Wednesday, 17 September 2008

wow, he's right

Over at AGB, and citing the Wire as one example, Tone observes:
TV has been better than film since, oooh, around about the most recent fin de siècle.
You know, he might be right. Over the last 10 years, the TV series as a genre has really started to get to grips with the arc of a series, as opposed to the arc of an episode. I'd probably add shows like The Sopranos and Six Feet Under to The Wire, as highlights.

If you had to point at notable trends in film over the same period, you'd probably look at the success of effects-based films, particularly the big-budget fantasy adaptations (LOTR, Harry Potter, new Star Wars), and the return of the superhero genre (Spidey, X-men, Batman). I can't think of many notable other dramatic developments - renewed interest in epics, perhaps?

1 comment:

chris said...

And a shift from 90-100min films to 2h, and now 3h is not so uncommon (we finally watched Magnolia on the weekend without looking at the runtime).