• The new face of world domination

During his long tenure at the Reader, critic Jonathan Rosenbaum made a personal crusade of urging people to break past the cultural blinders of life in the United States and experience different national cinemas. But as demonstrated by a chart in the new issue of the Atlantic, the true internationalization of film has proved to be more top-down than bottom-up. Because Hollywood movies earn more than two-thirds of their total gross overseas, studios have developed all sorts of strategies to attract foreign ticket buyers, to the point where American viewers (like me) might begin to feel alienated from their own so-called domestic releases. Among the burning questions answered by Atlantic writer Nicole Allan: