Coming Soon: The Latest Movies on Your Cellular Phone

Sydney Pollack’s The Interpreter will more than likely go down in history as the first film to be released on a mobile phone device, but its remembrance will not be pleasant.Ã?¯Ã?¿Ã?½

The cellular phone release was scheduled to occur in Italy as the result of a deal between Eagle Pictures and Italian Mobile Phone company H3G. Theater owners claim that they were not notified properly, and the film was dropped from many theaters.�¯�¿�½

Eagle pictures cancelled the cellular phone debut, but suggested that it will be available in the future. Oscar-winning actor Roberto Benigni called the mobile phone movie movement “bordering on blasphemy”.Ã?¯Ã?¿Ã?½

I think that blasphemous may be too strong of a word, but I understand how he feels. To put what is meant to be seen on a big screen to one only a fraction of its size seems a little strange. Yet people do this every day when they go and rent videos.
The motivation is, of course, money and time.�¯�¿�½

It is a lot easier and cost-effective to entertain the whole family by paying less to borrow a film that you can watch on your own time. Especially when trips to the movie theater are growing more expensive every day, and for those with children, hiring a sitter can be even more costly.�¯�¿�½

But watching a film in the theater is the only way to truly experience a film. There, you are in a dark room with nothing to distract you from the literally larger-than-life world that the filmmakers have created. Everyone will agree with me that simply watching it on a small screen in a house full of potential distractions is simply not the same.�¯�¿�½

And on a cell phone, there is probably no chance of watching a good film uninterrupted. You know what interrupts most people’s experience in watching a film in the theater? That’s right: Cell phones. So just try feeling the suspense of the latest pic knowing that the instrument of your entertainment can easily become your interruption.Ã?¯Ã?¿Ã?½

Your screen is also the size of a few postage stamps. Imagine how poor a Star Wars movie would look on a cell-phone. All of the background ships and robots would end up looking like dots on such a small screen. Any other special effect would be cheapened on a screen less than a thousand times smaller than the screen that is meant to be seen on.�¯�¿�½

But despite what I feel about watching the latest film on a cell phone, I’m certain that there are others who will welcome it. Then, after it has been established, there will be those who can’t figure out how they lived without it. After all, the proliferation of cellular phones show that we are becoming a busier society, so who has time to see a walk-in movie these days?

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