Well according to Peter Bogdanovitch it is. I recently watched both the directors cut of Dare Devil and The Chronicles Of Riddick. They were competent, visually impressive and very slick. But today I watched The African Queen. It really put eveything into perspective. Now don't get me wrong, I don't think that all movies should be art, making some sort of deep statement. I like trash as much as anyone else. But there is something very wrong with mainstream Hollywood at present. It's run by committee, and art and creativity have been de-mystified and become nothing more than a clinical technique. The screen play, the acting, the calibre of the directing, and most importanty, the gravitas that exuded from The African was excellent. I finished viewing and I felt that I had experienced something very special. This seldom happens these days. The LOTR triology are the only movies that really have made me feel that way recently. Most people firstly like material that is expressed within terms of reference that they know or an idiom that they are familiar with. If you are raised on a diet of modern fast edited movies you'll find it hard when watching a film from 50, 40 or even 30 years ago. That is why when watching older or foreign material you have to balance your own view and expectations against the context of the films origin and place in history. An example is Birth Of A Nation. If you can suspend your personal opionion on it's racist subtext and view it from the perspective of it's time, then you are left with a remarkble piece of cinema. Alas, Hollywood caters to it's home market, firstly, and it seems to be incapable of engaging them on anything other than a superficial level. Perhaps that is a reflection of the audience, or what they percieve the audience want. Either way the current climate seems to stifle true creativity. What started off as a sideshow diversion has no gone full circle and despite it's million dollar trappings has become the same once again. Let the debate begin.