The only film I'm interested in seeing right now is the one with the Minions from Despicable Me. And the only reason why I want to see it is because my kids want to go. So, when Dustin Hoffman says this, there's a grain of truth in it that cannot be ignored:
“I think right now, television is the best that it's ever been, and I think it’s the worst that film has ever been — in the 50 years that I’ve been doing it, it’s the worst,” he said in an interview with U.K. newspaper The Independent.
Nobody in American could make a film for adults with adults speaking in complete sentences right now unless it had fucking Batman in it. Even then, it would have to be a Batman-related movie with excessive special effects and the right amount of misogyny in order to appeal to the Chinese teenager market.
Nobody is saying that American filmmakers have to go out and make Woody Allen films--not even Woody Allen goes to see Woody Allen films. Those are made for academic purposes only and are not even widely released to the public. No, the last adult film that got made in this country was probably Silver Linings Playbook, and nobody is lining up to make another one, even though it was a massive artistic success.
Key emphasis on "artistic" of course.