Sunday, October 28, 2007
When Downercrats run the country and we go to war, the stinking elitist liberals in Hollywood make nice patriotic films. Fight for America! Destroy our enemy! Unite!
When Republicans run the country and we go to war, the stinking elitist liberals in Hollywood make sickening anti-war and anti-government films. George W. Bush? He is the enemy! He is a terrorist! Show how bad the war is going! The troops are criminals, rapists, and murderers! Down with America!
In this vein, the left in Hollywood is pumping out as many anti-war films as they can spend money on. The latest is Robert Redford's "Lions for Lambs," a lump of worthless crap along the lines of "Rendition" and "In the Garden of Elah."
What do all three have in common? The American people are refusing to spend money to see them.
Audiences reject Iraq war at box office
It doesn't matter how many Oscar winners are in front of or behind the camera — audiences are proving to be conscientious objectors when it comes to this fall's surge of antiwar and anti-Bush films.
Both "In the Valley of Elah" and, more recently, "Rendition" drew minuscule crowds upon their release, which doesn't bode well for the ongoing stream of films critical of the Iraq war and the Bush administration's wider war on terror.
"Rendition," which features three Oscar winners in key roles, grossed $4.1 million over the weekend in 2,250 screens for a ninth-place finish. A re-release of "The Nightmare Before Christmas" beat it, and it's 14 years old.
"Rendition" follows an Egyptian-American who gets kidnapped by U.S. authorities who think he's a terrorist. Reese Witherspoon plays the man's wife, Meryl Streep dials up her dark side as the official who keeps his disappearance a secret and Alan Arkin is a senior senator with the power to influence the case. Meanwhile, the man is shipped off to an unnamed North African country, where he is tortured for information.
"Elah" boasts Tommy Lee Jones, Charlize Theron and Susan Sarandon, another Oscar-winning triumvirate, under professionally red-hot director Paul Haggis, who won his own Oscar for "Crash." Mr. Haggis' drama focuses on the disappearance of an Iraq war veteran upon his return home.
Beyond the fiction features, the anti-Iraq war documentary "No End in Sight" (box office: $1.4 million) couldn't capture the indie crowd, beating a swift retreat to DVD next Tuesday despite glowing reviews.
Brandon Gray, president and publisher of www.boxofficemojo.com, says audiences seek out movies for inspiration, for laughter and to be moved.
"Many of these recent dramas fail on all those fronts," Mr. Gray says. "They're too heavy handed in their presentation."
It is always a good thing when leftist scumbags in Hollywood get spanked for being leftist scumbags. Perhaps when they get back to making films people want to see rather than films which demonstrate their bitter hatred for George W. Bush and the United States will their product be worth seeing.