Why H'wood is floundering
Hollywood's box office has hit the skids, and the entertainment media are in overdrive trying to explain why. The most obvious explanation for box office malaise is consistently overlooked: Hollywood's ruling liberal elites keep going out of their way to offend half their audience.And with all that horrible litter on the floors of the auditorium, is it any wonder that the audience would rather stay out of it?
Constant gibes about Republicans, Christians, conservatives and the military litter today's movies and award show presentations like so many pieces of trash on theater floors.
And she's right when she asks these questions:
Did we need a movie like "Kingdom of Heaven" asserting moral equivalency between medieval Crusaders and modern Muslim terrorists, by putting lines in Crusaders' mouths such as: "To kill an infidel is not a sin"?Absolutely not. Is it any wonder that even here, at the Jerusalem Film Festival, quite a few people walked out of the Spielberg screening?
Did we need George Lucas implying that his latest "Star Wars" film is intended as an anti-Bush parable about the Iraq war, in which America plays the evil empire? (I thought the movie was an artistic success, but Lucas' comments spoiled my enjoyment and kept me from repeated viewings.)
Did we need to hear from "War of the Worlds" screenwriter David Koepp that the aliens in his movie are stand-ins for the U.S military — and the innocent Americans they attack are stand-ins for Iraqi civilians? Or that Americans are guilty of post-9/11 anti-Muslim "paranoia"? (A question to Koepp: Were we "paranoid" after Pearl Harbor too?)
And post-Sept. 11, no studio movie has been made supporting America's war on terrorism, or denouncing Islamic terrorism.The thing is: did they ever really denounce terrorism convincingly? Personally, I'm just not sure they ever have.
A most disturbing thought BTW, is that the same self-hatred that the movie industry is currently suffering from is also leaking over into the comic book industry as well. And if something isn't done about it even there, then is it any wonder it's going to go down in flames as badly as it could be now?
Update: and here's another item from earlier worth noting. As revealed by Discover the Network, they've either keeled over, or they've deliberately written a whitewash of history when it comes to making a movie about the Crusaders in medival times, as is the case with Hollywood and Ridley Scott's Kingdom of Heaven, by making the Crusaders the baddies and the Muslims the goodies! And if that's how it going to be, is it any wonder that a public that would most appreciate some meat-and-potatoes answers to the questions of if Islam is good or bad has no interest in seeing this movie?
The most appalling thing about it though, is that it doesn't seem to contain any genuine focus on the Jewish community of ancient Israel either, as Debbie Schlussel indicates in this column from Front Page Magazine, and also Robert Spencer.
The Washington Times has some more on the film too, if that's what it's to be called.