Yeah, Tarantino aside (who IS brilliant)....there is no creativity.
We are partly to blame with our own little private movie theaters....But when you produce something genuinely good, you make money. Hollywood has just gotten too risk averse.
I don't think so. I think it's a conscious decision. Appealing to the lowest common denominator is fundamentally part of how free markets are applied to the arts. If you want to increase revenue, why make art house movies that appeal to 10% of the demographic? Making money has replaced making a quality product. Same old story lines revamped with new technology and derivative plots with average writing is enough to please the small part of the public that has half a brain left. Enter : Netflix.
I saw an interview of a hollywood exec once, and he explained it like this : We make big blockbuster movies to place in 5-800 theaters, with overseas releases and associated merchandise to make money so that we can make those interesting independent art house movies.
The problem is, nobody is going to see them. The public is dumb. They have been dumbed down in a vicious circle of profiteering, It's quite simple. As Marx said : Religion is the opium of the people." Stalin replaced religion with vodka and obsessing over hardship and death. Today, it's vapid consumerism. Appealing to the intelligentsia removes the power over the controlled masses.
And it's going to get much worse.