Television better than Movies these days?

  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Jun 30, 2011 12:01 PM GMT
    I am a huge film fan, I have several hundred DVDs/Blu-rays and go to the cinema on average once a week...but! I am starting to think that Television today is totally shitting all over film as an entertainment medium.

    Sure, there have been some good films over the past year but nothing has really blown me away. I find going to the cinema is becoming increasingly expensive, especially when you factor in 3D which to me is just a gimmick unless it's an animated feature, or something like Avatar. I also frequently find it a frustrating experience with other people talking, flashing their super-bright mobile phone screens around or other kinds of disruptive behaviour.

    Even watching films at home, sure it's not as good as a huge cinema screen but now I have a 50" plasma I have a pretty decent setup, and although I still watch films at home a lot (average probably 2 per week) through an online DVD rental service, I do find that I'm less and less interested in film and more into TV shows.

    There's so many great TV shows now that I love - Glee, Supernatural, True Blood, Desperate Housewives, Game of Thrones, , Spartatus, Camelot - and I feel that the quality of all of them is generally quite a bit higher than MOST films these days. They also have decent budgets and attract fantastic actors, so the gulf between TV and film seems to be shrinking.

    Anyone else feel like this? Sure, I'll still go to the cinema and get my DVDs to watch at home, but given the choice between watching a feature film or 2 episodes of my favourite TV shows, I'd say TV would probably win 80% of the time.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Jun 30, 2011 1:16 PM GMT
    Trollileo said
    Movies, though, are much easier to be interested in, because there's no commercials (usually) and easily obtainable.


    I think Pure is talking about tv on DVD hulu torrents and not on actual tv. Who wants that?
  • TR_Latitude10

    Posts: 206

    Jun 30, 2011 1:19 PM GMT
    the quality of TV scripts is pretty amazing these days. Instead of going after huge opening weekends like movies have to, a regular TV show just needs a handful of millions of rabid fans to be a success. NBC's Community and Parks and Rec are two mainstream examples. Mad Men and Breaking Bad on basic cable two more. HBO's latest Game of Thrones is an adaptation, but was translated well to the medium.

    Edit: Louis CK's show on Fox is part stand-up comedy, part script. His season opening episode this week was a great counterpoint to the bru-haha over comments made by Tracy Morgan. He went to the edge to show how much parents worry about their children. The gay neighbor tells him the moral of today's story. The long wind-up to the gross-out gag was well worth it.

    So it's the writing for me!
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Jun 30, 2011 1:20 PM GMT
    Sometimes, as I tend to stream great TV shows online that I love, e.g, Sopranos, Mad Men, Modern Family, Misfits, Six Feet Under, The Wire (as well as the shows you listed)....Buttttttt nothing can compare to, for me, to just going to the cinema with food hidden on my person, sitting back and watching a Movie on the giant screen, especially action/blockbusters to get the full immersion effect.

    I have a Cineworld unlimited card (can be used in all branches- win!) to keep the costs low. I pay £13/14 a month. It's my home away from home. I tell everyone to jump on that economical bandwagon, movie buffs will not regret it icon_cool.gif
  • RD11

    Posts: 448

    Jun 30, 2011 1:24 PM GMT
    I love Game of Thrones. Im on the 7th episode and can't wait to see how the season ends.

    I'm also into The Killing and dying for Mad Men and The Walking Dead to come back. T.V. is far surpassing Movies in regards to storytelling.

  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Jun 30, 2011 1:29 PM GMT
    RD11 saidI love Game of Thrones. Im on the 7th episode and can't wait to see how the season ends.

    I'm also into The Killing and dying for Mad Men and The Walking Dead to come back. T.V. is far surpassing Movies in regards to storytelling.



    I forgot Walking Dead, yeah I loved that too.

    I think with TV, because it's not just 90-120 minutes, they have much more chance to let the characters and storylines breathe and develop naturally. Often in films it's like, people meet, next scene they are in love. That kind of thing.
  • kew1

    Posts: 1595

    Jun 30, 2011 2:19 PM GMT
    Pure said I also frequently find it a frustrating experience with other people talking, flashing their super-bright mobile phone screens around or other kinds of disruptive behaviour.



    Which cinema? Just so I can stay awayicon_smile.gif I've used Clapham Picturehouse (no problems), occasionally the BFI Imax (no problems & cheaper than Odeon Leicester Square ), but my nearest Cineworld needs gags & wrist/ankle straps to control the disruptive little fuckers. I thought a sniper might be going too far.



  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Jun 30, 2011 6:26 PM GMT
    I think it's a mixed bag, just as it's always been. The difference is that there are a lot more shows and movies than ever before. As a result, there's a lot more crap but you also have the possibility of finding more gems too.

    One amazing series that I just watched is The Borgias on Showtime. The visuals, acting, costumes, etc are all incredible. Each frame is like a painting and the production values are better than most movies. And there's some nice eye candy as well.

    I was initially reluctant because I'm not a history buff but this was easy to follow and all around amazing. Season two will air next year so, if you have the chance, seek this one out before then.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Jun 30, 2011 6:33 PM GMT
    kew1 said
    Pure said I also frequently find it a frustrating experience with other people talking, flashing their super-bright mobile phone screens around or other kinds of disruptive behaviour.



    Which cinema? Just so I can stay awayicon_smile.gif I've used Clapham Picturehouse (no problems), occasionally the BFI Imax (no problems & cheaper than Odeon Leicester Square ), but my nearest Cineworld needs gags & wrist/ankle straps to control the disruptive little fuckers. I thought a sniper might be going too far.



    I wish cinema seats came equipped with a 'report' button under the seat, when you press it an attendant comes directly to your seat and you can point them in the direction of the disruptive people.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Jun 30, 2011 6:43 PM GMT
    but the thing about TV show is that it could be great the first 2 3 season then it goes down hill but you cant stop watching it because you already in love with the cast icon_sad.gif (Brothers and Sisters for example). Another the thing the Network could cancel it anytime and its so cruel.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Jun 30, 2011 8:53 PM GMT
    Nope. I disagree completely. There are just as many bad television programs as there are bad films, and the opposite.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Jul 01, 2011 2:43 AM GMT
    Does this thread also apply to documentary and reality shows on non-fiction channels as Discovery, History, National Geographic, etc.?
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Jul 01, 2011 3:18 AM GMT
    Mark Halperin called Obama "a dick" on live TV today. It doesn't get any better than that.