I used to love movies and Movie Time was a sacred time. But movies became dollars and cents and they became soul less things cold oh so cold and missing life. Of course the search for money was always A OK #1 But The moguls in addition to making money wanted to be remembered as artists.
“I think there’s a good argument that U.S. films are getting better, because audience expectations are raising. Consider for example how well indie films have done this year. “Black Swan”, “True Grit”, “The King’s Speech”, “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo”, and others are pulling in much larger audiences and performing at a much better box office level than before.
At the same time, a large portion of the more typical style-over-substance films have underperformed or flat-out flopped at the box office domestically. The films making the best box office and with the most legs in theaters have increasingly been films of higher quality in most genres, and even original films have proven successful with audiences at a level similar to popular franchise numbers.
Yes, studios might be used to traditional methods of attracting box office profits to films, such as star billing and repetition of proven themes and stories amid sequels and remakes and reboots and adaptations etc (let’s face it, a film with pre-existing audiences and built-in recognition does seem like a better bet than a brand new product, yes?). But they are also responsive to audience trending as well, and will quickly adjust to try and provide whatever is most likely to pull in the viewership necessary to make the films a success. And as audience standards raise, and audiences award better films and original ideas while punishing low quality cookie-cutter productions, studios are paying attention and will supply the product audiences want.” https://www.quora.com/Are-American-films-getting-better-or-worse