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Will television surpass film?

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I suppose the title says it all,....

As most of you know, (or maybe it's just me) but very few Hollywood films as of late (or the last 20 years) have been worth looking at. On the other hand there are a number of excellent TV productions. Whether you like 'em or not:

All in the Family
Band of Brothers
Battlestar Galactica
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Hill Street Blues
The Honeymooners
Mad Men
The Office
The Shield
The Sopranos
SpongeBob SquarePants
Twin Peaks
The West Wing
to name a few,...

Curious,...when will Hollywood get a clue? Perhaps it's just me,... but I prefer a little character and plot development much more than an all out slam-bam action film. Whatever happened to:

Close Encounters of the Third Kind
The Godfather
High Noon
In the Heat of the Night
Lawrence of Arabia
The Quiet Man
Raiders of the Lost Ark
Red Rock West
The Shootist
Twelve O'Clock High
Young Frankenstein

Just a smattering of good films,..... but
Am I alone? Does the vast majority just want another: Chuck Norris, Steven Seagal, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis, et al; mindnumbing action film???: :hissyfit:
Or will the quality of television finally surpase film making?
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I did not say all newer films are not worth watching,... just the vast majority :bigsmile:. I have very much enjoyed a number of newer films. Just seems to me that the ratio of good television shows to bad ones is greater than the ratio of good films to bad ones. No scientific data or anything,... just my perception which could easily be wrong.
Good point Leonard, could be "my" perception of films, as the better stuff from years ago sticks with me and the others are forgotten. Television is (from my same perspective) getting much better than in the past, as Wayde points out "Modern shows involve complex plot lines and multiple story threads that crisscross. Older shows usually revolved around a single story thread and only a couple of a potential small handful of characters". Most newer films just do not get a chance to do this, between all the obligatory action scenes, sex scenes and time limits,... well for me anyway, they leave much to be desired.
:bigsmile: Yeah,... well,... along with Gunsmoke, there is All in the Family and the Honeymooners :R oops. But the point is the same.

I also enjoyed Ironman, for the most part, because they took the time for some character development and plot. What I didn't like was the ending, seemed like they didn't know how to end it so we got a rush job on a cliche ending.
The Dark Knight was better, as was the ending, seemed to be better thought out.

I also watched Firefly's initial run. Dialog was very witty and entertaining.

Ahhh,...reality TV. That is the big flaw in my premise. I CAN'T STAND ANY OF THEM! Apparently many people love those shows,... I just don't get it. :gah:
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