Ed Driscoll

Films About Nothing

A few years ago, Thomas Hibbs wrote a terrific book called Shows About Nothing. Its theme was Hollywood’s love affair with nihilism, and how it translated to both movies and TV shows. (Two guesses as to which TV show its title referred to.) Mark Steyn begins his review of Steven Spielberg’s version of The War of the Worlds by arguing that making “films about nothing” is what’s killing Hollywood at the box office this summer:

Hollywood is in the middle of its worst box-office slump in decades. Well, they hope it