Martin Scorsese, ‘The Irishman,’ and the Cost of Doing Business With Netflix

This glorious illustration does not represent Hell, but rather the news that Netflix will not be releasing Martin Scorsese’s new film, THE IRISHMAN, in big theater chains, having failed to reach an agreement with them. For @ringer, I wrote about what that says about Hollywood today at the link in bio!

If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound? What about if it falls in front of many people, but at the same time as a million other trees, in a sort of wooden deluge? Some would say this is what it is like to have a film land on Netflix without ever screening in theaters—many people may be aware of the movie’s availability online, but just as many may lose track of it in a sea of content. In any case, no one will never know just how many people didwatch said film, since Netflix doesn’t release viewing numbers. Just a lonesome tree drowned out in a cacophony of thumping sounds.