Martin Scorsese might have just directed The Irishman for Netflix, but that doesnâ€™t mean that he agrees with everything the streaming site has done for the film industry and audiences.Â
During a recent interview at the Palm Springs International Film Festival, Scorsese even went as far as to call the algorithm that sites like Netflix use to entice viewers â€œdangerous.â€
â€œIâ€™m concerned about pictures being suggested by algorithms,â€Â ScorseseÂ declared, according toÂ Vanity Fair,Â before admitting that he is just as susceptible to watching the first film thatâ€™s recommended to him by the streaming services.Â
â€œI know, I get involved with them too. The algorithms, they tell you all these things: â€˜If you like that, you might enjoy thisâ€¦â€™ And â€˜If you donâ€™t enjoy this right away, thereâ€™s something else. And something else after that.â€™â€
â€œThe algorithm is dangerous because it takes away from your creative viewing. I think you have to make up your own mind about creative viewing.â€
Scorsese believes that this is â€œtilting the scales away from that creative viewing experience, and away from movies as an art form.â€
However, despite these concerns, the Oscar-winning director still made sure to insists that it is â€œremarkable that so many movies are being made today,â€ especially because that are all â€œimmediately accessible,â€ too.
â€œUltimately, itâ€™s remarkable that so many movies are being made today, and itâ€™s like a dream we had 50 years ago. You can see them, almost immediately accessible, just like that,â€ he said. â€œIn the old days youâ€™d have to go from theater to theater. You have to wait in line, get a seat. Iâ€™m short and the people in front of me were tall. I couldnâ€™t see anything!â€