The Good Life

The Unstoppable Stream

Netflix, HBO Max, Disney+ and other streaming services are rewriting the rules of entertainment
| By Marshall Fine | From Brian Cox, November/December 2021
The Unstoppable Stream
Photo/Taylor Callery
When the Netflix movie Roma won the Academy Award as 2018’s best foreign film—after the streaming giant unleashed a multimilliondollar advertising campaign lobbying for the same film to win the Oscar for best picture—legendary director Steven Spielberg spoke out against streaming as anathema to the movie industry, a movement that would spell the death knell for theatrical distribution of movies. “I love television,” the director said at the time. “But there’s nothing like going to a big dark theater with people you’ve never met before and having the experience wash over you. That’s something we all truly believe in.” Spielberg even suggested Netflix films shouldn’t …
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