Is TV replacing movies?

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So yesterday, I finally finished watching Breaking Bad (2008-2013) (I know, I’m very late) and man that tv show was great. Bryan Cranston’s portrayal of Walter White was simply amazing and the show was brilliantly written. But anyway, I did not come here to write a review of the show.

Because the show was so great, it made me think a lot. Not necessarily about what’s good and bad, and were Walter White’s actions justified or not, but whether television is replacing movies or not. And I think that, slowly, it might be. So many tv shows now are filmed like movies. What I mean here is that the creators, writers, directors… everybody involved seems to work harder than before. They want their tv shows to look beautiful, they want talented actors, they want complicated characters and great writing. There always were good tv shows, but now, the game is becoming stronger.

People love to get to know the characters, and I think this is something tv can offer than cinema can’t. Of course, you get to know the characters of a movie when you watch it, but maybe not as much as a character on a tv series that’s been running for three years. Of course, if a movie has many sequels, like the Harry Potter movie series, you get to know the characters, the stories and their world a lot better than in a single movie. And movies with many sequels or with shared universes, such as The Hunger Games, the Twilight series, and the Marvel cinematic universe (just to name a few), often become highly popular, whether you like them or not. Because just like in a tv show, you get to understand a lot more things, the story can (usually) be more intricate and the characters can have more complicated developments.

Anyway, I just think tv shows like Breaking Bad might one day replace movies, just because they are so good! Of course, not every episode is going to be revolutionary great, but in general, tv is becoming more and more of a threat to the film industry.

I have never seen Star Wars

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Don’t I suck and don’t I know it. Ok, the title is kind of a lie; I have seen scenes here and there, but never an entire Star Wars movie. I remember when I was 4 or 5, a friend of mines was watching one of the movies, I honestly don’t know which one (it might have been The Phantom Menace?). He turned it off when I arrived at his place, but I saw. I saw this horrifically annoying character with long, floppy ears. Yes, my first ever impression of this classic movie series is Jar Jar Binks. Maybe that’s one of the reasons I’ve never watched the movies; I was terrified. Years later, at another friend’s house, I saw scenes from a re-released version, you know, with the terrible CGI and all. Another bad start. Plus, my parents are Star Trek fans and I would watch reruns of the show with them when I was a kid, and I have to say, I quite enjoyed it. You know how there is (used to be?) this “war” between Harry Potter fans and Twilight fans? Where you can only love one or the other? Well from what I’ve heard, there is a similar “war” going on between Star Wars fans and Star Trek fans. So maybe I’ve never seen a Star Wars movie because I come from a Star Trek kind of family (like, I’m not the only person in my family who has never seen a Star Wars movie, neither my mum, nor my dad, nor my sister have).

But that doesn’t mean I know nothing about the series. Of course I know some things. The obvious things. The “Darth Vader is Luke’s father” kind of things. Backwards Yoda speaks, I know. And I know Leia is Luke’s sister, but I also know she kissed him once? Like a real kiss? My friend told me it was to make Harrison Ford jealous, but still. He’s her brother. Anyway. I also know there’s this guy with a red face, and I saw him on a t-shirt when I was 7 and I had a nightmare where he was chasing me. Then there’s Chewbacca who’s Harrison Ford’s best friend or something and he makes this noise guys at school kept imitating to interrupt teachers. And there’s this teddy bear colony at one point. And those two robots, R2-D2 and C-3PO, I don’t really know what they do, but they’re always together. Where do they come from? I know about “the Force”, but what is it? What does it do? I have no idea. I know Jabba the Hutt and Leia’s slave costume and Harrison Ford being trapped in a wall. What I don’t really know is what links all of these together. And I don’t know what goes in which movie. I also don’t know in what order I should watch them. Like, should I watch them in chronological order of the story or of the release date?

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What I really wanted to say here is that ever since I saw the trailer for the last Star Wars movie, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, I thought it looked great. I did not go to see it in theatres, because I hadn’t seen any of the previous movies, but I think a Star Wars marathon is long overdue. Especially since I’m a cinema nerd since forever and I’m a cinema student and all… And even though my friends already spoiled the movie for me because they said I did not care anyway.