The Time Out film debate 2012 results
Your thoughts on films and filmgoing in 2012
Earlier this year, we asked our readers to join the Time Out Film Debate, exploring all aspects of films and filmgoing in 2012. Here we present a complete list of the results, from your popcorn preferences to how you really feel about Hollywood, from the state of British cinema to a list of nominations for the new James Bond...
Going to the pictures
We asked all about your filmgoing habits, and the responses were largely as expected: cinemas are definitely too expensive; talking during the movie drives you crazy; there’s no consensus on the best kind of popcorn.
Only a minority really loathe the multiplex – perhaps some of our voters are too young to remember any alternative – and even though only one third of you are willing to fork out for a fancy cinema seat, that’s surely enough to keep those swish boutique cinemas in business.
Does the price of tickets put you off going to the cinema?
Do you hate multiplex cinemas?
What cinema habit do you find most annoying?
10% Rustling wrappers
24% Mobile phones
15% Seat kicking
Sweet or salted?
30% Hold the popcorn
The world of movies
This is where things started to get interesting. Almost two thirds of you think that the work the film writers at Time Out and elsewhere do is worthwhile – which means a lot to us, to be honest.
Just over half of you would consider downloading a film illegally – which could be bad news for the studios – but roughly the same proportion still care about awards ceremonies, so the mainstream film industry isn’t in real trouble yet.
A whopping 84 percent would go and see more foreign movies if they were on locally – but, and we don’t want to sound cynical, the box office figures don’t really back this up.
Do you care what film critics say?
63% Yes, I respect and admire film critics
9% No, they’re all useless blaggers
28% No, but I don’t want to hurt Time Out’s feelings
Would you consider downloading a film illegally?
Would you watch more foreign language films if they were on at your local cinema?
Do you care who wins at the Oscars, Baftas and other film awards?
15% No, but I watch them anyway because I enjoy watching famous people cry
Have you ever seen a remake that is better than the original?
The box office records prove that the British audience’s love affair with Hollywood continues unabated. But that doesn’t mean we’re happy to admit it: almost two thirds of you think Hollywood needs to try harder, and an even greater percentage feel that there’s too much digital imagery in movies and that 3D is a passing fad.
Forty-five percent of you have been stung by going to see a bad film starring someone you liked, and very few of you have any interest in future movies based on board games.
Is 3D a fad or is it here to stay?
66% A fad
34% Here to stay
Do filmmakers rely too much on Computer Generated Imagery (CGI)?
Has Hollywood lost its edge?
61% Yes, they’re just churning out remakes and sequels
22% No, I love a good Hollywood spectacle
17% No, Hollywood never had an edge to begin with
Would you go and see a film simply because your favourite actor was in it (even if you’d heard it was bad)?
Which toy or board game would you most like to see a film of?
9% Connect Four
19% Snakes and Ladders
5% The Yo-yo
67% None of the above, I’d rather watch Béla Tarr films on loop for the rest of my life
The good, the bad and the ugly
Less than one third of you feel there’s too much violence on screen. A similar figure feel that there’s no limit to what can be depicted in a movie, and a mere 9 percent feel that there ought to be more censorship.
This speaks volumes about the liberal nature and open mindedness of Time Out’s readership – but does suggest that only a small proportion of you have seen ‘A Serbian Film’. It’s interesting, however, that you love Woody and loathe Mel – in pretty much exact proportions.
Is there too much violence on screen?
61% There’s just about the right amount
9% Definitely not, a film without at least one beheading is a waste of time
Should there be more censorship of sex, violence and bad language?
9% Yes, because the film industry doesn’t police itself strictly enough
91% No, we should be able to decide for ourselves what we see
Is there a limit to what can and should be shown on screen?
Would you still go and see a film with Mel Gibson in it?
36% Yes, he’s a fine actor and director
64% No thanks, sugartits
Is it time for Woody Allen to call it a day?
34% Yes, he should quit while he’s just about ahead
65% No, he still comes up with the good stuff now and then
The home front
British film is in rude health, if these stats are anything to go by: 75 percent of you think our homegrown film scene is in good shape.
A very pleasing nine out of ten think that David Cameron was talking utter rubbish when he tried to stick his oar into the British Film Institute’s funding agenda, and even though 57 percent of you think that we could try a little bit harder to break out of the ‘Downton Abbey’/Guy Ritchie ghetto, the general sense is that we’re getting things right.
A recent Guardian article clearly got a few folks thinking about the first black Bond, and two thirds of you are already booking tickets for the scrap of the century. Posh fight!
Is the British film industry in good shape?
40% Yes, despite the best efforts of successive governments and Richard Curtis
25% No, British Filmmakers need to try harder
Should the British Film Institute only finance ‘commercially successful pictures’?
10% Yes, the taxpayer shouldn’t be expected to shell out for elitist arthouse weirdness
28% No, artists can’t be expected to play to commercial interests
62% No, because you never know what’s going to capture the public imagination
Does Britain produce too many films about frilly frocks and lairy Cockneys?
57% Yes, we’re just playing on lazy steretypes
43% No, and when Guy Ritchie finally makes a Jane Austin movie I’ll be happy as a clam
Who should be the next James Bond?
6.1% Tom Hiddleston
6.1% Tom Hardy
7.9% Michael Fassbender
8.5% Idris Elba
3.5% Clive Owen
7.1% Benedict Cumberbatch
1.9% Christian Bale
3.5% Keep Daniel Craig
3.8% Don't care
2.8% I should
4.5% A woman
Who’d win in a fight, Benedict Cumberbatch or Tom Hiddleston?
21% Cumberbatch, he looks like a right scrapper
14% Hiddleston, he’d use his godlike powers to flatten Sherlock
66% Neither, they’d just roll around on the ground cursing, but it’d be hilarious
All results have been rounded to the nearest full number where appropriate.