I have a bunch of movies out right now that I want to watch, among them:
The Dark Knight
Of those, one is about a fraternity of assassins, one is about an adorable robot, one is about a hero who is demon spawn, one is a heartfelt drama about immigration, one is about Hunter S. Thompson, who pretty much defines the term "dysfunctional genius," one is a very grim take on Batman, one is a fluffy confection based on ABBA songs, and one is about Genghis Khan.
Among the other movies currently in release are:
Kung Fu Panda
Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired
Lou Reed's Berlin
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
Journey to the Center of the Earth
Of those, one is based a line of dolls, one is about an alcoholic, moody superhero, one is an animated movie about a panda with delusions of martial-arts greatness, one is about the aftermath of a very old case of statutory rape, one is based on a 60's spy spoof, one is a documentary about a very depressing and obscure album from 1973, one is about lovable primates playing at being astronauts, one is a huge, expensive, and special-effects heavy action-adventure extravaganza, and one is based on a book originally published in France in 1864. And those are the ones that I am familiar with (but have no intention of seeing).
From the pages of the NY Times, these are some other movies currently in release:
Before I Forget
The Edge of Heaven
The Last Mistress
A Very British Gangster
A Man Named Pearl
Tell No One
Days and Clouds
The Human Condition
I have no idea what most of those are about. Several of them are from countries other than the US - I know that. Here's an interesting little factoid: Ben Kingsley is in two of them (The Wackness and Transsiberian). Here's another little factoid: several of them were reviewed in Friday's (7/18) NY Times (Transsiberian, Felon, Before I Forget, Mad Detective, The Human Condition, A Man Named Pearl, A Very British Gangster, The Doorman, Take, disFIGURED, and Lou Reed's Berlin). Most of those will never make it past New York and/or Los Angeles. But all of them have a chance to attract notice in at least one of the media centers of the world. And I would bet that all of them will be available on Netflix in several months.
I used to worry that corporations were homogenizing our culture. I don't worry about that anymore.