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Episode No. 20: The End of Film as We Know It…Again?

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Ever since the arrival of sound, people have been predicting the end of film as we know it. The latest to sound the alarm are Steven Spielberg and George Lucas who, last month, predicted the meltdown of the movie industry in the not too distant future…a future in which only mega-budgeted blockbusters will make it into mainstream theaters, while smaller independent films will be distributed mostly via cable and streaming. Is it apocalypse now, or the natural evolution of cinema? Steve Head, David Kleiler and Dan Kimmel weigh in on the impending catastrophe and ask, have we been down this road before?

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About Stephen Slaughter Head

Stephen Slaughter Head was co-editor of the Star Wars website TheForce.net, co-founder of the much-loved movie news website IGN FilmForce, and editor of the movie section at AOL’s Propellor.com. As a film journalist he has more than 2,000 published articles at IGN.com. His work has also appeared on AOL.com, and in Esquire magazine and the Boston Phoenix. Stephen hosts the Diabolique Webcast.

3 comments

  1. I tried listening to this episode in its entirety, I really did, but the subject matter was just so unappealing. I’m sorry, but given the choice of listening to an episode devoted to the shortcomings of the film industry or one about a classic or underappreciated film from the past, I’d choose the latter any day of the week.

    • Thanks for the feedback. We thought it was an important subject to cover, given some of the changes going on in the film industry. I think of our webcast series as sort of like a short film program. Most people probably won’t like every film being shown, but hopefully everyone will like something. So, thank you for your support and for listening. Hopefully next time you’ll hear something that interests you more.

      • I’ve listened to a lot of film podcasts and can say, without hesitation, that two of the very best I’ve ever heard were your Night of the Hunter and Vertigo episodes.

        Since I’m not really interested in current cinema this latest episode wasn’t really my thing. Not that I didn’t think it was up to your usual high standards, just that the material wasn’t personally relevant to me this time out.

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