"Guaranteed Megabuck ROI"

David Foster Wallace's "F/X Porn" was originally published in 1998, but the problems it addresses in blockbuster filmmaking (namely, the focus on action at the expense of humanity and emotion) are still with us. Some choice quotes:

There is no quicker or more efficient way to kill what is interesting and original about an interesting, original young director than to give that director a huge budget and lavish F/X resources.

And this:

The Inverse Cost and Quality Law ... states very simply that the larger a movie's budget is, the shittier that movie is going to be.

The essay was collected in the posthumous volume Both Flesh and Not, but it's also available to read (for now) over at Scribd.