featured melodies and somewhat dynamic action material (by today's standards). Mainstream film music has become a lot more muted (with a priority on staying out of the way), melodic themes are much more frowned upon and it's all become mostly textural.


    Independent film music trends are also changing. More crossover musicians are entering the industry, woodwinds are making a comeback (just not in a Williams-esque way) and more interesting voices are creating work versus the anonymous piano/guitar scores for dramas of the late 00s.


    I think there are similar arguments you could make about changing trends in cinema itself. These trends will naturally become more obvious the more we move away from 2020. But the defining change in the 2010s will be the broader homogenization of cinema and TV thanks to the rise of Disney/MCU/cinematic universes and streaming. And since hundreds of millions of dollars are being poured into these massive cookie-cutter properties that reap billion dollar profits (or at least used to), the more interesting filmmakers are just going to get smaller audiences. Maybe it's that homogenization that you're referring to?


    Hopefully with Covid and the streaming crisis, we might eventually see big studios break apart, maybe the downfall of MCU, Disney and Netflix to usher in the 60s again!

    I suppose I would ask: are we just so good at this now that there isn’t much more we can do to dramatically improve the cinema experience?

    Another 200 billion dollars is going to just get you diminishing returns on the blockbuster front. The Lucas dream of an Indy movie Renaissance just hasn’t panned out either.

  11. I can’t. I can tell the difference between a 2004 movie and a 2008 movie, only 4 years apart. But not 2008 to 2020. 

    It all looks the same, it all sounds the same.


    Even TV is picking up the aesthetic. The only reason I can tell the difference between a 2008 TV show and a 2020 TV show is because 2020 TV is picking up the look and sound of 2008 film. 

    Genuinely curious if anyone can confirm if there has there ever been such a long period of stylistic (and technological) stagnation in Hollywood?

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