The screwing of screenwriters: they can't even take their names off a production anymore.
We shouldn't kid ourselves that consistent mediocrity is a worthy goal.
No, Marvel really is making the same movie over and over.
Terry Gilliam sifts through Hollywood's ashes, comes up broke.
On the consequences of not knowing what you really want.
Why the success of 'Guardians of the Galaxy' was a two-edged sword.
Hollywood's mania for sequels makes sense in light of how forgettable the films are. With no follow-up, who would remember they even exist?
On the dangers of being Just Different Enough.
Creativity, repeating itself. (Or why you don't remake lightning in a bottle.)
Are there too many comic book movies? No, just too many movies made from the same prefab story beats.
Is franchise-driven storytelling the default mode of storytelling from now on?
Why citing "data" as your justification can be no less arbitrary than "Because I said so."
How something classifies as "original" for us may be just as arbitrary as whether or not we like it in the first place.
How number crunching -- the tool of the good -- too easily becomes the enemy of the great.
How this summer's big-budget movie carpet-bombing has bombed bigtime.
How "story beats" have killed storytelling, especially in Hollywood.
The rise (we hope) of the non-fiction drama.
Maybe we've grown weary of manufactured excitement, emphasis on that first word: manufactured.
How the death of DVD killed Hollywood.
Template-driven storytelling strikes again (and again, and again).
Ralph Bakshi is alive, well, and angry in a good way.
The number-crunchers have arrived in the screenwriting department. Pray.
Spike Lee, remaking "Oldboy": I'm excited, and nervous.
They were complaining about the movies being scorched earth in 1937.
The exploitation of effects houses by Hollywood is only one of many signs of the system's ill health.
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