In “The Marvel-Industrial Complex” James Rocchi has some thoughts about Disney’s Marvel movies–and some things to say in response to the responses to his essay. “In the ’80s, Spiderman told me that with great power comes great responsibility; Marvel Studios, via Disney, has money and power both, and we’ve given it to them; as consumers and critics, longtime fans and new arrivals, it’s now our responsibility to look at what that truly means and says about the Marvel movies, and why we watch them.” (Thanks, Less Lee!)
Posted October 18, 2011
Slightly off-topic for the Gutter, but interesting for its analysis of pop-culture machinery: David Lowery (Camper Van Beethoven, Cracker) says Hits are Black Swans.
“Success in the music business is completely unpredictable. No one can really predict which artists will end up being successful… It’s just that the process of making a hit or a star is irreducibly complex, unpredictable and impossible to model. It can never be duplicated. What worked for one artist doesn’t work for the next artist.”