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.