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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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The problem with Movies these days is that alot of them are either terrible or rated R with way to much gore and sex. Back in the 80's a person could go to a decent movie at least twice a month now there are entire months that go by before a good quality movie hits the screen. Look at last year, DVD releases were awful I went almost two and a half months without seeing a new release because there was nothing worth seeing.

But that also is true for television, there were far better TV shows available to us back in the 80's than there are now. I can think of only a handful that I will watch now. Law and order, Lost, Flashpoint and a bunch of shows on Discovery, TLC and HGTV.
I am having some trouble following your point. It seems that you throw out anything rated R, but were not some of the films you listed rated R? And the list of good TV you made is pretty long compared to what was available a couple of decades ago.

Perhaps you could clarify your view if you described more about what you think makes a good film and give some recent examples.

It seems to me that there have been lots of examples of fine films and television in recent years, among much more garbage, but I do not see the overall availbility of quality decrease at all in either. There is much more to choose from of all types.
I just don't see the same. There were tons of lousy films a few decades ago. There seems to be much more of everything these days. More choice for more tastes in both TV and movies. Seems to be reason for optimism to me.
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