Why Peter Parker monopolized audience for nostalgia !

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The endless rut of corporate-packaged movies I’ve had to go through weekly at screening rooms has been nothing short of numbing. This lack of creativity should not be a problem for big studios, at least monetarily, but this summer it has been. Box-office attendance is the lowest its been in years. And yet, close to 100 years since the moviegoing public started going to the movies, there’s no doubt in my mind that the excitement is waning, replaced by safe and familiar movies that try to bank on audience nostalgia.

Have most of the quality, mid-budget dramas gone to TV? Yes and no. An argument could be made for the fact that television has taken over quality storytelling in the U.S. but, at the same time, if you have an open mind and consider yourself to be an adventurous moviegoer, you can still find movies, from all parts of the world, which far surpass anything that airs on HBO, FX and AMC this year.

No, the problem isn’t necessarily just Hollywood, which is slowly but surely transforming itself into more of a blockbuster-sized amusement park for young millennials than a place for great drama, but, no, it’s more the fact that indies and foreign films just don’t get the attention they deserve anymore. Thus the continuous complaints about Cannes not having enough American movies in their slate these last few years. Instead of focusing on the smaller, more intimate films, the Oscar-hungry film media has decided to pave its attention towards mainstream filmmaking. That, in itself, dumbs down movie culture in this country. When you have media outlets which are controlled and monopolized by the 1% then you won’t have much coverage granted towards the more risk-taking statements at the movies . No siree, those kinds of movies just don’t make enough money for the mainstream media to care about them anymore.