Film critic Richard Roeper knows a thing or two about the movie business—from summer blockbusters to small independent films, Richard says he's just about seen them all. Jean talks with Richard about his work as a columnist and film critic for the Chicago Sun-Times and co-host of At the Movies with Ebert & Roeper. Plus, Richard talks about the future of the movie business.
In today's world, Richard says megabucks go into advertising big-budget films, often making it difficult for smaller films to get noticed. "Now it's all about the end result because the studios invest so much money in these movies," he says. "It's a shame because with the exception of some films like Juno, a lot of really good small films get buried by blockbusters."
While movies may also flow through the theaters quicker now than a few decades ago, Richard says the DVD rental business is booming and new technology makes for a high-quality at-home movie experience. "Blu-ray is the new generation of DVD, which is even more high definition," he says. While the movie theater experience is unique, Richard says that could change in the future. "I think more and more there is going to be the opportunity to watch first-run movies at home," he says.
Despite the "opening weekend" mentality that often predicts whether a movie is a success, Richard says he's still confident that box office dollars don't always predict which movies become beloved by fans. "When you ask people their favorite movies, they are almost always movies that are first and foremost about stories," he says. "It's not necessarily the special effects films you watch over and over—it's the movies that have great stories."
Published on January 01, 2008