Sunday, January 22, 2006
On Focus
(For those of that aren't Javascript programmers, the title is a pun).

Anyway, I just got home from the cinema. A friend and I saw Pride and Prejudice. It's been out for a while, and I had read a favorable article in Slate.

I really liked it. I remember disliking the book, but that's likely related to the fact that I read it overnight on a deadline.

I also made this realization: it's likely that more than half of the movies I see in theaters these days are distributed by Focus Features.

In college, my cinema going had dropped off. A lot of my movie watching was DVDs with friends. A lot of my own movie watching was older movies, many off of the AFI 100 Years Series.

But I've been going to the movies a lot more now. Part of this is due to the rise of lower-budget, niche-market filmmaking. I think the blockbuster action movie era is slowly dying. Houses like Focus Features and Warner Independent are arms of the larger studios, finding and distributing good independent films or producing them themselves.

I couldn't be happier. The movies are getting intelligent again.
I'm jealous. Pride and Prejudice never came to theatres here. I love that book. I was forced to read it in undergrad and have since re-read it about a million times. Yeah, I'm a loser.
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