On the other hand however, it is crucial for filmmakers that cinema survives. There’s nothing quite like the big screen experience, and it often feels like such a treat. A massive screen, incredibly comfy seats and fantastic surround sound really helps to immerse you in the film you’re watching at the cinema. At home you can get distracted by your phone for example, incredibly easy. Speaking from our experience, we’re very guilty of that!
Cannes Film Festival director Thierry Fremaux said this of streaming services:
“We will eventually come up with a good agreement. Because in order for a film to become part of history, it must go through theatres, box office, the critics, the passion of cinephiles, awards campaigns, books, directories, filmographies. All this is part of a tradition on which the history of film is based.”
Of course in the mind of so many filmmakers like Spielberg who has had a cinematic career, and has thrived in an age without the popularity of streaming services, this quote is very fair. With him being the ‘blockbuster’ aficionado, it is no wonder he would prefer cinema over Netflix. Perhaps he should get with the times, and accept that film consumption is changing. Although like him, we hope that the cinema experience doesn’t die. Because we still love it!
But what do you think? Should Netflix movies be given Oscar recognition? Do you prefer going to the cinema and seeing film earn it’s stripes in the traditional way, or is Netflix the future of cinema? Let us know, and join the debate!