Filmmaker David Lynch does not endorse the cell phone. Don’t believe us? Check out this video. Money quote:
…If you’re playing the movie on a telephone, you will never in a trillion years experience the film. You’ll think you have experienced it, but you’ll be cheated. It’s such a sadness that you think you’ve seen a film on your fucking telephone. Get real.
Itâ€™s such a sadness that you think youâ€™ve seen a film if you watch fucking “Inland Empire”. Get real.
Cell phones are in many ways symptomatic of our seriously faulty way of communication–which has digressed to the bottom of the manure pile. Cinematograpy of any quality at all has to be seen on a large enough medium to appreciate the immense number of variables present.
Genererally, cell phones have reduced our communicative connections to each other, & awareness of the world around us.
Clearly, anyone with the least appreciation for film, unless they are blind. is doing the artists an incredible disservice, and reducing their own intake to trash.
Its not the cell phones but the people who use them. It’s a subtle way to find out the personality of a guy before introducing yourself. I have been saved by huge mistakes as I cringe from Cellphone Etiquette and the surprising morons who don’t need a neon sign which reads “Asshole” when they are gabbing hateful dialogue to their phone a friend. The earphone gabbers who used to look plain crazy have only been supplanted by I-Snobs with their little white boxes of way too many songs to possibly listen to in a week, much less one trip. Cruising was much more fun when we were less distracted. Now, soulmates never meet, flirtations are text messaged and the scent of a man is a download. Most of it is poor people acting rich, anyway.
Sorry boyz and girls it is time for a change. It’s cool if you are not in for the billions that will be made. That just leaves all the more income for us. There are always the few that have a hard time with accepting the future of content distribution. If you had a piece of the income you might change your POV. It was skeptics like yourselves that said we would never have digital theaters, editing film on computers, and that the internet is a passing fad. My kids are digital film makers and will never know what the medium celluloid was about. If you can’t dig the future then go and hide in your cave and watch analog film on your candle lit projector.
Editing on computers and filming digitally is fine, what Lynch means to say is that you can’t fully immerse yourself and allow a film to affect you emotionally if you’re trying to concentrate on a tiny screen while a million things are happening around you. Watching a film in a movie theater is like dining in a restaurant and downloading a movie to your phone is akin to eating McDonalds in the car during rush hour. You need to be in the right frame of mind and the right environment. Sure you can watch a movie on the go and be able to follow the plot and enjoy it, but that’s just scratching the surface of a really good movie.
P.S. I know this comment is three years too late, but I felt like it needed to be said.
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