The problem Tom and FC are pointing out is that the business model of the studios these days is to make less films for more money. Meaning, if you don't like comic book movies, you are't going to have a lot of other choices.
The business model of the studio system is destroying the originality and diversity of the feature film business.
And a side effect of that is that, with relatively fewer movies but a greater number of bigger movies, theaters have to pack the screens with the big-budget movies, further squeezing out any opportunity to screen mid-range movies. And the constant march of tent-pole movies scheduled to not compete with each other means a movie's effective run is all but over in about a month - I thought about going to see Kong: Skull Island Friday before last, it had four showtimes with in ten miles of me. Four screenings, three screens, in three theaters. I'm sure Guardians 2 will open on at least six screens with one show every 20-30 minutes at the nearest theater to me, and six weeks later have only one showing.
And that's bad economics. That results in jacked-up ticket prices, when the studios attempt to recover their investment in a 4-6 week cinematic run. It hurts the theater revenue, since their income is based on a graded percentage of the box that increases the longer a movie runs. So they have to raise concession prices in response, which puts the "moviegoing experience" further out of reach..,.which ultimately means that people are that much less likely to go see a "mid-range" movie, because if it doesn't have that cinematic "wow" factor, why shell out to see it on a big screen?
Case in point: The Man From UNCLE. Not a great movie, but not a bad one. Charming, in its own right. Well made, decent script, solid (though not inspiring) performances. Basically a stylistic love letter to the 60's spy genre. But there is absolutely no chance I would have ever shelled out $60, between tickets and concessions, to see it in a theater, as the big screen does nothing for it. And apparently I'm not the only one - a $75m movie that made $110m.
There's your creative mid-range movie. A $25 movie-going experience in a $60 movie-going world.
Ill take the muppet characters, model tie fighters and x-wings, and hand built sets over a half a billion dollar cgi budget anyday. Those things gave movies depth.
But id take analog music over digital music as well, guess im a dinosaur
A line from a review of The Phantom Menace captures that in a nutshell:
Jar-Jar Binks lacks the charm of a tall man dressed in dog pelts.