Re: what's with huge production budgets?
I imagine part of the reason why budgets are inflating is that costs are rising. It costs more to pay the cast and crew. It costs more to provide food to feed the cast and crew. It costs more to provide transportation for the cast and crew.
Granted, budgets have gotten a little out of control. I don't think it would hurt for Hollywood to try and contain their budgets on some of their projects. Quantity doesn't always translate into quality. Anyone remember "Waterworld", which at the time set a record for how much it cost to make, and yet was a huge bomb. I look at projects like "Cloverfield" or see how great movies can be done with a limited budget.
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