. . . . . . . It’s hard to believe there was actually a time when movie theaters felt “threatened” by television. Back then, movie actors made buckets of cash. Supposedly, this was going to come to an end.
. . . . . . . Fast forward to the 2020s and movie stars are making more money than ever. Disney is a bigger corporation than ever, in no small part to absorbing the 20th Century Fox movie studio. As the curtain goes up and the popcorn begins crunching in our mouths, we can savor the current release in a way that television will never match.
. . . . . . . TV is just too small. There are too many TV shows. The consequence of having a 500-channel galaxy of programming is that you have to shove a lot of crap the viewer’s way.
. . . . . . . What is a TV show? Basically just dialogue. Only movies can afford to insert visual eye candy on any kind of a scale.
. . . . . . . The very limited number of movies means that only the biggest stars get offered roles. It takes years, and numerous roles, before a star blossoms. Leonardo DiCaprio starred as a kid on a TV sitcom before he ended up with What’s Eating Gilbert Grape. His big breakthrough was, of course, Titanic.
. . . . . . . It’s a joke that Once Upon A Time In Hollywood has him ending his career. When, in reality, he’s at the peak of his performance-arc. But the point is movie theaters place big bets at every stage along the way. That’s why there’s so many sequels. The sequels fund the risk-takers.
. . . . . . . Leonardo DiCaprio, John Travolta, and numerous other male actors have all had long and illustrious careers. Not so much for the female side of the equation …