Hollywood 3B - Gregory Taylor English 1213 3B Final...

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Gregory Taylor English 1213 3B Final Blockbusters vs. Indie: Reloaded Within Peter Bart’s The Gross , he attributes Hollywood’s wealthy success to blockbusters released during the most pivotal point in the year; the summer. As such, he argues that directors can get away with artistic flaws just as long as the movie is “extravagantly hyped” (4). As with other scholars, such as Jon Lewis’ The End of Cinema As We Know It , and David Waterman’s Hollywood’s Road to Riches , they agree that there is an increase in the audiences leniency towards the quality of movies just as long as it seems expensively made. Other scholars, however, would counter this argument pointing out that independent films (such as The Blair Witch Project ) grossed millions of dollars with a small budget. As such, low-budget films can be just as potent as movies with high-budgets. Though many scholars presently label Hollywood as a money-mongering machine, other scholars such as Justin Wyatt and Chuck Kleinhans argue otherwise. Their main source of argument comes from the creation of independent films that are inexpensive to make and are largely created for the sake of art. Kleinhans, for example, describes that independent films’ appeal comes from the fact that they are “distinctly different from the big studios’ star-driven blockbuster features” (Lewis 308). What makes independent films much more different than Hollywood blockbusters are their added attention to story rather than creating flashy, expensive movies. However this may be David A. Cook cites the movie Easy Rider (an independent film). The movie was a hit in the box office, grossing almost $19 million. From this, producers were
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convinced that “inexpensive films could be made specifically for the youth market and…could become blockbusters overnight” (Lewis 13). From this delusion, a string of independent film companies were created that eventually failed. As such, Cook argues that a film “should ideally be a means of personal artistic expression,” (11) rather than be created for the means of profit. Lewis, as with other scholars, attributes the success of a movie to the amount of stars that are cast and the efforts that are put into special effects. He cites such directors as Steven Spielberg and George Lucas as main contributors of such movies. Lewis as well accredits the success of a movie to the amount of hype that is given to the movie via the media. Bart as well argues that movies that seem “safe” and mainstream will most likely gross the most in the box
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