Heard on the radio this morning: “Of all the movies so far this season, only BATMAN BEGINS can even remotely be considered a financial success.”

My reaction: “Gee, maybe that’s because so far this season BATMAN BEGINS is the only movie that hasn’t sucked.” If Hollywood wants my money, they can earn it by making good product. So far this year I see little evidence of this.

(In fairness I should note that I haven’t seen CINDERELLA MAN, which has received excellent reviews from a number of people whose judgement I trust; nor have I seen HOWL’S MOVING CASTLE, which if it is up to Miyazaki’s usual standards should be fantastic. Of course, the latter has nothing whatsoever to do with Hollywood.)

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