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Old 05-30-2011, 02:36 PM
 
Location: Somewhere in Kentucky
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It seems that is used to be that a "short" movie would be 90 minutes. Now those 90-minute flicks are down in the low 80's. Action/drama used to be two hours or more and now they seem to top out at 1:50. Anyone else notice this?
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Old 05-30-2011, 02:51 PM
 
Location: World of opportunity
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lol I noticed the same thing. When I was younger (early 90's) movies were 2 hrs like you said but I guess now when the films are edited they take out more unnecessary parts? idk
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Old 05-30-2011, 05:52 PM
 
Location: on an island
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For me it's been the opposite.
There are so many boring "Director's Cut" movies that were better when they were more edited.

I appreciate a well-edited 90 minute movie more than a 3 hour slog.

HOWEVER

I agree that there is a happy medium, especially considering the price of a movie ticket at the theater these days.
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Old 05-30-2011, 11:51 PM
 
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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I love that thread title. Shoulda been written by someone like Billy Barty.

Run times go in cycles. Max profits happen when movies are short and fit a two hour turnaround at a theatre. Kids movies are almost always shorter than adult movies. With the lengthy trailer reel and pre-show ads, shortening the movie makes the bean counters happy.

What usually happens is that the films get short, and then a hot shot director will release an epic that outgrosses five short films, and we go back to having long films again.
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Old 05-31-2011, 09:48 AM
 
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I noticed that too. I was watching Men in Black 2 afew years ago and after 90 minutes, the movie was concluding and I was like What? That's the end already?
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Old 05-31-2011, 04:43 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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When you get to be my age, you will discover that entire decades are getting shorter, now down to about a year or two. I was in High School, longer than the time that elapsed since 9/11. Or so it seemed.
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Old 05-31-2011, 09:12 PM
 
Location: Austin, Texas
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Yeah, well, ya know: HollyWood is forever striving to give the audience what it wants, and thus, in these modern times of ultra-short attention spans do to all our hi-tech toys (cell phones, video games, microwaves, TV soundbites, etc.) they figure that anything over around 90 minutes long is getting dangerously close to asking too much from us, and maybe overloading our brains.
I mean, c'mon, alot of teens habe relationships that don't even last two hours, and you're gonna expect them to actually sit-down and pay attention to a movie more thought-provoking than Transformers IV? Surely you jest!
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