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die hard is a xmas movie | by maryann johanson

question of the day: If you had to choose between never watching movies again or never watching TV again, which would you choose?

Here’s a new daily feature, just a little something to jumpstart conversation. Today:

If you had to choose between never watching movies again or never watching TV again, which would you choose?

I don’t mean for option 2 to mean no TV ever: I mean no dramatic or comedic fictional stories on TV, so you still to watch the news, weather, sports, and so on, everything other than one-hour dramas, sitcoms, and miniseries. (Films original to TV would fall into a gray area.) So the question, reframed, is, Do you prefer to get your visual narratives in the movies, or on TV?

I’d be loathe to give up either, of course, because both mediums tell different kinds of stories. But if held at gunpoint and compelled to choose, I’d probably dump movies. That probably sounds weird, coming from a film critic, but strictly as a lover of stories, I prefer those that focus more on character (as TV fiction tends to) than those that focus more on plot (as movie fiction tends to).

I don’t want to limit the discussion merely to that dichotomy. You may choose one over the other based on the convenience of TV over having to go out to the movies, or based on the sense of occasion going to the movies has over staying home to watch TV, and so on.



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