What Exactly is the Future of Film?

Nick Kush

A current college student, Nick founded MovieBabble in October of 2016. As a film critic, he offers content that is meant to entertain as well as educate. He fell in love with film after first seeing Forrest Gump and has been hooked ever since.

30 Responses

  1. pennzer.com says:

    I think Holograms and even Drones will feature somewhere in the future of Film and perhaps the not so distant future of films. VR and AR as you mentioned have already made some minor impact in areas other than film but I agree with you that will it have more of an impact in the future. Just hope I am still around to realize it!

    • Nick Kush says:

      I hope I’m still around too!

      What did you mean about drones featuring into film? Films already utilize drones to capture different angles of the film, did you mean it in some other capacity like a first person view of the action?

      • pennzer.com says:

        I was thinking of drones capturing or utilizing different angles of film as you mentioned and that drones can be used to capture shots that are either too expensive or too dangerous for human camera operators. Also maybe even used to project films in open air. Thinking about the future just gives you free license in terms of imagination!

      • Nick Kush says:

        That would be super cool!

  2. henrywm says:

    I have not been to a theater for years. With current prices, a movie must be truly special for me to pay theater rates, and no movie has impressed me for several years. If I want to see something, I wait for it to be released on Netflix or Redbox. I remember when video stores were huge. I even remember when we could rent movies in either VHS or Beta. Mail order Netflix killed that industry. Now online streaming could kill theaters. This does raise one interesting point, however. In the past, if a movie went straight to video, bypassing the theaters, then one could assume it stunk. If your predictions are true, then the online equivalent of “straight to video” (streaming) could become the standard, even for good movies.

    • Nick Kush says:

      I️ don’t blame you! It’s expensive! I️ would say look into MoviePass, however. It’s $10 a month and you can see a movie a day!

  3. rakioddbooks says:

    Lol I would be too afraid to watch movies on VR. What if I miss something if while I’m looking at something else?
    I think another reason cinemas continue to lose popularity is that movies are too long. Going to the movies to watch a 2:50 long film requires planning, but we live in a world where we either hardly have time for anything or doing one thing at a time feels like a waste of time. Suddenly going to the movies gets put on the bottom of the list, then it gets spoiled almost immediately, and then we figure we might as well wait until it’s released on DVD or Netflix so we can watch it while we clean or eat dinner.

    • Nick Kush says:

      I certainly understand the sentiment there but I think that’s more of a personal preference thing! Some of the best movies ever are almost three hours long. If its a great story, people will see it. I think the problem is that there are movies are that long and have no business actually being that long.

  4. Great thought experiment! I would go to the movie theater all the time if it wasn’t so ridiculously expensive and if the movies were worth going to see. I don’t know how many times I’ve thought, wow, wish I hadn’t spent $10 on that. An you can buy a steak dinner for how much popcorn and soda costs. If they fixed those problems, I think future audiences would still flock to the theater.

    • Nick Kush says:

      Absolutely! Although I️ might have a solution for you: MoviePass! For $10 a month you can see a movie a day for zero cost. I️ use it to keep all my costs down for reviews and it’s pretty awesome

  5. ghostof82 says:

    The performance of 2049 at the box office is indicative of the future. As an art form, adult intelligent blockbusters are pretty much dead and buried, replaced by the Star Wars/Marvel etc juggernauts. Bubblegum is on the menu in future. They are fine for what they are I guess but mass audiences are just not prepared to be challenged or forced to work at entertainment. Or depressed. They want it big and loud and simple. And easily translated worldwide.

    The high price of cinema admission must surely be a factor too. Why charge the same ticket price for all films? Why not reduce the price to encourage people to try films they might otherwise ignore? Or reduce the price for films four weeks into release to try extend their time out there (or even bring forward VOD to when they are pulled from cinema distribution)?

    • Nick Kush says:

      Those are definitely some great ideas. I️ wonder how studios would handle that since they’d be effected most by the lowering of ticket prices. It would definitely help theaters tho considering they make most of their money on concessions

  6. I would like to think that the move from theaters to streaming services will lead to more character-driven films.

  7. Aimer Boyz says:

    You’re probably right about movie theatres disappearing, but I will be sad to see them go 🙁

    • Nick Kush says:

      It’ll be a shame! I wish it didn’t have to occur but people are just getting sick of going to them

  8. anne leueen says:

    I don’t need to go out too far into the future as I’m already 68. But for me watching a movie at home , no matter how big my home tv screen is, will not be the same as going out to the cinema and seeing it on the BIG screen. Some films would be ok but something like Blade Runner 2049 ? Well I’d need a pretty fantastic home theater to do a film like that justice. However it will be interesting to see how things progress! Interesting post. Thanks.

  9. This was very entertaining to read!
    I agree with your opinion that the future of movie watching will be in augmented reality. I can imagine movies where you only see the field of view of the main character (similiar to hardcore Henry but better… it’s the future), others where you are anyone (omnipresent) and crazy movies where you can be like a lamp in a room and we only hear who is close to it.

    It wii be awesome but I think 50 years is a stretch. I imagine it will happen sooner…

    • Nick Kush says:

      Maybe! But I️ think it’ll take a long time for it’s mainstream and accessible in a great, bug-free form. A lot of programming goes into this stuff!

    • Steve says:

      I hate first person videogame style film except as concept art. The idea of a lamp in a room sounds like a gimmick but I could see it making for an interesting whodunnit to have such a limited insight into the story.

  10. I wonder if we’ll stop having film like 100 years into the future?

    • Nick Kush says:

      That’s definitely a possibility. There might be some sort of entertainment that we can’t fathom in existence by then!

      • Steve says:

        Or if the communists succeed we could be too preoccupied trying to find food and shelter to be bothered with film. The future is always unpredictable. Let’s hope we still have film a hundred years from now!

      • Nick Kush says:


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