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Why Crap Gets Put To Film

The Sun Herald has a very good article on the forces that cause truly terrible movies to be made. They're not talking about cheap bad movies, or cult classics, B movies, or the occasional blockbuster dud. No, they're talking about that rare bled of movie that no one likes, loses money, and prompts audience members to ask "Who the hell green-lighted this crap?" (Think "Waterworld," "Ishtar," think "Battlefield Earth." )

All in all I think the writer did a good job of giving some credible reasons. They touch on the "sunk-cost fallacy" where in people continue to invest in a losing proposition because they think they're already invested money will be wasted if they don't contribute more. (Not realizing that the money invested is already gone and any amount of money multiplied by crap equals crap.)

They fail to mention "groupthink" in which small insulated groups only seek input from each other. Since the group is homogeneous they all think the same way, reinforcing each other and squashing doubts. This combined with ego can have disastrous effects .

Finally, an interesting thing that I never thought of. Some financiers just get star struck. I honestly didn't think about that. --Terrence Ryan

Posted by on April 24, 2006 7:12 PM
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Two more reasons:

Allowing "Vanity Projects" will help maintain ties to stars who would otherwise bring them good business.

Tax write-offs. Showing that some of your ventures failed will help your bottom line when tax time rolls around. A shame that wasting money to avoid taxes actually works.

-- Posted by: Jason at April 25, 2006 12:14 PM

How about a link to the actual article. Your article is useless without the origianl content. Thanks for nothing.

-- Posted by: Scott at April 26, 2006 1:39 PM

Sorry about the ommision, the article has been linked.

-- Posted by: Terence Ryan at April 26, 2006 5:28 PM

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