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

The Big Picture: The Fight for the Future of Movies Reviews

  • Alex
    Jun 30, 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I hate to say this, Ben Fritz about media are way too biast against the new media persective. Ironically he is also one of the journalist responsible for the fake news about Pewdiepie and take it out off context just to slander all the new media all together. I highly recommend to a...

    Whoa. This book offers a clear and wide-ranging analysis of Modern Hollywood. If you want to know how the modern movie-making process works, and why big tentpole films reign supreme, Ben Fritz has the answer. He looks through the lenses of a major studio (Sony Pictures), and tracks the...

    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). ...

    Panoramic overview of the many ways the movie business is changing Cleverly uses the hacked Sony emails as a window into the struggles of an old school studio boss, Sony Pictures chief Amy Pascal, to adjust to the new realities of a franchise dominated, digitally disrupted Hollywood...

    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. ...

    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...

    I like the first half of the book better than the second. Not sure if it was me, or if the first half just flowed better. Felt more interesting, more complete stories. By the time I got to the last 1/4 of the book, I was skimming just to get done. Don't feel that Fritz said anything ne...

    I had a weird experience with this book. Generally I'm fascinating with behind-the-scenes looks at making movies, and fully expected to love The Big Picture. Instead, I vacillated, sometimes on a page-to-page basis, between being completely riveted and deeply bored. More often the latt...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Loved this from cover to cover. A page turner, even though it is non-fiction. Maybe it is because I am such a movie business nerd. STAY AWAY FROM THIS IF YOU LOVE MOVIES. It is a bleak, depressing outlook on what has happened to the movie industry. The themes and overall messages in he...

    It's economics stupid! If you have half a brain you know what happened to movies. If not, and you need it explained to you, Than this book is for you. Or if you just don't have time to invest in pop culture to be able to use your brain, but then you probably don't have time to read thi...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

  • John
    Jun 12, 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I hate to say this, Ben Fritz about media are way too biast against the new media persective. Ironically he is also one of the journalist responsible for the fake news about Pewdiepie and take it out off context just to slander all the new media all together. I highly recommend to a...

    Whoa. This book offers a clear and wide-ranging analysis of Modern Hollywood. If you want to know how the modern movie-making process works, and why big tentpole films reign supreme, Ben Fritz has the answer. He looks through the lenses of a major studio (Sony Pictures), and tracks the...

    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). ...

    Panoramic overview of the many ways the movie business is changing Cleverly uses the hacked Sony emails as a window into the struggles of an old school studio boss, Sony Pictures chief Amy Pascal, to adjust to the new realities of a franchise dominated, digitally disrupted Hollywood...

    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. ...

    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...

    I like the first half of the book better than the second. Not sure if it was me, or if the first half just flowed better. Felt more interesting, more complete stories. By the time I got to the last 1/4 of the book, I was skimming just to get done. Don't feel that Fritz said anything ne...

    I had a weird experience with this book. Generally I'm fascinating with behind-the-scenes looks at making movies, and fully expected to love The Big Picture. Instead, I vacillated, sometimes on a page-to-page basis, between being completely riveted and deeply bored. More often the latt...

    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...

    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...

    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...

  • Nick Leshi
    Jul 24, 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I hate to say this, Ben Fritz about media are way too biast against the new media persective. Ironically he is also one of the journalist responsible for the fake news about Pewdiepie and take it out off context just to slander all the new media all together. I highly recommend to a...

    Whoa. This book offers a clear and wide-ranging analysis of Modern Hollywood. If you want to know how the modern movie-making process works, and why big tentpole films reign supreme, Ben Fritz has the answer. He looks through the lenses of a major studio (Sony Pictures), and tracks the...

    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). ...

    Panoramic overview of the many ways the movie business is changing Cleverly uses the hacked Sony emails as a window into the struggles of an old school studio boss, Sony Pictures chief Amy Pascal, to adjust to the new realities of a franchise dominated, digitally disrupted Hollywood...

    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. ...

    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...

    I like the first half of the book better than the second. Not sure if it was me, or if the first half just flowed better. Felt more interesting, more complete stories. By the time I got to the last 1/4 of the book, I was skimming just to get done. Don't feel that Fritz said anything ne...

    I had a weird experience with this book. Generally I'm fascinating with behind-the-scenes looks at making movies, and fully expected to love The Big Picture. Instead, I vacillated, sometimes on a page-to-page basis, between being completely riveted and deeply bored. More often the latt...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Loved this from cover to cover. A page turner, even though it is non-fiction. Maybe it is because I am such a movie business nerd. STAY AWAY FROM THIS IF YOU LOVE MOVIES. It is a bleak, depressing outlook on what has happened to the movie industry. The themes and overall messages in he...

    It's economics stupid! If you have half a brain you know what happened to movies. If not, and you need it explained to you, Than this book is for you. Or if you just don't have time to invest in pop culture to be able to use your brain, but then you probably don't have time to read thi...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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, ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

  • Buzz Andersen
    Aug 17, 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I hate to say this, Ben Fritz about media are way too biast against the new media persective. Ironically he is also one of the journalist responsible for the fake news about Pewdiepie and take it out off context just to slander all the new media all together. I highly recommend to a...

    Whoa. This book offers a clear and wide-ranging analysis of Modern Hollywood. If you want to know how the modern movie-making process works, and why big tentpole films reign supreme, Ben Fritz has the answer. He looks through the lenses of a major studio (Sony Pictures), and tracks the...

    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). ...

    Panoramic overview of the many ways the movie business is changing Cleverly uses the hacked Sony emails as a window into the struggles of an old school studio boss, Sony Pictures chief Amy Pascal, to adjust to the new realities of a franchise dominated, digitally disrupted Hollywood...

  • Paul Fuhr
    Apr 08, 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I hate to say this, Ben Fritz about media are way too biast against the new media persective. Ironically he is also one of the journalist responsible for the fake news about Pewdiepie and take it out off context just to slander all the new media all together. I highly recommend to a...

    Whoa. This book offers a clear and wide-ranging analysis of Modern Hollywood. If you want to know how the modern movie-making process works, and why big tentpole films reign supreme, Ben Fritz has the answer. He looks through the lenses of a major studio (Sony Pictures), and tracks the...

    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). ...

    Panoramic overview of the many ways the movie business is changing Cleverly uses the hacked Sony emails as a window into the struggles of an old school studio boss, Sony Pictures chief Amy Pascal, to adjust to the new realities of a franchise dominated, digitally disrupted Hollywood...

    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. ...

    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...

    I like the first half of the book better than the second. Not sure if it was me, or if the first half just flowed better. Felt more interesting, more complete stories. By the time I got to the last 1/4 of the book, I was skimming just to get done. Don't feel that Fritz said anything ne...

    I had a weird experience with this book. Generally I'm fascinating with behind-the-scenes looks at making movies, and fully expected to love The Big Picture. Instead, I vacillated, sometimes on a page-to-page basis, between being completely riveted and deeply bored. More often the latt...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Loved this from cover to cover. A page turner, even though it is non-fiction. Maybe it is because I am such a movie business nerd. STAY AWAY FROM THIS IF YOU LOVE MOVIES. It is a bleak, depressing outlook on what has happened to the movie industry. The themes and overall messages in he...

    It's economics stupid! If you have half a brain you know what happened to movies. If not, and you need it explained to you, Than this book is for you. Or if you just don't have time to invest in pop culture to be able to use your brain, but then you probably don't have time to read thi...

    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...

  • Kate
    Aug 14, 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I hate to say this, Ben Fritz about media are way too biast against the new media persective. Ironically he is also one of the journalist responsible for the fake news about Pewdiepie and take it out off context just to slander all the new media all together. I highly recommend to a...

    Whoa. This book offers a clear and wide-ranging analysis of Modern Hollywood. If you want to know how the modern movie-making process works, and why big tentpole films reign supreme, Ben Fritz has the answer. He looks through the lenses of a major studio (Sony Pictures), and tracks the...

    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). ...

    Panoramic overview of the many ways the movie business is changing Cleverly uses the hacked Sony emails as a window into the struggles of an old school studio boss, Sony Pictures chief Amy Pascal, to adjust to the new realities of a franchise dominated, digitally disrupted Hollywood...

    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. ...

    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...

    I like the first half of the book better than the second. Not sure if it was me, or if the first half just flowed better. Felt more interesting, more complete stories. By the time I got to the last 1/4 of the book, I was skimming just to get done. Don't feel that Fritz said anything ne...

  • Michael Ritchie
    Apr 22, 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I hate to say this, Ben Fritz about media are way too biast against the new media persective. Ironically he is also one of the journalist responsible for the fake news about Pewdiepie and take it out off context just to slander all the new media all together. I highly recommend to a...

    Whoa. This book offers a clear and wide-ranging analysis of Modern Hollywood. If you want to know how the modern movie-making process works, and why big tentpole films reign supreme, Ben Fritz has the answer. He looks through the lenses of a major studio (Sony Pictures), and tracks the...

    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). ...

    Panoramic overview of the many ways the movie business is changing Cleverly uses the hacked Sony emails as a window into the struggles of an old school studio boss, Sony Pictures chief Amy Pascal, to adjust to the new realities of a franchise dominated, digitally disrupted Hollywood...

    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. ...

    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...

    I like the first half of the book better than the second. Not sure if it was me, or if the first half just flowed better. Felt more interesting, more complete stories. By the time I got to the last 1/4 of the book, I was skimming just to get done. Don't feel that Fritz said anything ne...

    I had a weird experience with this book. Generally I'm fascinating with behind-the-scenes looks at making movies, and fully expected to love The Big Picture. Instead, I vacillated, sometimes on a page-to-page basis, between being completely riveted and deeply bored. More often the latt...

    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

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

  • Daniel
    May 28, 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I hate to say this, Ben Fritz about media are way too biast against the new media persective. Ironically he is also one of the journalist responsible for the fake news about Pewdiepie and take it out off context just to slander all the new media all together. I highly recommend to a...

    Whoa. This book offers a clear and wide-ranging analysis of Modern Hollywood. If you want to know how the modern movie-making process works, and why big tentpole films reign supreme, Ben Fritz has the answer. He looks through the lenses of a major studio (Sony Pictures), and tracks the...

    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). ...

    Panoramic overview of the many ways the movie business is changing Cleverly uses the hacked Sony emails as a window into the struggles of an old school studio boss, Sony Pictures chief Amy Pascal, to adjust to the new realities of a franchise dominated, digitally disrupted Hollywood...

    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. ...

    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

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I hate to say this, Ben Fritz about media are way too biast against the new media persective. Ironically he is also one of the journalist responsible for the fake news about Pewdiepie and take it out off context just to slander all the new media all together. I highly recommend to a...

    Whoa. This book offers a clear and wide-ranging analysis of Modern Hollywood. If you want to know how the modern movie-making process works, and why big tentpole films reign supreme, Ben Fritz has the answer. He looks through the lenses of a major studio (Sony Pictures), and tracks the...

    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). ...

    Panoramic overview of the many ways the movie business is changing Cleverly uses the hacked Sony emails as a window into the struggles of an old school studio boss, Sony Pictures chief Amy Pascal, to adjust to the new realities of a franchise dominated, digitally disrupted Hollywood...

    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. ...

    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...

    I like the first half of the book better than the second. Not sure if it was me, or if the first half just flowed better. Felt more interesting, more complete stories. By the time I got to the last 1/4 of the book, I was skimming just to get done. Don't feel that Fritz said anything ne...

    I had a weird experience with this book. Generally I'm fascinating with behind-the-scenes looks at making movies, and fully expected to love The Big Picture. Instead, I vacillated, sometimes on a page-to-page basis, between being completely riveted and deeply bored. More often the latt...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Loved this from cover to cover. A page turner, even though it is non-fiction. Maybe it is because I am such a movie business nerd. STAY AWAY FROM THIS IF YOU LOVE MOVIES. It is a bleak, depressing outlook on what has happened to the movie industry. The themes and overall messages in he...

    It's economics stupid! If you have half a brain you know what happened to movies. If not, and you need it explained to you, Than this book is for you. Or if you just don't have time to invest in pop culture to be able to use your brain, but then you probably don't have time to read thi...

    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...

    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

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I hate to say this, Ben Fritz about media are way too biast against the new media persective. Ironically he is also one of the journalist responsible for the fake news about Pewdiepie and take it out off context just to slander all the new media all together. I highly recommend to a...

    Whoa. This book offers a clear and wide-ranging analysis of Modern Hollywood. If you want to know how the modern movie-making process works, and why big tentpole films reign supreme, Ben Fritz has the answer. He looks through the lenses of a major studio (Sony Pictures), and tracks the...

    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). ...

    Panoramic overview of the many ways the movie business is changing Cleverly uses the hacked Sony emails as a window into the struggles of an old school studio boss, Sony Pictures chief Amy Pascal, to adjust to the new realities of a franchise dominated, digitally disrupted Hollywood...

    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. ...

    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...

    I like the first half of the book better than the second. Not sure if it was me, or if the first half just flowed better. Felt more interesting, more complete stories. By the time I got to the last 1/4 of the book, I was skimming just to get done. Don't feel that Fritz said anything ne...

    I had a weird experience with this book. Generally I'm fascinating with behind-the-scenes looks at making movies, and fully expected to love The Big Picture. Instead, I vacillated, sometimes on a page-to-page basis, between being completely riveted and deeply bored. More often the latt...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Loved this from cover to cover. A page turner, even though it is non-fiction. Maybe it is because I am such a movie business nerd. STAY AWAY FROM THIS IF YOU LOVE MOVIES. It is a bleak, depressing outlook on what has happened to the movie industry. The themes and overall messages in he...

    It's economics stupid! If you have half a brain you know what happened to movies. If not, and you need it explained to you, Than this book is for you. Or if you just don't have time to invest in pop culture to be able to use your brain, but then you probably don't have time to read thi...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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, ...

    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...

    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

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I hate to say this, Ben Fritz about media are way too biast against the new media persective. Ironically he is also one of the journalist responsible for the fake news about Pewdiepie and take it out off context just to slander all the new media all together. I highly recommend to a...

    Whoa. This book offers a clear and wide-ranging analysis of Modern Hollywood. If you want to know how the modern movie-making process works, and why big tentpole films reign supreme, Ben Fritz has the answer. He looks through the lenses of a major studio (Sony Pictures), and tracks the...

    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). ...

    Panoramic overview of the many ways the movie business is changing Cleverly uses the hacked Sony emails as a window into the struggles of an old school studio boss, Sony Pictures chief Amy Pascal, to adjust to the new realities of a franchise dominated, digitally disrupted Hollywood...

    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. ...

    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...

    I like the first half of the book better than the second. Not sure if it was me, or if the first half just flowed better. Felt more interesting, more complete stories. By the time I got to the last 1/4 of the book, I was skimming just to get done. Don't feel that Fritz said anything ne...

    I had a weird experience with this book. Generally I'm fascinating with behind-the-scenes looks at making movies, and fully expected to love The Big Picture. Instead, I vacillated, sometimes on a page-to-page basis, between being completely riveted and deeply bored. More often the latt...

    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...

    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

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I hate to say this, Ben Fritz about media are way too biast against the new media persective. Ironically he is also one of the journalist responsible for the fake news about Pewdiepie and take it out off context just to slander all the new media all together. I highly recommend to a...

    Whoa. This book offers a clear and wide-ranging analysis of Modern Hollywood. If you want to know how the modern movie-making process works, and why big tentpole films reign supreme, Ben Fritz has the answer. He looks through the lenses of a major studio (Sony Pictures), and tracks the...

    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). ...

    Panoramic overview of the many ways the movie business is changing Cleverly uses the hacked Sony emails as a window into the struggles of an old school studio boss, Sony Pictures chief Amy Pascal, to adjust to the new realities of a franchise dominated, digitally disrupted Hollywood...

    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. ...

  • Jbussen
    Aug 21, 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I hate to say this, Ben Fritz about media are way too biast against the new media persective. Ironically he is also one of the journalist responsible for the fake news about Pewdiepie and take it out off context just to slander all the new media all together. I highly recommend to a...

    Whoa. This book offers a clear and wide-ranging analysis of Modern Hollywood. If you want to know how the modern movie-making process works, and why big tentpole films reign supreme, Ben Fritz has the answer. He looks through the lenses of a major studio (Sony Pictures), and tracks the...

    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). ...

    Panoramic overview of the many ways the movie business is changing Cleverly uses the hacked Sony emails as a window into the struggles of an old school studio boss, Sony Pictures chief Amy Pascal, to adjust to the new realities of a franchise dominated, digitally disrupted Hollywood...

    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. ...

    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...

    I like the first half of the book better than the second. Not sure if it was me, or if the first half just flowed better. Felt more interesting, more complete stories. By the time I got to the last 1/4 of the book, I was skimming just to get done. Don't feel that Fritz said anything ne...

    I had a weird experience with this book. Generally I'm fascinating with behind-the-scenes looks at making movies, and fully expected to love The Big Picture. Instead, I vacillated, sometimes on a page-to-page basis, between being completely riveted and deeply bored. More often the latt...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Loved this from cover to cover. A page turner, even though it is non-fiction. Maybe it is because I am such a movie business nerd. STAY AWAY FROM THIS IF YOU LOVE MOVIES. It is a bleak, depressing outlook on what has happened to the movie industry. The themes and overall messages in he...

    It's economics stupid! If you have half a brain you know what happened to movies. If not, and you need it explained to you, Than this book is for you. Or if you just don't have time to invest in pop culture to be able to use your brain, but then you probably don't have time to read thi...

  • Sabrina
    Jul 16, 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I hate to say this, Ben Fritz about media are way too biast against the new media persective. Ironically he is also one of the journalist responsible for the fake news about Pewdiepie and take it out off context just to slander all the new media all together. I highly recommend to a...

    Whoa. This book offers a clear and wide-ranging analysis of Modern Hollywood. If you want to know how the modern movie-making process works, and why big tentpole films reign supreme, Ben Fritz has the answer. He looks through the lenses of a major studio (Sony Pictures), and tracks the...

    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). ...

    Panoramic overview of the many ways the movie business is changing Cleverly uses the hacked Sony emails as a window into the struggles of an old school studio boss, Sony Pictures chief Amy Pascal, to adjust to the new realities of a franchise dominated, digitally disrupted Hollywood...

    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. ...

    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...

    I like the first half of the book better than the second. Not sure if it was me, or if the first half just flowed better. Felt more interesting, more complete stories. By the time I got to the last 1/4 of the book, I was skimming just to get done. Don't feel that Fritz said anything ne...

    I had a weird experience with this book. Generally I'm fascinating with behind-the-scenes looks at making movies, and fully expected to love The Big Picture. Instead, I vacillated, sometimes on a page-to-page basis, between being completely riveted and deeply bored. More often the latt...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Loved this from cover to cover. A page turner, even though it is non-fiction. Maybe it is because I am such a movie business nerd. STAY AWAY FROM THIS IF YOU LOVE MOVIES. It is a bleak, depressing outlook on what has happened to the movie industry. The themes and overall messages in he...

    It's economics stupid! If you have half a brain you know what happened to movies. If not, and you need it explained to you, Than this book is for you. Or if you just don't have time to invest in pop culture to be able to use your brain, but then you probably don't have time to read thi...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I hate to say this, Ben Fritz about media are way too biast against the new media persective. Ironically he is also one of the journalist responsible for the fake news about Pewdiepie and take it out off context just to slander all the new media all together. I highly recommend to a...

    Whoa. This book offers a clear and wide-ranging analysis of Modern Hollywood. If you want to know how the modern movie-making process works, and why big tentpole films reign supreme, Ben Fritz has the answer. He looks through the lenses of a major studio (Sony Pictures), and tracks the...

    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). ...

    Panoramic overview of the many ways the movie business is changing Cleverly uses the hacked Sony emails as a window into the struggles of an old school studio boss, Sony Pictures chief Amy Pascal, to adjust to the new realities of a franchise dominated, digitally disrupted Hollywood...

    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. ...

    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...

    I like the first half of the book better than the second. Not sure if it was me, or if the first half just flowed better. Felt more interesting, more complete stories. By the time I got to the last 1/4 of the book, I was skimming just to get done. Don't feel that Fritz said anything ne...

    I had a weird experience with this book. Generally I'm fascinating with behind-the-scenes looks at making movies, and fully expected to love The Big Picture. Instead, I vacillated, sometimes on a page-to-page basis, between being completely riveted and deeply bored. More often the latt...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Loved this from cover to cover. A page turner, even though it is non-fiction. Maybe it is because I am such a movie business nerd. STAY AWAY FROM THIS IF YOU LOVE MOVIES. It is a bleak, depressing outlook on what has happened to the movie industry. The themes and overall messages in he...

    It's economics stupid! If you have half a brain you know what happened to movies. If not, and you need it explained to you, Than this book is for you. Or if you just don't have time to invest in pop culture to be able to use your brain, but then you probably don't have time to read thi...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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, ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

  • Thomas Myers
    Oct 09, 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I hate to say this, Ben Fritz about media are way too biast against the new media persective. Ironically he is also one of the journalist responsible for the fake news about Pewdiepie and take it out off context just to slander all the new media all together. I highly recommend to a...

    Whoa. This book offers a clear and wide-ranging analysis of Modern Hollywood. If you want to know how the modern movie-making process works, and why big tentpole films reign supreme, Ben Fritz has the answer. He looks through the lenses of a major studio (Sony Pictures), and tracks the...

  • Joe Kucharski
    Apr 27, 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...

    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...

    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...

  • Paul Carr
    Jul 29, 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I hate to say this, Ben Fritz about media are way too biast against the new media persective. Ironically he is also one of the journalist responsible for the fake news about Pewdiepie and take it out off context just to slander all the new media all together. I highly recommend to a...

    Whoa. This book offers a clear and wide-ranging analysis of Modern Hollywood. If you want to know how the modern movie-making process works, and why big tentpole films reign supreme, Ben Fritz has the answer. He looks through the lenses of a major studio (Sony Pictures), and tracks the...

    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). ...

    Panoramic overview of the many ways the movie business is changing Cleverly uses the hacked Sony emails as a window into the struggles of an old school studio boss, Sony Pictures chief Amy Pascal, to adjust to the new realities of a franchise dominated, digitally disrupted Hollywood...

    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. ...

    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...

    I like the first half of the book better than the second. Not sure if it was me, or if the first half just flowed better. Felt more interesting, more complete stories. By the time I got to the last 1/4 of the book, I was skimming just to get done. Don't feel that Fritz said anything ne...

    I had a weird experience with this book. Generally I'm fascinating with behind-the-scenes looks at making movies, and fully expected to love The Big Picture. Instead, I vacillated, sometimes on a page-to-page basis, between being completely riveted and deeply bored. More often the latt...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Loved this from cover to cover. A page turner, even though it is non-fiction. Maybe it is because I am such a movie business nerd. STAY AWAY FROM THIS IF YOU LOVE MOVIES. It is a bleak, depressing outlook on what has happened to the movie industry. The themes and overall messages in he...

    It's economics stupid! If you have half a brain you know what happened to movies. If not, and you need it explained to you, Than this book is for you. Or if you just don't have time to invest in pop culture to be able to use your brain, but then you probably don't have time to read thi...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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, ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

  • Casey Ryan
    Aug 21, 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I hate to say this, Ben Fritz about media are way too biast against the new media persective. Ironically he is also one of the journalist responsible for the fake news about Pewdiepie and take it out off context just to slander all the new media all together. I highly recommend to a...

    Whoa. This book offers a clear and wide-ranging analysis of Modern Hollywood. If you want to know how the modern movie-making process works, and why big tentpole films reign supreme, Ben Fritz has the answer. He looks through the lenses of a major studio (Sony Pictures), and tracks the...

    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). ...

    Panoramic overview of the many ways the movie business is changing Cleverly uses the hacked Sony emails as a window into the struggles of an old school studio boss, Sony Pictures chief Amy Pascal, to adjust to the new realities of a franchise dominated, digitally disrupted Hollywood...

    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. ...

    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...

    I like the first half of the book better than the second. Not sure if it was me, or if the first half just flowed better. Felt more interesting, more complete stories. By the time I got to the last 1/4 of the book, I was skimming just to get done. Don't feel that Fritz said anything ne...

    I had a weird experience with this book. Generally I'm fascinating with behind-the-scenes looks at making movies, and fully expected to love The Big Picture. Instead, I vacillated, sometimes on a page-to-page basis, between being completely riveted and deeply bored. More often the latt...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Loved this from cover to cover. A page turner, even though it is non-fiction. Maybe it is because I am such a movie business nerd. STAY AWAY FROM THIS IF YOU LOVE MOVIES. It is a bleak, depressing outlook on what has happened to the movie industry. The themes and overall messages in he...

  • Jingwei Shi
    Aug 13, 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I hate to say this, Ben Fritz about media are way too biast against the new media persective. Ironically he is also one of the journalist responsible for the fake news about Pewdiepie and take it out off context just to slander all the new media all together. I highly recommend to a...

    Whoa. This book offers a clear and wide-ranging analysis of Modern Hollywood. If you want to know how the modern movie-making process works, and why big tentpole films reign supreme, Ben Fritz has the answer. He looks through the lenses of a major studio (Sony Pictures), and tracks the...

    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

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I hate to say this, Ben Fritz about media are way too biast against the new media persective. Ironically he is also one of the journalist responsible for the fake news about Pewdiepie and take it out off context just to slander all the new media all together. I highly recommend to a...

    Whoa. This book offers a clear and wide-ranging analysis of Modern Hollywood. If you want to know how the modern movie-making process works, and why big tentpole films reign supreme, Ben Fritz has the answer. He looks through the lenses of a major studio (Sony Pictures), and tracks the...

    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). ...

    Panoramic overview of the many ways the movie business is changing Cleverly uses the hacked Sony emails as a window into the struggles of an old school studio boss, Sony Pictures chief Amy Pascal, to adjust to the new realities of a franchise dominated, digitally disrupted Hollywood...

    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. ...

    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...

    I like the first half of the book better than the second. Not sure if it was me, or if the first half just flowed better. Felt more interesting, more complete stories. By the time I got to the last 1/4 of the book, I was skimming just to get done. Don't feel that Fritz said anything ne...

    I had a weird experience with this book. Generally I'm fascinating with behind-the-scenes looks at making movies, and fully expected to love The Big Picture. Instead, I vacillated, sometimes on a page-to-page basis, between being completely riveted and deeply bored. More often the latt...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Loved this from cover to cover. A page turner, even though it is non-fiction. Maybe it is because I am such a movie business nerd. STAY AWAY FROM THIS IF YOU LOVE MOVIES. It is a bleak, depressing outlook on what has happened to the movie industry. The themes and overall messages in he...

    It's economics stupid! If you have half a brain you know what happened to movies. If not, and you need it explained to you, Than this book is for you. Or if you just don't have time to invest in pop culture to be able to use your brain, but then you probably don't have time to read thi...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I hate to say this, Ben Fritz about media are way too biast against the new media persective. Ironically he is also one of the journalist responsible for the fake news about Pewdiepie and take it out off context just to slander all the new media all together. I highly recommend to a...

    Whoa. This book offers a clear and wide-ranging analysis of Modern Hollywood. If you want to know how the modern movie-making process works, and why big tentpole films reign supreme, Ben Fritz has the answer. He looks through the lenses of a major studio (Sony Pictures), and tracks the...

    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). ...

    Panoramic overview of the many ways the movie business is changing Cleverly uses the hacked Sony emails as a window into the struggles of an old school studio boss, Sony Pictures chief Amy Pascal, to adjust to the new realities of a franchise dominated, digitally disrupted Hollywood...

    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. ...

    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...

    I like the first half of the book better than the second. Not sure if it was me, or if the first half just flowed better. Felt more interesting, more complete stories. By the time I got to the last 1/4 of the book, I was skimming just to get done. Don't feel that Fritz said anything ne...

    I had a weird experience with this book. Generally I'm fascinating with behind-the-scenes looks at making movies, and fully expected to love The Big Picture. Instead, I vacillated, sometimes on a page-to-page basis, between being completely riveted and deeply bored. More often the latt...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Loved this from cover to cover. A page turner, even though it is non-fiction. Maybe it is because I am such a movie business nerd. STAY AWAY FROM THIS IF YOU LOVE MOVIES. It is a bleak, depressing outlook on what has happened to the movie industry. The themes and overall messages in he...

    It's economics stupid! If you have half a brain you know what happened to movies. If not, and you need it explained to you, Than this book is for you. Or if you just don't have time to invest in pop culture to be able to use your brain, but then you probably don't have time to read thi...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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, ...

    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

    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...

    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

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

  • Anthony Alvarez
    Apr 23, 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I hate to say this, Ben Fritz about media are way too biast against the new media persective. Ironically he is also one of the journalist responsible for the fake news about Pewdiepie and take it out off context just to slander all the new media all together. I highly recommend to a...

    Whoa. This book offers a clear and wide-ranging analysis of Modern Hollywood. If you want to know how the modern movie-making process works, and why big tentpole films reign supreme, Ben Fritz has the answer. He looks through the lenses of a major studio (Sony Pictures), and tracks the...

    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). ...

    Panoramic overview of the many ways the movie business is changing Cleverly uses the hacked Sony emails as a window into the struggles of an old school studio boss, Sony Pictures chief Amy Pascal, to adjust to the new realities of a franchise dominated, digitally disrupted Hollywood...

    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. ...

    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...

    I like the first half of the book better than the second. Not sure if it was me, or if the first half just flowed better. Felt more interesting, more complete stories. By the time I got to the last 1/4 of the book, I was skimming just to get done. Don't feel that Fritz said anything ne...

    I had a weird experience with this book. Generally I'm fascinating with behind-the-scenes looks at making movies, and fully expected to love The Big Picture. Instead, I vacillated, sometimes on a page-to-page basis, between being completely riveted and deeply bored. More often the latt...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Loved this from cover to cover. A page turner, even though it is non-fiction. Maybe it is because I am such a movie business nerd. STAY AWAY FROM THIS IF YOU LOVE MOVIES. It is a bleak, depressing outlook on what has happened to the movie industry. The themes and overall messages in he...

    It's economics stupid! If you have half a brain you know what happened to movies. If not, and you need it explained to you, Than this book is for you. Or if you just don't have time to invest in pop culture to be able to use your brain, but then you probably don't have time to read thi...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

  • Andrew MacNorth
    Aug 30, 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I hate to say this, Ben Fritz about media are way too biast against the new media persective. Ironically he is also one of the journalist responsible for the fake news about Pewdiepie and take it out off context just to slander all the new media all together. I highly recommend to a...

    Whoa. This book offers a clear and wide-ranging analysis of Modern Hollywood. If you want to know how the modern movie-making process works, and why big tentpole films reign supreme, Ben Fritz has the answer. He looks through the lenses of a major studio (Sony Pictures), and tracks the...

    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). ...

    Panoramic overview of the many ways the movie business is changing Cleverly uses the hacked Sony emails as a window into the struggles of an old school studio boss, Sony Pictures chief Amy Pascal, to adjust to the new realities of a franchise dominated, digitally disrupted Hollywood...

    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. ...

    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...

    I like the first half of the book better than the second. Not sure if it was me, or if the first half just flowed better. Felt more interesting, more complete stories. By the time I got to the last 1/4 of the book, I was skimming just to get done. Don't feel that Fritz said anything ne...

    I had a weird experience with this book. Generally I'm fascinating with behind-the-scenes looks at making movies, and fully expected to love The Big Picture. Instead, I vacillated, sometimes on a page-to-page basis, between being completely riveted and deeply bored. More often the latt...

  • Helen Shen
    Sep 29, 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I hate to say this, Ben Fritz about media are way too biast against the new media persective. Ironically he is also one of the journalist responsible for the fake news about Pewdiepie and take it out off context just to slander all the new media all together. I highly recommend to a...