Another example of corporate avarice destroyed something really good, WarnerMedia announced on Friday that it closed FilmStruck and several filmmakers…
Another example of corporate avarice destroyed something really good, WarnerMedia announced on Friday that it closed FilmStruck and several filmmakers went to social media to express their dissatisfaction with the decision. An unfortunate failure of the Time Warner and AT & T merger, the wonderfully cure service and the repository for classic, foreign, indie and Criterion movie collection will end in late November and in an attempt to quench their frustrations and express disappointment at the decision, several acclaimed filmmakers to social media.
Rian Johnson, Guillermo del Toro and Barry Jenkins were some of the biggest names in film to share their thoughts on closing FilmStruck on Friday. The messages ran the gamut from fury (Jenkin’s first tweet simply said “F ***” ) to an increasing memory to a more positive determination that FilmStruck will return in some form or another. Whether it happens or not, but with WarnerMedia trying to consolidate its digital offers under a scheduled streaming service, there is at least a small chance that the company’s massive movie library will be available in some form or another.
Regardless of Warner’s catalog remaining in the digital streaming space, these movies are unlikely to be presented in as caring and elegant manner as they was on FilmStruck. The service was more than a way to watch movies; It was a unique experience for itself, something that Jenkins, Johnson and Del Toro seem too aware of in their tweets. Check them out below:
Jenkins and Toro both collaborated with FilmStruck for their ” Adventures in Moviegoing “segment, where filmmakers discussed some films that inspired them or they felt strong in some way. In his second tweet Moonlight the director shared an anecdot of his time with the FilmStruck team, making it even harder to accept that the service will be shuttered in about a month.
It is interesting that in Warner Digital Media described FilmStruck as “to a large extent a niche service” less than a month after the start of DC Universe, DC branded digital service was aimed at a single audience. Whether it means AT & T will keep an eye on the wide service remains to be seen, but it will be interesting to see if superhero streams can live on their own or if they will also be victims of portfolio consolidation. Yet, as Johnson said, FilmStruck was “too good to be.” These words have unfortunately proved true.
FilmStruck expires November 29, 2018.
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