I'm not really sure if this should go in the TV programming forum, or the Movie forum...so I'm putting it here because it relates to movies. PBS showed a documentary last night called "The Monster That Ate Hollywood." It was about the decline in quality movies the last few years and explored studios, marketing, and money making. Unfortunately I found it when it only had 30 minutes left, so I missed most of it. But from what I saw it was very interesting. They talked about how movies aren't really much of a money maker themselves and that merchandising has had to come in to the picture to make up for that. Part of the problem with the higher cost (thus lower profits) is that studios feel the need to have a huge marketing push to really get the high first weekend box office numbers. They also talked about how small studios will feel more comortable taking the "big risks," but when they make it big they'll often become more conservative with their releases because the movies cost more. They cited Mirimax and New Line as examples of studios that put out some really good movies when they were small, but have since not taken as many risks. All in all it was a fun and informative documentary. Did anybody else see this? What were your thoughts?