Film because when I look at multiple seasons of TV shows, I think to myself "ain't nobody got time for that" and don't seek it out (even if I really do have time for that).
My favorite anime is FLCL and a big reason is that it's 6 episodes. I used to love length in video games, but now my thoughts are more along the lines of "brevity is the soul of wit."
I'd be super reluctant to try and go through TV shows that even line up with my interests nowadays, but I am definitely down for a good film!
I guess I am no longer fit for the level of commitment involved with the earlier. I'd much prefer "one and done" with the latter.
... that sounds so wrong out of context, doesn't it?
If I'm in front of a TV frivolously wasting time Id rather be playing video games. They at least require me to think critically at times and aren't a total mind numbing experience that turns you into a meat Popsicle.
Hell, I finally buckled and watched on episode of Hyakka Ryōran Samurai Girls today and even with it only being a 23 minute episode I was sort of distracted the whole time and wanting to go back to doing something else.
Where did you watch Orphan Black? DVR? Or is it online somewhere? I meant to check it out but I forgot to DVR the first two episodes and I wouldn't want to jump in mid-season.
Oh and I voted for TV. It allows for more complicated story and interesting characters.
Movies are too short to include anything of substance, and TV shows are far too fucking dragged out. Even the good ones become ridiculously cumbersome and turn to shite, eventually.
I'm generalising here, but yeah. I prefer TV shows, but not by a lot. Sometimes it's nice to be able to sink a few hours into something passive and mindless when I can't sleep.
I used to like movies more but now I think I prefer TV for the same reasons you listed. As long as I have a full season in front of me that I can watch at my leisure, none of this once a week nonsense. Just finished season 3 of Portlandia. That show is great. Which reminds me, another reason I like TV shows better is because there are good comedies on tv, and funny movies are few and far between these days.
Had this very discussion with my brother recently. TV's come a long long way, and there's some shows that easily rival some of my favourite movies but I think I still have to go with movies. The way I came to this answer was, if I had to give up one forever and lose those experiences which would I give up? Never seeing Star Wars or Alien or Shawshank or Fight Club and on and on. No way.
It's hard to choose one over the other because each really has its own purpose Many concepts that make up good television shows are just too complex or require too much of a set up to be condensed into even a trilogy of movies. Most good movies would probably be boring, drawn-out affairs if they were instead television shows.
That being said, I find myself watching much more television than I do movies. The risk is a lot lower when checking out a new television show. You spend 30 minutes to an hour watching the pilot and you end up with a pretty good idea of whether or not you should continue watching. The return on this small investment of time can be immense if you end up enjoying the show because you will typically be rewarded with at least tens of hours of entertainment.
I enjoy both.
But honestly, I'll enjoy a well done TV show more than a well done movie, simply due to the quantity. Both are great, but a TV show allows for more development and story arcs to play through.
The last movie i saw in the theater was Iron Man 3 and that movie was AWFUL i know most people loved it, but if it wasn't for the charisma of robert downy jr it woulda of bombed, HARD. The plot made no sense, the villians made no sense, the actions of stark made no sense. It was a fucking mess of a movie, and robert downy jr carried it basically on his own. That would never happen in TV.
Both are great, and it's actually easier to find a good movie than a good TV show. Since TV shows are such a larger investment. But when a TV show IS good and it hooks you, its so much more than a single movie could be. The Subtle growth of Walter White or Jesse Pinkman couldn't be done in a movie. It could happen, but it'd be rushed, it wouldn't be as impactful or memorable. Theorizing about the mysteries in LOST with friends was an absolute blast and consumed far more hours than just watching teh show.
I'd hate to pick between them, but i really do appreciate a good TV show more than a good movie, simply because theres more of it, and it tends to stick with my for longer due to me getting far more invested in the characters / story than i would a movie.
For example I've been re-watching Deep Space Nine on netflix for the past uh, long while. It's been great, I haven't seen any of it in ages so its all practically new to me. The stories are complex and engaging the characters are interesting and evolve, It doesn't take itself too seriously, I've been LOVING it. I've been watching an episode or two every night for a month or two and it's been great.
But seriously my point is that Sisko is the best star trek captain. ok?
Despite being like 99% garbage these days, I've enjoyed various TV shows over the years more than I've ever really enjoyed movies. For whatever reason I've never been a big movie person.
Video games trump both by a long shot as far as personal entertainment value goes though.
One thing I can't stand about TV though is the risk of shows getting cancelled before they get proper resolution. At least with movies you're pretty guaranteed to have plot threads wrapped up by the end (unless it's Lord of the Rings), but there are so many shows that have been cancelled prematurely and it annoys the crap out of me. It's actually a major reason I've stopped watching new TV. I wait until I know it's going to last more than a season.
I actually watch less of both than I used too.
Movies all seem to follow the same formulae and the tv shows tend to run for far too long.
Bring back the mini series!
I think American Television could learn a thing or two from British TV. Not every show has to be some 20+ episode long season that's drawn out for as many seasons as it can before it suffers whimpering end from disinterest. I remember watching Sherlock and being flabbergasted the season was only 3 episodes, but in retrospect it was perfect.
Enjoy watching both to be honest. All my viewing is pretty much done through Netflix nowadays so I'll switch between a few movies and than I'll watch some TV shows. Just started watching the second season of Forbrydelsen (The Killing) which is a pretty great show. Thing is with Netflix there's a bunch I want to watch, more seasons of Dexter and Battlestar Galactica because people speak so highly of that show. I barely watch actual TV these days, only for live sports.
I might watch Love and Hip Hop and Teen Wolf on T'V, but that's about it. I mostly use the internet to get my entertainment. Stuff I usually do on my spare time on the internet are..
- Watch porn ( Can't help it every sense I was a kid, and watched two grown women making out In a house, I haven't been the same.)
- Giantbomb ( I caught interests in the forums afew years ago. I found it entertaining how people can get sometimes)
- Watch Movies ( I know a site where I can stream movies, but I won't tell you it's my secret..)
YouTube ( I watch all kinds of vids such as fights, reviews, all kinds though I mostly watch fitness channels nowadays)
Internet shows. Currently watching people play pen and paper RPGs and it's the best thing ever.
But if I have to choose between movies and TV-shows, I'd say I prefer the extended narrative of a show, provided it's well made. I mean, the only right way to view a TV-show these days is to buy a box set and then watch an entire season in one sitting. But those shows are far and few between.
The movie format and business model is just too limited to really appeal to me anymore. Apparently more and more reknown directors see it the same way, and turn to TV. Who doesn't want to be the guy to get the next Game of Thrones or The Walking Dead off the ground?
I've seen thousands of movies, and only a fraction of those really resonated with me, or were any kind of original. More often than not, movies feel like a waste of time to me. The bad kind. The redundant kind. Whereas many cable network TV shows such as Game of Thrones and miniseries such as Generation Kill have me glued to the screen for tens of hours, offering much better developed characters and relationships and situations, without skimping on the action either. Cable TV is also were creators are allowed to take more creative risks and liberties, especially in terms of graphic violence and nudity. Almost always, these TV formats deliver a much rounder experience.
I think eversince Spielberg pulled off Band of Brothers, I regard TV shows and mini series as the superior format. Movies almost always fall flat in comparison. Just think, would you rather see a 200 million Avengers movie? Or a 200 millions Avengers mini-series?