By Ray Pride

Manohla Dargis

“Movies like Moonlight and Lady Bird are reminders that there are subindustries in entertainment. One gives us small, personal movies like those made by Mr. Jenkins and Ms. Gerwig. The other, far more dominant part of the industry churns out movies that are sometimes good (The Last Jedi), but are also primarily delivery systems for a company’s branded content, including its action figures, bedsheets and theme parks. That’s why Disney’s acquisition of most of 21st Century Fox is so important. It’s praiseworthy that Disney has hired Mr. Coogler and Ms. DuVernay; Disney understands the audience in all its multiplicities. At the same time, the end of the old Fox and the Disneyfication of the entire movie mainstream are bleak.”
~ Manohla Dargis

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