The Blur: Is it TV or movie? Does it matter anymore?
The way we watch movies and TV keeps changing. “Lawrence of Arabia” appears on our mobile phones. ESPN’s 7 ½-hour O.J. docu-series premieres at the multiplex. Then there’s that comedy webisode you catch between meetings on your office laptop. So what do we call these talkies on our screens? Movies? TV shows? Please, not “content.” In The Blur, a Los Angeles Times special series, we examine why the medium is no longer the message.
The trigger? ESPN’s 7 ½-hour documentary “O.J.: Made in America.” It premieres Friday in theaters for filmgoers who want to experience all 464 minutes in one sitting. On June 11, the first of five episodes debuts on ABC. Is it a movie or TV? Will it win an Emmy? An Oscar? Both? To help sort out the viewing experiences, we asked TV critic MARY McNAMARA and film critic KENNETH TURAN to review “Made in America” from their different perspectives.
And with the once-clear lines between movies and TV getting ever-fuzzier, TURAN, McNAMARA, ROBERT LLOYD, STEVEN ZEITCHIK, JOSH ROTTENBERG and TODD MARTENS weigh in on The Blur.