2000s: Video games outsell films. The digital revolution's new advances undermine the hallowed veracity of the photographic, analog celluloid image. The remaining theatrical audience begins its final, inexorable contraction as viewers retreat behind laptops, iPhones, YouTube, xTube, et al., and rampant piracy bites into profit margins. "Mumblecore" is deemed important, and defined-in-opposition festival/art house aridity reaches an all-time high. The exodus from print media shifts chicken-little rhetoric into the digital realm, Internet think pieces on the death of cinema, ad nauseam. After a long illness, cinema is finally to be laid to rest at a service outside the Edison Labs in West Orange, New Jersey, on November 14, 2012. It will be buried in a Black Maria.

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Thom Mirem
Thom Mirem

I don't think film can ever die in the same sense that vinyl never will, it just becomes impractical to a point. 35mm, whether if it's photos or cinema looks a great deal better than digital. Film feels better, HD is just too clean sometimes. But film-lovers be damned with all of the processors closing and it costing a fortune to develop. Not to mention, the digital age has made us editing deities to where it's so much more convenient. I love film and wish I had it at my disposal, but I don't have that Star Wars/Disney mad cash. Film will still thrive in our hearts and in Wes Anderson films.


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