It's sad that the action/thrills genre of movies has so gripped American moviegoers, conditioned by the greed of Hollywood's cheap, mindless, made for preadolescents fare, that critics discount grown-up, thoughtful, intelligent, idea oriented films. They grudgingly admit that a film like The Big Kahuna is brilliant, but they can't forgive it for having no car chases or shootouts. They suggest that the essence of movies is action, special effects, spectacle ? no matter that it's utter banality ? and any movie that doesn't incorporate the qualities they consider inherent to the medium, then it can't be quite top-flight. I can list dozens of great movies, many derived from stage plays, that I greatly prefer over the likes of Die Hard and Star Wars.