So says Anne Thompson in Backstage:

Personal filmmakers such as Crowe, Wes Anderson (“The Royal Tenenbaums”) and Paul Thomas Anderson (“Punch Drunk Love”) shouldn’t be making movies at the studio level. (And even a proven commercial writer-director like James L. Brooks shouldn’t spend $80 million on a movie like “Spanglish.”) They should be doing it the hard way on the indie side, with the right cast and shooting schedule. They’re spoiled. No filmmaker in his right mind wants to give up the fat studio gravy train. But the studios need to wake up and recognize what business they’re in.

The last thing studios need to be blasted for is making good movies. My suggestion: trim costs, sure; but also learn how to market serious movies to adults.

[Via Arts&Letters Daily]