While writing this column, straight-to-streaming movies with no heart have been a common recurrence. I don’t pretend to have insight on how the production processes happen within studios and streaming services, but it’s like studio executives invest in the most boring and generic content, without much attention to quality or engagement, just to get streamable plays out there as quickly as possible. It’s clear that the companies that make these films want them to be as iconic as the classics we already know and love, but they consistently fall short. After the writers’ strike
, where streaming services were exposed for eroding labor rights
, job security and residual payments, I can’t help but wonder whether these dull straight-to-streaming films and TV shows have something to do with the current model of business where writers, actors, and directors are being burned out
by a fast-paced, low-paying system. It often feels like it doesn’t matter whether these films are good or bad — as long as people stream them, that’s good enough.