ssWith Venice full of soundbytes about the lack of creativity in Hollywood and the box office in a state of stagnation, it's easy to thrown stones at the formulas that domestic studios seem unable to escape. As has been discussed both here and elsewhere, the quality of Hollywood films is generally not mind-blowing - I mean, any industry that needs to make two Deuce Bigalows and fourAmerican Pies isn't exactly mining brilliant new territory.

But maybe it's not entirely their fault. When asked in a Venice press conference what the difference between American and European audiences is, Steven Soderbergh gave an insightful, fascinating answer. Europeans, he said, "are much more likely to change the shape of their thinking to fit the art they're watching instead of trying to cut the art down to fit the shape of their thinking."

After I picked my jaw up off the floor at how Soderbergh managed to effortlessly distill everything in his head into a single, clear sentence, I started to think about what he said. And I guess maybe it's obvious, but at the same time maybe it needed to be said that simply for me to grasp it:  the fact is, people, that we love American Pie. We love Hot Chicks. Sure, maybe we love them 9% less this year, but still - millions of people are flocking to see the movies we all condemn as horrible. And when Hollywood tries to diverge from the formula by giving us something new, we often show our displeasure by withholding our money (unless there are penguinsinvolved, of course). Maybe we should all just stop whining, since we have only ourselves to blame.
categories Movies, Cinematical