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All right, if Claire can talk about her tuna cans, I want to talk about what’s on MY mind this summer Friday! Forget politics. Why are movies so bad? I’ve been in a lot of pitch meetings this month. I meet intelligent, creative, dedicated producers and executives who really want to make good pictures. There are good writers out there, good directors… but the pictures stink. (Yes, I saw Toy Story 3. I know they don’t all stink, but in general…) The usual excuse is that the commerce kills the art – but then you watch director’s cuts (in which the arteeste shows the film he would’ve made if the suits hadn’t ruined it all) and, guess what, they’re worse than the original. And you realize – commerce is GOOD for art, commerce is a corrective for art. It’s not that. I blame Obama. Or soccer. Or Obama playing soccer. Someone must pay!