Another interesting article is by Mark Harris in GQ magazine, titled “The Day the Movies Died.” In it, he describes the moment when the scale finally tipped toward marketing as the arbiter of what gets made and what doesn’t. Here’s the link to the full article: The Day the Movies Died Movies + TV: GQ.com. If you’d like to hear him talk about the same subject, he did an interview for NPR yesterday. The link to that piece is “Moviegoers in a Perpetual State of Deja Vu.”
By the way, he decides the tipping point came in the mid-eighties with a small, arthouse indie called Top Gun. You know, that one with that guy in it who looks familiar but you can never remember his name.