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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.

I may be new here, but hopefully it's ok that I say.....

Ahhh, Curmudgeons! My kind of people..... :bigsmile:

First off: I got confused in your OP. So Gunsmoke was in the last 20 years, and the movie Serenity wasn't? :scratchhead:

There's been plenty of dreck on TV both then and now. My least favorite current show has got to be American Idol. Of all the quality acts out there struggling to make it, and people like to watch a show that votes a guy through just because of his hair (was it Sanjaya or sumthin like that). Give me my Vienna Teng or Brenda Weiler any time.

I agree there are some TV gems out there in the last 20. Although I fall into the curmudgeon age-range, I'm a big Whedon fan, going for BTVS and being one of the few who watched Firefly all the way through it's original TV run (admittedly quite worried about Dollhouse though). Some other random thoughts on current TV: For pure slapstick, give me Top Gear. Sorry to see Pushing Daisies go. Loved Rome, and have high hopes for the HBOs ability to stage A Game of Thrones.

For movies, I agree I can't believe a lot of what get's put out there and how much money goes into it. But off the top of my head just this last year, I really enjoyed Iron Man, The Dark Knight, Frost vs. Nixon. My favorite way to select movies is to check out RottenTomatoes and go for something that both interests me and is "Certified Fresh".

anyway, enjoy!
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