All movies are plotless. What makes them interesting is that they show characters going through plotless events, and giving the audience something to think about.
If movies were plotless, it would be hard to give them any structure at all. But plotlessness demands a shape. If it doesn’t, the movie would seem pointless. But shape also gives the movie a shape, and makes it seem less pointless.
The shape of movies is their plot. The movie is about things that happen, and the characters go through them, learning something about the world as they go. Movies have plots because plotlessness is a shape, and that shape has to be filled in somehow.
But plot doesn’t tell the whole story. Movies have characters, and relationships to them. A movie can be perfectly plotless, and yet have characters that we care about, and we care about what happens to them.
It is uncertain whether movies are an art or a commodity. They are certainly both. Movies are art because a movie is an expression of something, whether it is a provocation or a performance, something that could not have been expressed in any other way.
They are a commodity because movies are produced by corporations, and corporations are in the business of making as much money as possible.
So far as art goes, movies have three main traits. They have to be short, and they must be about something. Movies are also new, making art out of things that have never been art before.
But art isn’t everything. Movies are a commodity, and in that capacity they can be judged by the standard we have for commodities, which is money.
So how much money can you make from a movie? That’s the big question. By now movies are a major industry. But how much do they make? Well, that depends on whether you count the ticket sales and rentals, or the production budget. Many people do. But it’s questionable whether it’s right to do so, because making movies is so expensive that it’s hard to tell whether the money comes from the box office or from the producers. (Production budgets of course include money spent in subsequent rounds of financing, and so on.)
So every year movie budgets rise, but box office revenues do not. Production budgets have risen by 50 percent or more every year since 1970. But box office revenues have increased by only 10 percent. As a result, the production of movies now consumes more money each year than it generates.
Until recently, this was not a problem. Movies were made for television and cable, and as long as they were watched by the sorts of people who bought cable and satellite subscriptions, revenue was
If you pay a theater $10 to watch a movie, you get back $10. (Or $9.50, if you paid $10.50.) If you pay $10 to see another movie, you get $10 back. (Or $9.50 if you paid $10.50.)
You can understand this as some kind of simple division of revenues. But it isn’t that simple.
Theaters make their money in other ways. They buy movies, and sell them again. They hire moviemakers, and pay them (or pay them not). They build theaters, and rent them out.
So movies are a complicated thing. If you run a movie company, you get $10 back for each $10 you invest. And you make $10 for each $10 you invest. But most people don’t run movie companies. They pay $10 to see a movie, get back $10. That’s how it works for them.
Why should a movie cost $10 to make? Why should it cost $10 to see?
Movies are expensive to make, but cheap to see, for one reason: theater chains. A theater chain buys a movie once, and sells it dozens of times. To make it cheaper, that means you make it cheaper for the theater.
So movies are not really a fixed cost: you make them once, but sell them many times. So movies are not really a fixed cost: you make them once, but sell them many times.
WHAT ARE MOVIE GENRES?
Contrary to popular wisdom, Hollywood movies have lots of genres. Here is a short guide to the main ones.
- Action: American Psycho, American Beauty, The Matrix, The Bourne Identity, Kill Bill.
- Comedy: American Pie, Anchorman, Airplane!, Barton Fink, Blazing Saddles, The Kids Are All Right, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Back to the Future.
- Drama: Apocalypse Now, Being There, Amadeus, Black Hawk Down, Chariots of Fire, The Last Emperor, The Shining, The Social Network.
- Family: Annie Hall, Star Wars, Titanic, The Lion King, The Sound of Music.
- Musical: The Sound of Music, West Side Story, Wizard of Oz, Grease.
- Romance: Casablanca, My Fair Lady, Gone With the Wind, Sleepless in Seattle, Love Actually.
- Sci-Fi: The Matrix, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Star Trek, Equilibrium, Close Encounters of the Third Kind.
- Western: High Noon, Stagecoach, The Wild Bunch, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.
- Weird Fantasy: The Ten Commandments, Alice in Wonderland.
- Thriller: The Shining, Point Blank, The Silence of the Lambs, The Sixth Sense, The Usual Suspects.
- Documentary: The Thin Blue Line, Fast, Cheap and Out of Control, Grey Gardens, The Fog of War, Gasping for breath.
- Fiction: American Beauty
Although we associate the movies with dark, violent fantasies, there are some that are actually pretty pleasant. These movies are sometimes called
Best Movies to watch
Every year Hollywood produces about 300 movies. Which ones are worth seeing in September 2021?
As you’ll see, this depends on which movies you want to see in the theaters, and how likely you are to see most of the movies on this list.
September 2021 will be an interesting month. It will be a great year for movies. Most movies worth seeing will be in theaters.
September 2021 will be a bad month for movies. Most movies worth seeing will be in theaters.
Whenever September rolls around, people start talking about how great the summer was, and how good it’s going to be the next time. For a lot of people, September 2021 is going to be just that sort of summer. September 2021 will be awesome.
But let’s be honest: life is full of disappointment. That doesn’t make life pointless. But it does make it a more complicated thing. And it’s a good thing to remember.
September 2021 will be awesome, but so is September 2022. So is September 2023. So is September 2024. So is September 2025. So is September 2026. So is September 2027. So is September 2028. So is September 2029. And so on.
The chance that September 2021 will be the best summer of your life is zero. The chance that September 2026 will be the best summer of your life is 1.3 percent. The chance that September 2027 will be the best summer of your life is 1.1 percent. The chances that September 2029 will be the best summer of your life is 0.1 percent.
The chance that September 2034 will be the best summer of your life is 1.1 percent. The chance that September 2039 will be the best summer of your life is 1.4 percent. The chances that September 2044 will be the best summer of your life is 2.8 percent.
The chance that September 2
September is a time of transition. School is back in. Football is starting. Fall TV premieres. And Hollywood is releasing their new movies.
Here are the ones we think are worth checking out.
September 2021 Movie Releases
September 2021 is looking to be a legendary time at the movies.
Friday September 3rd
Cinderella – Amazon Prime Release – Rated PG – Camila Cabello, Billy Porter
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings – Theatrical and Disney+ Premier Access Release – Rated PG-13 – Simu Liu, Awkwafina
Friday September 10th
The Card Counter – Rated R – Oscar Isaac, Tye Sheridan
Kate – Theatrical and Netflix Release – Rated R – Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Woody Harrelson
Malignant – Rated R – Annabelle Wallis, Maddie Hasson
Friday September 17th
Blue Bayou – Rated R – Justin Chon, Alicia Vikander
Cry Macho – Theatrical and HBO Max Release – Rated PG-13 – Clint Eastwood, Fernanda Urrejola
Copshop – Rating TBD – Gerard Butler, Frank Grillo
The Eyes of Tammy Faye – Rating TBD – Jessica Chastain, Andrew Garfield
The Starling – Theatrical and Netflix Release (Streaming September 24) – Rated PG-13 – Melissa McCarthy, Timothy Olyphant
Friday September 24th
Dear Evan Hansen – Rating TBD – Ben Platt, Julianne Moore
The Guilty – Theatrical and Netflix Release (Streaming October 1) – Rating TBD – Jake Gyllenhaal, Ethan Hawke
Halloween Kills October 2021
October 2021 Movie Releases
Can Dune or The Last Duel survive some Halloween Kills in October 2021?
Friday October 1st
The Addams Family 2 – Rating TBD – Oscar Isaac, Charlize Theron
Hotel Transylvania: Transformania – Rating TBD – Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez
The Many Saints Of Newark – Theatrical and HBO Max Release – Rated R – Jon Bernthal, Vera Farmiga
Friday October 8th
No Time To Die – Rated PG-13 – Daniel Craig, Ana de Armas
Friday October 15th
Halloween Kills – Theatrical and Peacock Release – Rated R – Jamie Lee Curtis, Anthony Michael Hall
The Last Duel – Rating TBD – Ben Affleck, Matt Damon,
Venom: Let There Be Carnage – Rating TBD – Tom Hardy, Woody Harrelson
Wednesday October 27
Passing – Theatrical and Netflix Release (Streaming November 10) – Rated PG-13 – Tessa Thompson, Ruth Negga
Friday October 22nd
Dune – Theatrical and HBO Max Release – Rated PG-13 – Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson
The French Dispatch – Rated R – Timothée Chalamet, Frances McDormand
The Harder They Fall – Theatrical and Netflix Release (Streaming November 3) – Rating TBD – Idris Elba, Regina King
Jackass Forever – Rating TBD – Johnny Knoxville, Steve-O
Ron’s Gone Wrong – Rating TBD – Zach Galifianakis, Jack Dylan Grazer
Friday, October 29th
Antlers – Rated R – Keri Russell, Jesse Plemons
Army of Thieves – Netflix Release – Rated R – Matthias Schweighöfer, Nathalie Emmanuel
Last Night In Soho – Rating TBD – Anya Taylor-Joy, Thomasin McKenzie
Ghostbusters: Afterlife November 2021
November 2021 Movie Releases
The Ghostbusters franchise gets Afterlife and more in November 2021.
Friday November 5th
Eternals – Rating TBD – Angelina Jolie, Richard Madden
Finch – Apple TV+ Release – Rated PG-13 – Tom Hanks, Caleb Landry Jones
Spencer – Rating TBD – Kristen Stewart, Sean Harris
Wednesday November 10th
Clifford the Big Red Dog – Theatrical and Paramount+ Release – Rated PG – Darby Camp, Jack Whitehall
Friday November 12th
Belfast – Rating TBD – Caitriona Balfe, Jamie Dornan
Bruised – Theatrical and Netflix Release (Streaming November 24) – Rated PG-13 – Andrew Garfield, Vanessa Hudgens
Home Sweet Home Alone – Disney+ Release – Rating TBD – Ellie Kemper, Kenan Thompson
Red Notice – Netflix Release – Rating TBD – Dwayne Johnson, Ryan Reynolds
tick, tick…Boom! – Theatrical and Netflix Release (Streaming November 19) – Rated PG-13 – Andrew Garfield, Vanessa Hudgens
Wednesday November 17
The Power of the Dog – Theatrical and Netflix Release (Streaming December 1) – Rated R – Benedict Cumberbatch, Kirsten Dunst
Friday November 19th
Ghostbusters: Afterlife – Rated PG-13 – Paul Rudd, Bill Murray
King Richard – Rating TBD – Will Smith, Jon Bernthal
Wednesday, November 24th
Encanto – Rating TBD
House of Gucci – Rating TBD – Adam Driver, Lady Gaga
Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City – Rating TBD – Robbie Amell, Kaya Scodelario
The Unforgivable – Theatrical and Netflix Release (Streaming December 10) – Sandra Bullock, Viola Davis
West Side Story December 2021
December 2021 Movie Releases
Steven Spielberg directs his first feature-length musical – a remake of West Side Story – in one of December 2021’s most anticipated releases.