The New Yorker's film critic-in-chief David Denby has major bones to pick with today's industry - not least how "the business of movies is strangling the art and entertainment of movies".
It's not a new problem, this, rather "it's been true for twenty-five years". But it "gets worse each year".
The top six industry dominating movie studios now only want to make three kinds of film: blockbusters based on comic books and young-adult novels, animated features for families, and genre movies (thrillers, chick flicks etc). Some of these are very good, says Denby. "But it's not all that we want from movies".
"A good, solid movie like Tony Gilroy’s “Michael Clayton” (2007), with George Clooney, wouldn’t have a shot at being made now. I suspect “The Social Network” got made only because Aaron Sorkin wrote the script. “Lawrence of Arabia,” from 1962, which is playing all over the county October 4th for one day on big screens, wouldn’t even be considered now."