Film

Director’s Success, Studio’s Failure

What is Blackhat and why don’t most of us know about it? The term “blackhat” refers to a hacker who breaks into computer systems with malicious intent. A “whitehat” is one who also breaks into computers but whose motives are benign. The term, of course, derives from B westerns. Blackhat is a potential Hollywood blockbuster that failed so spectacularly at the box office earlier this year that it was not screened theatrically in Australia and has gone straight to DVD. The reason why films, often very good films, don’t find audiences is one of the mysteries of the industry. Why…

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