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

  • John
    Jun 12, 2018

    I don?t go to the movies anymore. That might surprise you if you know me, as I minored in Film Studies while pursuing a Journalism degree some 20 years ago. (Though that was more of a time management move on my part???it was easy to cut film class if they were showing a popular...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I've always been fascinated by movies and everything that surrounded them. Film as a cultural phenomenon sits at the intersection of art, technology and politics and gives diverse set of perspectives and opinions about the nature of the world we live in today. As a person who dives int...

    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...

  • Harold
    May 05, 2018

    I don?t go to the movies anymore. That might surprise you if you know me, as I minored in Film Studies while pursuing a Journalism degree some 20 years ago. (Though that was more of a time management move on my part???it was easy to cut film class if they were showing a popular...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I've always been fascinated by movies and everything that surrounded them. Film as a cultural phenomenon sits at the intersection of art, technology and politics and gives diverse set of perspectives and opinions about the nature of the world we live in today. As a person who dives int...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    The marketing, and the preface, for this book are slightly misleading. Though Ben Fritz does use the Sony hack as a source, majority of the book is aligns much closer to the subtitle. Much of the book is about how franchises have taken over Hollywood, for better or worse, and how the v...

    Really enjoyed this overview of the current state of Hollywood and its main players. I was following the Sony scandal 4 years ago but definitely didn't know how significant it was to understanding what is happening to film right. If you share Fritz's opinion that we live in a sterile a...

    "Kevin Tsujihara called Lin and asked whether he had more ideas for Legos. Lin replied that he did and almost immediately sent the studio a plan. It was in fact the presentation he had prepared for the DC movie franchise seven years earlier. "I literally just put the Lego name on it an...

    This is a very good book on the movie business today, and that is a business I know something about. It starts with some revelations from the Sony hack, but only uses that as a launching pad to discuss the Big Picture ? get the pun, But I live and work in this business, and it adjust...

  • Paul Fuhr
    Apr 08, 2018

    I don?t go to the movies anymore. That might surprise you if you know me, as I minored in Film Studies while pursuing a Journalism degree some 20 years ago. (Though that was more of a time management move on my part???it was easy to cut film class if they were showing a popular...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I've always been fascinated by movies and everything that surrounded them. Film as a cultural phenomenon sits at the intersection of art, technology and politics and gives diverse set of perspectives and opinions about the nature of the world we live in today. As a person who dives int...

    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...

    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...

  • Joe
    Jan 25, 2018

    I don?t go to the movies anymore. That might surprise you if you know me, as I minored in Film Studies while pursuing a Journalism degree some 20 years ago. (Though that was more of a time management move on my part???it was easy to cut film class if they were showing a popular...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I've always been fascinated by movies and everything that surrounded them. Film as a cultural phenomenon sits at the intersection of art, technology and politics and gives diverse set of perspectives and opinions about the nature of the world we live in today. As a person who dives int...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    The marketing, and the preface, for this book are slightly misleading. Though Ben Fritz does use the Sony hack as a source, majority of the book is aligns much closer to the subtitle. Much of the book is about how franchises have taken over Hollywood, for better or worse, and how the v...

    Really enjoyed this overview of the current state of Hollywood and its main players. I was following the Sony scandal 4 years ago but definitely didn't know how significant it was to understanding what is happening to film right. If you share Fritz's opinion that we live in a sterile a...

    "Kevin Tsujihara called Lin and asked whether he had more ideas for Legos. Lin replied that he did and almost immediately sent the studio a plan. It was in fact the presentation he had prepared for the DC movie franchise seven years earlier. "I literally just put the Lego name on it an...

    This is a very good book on the movie business today, and that is a business I know something about. It starts with some revelations from the Sony hack, but only uses that as a launching pad to discuss the Big Picture ? get the pun, But I live and work in this business, and it adjust...

    Excellent analysis of the current and future state of the movie industry. Another example of an industry in turmoil as it attempts to adapt to new technology, non traditional competitors and the emergence of China. Very good read. ...

    Excellent read on how the TV & film industry has changed over the past 20 years due to the influence of the tech sector and other external factors. Ever wonder why so many movies nowadays are either remakes, reboots, or part of a larger cinematic universe? This book explains why! ...

    Incredible POV on modern cinema Intensely interesting and uniquely researched look in to modern film business, with behind the scenes look at Sony due to 2014 email hack. Strongly strongly recommend to anyone at all interested in the movie biz ...

    A fascinating look into the state of the motion picture industry. A cautionary tale that is partly out of date before it is published but, instead of taking away from the quality of the book, only serves to underscore its central thesis. A must read for all fans of film. ...

  • Rafat Ali
    Mar 11, 2018

    I don?t go to the movies anymore. That might surprise you if you know me, as I minored in Film Studies while pursuing a Journalism degree some 20 years ago. (Though that was more of a time management move on my part???it was easy to cut film class if they were showing a popular...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I've always been fascinated by movies and everything that surrounded them. Film as a cultural phenomenon sits at the intersection of art, technology and politics and gives diverse set of perspectives and opinions about the nature of the world we live in today. As a person who dives int...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    The marketing, and the preface, for this book are slightly misleading. Though Ben Fritz does use the Sony hack as a source, majority of the book is aligns much closer to the subtitle. Much of the book is about how franchises have taken over Hollywood, for better or worse, and how the v...

    Really enjoyed this overview of the current state of Hollywood and its main players. I was following the Sony scandal 4 years ago but definitely didn't know how significant it was to understanding what is happening to film right. If you share Fritz's opinion that we live in a sterile a...

    "Kevin Tsujihara called Lin and asked whether he had more ideas for Legos. Lin replied that he did and almost immediately sent the studio a plan. It was in fact the presentation he had prepared for the DC movie franchise seven years earlier. "I literally just put the Lego name on it an...

    This is a very good book on the movie business today, and that is a business I know something about. It starts with some revelations from the Sony hack, but only uses that as a launching pad to discuss the Big Picture ? get the pun, But I live and work in this business, and it adjust...

    Excellent analysis of the current and future state of the movie industry. Another example of an industry in turmoil as it attempts to adapt to new technology, non traditional competitors and the emergence of China. Very good read. ...

    Excellent read on how the TV & film industry has changed over the past 20 years due to the influence of the tech sector and other external factors. Ever wonder why so many movies nowadays are either remakes, reboots, or part of a larger cinematic universe? This book explains why! ...

    Incredible POV on modern cinema Intensely interesting and uniquely researched look in to modern film business, with behind the scenes look at Sony due to 2014 email hack. Strongly strongly recommend to anyone at all interested in the movie biz ...

    A fascinating look into the state of the motion picture industry. A cautionary tale that is partly out of date before it is published but, instead of taking away from the quality of the book, only serves to underscore its central thesis. A must read for all fans of film. ...

    A startling but ultimately optimistic vision for the potential future of the film industry. It manages to have a laser focus on Sony as a result of its hack while also extrapolating this access into a through line for the rest of the narrative. Excellent insider knowledge. ...

    An unsurprising but interesting look at the current trajectory of Hollywood and the rise of franchises and downfall of cinema. Definitely a must-read for those studying or interested in film. ...

    Pretty good but needs more Fincher quotes from the Sony email leaks ...

    An eye opening read. Elucidates everything that happens in Hollywood today. ...

    Really enjoyed, good analysis. Notes here: https://www.evernote.com/l/ACJ6Blo4mW... ...

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  • Michael Ritchie
    Apr 22, 2018

    I don?t go to the movies anymore. That might surprise you if you know me, as I minored in Film Studies while pursuing a Journalism degree some 20 years ago. (Though that was more of a time management move on my part???it was easy to cut film class if they were showing a popular...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

  • Mian
    Mar 10, 2018

    I don?t go to the movies anymore. That might surprise you if you know me, as I minored in Film Studies while pursuing a Journalism degree some 20 years ago. (Though that was more of a time management move on my part???it was easy to cut film class if they were showing a popular...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I've always been fascinated by movies and everything that surrounded them. Film as a cultural phenomenon sits at the intersection of art, technology and politics and gives diverse set of perspectives and opinions about the nature of the world we live in today. As a person who dives int...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    The marketing, and the preface, for this book are slightly misleading. Though Ben Fritz does use the Sony hack as a source, majority of the book is aligns much closer to the subtitle. Much of the book is about how franchises have taken over Hollywood, for better or worse, and how the v...

    Really enjoyed this overview of the current state of Hollywood and its main players. I was following the Sony scandal 4 years ago but definitely didn't know how significant it was to understanding what is happening to film right. If you share Fritz's opinion that we live in a sterile a...

    "Kevin Tsujihara called Lin and asked whether he had more ideas for Legos. Lin replied that he did and almost immediately sent the studio a plan. It was in fact the presentation he had prepared for the DC movie franchise seven years earlier. "I literally just put the Lego name on it an...

    This is a very good book on the movie business today, and that is a business I know something about. It starts with some revelations from the Sony hack, but only uses that as a launching pad to discuss the Big Picture ? get the pun, But I live and work in this business, and it adjust...

    Excellent analysis of the current and future state of the movie industry. Another example of an industry in turmoil as it attempts to adapt to new technology, non traditional competitors and the emergence of China. Very good read. ...

    Excellent read on how the TV & film industry has changed over the past 20 years due to the influence of the tech sector and other external factors. Ever wonder why so many movies nowadays are either remakes, reboots, or part of a larger cinematic universe? This book explains why! ...

    Incredible POV on modern cinema Intensely interesting and uniquely researched look in to modern film business, with behind the scenes look at Sony due to 2014 email hack. Strongly strongly recommend to anyone at all interested in the movie biz ...

    A fascinating look into the state of the motion picture industry. A cautionary tale that is partly out of date before it is published but, instead of taking away from the quality of the book, only serves to underscore its central thesis. A must read for all fans of film. ...

    A startling but ultimately optimistic vision for the potential future of the film industry. It manages to have a laser focus on Sony as a result of its hack while also extrapolating this access into a through line for the rest of the narrative. Excellent insider knowledge. ...

    An unsurprising but interesting look at the current trajectory of Hollywood and the rise of franchises and downfall of cinema. Definitely a must-read for those studying or interested in film. ...

    Pretty good but needs more Fincher quotes from the Sony email leaks ...

  • Matt Arena
    Mar 12, 2018

    I don?t go to the movies anymore. That might surprise you if you know me, as I minored in Film Studies while pursuing a Journalism degree some 20 years ago. (Though that was more of a time management move on my part???it was easy to cut film class if they were showing a popular...

    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...

  • Aneta
    Jun 16, 2018

    I don?t go to the movies anymore. That might surprise you if you know me, as I minored in Film Studies while pursuing a Journalism degree some 20 years ago. (Though that was more of a time management move on my part???it was easy to cut film class if they were showing a popular...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I've always been fascinated by movies and everything that surrounded them. Film as a cultural phenomenon sits at the intersection of art, technology and politics and gives diverse set of perspectives and opinions about the nature of the world we live in today. As a person who dives int...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    The marketing, and the preface, for this book are slightly misleading. Though Ben Fritz does use the Sony hack as a source, majority of the book is aligns much closer to the subtitle. Much of the book is about how franchises have taken over Hollywood, for better or worse, and how the v...

    Really enjoyed this overview of the current state of Hollywood and its main players. I was following the Sony scandal 4 years ago but definitely didn't know how significant it was to understanding what is happening to film right. If you share Fritz's opinion that we live in a sterile a...

  • Daniel
    May 28, 2018

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I've always been fascinated by movies and everything that surrounded them. Film as a cultural phenomenon sits at the intersection of art, technology and politics and gives diverse set of perspectives and opinions about the nature of the world we live in today. As a person who dives int...

    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...

    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 ...

  • Christopher
    May 03, 2018

    I don?t go to the movies anymore. That might surprise you if you know me, as I minored in Film Studies while pursuing a Journalism degree some 20 years ago. (Though that was more of a time management move on my part???it was easy to cut film class if they were showing a popular...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I've always been fascinated by movies and everything that surrounded them. Film as a cultural phenomenon sits at the intersection of art, technology and politics and gives diverse set of perspectives and opinions about the nature of the world we live in today. As a person who dives int...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    The marketing, and the preface, for this book are slightly misleading. Though Ben Fritz does use the Sony hack as a source, majority of the book is aligns much closer to the subtitle. Much of the book is about how franchises have taken over Hollywood, for better or worse, and how the v...

    Really enjoyed this overview of the current state of Hollywood and its main players. I was following the Sony scandal 4 years ago but definitely didn't know how significant it was to understanding what is happening to film right. If you share Fritz's opinion that we live in a sterile a...

    "Kevin Tsujihara called Lin and asked whether he had more ideas for Legos. Lin replied that he did and almost immediately sent the studio a plan. It was in fact the presentation he had prepared for the DC movie franchise seven years earlier. "I literally just put the Lego name on it an...

    This is a very good book on the movie business today, and that is a business I know something about. It starts with some revelations from the Sony hack, but only uses that as a launching pad to discuss the Big Picture ? get the pun, But I live and work in this business, and it adjust...

    Excellent analysis of the current and future state of the movie industry. Another example of an industry in turmoil as it attempts to adapt to new technology, non traditional competitors and the emergence of China. Very good read. ...

    Excellent read on how the TV & film industry has changed over the past 20 years due to the influence of the tech sector and other external factors. Ever wonder why so many movies nowadays are either remakes, reboots, or part of a larger cinematic universe? This book explains why! ...

    Incredible POV on modern cinema Intensely interesting and uniquely researched look in to modern film business, with behind the scenes look at Sony due to 2014 email hack. Strongly strongly recommend to anyone at all interested in the movie biz ...

    A fascinating look into the state of the motion picture industry. A cautionary tale that is partly out of date before it is published but, instead of taking away from the quality of the book, only serves to underscore its central thesis. A must read for all fans of film. ...

    A startling but ultimately optimistic vision for the potential future of the film industry. It manages to have a laser focus on Sony as a result of its hack while also extrapolating this access into a through line for the rest of the narrative. Excellent insider knowledge. ...

    An unsurprising but interesting look at the current trajectory of Hollywood and the rise of franchises and downfall of cinema. Definitely a must-read for those studying or interested in film. ...

    Pretty good but needs more Fincher quotes from the Sony email leaks ...

    An eye opening read. Elucidates everything that happens in Hollywood today. ...

    Really enjoyed, good analysis. Notes here: https://www.evernote.com/l/ACJ6Blo4mW... ...

  • Greg Enslen
    May 22, 2018

    I don?t go to the movies anymore. That might surprise you if you know me, as I minored in Film Studies while pursuing a Journalism degree some 20 years ago. (Though that was more of a time management move on my part???it was easy to cut film class if they were showing a popular...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I've always been fascinated by movies and everything that surrounded them. Film as a cultural phenomenon sits at the intersection of art, technology and politics and gives diverse set of perspectives and opinions about the nature of the world we live in today. As a person who dives int...

    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

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

  • Evan Mcphee
    May 22, 2018

    I don?t go to the movies anymore. That might surprise you if you know me, as I minored in Film Studies while pursuing a Journalism degree some 20 years ago. (Though that was more of a time management move on my part???it was easy to cut film class if they were showing a popular...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I've always been fascinated by movies and everything that surrounded them. Film as a cultural phenomenon sits at the intersection of art, technology and politics and gives diverse set of perspectives and opinions about the nature of the world we live in today. As a person who dives int...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    The marketing, and the preface, for this book are slightly misleading. Though Ben Fritz does use the Sony hack as a source, majority of the book is aligns much closer to the subtitle. Much of the book is about how franchises have taken over Hollywood, for better or worse, and how the v...

    Really enjoyed this overview of the current state of Hollywood and its main players. I was following the Sony scandal 4 years ago but definitely didn't know how significant it was to understanding what is happening to film right. If you share Fritz's opinion that we live in a sterile a...

    "Kevin Tsujihara called Lin and asked whether he had more ideas for Legos. Lin replied that he did and almost immediately sent the studio a plan. It was in fact the presentation he had prepared for the DC movie franchise seven years earlier. "I literally just put the Lego name on it an...

    This is a very good book on the movie business today, and that is a business I know something about. It starts with some revelations from the Sony hack, but only uses that as a launching pad to discuss the Big Picture ? get the pun, But I live and work in this business, and it adjust...

    Excellent analysis of the current and future state of the movie industry. Another example of an industry in turmoil as it attempts to adapt to new technology, non traditional competitors and the emergence of China. Very good read. ...

    Excellent read on how the TV & film industry has changed over the past 20 years due to the influence of the tech sector and other external factors. Ever wonder why so many movies nowadays are either remakes, reboots, or part of a larger cinematic universe? This book explains why! ...

    Incredible POV on modern cinema Intensely interesting and uniquely researched look in to modern film business, with behind the scenes look at Sony due to 2014 email hack. Strongly strongly recommend to anyone at all interested in the movie biz ...

  • Joe Kucharski
    Apr 27, 2018

    I don?t go to the movies anymore. That might surprise you if you know me, as I minored in Film Studies while pursuing a Journalism degree some 20 years ago. (Though that was more of a time management move on my part???it was easy to cut film class if they were showing a popular...

    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...

  • Katy
    Feb 28, 2018

    I don?t go to the movies anymore. That might surprise you if you know me, as I minored in Film Studies while pursuing a Journalism degree some 20 years ago. (Though that was more of a time management move on my part???it was easy to cut film class if they were showing a popular...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I've always been fascinated by movies and everything that surrounded them. Film as a cultural phenomenon sits at the intersection of art, technology and politics and gives diverse set of perspectives and opinions about the nature of the world we live in today. As a person who dives int...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    The marketing, and the preface, for this book are slightly misleading. Though Ben Fritz does use the Sony hack as a source, majority of the book is aligns much closer to the subtitle. Much of the book is about how franchises have taken over Hollywood, for better or worse, and how the v...

    Really enjoyed this overview of the current state of Hollywood and its main players. I was following the Sony scandal 4 years ago but definitely didn't know how significant it was to understanding what is happening to film right. If you share Fritz's opinion that we live in a sterile a...

    "Kevin Tsujihara called Lin and asked whether he had more ideas for Legos. Lin replied that he did and almost immediately sent the studio a plan. It was in fact the presentation he had prepared for the DC movie franchise seven years earlier. "I literally just put the Lego name on it an...

    This is a very good book on the movie business today, and that is a business I know something about. It starts with some revelations from the Sony hack, but only uses that as a launching pad to discuss the Big Picture ? get the pun, But I live and work in this business, and it adjust...

    Excellent analysis of the current and future state of the movie industry. Another example of an industry in turmoil as it attempts to adapt to new technology, non traditional competitors and the emergence of China. Very good read. ...

    Excellent read on how the TV & film industry has changed over the past 20 years due to the influence of the tech sector and other external factors. Ever wonder why so many movies nowadays are either remakes, reboots, or part of a larger cinematic universe? This book explains why! ...

    Incredible POV on modern cinema Intensely interesting and uniquely researched look in to modern film business, with behind the scenes look at Sony due to 2014 email hack. Strongly strongly recommend to anyone at all interested in the movie biz ...

    A fascinating look into the state of the motion picture industry. A cautionary tale that is partly out of date before it is published but, instead of taking away from the quality of the book, only serves to underscore its central thesis. A must read for all fans of film. ...

    A startling but ultimately optimistic vision for the potential future of the film industry. It manages to have a laser focus on Sony as a result of its hack while also extrapolating this access into a through line for the rest of the narrative. Excellent insider knowledge. ...

    An unsurprising but interesting look at the current trajectory of Hollywood and the rise of franchises and downfall of cinema. Definitely a must-read for those studying or interested in film. ...

  • Adriano Ariganello
    May 31, 2018

    I don?t go to the movies anymore. That might surprise you if you know me, as I minored in Film Studies while pursuing a Journalism degree some 20 years ago. (Though that was more of a time management move on my part???it was easy to cut film class if they were showing a popular...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I've always been fascinated by movies and everything that surrounded them. Film as a cultural phenomenon sits at the intersection of art, technology and politics and gives diverse set of perspectives and opinions about the nature of the world we live in today. As a person who dives int...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    The marketing, and the preface, for this book are slightly misleading. Though Ben Fritz does use the Sony hack as a source, majority of the book is aligns much closer to the subtitle. Much of the book is about how franchises have taken over Hollywood, for better or worse, and how the v...

  • Danilo DiPietro
    Mar 10, 2018

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I've always been fascinated by movies and everything that surrounded them. Film as a cultural phenomenon sits at the intersection of art, technology and politics and gives diverse set of perspectives and opinions about the nature of the world we live in today. As a person who dives int...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    The marketing, and the preface, for this book are slightly misleading. Though Ben Fritz does use the Sony hack as a source, majority of the book is aligns much closer to the subtitle. Much of the book is about how franchises have taken over Hollywood, for better or worse, and how the v...

    Really enjoyed this overview of the current state of Hollywood and its main players. I was following the Sony scandal 4 years ago but definitely didn't know how significant it was to understanding what is happening to film right. If you share Fritz's opinion that we live in a sterile a...

    "Kevin Tsujihara called Lin and asked whether he had more ideas for Legos. Lin replied that he did and almost immediately sent the studio a plan. It was in fact the presentation he had prepared for the DC movie franchise seven years earlier. "I literally just put the Lego name on it an...

    This is a very good book on the movie business today, and that is a business I know something about. It starts with some revelations from the Sony hack, but only uses that as a launching pad to discuss the Big Picture ? get the pun, But I live and work in this business, and it adjust...

    Excellent analysis of the current and future state of the movie industry. Another example of an industry in turmoil as it attempts to adapt to new technology, non traditional competitors and the emergence of China. Very good read. ...

  • Danuel
    Mar 10, 2018

    I don?t go to the movies anymore. That might surprise you if you know me, as I minored in Film Studies while pursuing a Journalism degree some 20 years ago. (Though that was more of a time management move on my part???it was easy to cut film class if they were showing a popular...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I've always been fascinated by movies and everything that surrounded them. Film as a cultural phenomenon sits at the intersection of art, technology and politics and gives diverse set of perspectives and opinions about the nature of the world we live in today. As a person who dives int...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    The marketing, and the preface, for this book are slightly misleading. Though Ben Fritz does use the Sony hack as a source, majority of the book is aligns much closer to the subtitle. Much of the book is about how franchises have taken over Hollywood, for better or worse, and how the v...

    Really enjoyed this overview of the current state of Hollywood and its main players. I was following the Sony scandal 4 years ago but definitely didn't know how significant it was to understanding what is happening to film right. If you share Fritz's opinion that we live in a sterile a...

    "Kevin Tsujihara called Lin and asked whether he had more ideas for Legos. Lin replied that he did and almost immediately sent the studio a plan. It was in fact the presentation he had prepared for the DC movie franchise seven years earlier. "I literally just put the Lego name on it an...

    This is a very good book on the movie business today, and that is a business I know something about. It starts with some revelations from the Sony hack, but only uses that as a launching pad to discuss the Big Picture ? get the pun, But I live and work in this business, and it adjust...

    Excellent analysis of the current and future state of the movie industry. Another example of an industry in turmoil as it attempts to adapt to new technology, non traditional competitors and the emergence of China. Very good read. ...

    Excellent read on how the TV & film industry has changed over the past 20 years due to the influence of the tech sector and other external factors. Ever wonder why so many movies nowadays are either remakes, reboots, or part of a larger cinematic universe? This book explains why! ...

    Incredible POV on modern cinema Intensely interesting and uniquely researched look in to modern film business, with behind the scenes look at Sony due to 2014 email hack. Strongly strongly recommend to anyone at all interested in the movie biz ...

    A fascinating look into the state of the motion picture industry. A cautionary tale that is partly out of date before it is published but, instead of taking away from the quality of the book, only serves to underscore its central thesis. A must read for all fans of film. ...

    A startling but ultimately optimistic vision for the potential future of the film industry. It manages to have a laser focus on Sony as a result of its hack while also extrapolating this access into a through line for the rest of the narrative. Excellent insider knowledge. ...

    An unsurprising but interesting look at the current trajectory of Hollywood and the rise of franchises and downfall of cinema. Definitely a must-read for those studying or interested in film. ...

    Pretty good but needs more Fincher quotes from the Sony email leaks ...

    An eye opening read. Elucidates everything that happens in Hollywood today. ...

  • Misha Shapalov
    May 31, 2018

    I don?t go to the movies anymore. That might surprise you if you know me, as I minored in Film Studies while pursuing a Journalism degree some 20 years ago. (Though that was more of a time management move on my part???it was easy to cut film class if they were showing a popular...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I've always been fascinated by movies and everything that surrounded them. Film as a cultural phenomenon sits at the intersection of art, technology and politics and gives diverse set of perspectives and opinions about the nature of the world we live in today. As a person who dives int...

  • Peter Webb
    Apr 09, 2018

    I don?t go to the movies anymore. That might surprise you if you know me, as I minored in Film Studies while pursuing a Journalism degree some 20 years ago. (Though that was more of a time management move on my part???it was easy to cut film class if they were showing a popular...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I've always been fascinated by movies and everything that surrounded them. Film as a cultural phenomenon sits at the intersection of art, technology and politics and gives diverse set of perspectives and opinions about the nature of the world we live in today. As a person who dives int...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    The marketing, and the preface, for this book are slightly misleading. Though Ben Fritz does use the Sony hack as a source, majority of the book is aligns much closer to the subtitle. Much of the book is about how franchises have taken over Hollywood, for better or worse, and how the v...

    Really enjoyed this overview of the current state of Hollywood and its main players. I was following the Sony scandal 4 years ago but definitely didn't know how significant it was to understanding what is happening to film right. If you share Fritz's opinion that we live in a sterile a...

    "Kevin Tsujihara called Lin and asked whether he had more ideas for Legos. Lin replied that he did and almost immediately sent the studio a plan. It was in fact the presentation he had prepared for the DC movie franchise seven years earlier. "I literally just put the Lego name on it an...

  • J.
    Apr 11, 2018

    I don?t go to the movies anymore. That might surprise you if you know me, as I minored in Film Studies while pursuing a Journalism degree some 20 years ago. (Though that was more of a time management move on my part???it was easy to cut film class if they were showing a popular...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I've always been fascinated by movies and everything that surrounded them. Film as a cultural phenomenon sits at the intersection of art, technology and politics and gives diverse set of perspectives and opinions about the nature of the world we live in today. As a person who dives int...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    The marketing, and the preface, for this book are slightly misleading. Though Ben Fritz does use the Sony hack as a source, majority of the book is aligns much closer to the subtitle. Much of the book is about how franchises have taken over Hollywood, for better or worse, and how the v...

    Really enjoyed this overview of the current state of Hollywood and its main players. I was following the Sony scandal 4 years ago but definitely didn't know how significant it was to understanding what is happening to film right. If you share Fritz's opinion that we live in a sterile a...

    "Kevin Tsujihara called Lin and asked whether he had more ideas for Legos. Lin replied that he did and almost immediately sent the studio a plan. It was in fact the presentation he had prepared for the DC movie franchise seven years earlier. "I literally just put the Lego name on it an...

    This is a very good book on the movie business today, and that is a business I know something about. It starts with some revelations from the Sony hack, but only uses that as a launching pad to discuss the Big Picture ? get the pun, But I live and work in this business, and it adjust...

    Excellent analysis of the current and future state of the movie industry. Another example of an industry in turmoil as it attempts to adapt to new technology, non traditional competitors and the emergence of China. Very good read. ...

    Excellent read on how the TV & film industry has changed over the past 20 years due to the influence of the tech sector and other external factors. Ever wonder why so many movies nowadays are either remakes, reboots, or part of a larger cinematic universe? This book explains why! ...

    Incredible POV on modern cinema Intensely interesting and uniquely researched look in to modern film business, with behind the scenes look at Sony due to 2014 email hack. Strongly strongly recommend to anyone at all interested in the movie biz ...

    A fascinating look into the state of the motion picture industry. A cautionary tale that is partly out of date before it is published but, instead of taking away from the quality of the book, only serves to underscore its central thesis. A must read for all fans of film. ...

    A startling but ultimately optimistic vision for the potential future of the film industry. It manages to have a laser focus on Sony as a result of its hack while also extrapolating this access into a through line for the rest of the narrative. Excellent insider knowledge. ...

  • Michael Knolla
    Apr 29, 2018

    I don?t go to the movies anymore. That might surprise you if you know me, as I minored in Film Studies while pursuing a Journalism degree some 20 years ago. (Though that was more of a time management move on my part???it was easy to cut film class if they were showing a popular...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I've always been fascinated by movies and everything that surrounded them. Film as a cultural phenomenon sits at the intersection of art, technology and politics and gives diverse set of perspectives and opinions about the nature of the world we live in today. As a person who dives int...

    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...

    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...

    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

    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...

    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

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I've always been fascinated by movies and everything that surrounded them. Film as a cultural phenomenon sits at the intersection of art, technology and politics and gives diverse set of perspectives and opinions about the nature of the world we live in today. As a person who dives int...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    There's nothing here that really comes across as surprising or shocking if you've been paying attention to the industry, but it's nice to see just how and why it unfolded in specific ways; in this case, at Sony, who have been slow to adjust. The first half of the book uses the hacked S...

  • Zachary Houle
    Mar 03, 2018

    I don?t go to the movies anymore. That might surprise you if you know me, as I minored in Film Studies while pursuing a Journalism degree some 20 years ago. (Though that was more of a time management move on my part???it was easy to cut film class if they were showing a popular...

  • Samuel James
    Jun 12, 2018

    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...

    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...

    This is an interesting journalistic foray into the economics of Hollywood?s sequel/franchise/reboot obsession. Fritz does a good job assembling a coherent narrative from the decline of Sony Pictures, filled with data, boardroom drama and perspective on the industry as a cultural inst...

  • Altan
    May 29, 2018

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I've always been fascinated by movies and everything that surrounded them. Film as a cultural phenomenon sits at the intersection of art, technology and politics and gives diverse set of perspectives and opinions about the nature of the world we live in today. As a person who dives int...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    The marketing, and the preface, for this book are slightly misleading. Though Ben Fritz does use the Sony hack as a source, majority of the book is aligns much closer to the subtitle. Much of the book is about how franchises have taken over Hollywood, for better or worse, and how the v...

    Really enjoyed this overview of the current state of Hollywood and its main players. I was following the Sony scandal 4 years ago but definitely didn't know how significant it was to understanding what is happening to film right. If you share Fritz's opinion that we live in a sterile a...

    "Kevin Tsujihara called Lin and asked whether he had more ideas for Legos. Lin replied that he did and almost immediately sent the studio a plan. It was in fact the presentation he had prepared for the DC movie franchise seven years earlier. "I literally just put the Lego name on it an...

    This is a very good book on the movie business today, and that is a business I know something about. It starts with some revelations from the Sony hack, but only uses that as a launching pad to discuss the Big Picture ? get the pun, But I live and work in this business, and it adjust...

    Excellent analysis of the current and future state of the movie industry. Another example of an industry in turmoil as it attempts to adapt to new technology, non traditional competitors and the emergence of China. Very good read. ...

    Excellent read on how the TV & film industry has changed over the past 20 years due to the influence of the tech sector and other external factors. Ever wonder why so many movies nowadays are either remakes, reboots, or part of a larger cinematic universe? This book explains why! ...

  • Anthony Alvarez
    Apr 23, 2018

    I 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I've always been fascinated by movies and everything that surrounded them. Film as a cultural phenomenon sits at the intersection of art, technology and politics and gives diverse set of perspectives and opinions about the nature of the world we live in today. As a person who dives int...

    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...

    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...