I used to be a guy who saw about 90 movies a year in the movie theater. I was doing movie reviews then, so 2-3 a week, running the spectrum from mega-blockbusters to oddballs that were one step removed from straight-to-streaming.
That's several years gone, now. (I was only OK at it and the world does not need another middle class white man's opinion on Transformers movies.) These days, I see perhaps 10-20 new movies in the teacher each year, skewing to the lower end of that spectrum. I'll see some more via HBO Go, Netflix, and Amazon Prime, but for whatever reason I consider those a different experience -- it does not have ritual to it; there is no removal from the familiar into something dedicated to the experience. It is, simply put, not the same.
And mostly, that's OK. When Jonathan Rosenbaum quit the Chicago Reader and the film critic beat, he said he looked forward to not needing to have an opinion about every piece of shit that came down the pike -- that is, uh, a slight paraphrase, but the spirit is intact. I didn't understand him at the time, but I do now. Aside from expense (and HOLY CATS it is expensive to see a movie, even just for two people), I have this need to preserve the hours of my life for stuff I consider worthy of spending them on. Call it a premature midlife crisis; I am becoming VERY AWARE that my time here is finite, and I don't need to spend hours and cash on something I know will be only OK. So, much fewer movies; much fewer senses of occasion.
This does not apply to streaming, though. For whatever reason, I don't mind streaming a bunch of stuff that's on average only OK-to-mediocre, so long as I can also be doing other things at the time if it turns out not to be riveting. I don't want to get all "OLD MEDIA IS DEAD, THE SKY IS FALLING!" but I do feel like I'm losing something by having a smaller and smaller connection to the movie-going experience.
But I suppose not enough to reverse course.