I totally see where Ashley is coming from. Take a look at Dark Souls. The atmosphere is beautiful. The graphics are great, but the focus of the game has never been graphics. How long are all the cutscenes in Dark Souls? A few minutes. How long are the cutscenes in Final Fantasy games? Final Fantasy X has nearly 9 hours of cutscenes! See the difference?
Final Fantasy X is a story-heavy RPG, and Dark Souls isn't. In fact, Dark Souls is very minimalist about a lot of things, and it's hardly representative of anything (except its own series) in that regard.
I'm also assuming that those 9 hours of cut scenes include all the in-engine ones (I never counted them, sorry), which has nothing to do with graphic whorism, obviously.
Does SQEX like to go overboard with CG movies? Yes, they most certainly do, we have the success of FF7 to thank for that, I think, and I certainly wouldn't mind if they dialed down on that a bit (and frankly, it's only the main-line FFs where they still do this, although we have yet to see what they'll do for 15).
In any case, the total length of cut scenes has nothing to do with SQEX being "graphics whores."