great reads: the day the movies died

Most critics blame Star Wars for inventing the brainless, soulless summer blockbuster. I do not. They draw a straight line from The Empire Strikes Back to Transformers 3. I cannot. Star Wars wasn't Easy Rider or the Godfather by any means, but to suggest it is the artless forbear of Pirates of the Caribbean V is equally indefensible.

In this article, writer Mark Harris puts the blame squarely where it belongs.