David Bordwell assess the victory of the digital cinema revolution. The conversion is nearly complete. Some small theaters are doing extremely well with digital; for some, the conversion is a lateral move – unable to run first run movies due to competing screens, but business is still stable; others struggle to convert or screen 35mm; some major theaters now offer a far greater range of cinema in more places; many theaters are closing or are consumed by the Big 3; movies are available in more places at more times than ever before.
It’s more complicated than that, of course. David Bordwell details the complications in his comforting and incisive voice.
I haven’t digested this fully, yet, but this is what Jim Emerson does well. He spends a lot of time compiling quotes and mulling over his own understanding. Then he darts through them, coating himself in whatever detritus will stick, and passes out. At the very least, he provides loads of worthwhile perspectives and conversation topics.