Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Critic's Notebook: The Film Industry is Nervous, But the Movies Are Still Great

READ MORE: The 2016 Indiewire Sundance Bible Halfway through the Sundance Film Festival last week in Park City, a small distributor's acquisitions executive ordered sushi at Main Street's Shabu, took a swig of beer, and sighed. "Amazon is making our lives miserable," he said, "but more power to them." Meanwhile, seated at an adjacent table, writer-director Kenneth Lonergan was on the opposite end of that grievance. Days earlier, the e-commerce site-turned-deep-pocket-buyer plunked down $10 million for Lonergan’s sprawling family drama, "Manchester By the Sea" — a massive spend for any company outside the studio arena, let alone a newcomer....

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