The Big Picture: The Fight for the Future of Movies

The Big Picture: The Fight for the Future of Movies

The stunning metamorphosis of twenty-first-century Hollywood and what lies ahead for the art and commerce of film. In the past decade, Hollywood has endured a cataclysm on a par with the end of silent film and the demise of the studio system. Stars and directors have seen their power dwindle, while writers and producers lift their best techniques from TV, comic books, and The stunning metamorphosis of twenty-first-century Hollywood and what lies ahead for the art and commerce of film. ...

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Title:The Big Picture: The Fight for the Future of Movies
Author:Ben Fritz
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:B073XBSMVY
Format Type:Kindle Edition
Number of Pages:309 pages pages

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  • Alex
    Jun 30, 2018
    A must-read for anyone interested in why there are so few good Hollywood comedies these days. Fritz occasionally chalks a few flops up to just "the public just wasn't interested," ignoring other factors like production problems or just plain terrible reviews. But that's a minor quibble...
  • Christian Hamaker
    Jun 17, 2018
    4.5 stars. Fritz takes what could have been rehashed box-office stats and trend pieces and assembles the elements of his story on contemporary box-office trends into one that feels illuminating and vital. ...
  • John
    Jun 12, 2018
    This is largely, a Bell's End Shakes Fist at Cloud. This is basically preaching to the choir of anyone who has disliked and/or bored with all the franchising work that's been happening over the past decade or so. I'm a big fan of Peter Biskind, so this felt like a voice in the void...
  • Harold
    May 05, 2018
    This is a very good book on the movie business today, and that is a business I know something about. It starts with some revelations from the Sony hack, but only uses that as a launching pad to discuss the Big Picture ? get the pun, But I live and work in this business, and it adjust...
  • Nick Leshi
    Jul 24, 2018
    Fritz deftly analyzes the current state of Hollywood and all the changes happening in the motion picture business. He focuses a lot on Sony, mainly because of all the juicy details he was able to dig through thanks to the email dump from the hackers' security breach. For a movie buff l...
  • Paul Fuhr
    Apr 08, 2018
    Fascinating read about the changed landscape of filmed entertainment, its societal implications and reflections, the death of ?the movie star,? and why movie theaters feature so many superhero movies. It also charges the American public with largely abandoning the communal experien...
  • Michael Ritchie
    Apr 22, 2018
    Very interesting examination of the current state Hollywood, very much a good news/bad news thing. The good news is that Hollywood is making product that, apparently, people want to see. The bad news is that the big studios have become franchise machines, only interested in making supe...
  • Matt Arena
    Mar 12, 2018
    A fascinating look into the massive shifts in the movie industry from the rise of The Brand? and the death of the mid-budget star vehicle. Plus great insights into Amy Pascal's career and specifically, the last few years of her tenure at Sony. The stuff provided by the Sony hack is i...
  • Aneta
    Jun 16, 2018
    Really enjoyed this overview of the current state of Hollywood and its main players. I was following the Sony scandal 4 years ago but definitely didn't know how significant it was to understanding what is happening to film right. If you share Fritz's opinion that we live in a sterile a...
  • Daniel
    May 28, 2018
    The author, using Sony-hacked emails for much of his source material (which presents in and of itself a fascinating, fly-on-the-wall account of a film studio in the mid 2010s struggling to create mid-budget ?adult? movies) convincingly argues: 1. Franchise films( especially those d...
  • Jake
    May 04, 2018
    Book is very thin in material. Parts of it are interesting but author has a habit of repeating points over and over again in the same paragraph. Most the info comes from the stolen e-mails from the Sony hack, which means most of the book is about Sony, because that's most of where the ...
  • Louise
    Aug 04, 2018
    Ben Fritz answers the question of people like me who bemoan the decline in films of interest: What happened? As a Wall Street Journal reporter he is well qualified to answer this question since the answer lies in the economics of the movie industry. While Fritz covers all the major...
  • Scintilla
    Aug 04, 2018
    3.5 stars. This was a semi-interesting about movies, how they are made and the shift from mid-budget films to franchise films. But I felt that it didn't offer any additional insights that wasn't already in the New Yorker article; and despite the author having perused the entire Sony em...
  • Greg Enslen
    May 22, 2018
    Excellent read for those interested in the current climate in Hollywood, one that favors massive cinematic universes and movies with explosions, while giving short shrift to anything that doesn't include killer robots. The author explores the current players in Hollywood, including the...
  • Sara Goldenberg
    Apr 05, 2018
    Long story short, people are stupid. That's what the book says. People don't want new, creative things, they want the same old-same old; things they already know. Feh. ...
  • Sabrina
    Jul 16, 2018
    A very interesting synopsis of the change in movie making trends over the last couple of decades broken down into observations at each Hollywood studio. What made it even more impactful for me is that I have worked at some of the studios with some of these moguls in the film industry, ...
  • Aaron Smale
    Jul 07, 2018
    Super interesting read on how the movie industry ended up where it is today, where it's going and what to hope for in the future. The short version is that if you like movies but feel like the traditional model of movie-going is fading, you are right to feel like the future is bleak. H...
  • Joe Kucharski
    Apr 27, 2018
    Ben Fritz of the Wall Street Journal loves movies. He is passionate about the experience of communally watching a film, the unique ability for artists to tell their stories, and the Hollywood business machine behind it all. But man, he hates franchise features. From Marvel and DC to St...
  • Adriano Ariganello
    May 31, 2018
    The marketing, and the preface, for this book are slightly misleading. Though Ben Fritz does use the Sony hack as a source, majority of the book is aligns much closer to the subtitle. Much of the book is about how franchises have taken over Hollywood, for better or worse, and how the v...
  • Danilo DiPietro
    Mar 10, 2018
    Excellent analysis of the current and future state of the movie industry. Another example of an industry in turmoil as it attempts to adapt to new technology, non traditional competitors and the emergence of China. Very good read. ...
  • Paul Carr
    Jul 29, 2018
    This brand-new book provides a a good recap of Hollywood?s past two decades, including snapshots of the film industry?s current state. While the broad strokes aren?t groundbreaking (cinematic universes are squeezing out original movies; China is a growing factor), the reasons and...
  • Peter Webb
    Apr 09, 2018
    "Kevin Tsujihara called Lin and asked whether he had more ideas for Legos. Lin replied that he did and almost immediately sent the studio a plan. It was in fact the presentation he had prepared for the DC movie franchise seven years earlier. "I literally just put the Lego name on it an...
  • Jingwei Shi
    Aug 13, 2018
    This book provides a very good overview of the movie industry from its past to its present. The author clearly points out the disruption and root causes while diving in depth about each significant player in the industry (ie. Netflix, Amazon, Sony, Disney etc). ...
  • Michael Knolla
    Apr 29, 2018
    Interesting read in the days before ?Avengers: Infinity War?. Does a reasonable job outlining the impact of television and the math behind franchises. But in discussing mid-budget/non-franchise films think becomes overly focused on the big studios reducing the # of films they relea...
  • Tnpruett
    Mar 22, 2018
    My test for any book about Hollywood?particularly modern Hollywood?is whether or not the book teaches me anything new. As somebody whose main hobby is the box office and whose favorite intellectual pastimes include "thinking about movies" and "thinking about Hollywood as a global b...
  • Ramon
    Mar 15, 2018
    There's nothing here that really comes across as surprising or shocking if you've been paying attention to the industry, but it's nice to see just how and why it unfolded in specific ways; in this case, at Sony, who have been slow to adjust. The first half of the book uses the hacked S...
  • Zachary Houle
    Mar 03, 2018
    I don?t go to the movies anymore. That might surprise you if you know me, as I minored in Film Studies while pursuing a Journalism degree some 20 years ago. (Though that was more of a time management move on my part???it was easy to cut film class if they were showing a popular...
  • Samuel James
    Jun 12, 2018
    This is an interesting journalistic foray into the economics of Hollywood?s sequel/franchise/reboot obsession. Fritz does a good job assembling a coherent narrative from the decline of Sony Pictures, filled with data, boardroom drama and perspective on the industry as a cultural inst...
  • Altan
    May 29, 2018
    Excellent read on how the TV & film industry has changed over the past 20 years due to the influence of the tech sector and other external factors. Ever wonder why so many movies nowadays are either remakes, reboots, or part of a larger cinematic universe? This book explains why! ...
  • Anthony Alvarez
    Apr 23, 2018
    I am a huge film buff and this book was just down my alley. It was written for the common man to read and understand which makes it a book that anyone can easily read. What I really enjoyed was that there was a lot of great insight into the movie business that I didn't even realize. It...