Great Debates: Are studio or indie films the most rewarding?
“Question Everything” opens the floor for debate of pop culture topics–serious to whimsical, sublime to ridiculous—that have no right or wrong answers but certainly elicit a wide spectrum of intense opinions. Hopefully reading these different perspectives will open minds, challenge thinking and maybe even provoke a change in what you believe. Let’s discuss!
Which makes better movies: Hollywood studios or indie producers?
EW’s Critics Make Their Cases
Darren Franich says:
Hollywood studios: Mad Max: Fury Road. Is there any better counterargument to the epitome of modern-day Hollywood than a rebooted car-chase opera that’s also an antiauthoritarian gender fable? It’s true that with all the nine-figure budgets and prequelized remakes aimed at the Snapchat demographic, the studio system has never been worse at risk taking, or self-expression. But this was the year of Straight Outta Compton and Sicario, Steve Jobs and The Martian, Crimson Peak and Inside Out — movies that welcome you to entire created worlds. Hollywood is still a dream factory — and in our fractured -multiscreen culture, the studio film is the best way to give everyone on earth the same dream.
Keith Staskiewicz says:
Independent producers: The studio system has produced many of the greatest films ever made; I’d never ask anyone to shun them. Instead, I’d advocate an openness to the equally excellent films that are made elsewhere. Of course I’m just as excited as you for the upcoming Star Wars movies (or at least the first 20 or so). But the studios have been copy-pasting Star Wars for decades already. Nobody sits down to dinner and eats only dessert. There is so much else out there for anyone willing to take a look beyond the CGI horizon.