Patrick Schreiner

Summer Movie Doldrums

In Movies on 03/04/2011 at 6:38 PM

Ross Douthat has an article about the dismal summer movie trend.  He says:

When the Oscar nominees came out, I suggested that this had been a good year for movies. But that snap judgment notwithstanding, I’m in complete agreement with Mark Harris, who has a long essay in the latest GQ arguing that we shouldn’t let a good run of highbrow movies obscure what a derivative wasteland the middlebrow movie market has become, and seems likely to remain. Harris frames his piece around the immense box office success of Christopher Nolan’s “Inception,” which for a time seemed like it might actually send Hollywood studios on a hunt for (gasp!) original material. Not so much, he reports…

Incidentally, if you want a very specific example of what this mediocrity addiction means in practice, go read Daniel Zalewski’s New Yorker profile of the wonderfully talented Guillermo Del Toro, which concludes with Del Toro struggling — and struggling, and struggling — to persuade a studio to finance a big-budget adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft’s “At the Mountains of Madness.” Del Toro has James Cameron’s support as a producer, the possibility of Tom Cruise as a star, and genius to burn. But he can’t get a green light on the project, because Lovecraft’s Cthulhu isn’t as branded and pre-sold, apparently, as Captain America or Thor or the Green Lantern — or Stretch Armstrong, for that matter.

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