...in this piece by Sheerly Avni on Truthdig.com:
Here’s how Hollywood’s “creative tension” between Commerce and Art really works: Commerce lures Art into his lair with roses and chocolate, swears his undying love, and then quickly leaves her for nights away at a nearby strip club called The Bottom Line. Then he throws the furniture and smacks her around the kitchen a bit, just to let her know who’s boss, and when she’s finally got her bags packed, to move back in with her sister The Theater perhaps—Commerce shows up with another batch of roses and convinces her to stay.
There’s not a lot of love there, but it’s how the babies get made.
Take “Children of Men,” for example, by Alfonso Cuarón, the Academy Award-nominated director of both “Y Tu Mamá También” and the only good Harry Potter installment. .... By all rights, “Children of Men” should be a blockbuster.... But as J. Hoberman wrote in the Village Voice last month, Universal has done everything it can to bury its treasure, treating the movie “like a communicable disease.” .... It has also been included on several critics’ top-10 lists, and is currently ranked number one on the New York Times’ viewing poll.