If you’re remotely interested in why modern films are the way they are, take a look at Martha Bayles’ superb review of Edward Jay Epstein’s book, The Big Picture. All right, I admit it, Martha’s a friend (I got to know her a decade ago, when she published her book on the decline and fall of popular music) but her piece is terrific all the same. Is the new Hollywood as dumbed-down as the old studio system? Is Wal-Mart becoming the new Hays Office, and if it is, would that be a Good or Bad Thing? I’d class Martha as a cultural conservative, but that doesn’t mean she opts for any kind of party line. If you want to read more of her work, get yourself some Serious Popcorn.
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