Looking back, I think some of my favorite movies have been his gangster-type films...Donnie Brasco, Dillinger, and Whitey. I think the 40's era really suits him...would love to see him in another film like that.
I think they would make more, if the public would support them. I remember when there was a huge difference in tv and movies. Movies were special. Tv has sort of caught up with the theaters, in many ways. We had 17 inch black and white tv screens, with about 3 channels. Now people have wide screens and all kinds of media extras, making it much closer to the theater experience. It seems like they only go to the theater for the big tent pole type films. More and more top actors are making films for outlets like Netflix. I'd love to see people support good movies in the theater, but that may be a thing that is in the past. When a film is released, if it's not a "hit" in the first 3 days, it's classified a flop, which is really sad. Everything is about opening weekend. I went to the movies all the time, growing up, and even as a young adult. I was never even aware of box office or if a critic liked it. And I'm sure I wouldn't have cared, even if I'd been aware.
Yes. And I live just outside a big city & it has ONE arthouse cinema that shows small & foreign films -- some for only a week. So many people where I live now say -- oh, you can see that on Netflix. But I loved going to a theater & seeing a movie LARGE with other people (mostly -- only a few exceptions, like seeing atonement on the big multi-plex screen with someone munching an enormous bucket of popcorn through much of it. Don't mind munching in comedies.). I miss documentaries too -- saw lots of good ones you can't really get unless you subscribe to a few special services -- or can't get at all.
I have to say that I am completely spoiled by access to art cinema. Right now the DC area has 6 sites in Maryland and the city alone where I can enjoy independent film. And I am not counting northern VA. Why this area? Money maybe? Lots of people who are involved in the upper ranks of the government? DC isn't a NY type of crowd, though, lots of people move here from the hinterlands, you know? It's a small area -- most of the theaters are located about 30 minutes by car. Back in 2009 we had only two really active art houses, but that has exploded. Two chains involved: Landmark Theaters and Arclight. They have really changed the movie going experience. Cocktails before the movie or at your seat. Lots of reserved seat venues, and you can "reserve" up to moments before the show begins. I do think the reserving part does eliminate impulsive purchases though. Everything inside is high end with deep and commodious seating, and a feeling of lushness that I don't find at local cinema. Landmark seems to cater to a slightly older crowd (my age!) while Arclight combines both mainstream films and art films, and their audiences are more middle of the road -- families with older children, young movie goers etc. Arclight charges slightly more -- $1.00 -- but I tell you the experience of sipping a margarita while watching a film more than makes up for the toll. I hear that Arclight is planning an expansion into the Boston area. Keep your eyes out for them guys!
As for NYC art houses, oh my that was a time, wasn't it Brahms? And there it was a range of different environments -- high end places a block away from Tiffany's and gross out bottom of the market spaces with bums sleeping off their drunk two seats over from you. What I remember most from NYC was the old classics I saw -- films from the 1920s, 1930s, and lots of obscure foreign films. Incredible stuff for low, low prices. You could get a prime education in the history of film sitting in these places.
I am with you Brahms, I love the magic of the theater. Nothing else like it.