A couple of Sundays ago, New York Times critics Manohla Dargis and A.O. Scott, wrote about drastic changes in how we watch movies. What set them off is the move to internet streaming in place of discs, and in particular they worried about a plan to stream just-released movies to people directly, so that they can pay $50 to watch a new film at home instead of sitting in a movie house. Dargis and Scott talked about many of the usual questions. Seeing a movie at home on a small screen – even if it's a big television – is less affecting than seeing it in a theater; at home alone is also a lot different from seeing it in a room full of strangers because movies lose their public-ness.
There are a couple of things they didn't get to, though.