These are strange days for the movies. Sure, Hollywood still pretty much owns the world's box office. But as with other media - books, music, TV - moviegoers want what they want when they want it - cineplex be damned! I love seeing movies in Chicago and think we've got some of the best film venues around. But now I'm just as - maybe even more - likely to stream something on my not-very-high end laptop. Works for me.
Fickle consumers, mobile technologies, and professional pirate websites are all changing the way Hollywood produces and distributes movies, whether studios are ready or not. Forget about "straight to video/DVD." Film flops may be headed "straight to cloud."
Is it any wonder than that many of the year's top movies (if for the moment we let the Academy be the judge) are absorbed in the movies themselves?