Building solid products

Posted: July 9, 2022 by navygrade36bureaucrat in Uncategorized
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I still enjoy going to the theater for a movie. My last in-theater movie was Dune, and while I have a good sound system at home, nothing can compare to giant theater speakers making your chair shake as a sandworm travels across the screen. Theaters have had to up their game compared to when I was a kid. Back in my day, you were lucky to get hot popcorn with something resembling butter and a seat that was cleaned a few hours ago. Now your seat is cushy, was reserved in advance (no rushing to the theater), and at my local theater you can order alcohol and dinner from your seat!

Movies are finally starting to up their game as well. We went through a drought of movies after Avengers: Endgame that just seemed didn’t inspire spending the money to go to a theater. On top of that, the movies went both woke and China-censored at the same time (which ironically often conflicted with itself). But times are changing, and Hollywood seems to be waking up to the realization that it should make solid movies and worry less about pleasing the Chinese or the woke mobs.

Apparently, its big enough that even CNN is recognizing it.

Look at the Top Gun sequel. Rather then make a movie about a sad Tom Cruise now working as the top DEI enforcement officer at the Pentagon, or cut out the Taiwanese flag on his iconic jacket, Hollywood decided to just make a solid movie. And it sold, bigly, now well over 1 billion dollars. Or look at Spider-man: No Way Home, another solid movie that just focused on being a movie. Or Dune, which took complicated source material and pieced it into an action-packed film.

My point is, if you make a solid movie, more often than not you’ll make money. That holds true across many other disciplines: make a solid product, and you’ll make a solid profit.

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  1. Pod Hamp says:

    I haven’t been to a movie in a year or two. I can’t even remember what the last movie that we watched was, although it might have had Dwayne Johnson in it. All I remember is that they wanted us to wear a mask during the movie. My wife and I keep saying that we ought to go sometime, but whenever we check the listings of what is playing, and look at what they are charging, we sort of decide that we can wait for it to show up on Amazon Prime for 3.99. We did that with “Father Stu” because it was in and out of the theaters before we had even heard of it. The movies you mentioned in your post, I have heard good things about, but none of them are our cuppa tea. BTW, I enjoy watching the You tube
    reviews by the Critical Drinker, mostly for the comedy relief, but he tends to reinforce my opinions on most shows he reviews. Thanks for your post.