Maxing out the Stuff-O-Meter: Modern Blockbusters and the Problem of Excess

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Sometimes I feel like there’s just too much “stuff” in modern Hollywood films.

For the last two decades now, the blockbuster has been growing in budget and technical ambition. My hunch is it began with the dual releases of Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings trilogy and Lucas’ Star Wars prequels. Both films heralded important visual…