Mark Harris has no faith in the power of Hollywood. Let me rewind, last week Harris dropped an article in GQ Magazine called "The Day The Movies Died." With a killer title like that, it was no surprise that the article became a "mini-hit" with people instantly agreeing and tweeting the article everywhere. Yet the problem is Harris is wrong on many accounts. He states that the only people going to the movies now are males between the ages of 18-25, yet this is the best box office year ever for adult dramas. He deplores the studios for the now infamous statistic that there are 27 sequels coming out in 2011, but what is so bad about sequels anyway? And finally, he wishes more studios took chances on an original ideas (like "Inception" which he adores) but in reality, original ideas in Hollywood are rare at best now and are aren't the most profitable or critically acclaimed. Before he sounds the death knoll for Hollywood, it sounds like he needs to get a large popcorn with extra butter and pay attention to Hollywood around him.
Harris goes into detail stating that movies that are not aimed at kids are becoming "a peculiar and antique art. Like books. Or plays." If this is so true, why are "adult" films, you know the kind that don't involve robots, come from serious directors, and get nominated for awards, are thriving. Take "The King's Speech" for example; It's an awards favorite, won't sell any toys and has already made $100 million plus in the United States. The same can be said about "Black Swan" and "The Social Network" For more on the success of high class films that Harris believes don't succeed anymore, check out Patrick Goldsteins excellent article about it here