Let’s talk: Do you agree with Dustin Hoffman’s view on films vs TV? 9

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Last week, Dustin Hoffman made headlines when he said film is the worst it’s been during his 50-year career, while television is at an all-time high.

In an interview with The Independent, Hoffman referred to his breakthrough film, The Graduate, which he made when he was 29 years old, as an example of a great film.

“It’s hard to believe you can do good work for the little amount of money these days. We did The Graduate and that film still sustains, it had a wonderful script that they spent three years on, and an exceptional director with an exceptional cast and crew, but it was a small movie, four walls and actors, that is all, and yet it was 100 days of shooting”.

These days, however, the punishing deadlines of Hollywood films means producers and directors are pumping out highly produced but, ultimately, low-quality films, according to the veteran actor.

While film production is squeezed into an average of 20 days, television series are enjoying a major boom, with large audiences and generous budgets.

It’s reported that each episode of Downton Abbey costs £1 million ($2,055,332) per episode to produce. Meanwhile, Game of Thrones is costing up to $US7 million ($9,349,441) per episode to produce.

But which screen provides the best entertainment?

On the one hand, the box provides show like Love Child, Call The Midwife, Grace and Frankie, Rome, House of Cards and Sherlock. 

But on the silver screen we find gems like Boyhood, King’s Speech, 100 Foot Journey, Kingsman: The Secret Service, The Imitation Game, and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.

What do you think? Are films or TV better these days? What are you watching that you love?

Let’s talk: Which do you think provides the best entertainment at the moment: film or TV? 

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  1. Yes. There are so many good books out there that can be made into movies and the film industry just keeps making crap or redoing movies from the past. They have lost their imagination and their ability to do research into what would make a good film.

  2. I love great entertainment a movie like To Kill A Mocking Bird or a book Of Mice Or Men or music as long as they’re good, over the years I’ve become more selective and don’t like to waste time on rubbish.

  3. Tv is terrible and only kids movies for the holidays. Live in hope that better movies to come. Otherwise a good book.

  4. Yes I read a lot because while there are many great TV shows available, mostbof the free to air television is repeats.I HATE REPEATS!
    Films are very long and most of them dont appeal to me. So I think the best entertainment for me is gardening and reading.

  5. Yes I do agree, The films I go to see are very few. So many are very predictable. I like there to be a twist in the tail of a good story line.

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