The reductionists are wrong. There is something about being in a group - face-to-face - different from any other way of experiencing something together. Perhaps not always better, but always different. And creating a movie is something that - at it's best, at it's luckiest - is a collaboration that achieves a kind of synergistic greatness that cannot ever be predicted or often be designed.
"The communal experience of watching a film-one in which cinema can be presented as a collaborative art form in all of its richness and diversity, and where the best possible viewing circumstances are achieved-is a core value of AFI."
From: "AFI On Screen" homepage of website at: http://www.afi.com/onscreen/ 9-23-2006