Quentin Tarantino sat down for an interview on “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” on Tuesday night and made his case for why people should be relishing the return to movie theaters.
“TV is good … but it’s also a disposable experience.” Tarantino said. “There is an aspect about it being disposable. When a movie comes out that you’re interested enough to see, and it makes you leave your house and buy a ticket. You could do anything in the world you want that night, but you decide to go to see a film. One film in particular … And you go and see it and you buy a ticket and you sit down and you have an experience — and you have an experience with a bunch of strangers. And at that moment, once the movie gets going, once the lights are down, you become a collective.”
Fine words from one of the biggest proponents of the cinema experience (QT himself owns two L.A. movie theaters). Metaflix, of course, echoes his sentiment.
Television and, in particular, streaming has been cutting into the share of traditional theatrical entertainment. This trend was exacerbated by the pandemic, when virtually every theater in the country closed and the nation was plunged into mass quarantine. With no sports, no traveling, and little else to do, people relied on home entertainment to fill the void.
Now, however, the leisure and entertainment industry is opening back up and the likes of Tarantino are pleading with the masses to reconnect with entertainment in a more intimate way. Not just something to mindlessly observe, but something to experience.
When that happens, Tarantino added, “and when you have a good experience — it’s not always a good experience — but when you have a good experience, those are the things that stay in your mind and that you remember for the rest of your life. And they become indelible snapshots.”
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