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  • January 16, 2017

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Long And Short Of It!

So today’s post will be the normal length. The one you’ve come to expect. That is all but a guarantee unless I’m on a writing WEP spree. It’s the size that most like and can zip through, comment and away they go. Easy peasy.

With life the way it is people want things now, they want you to get to the point and they want it over. Not many have patience for much these days, so you have to capture their attention and do it quickly. Common sense, but sadly too few have it these days.

Anyway, why did I bring this up? Because some surely didn’t get the memo and it is not in a good way. Who didn’t? Hollywood.

Have you noticed how they can’t make movies any more that aren’t between 2 and 3 hours? Take notice how they can’t make trailers that don’t tell you the whole plot and go on well past 2 or 3 minutes? What is the point in making them longer? Any ideas?

For some they need it, like Marvel when they are cramming in 50,000 characters, but most drag so frigging much that you wonder why they didn’t chop things up. Is there a new standard that they have to be long and drawn out?

Maybe it is the whole binge watching thing. Studios think that because people binge watch TV shows that they will sit there for 3 hours and watch a movie that should have been 2.

Just something I took notice of with a lot of the bigger movies in 2016. Sure there have always been long ones, but now it seems like they fired the editing team and stick in everything they shot.

Take notice of that? Some Netflix shows do it too, mainly because they can with no commercial time. I guess that is the one, and only, good thing about commercials, they leave little room for filler.

Enjoy life, forget the strife.

4 Comments

Snowcatcher

2017-01-16 16:24:52 Reply

Thankfully, I’m not connected to the little or big screen too much, so I haven’t noticed the length of trailers or movies. Or even commercials… Ha! I also tend to write what I want to say, very rarely paying attention to what “experts” say is the optimal post length. I tend to be a real rebel that way, perhaps because of my journalistic roots. If readers don’t have the patience to read the whole post, they are the ones missing out. Not me. Of course, then I get a day when I feel like crap, and I’ll write one sentence and leave it at that. 🙂

    Pat Hatt

    2017-01-16 17:02:56 Reply

    haha yeah, if you can suck them in, go for it indeed. But just adding filler for the sake of filler is ugg to me.

Alex J. Cavanaugh

2017-01-16 17:18:47 Reply

Completely agree on both counts! I hate how trailers tell the whole story. Watch the trailer and save yourself eight bucks.
It was refreshing to see the latest Underworld because it was a whole ninety minutes long. Perfect length for the story. But hitting two and a half hours just because? No reason for that.

    Pat Hatt

    2017-01-16 18:52:07 Reply

    Yeah, so many damn trailers spoil the whole thing. That is what is good about movies like Underworld, they tell what needs to be told and doesn’t try to extend it.

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