Skip to comments.HOLLYWOOD DOES IT AGAIN
Posted on 02/02/2006 8:23:41 PM PST by MrBallroom
Hollywood Does It Again
by Jennifer King, Managing Editor
February 3, 2006
"The Heretical Housewife"
Liberals have become so predictable, its almost boring prognosticating what theyll do next. Anything to poke a stick in the eye of the unlettered bourgeoisie. All efforts must be aimed at insulting plebian Red America.
Thus, at the Golden Globe awards, the alleged precursor to the Oscars, the winners included a plethora of tediously tendentious offerings. Brokeback Mountain, a movie about gay sheepherders whose illicit lust destroys both of their heterosexual marriages, won for best drama, best director, best original song (which some wag dubbed, Homos on the Range) and best screenplay. Actress Felicity Huffman won best actress for her portrayal of a transsexual man undergoing a sex change operation. Actor Phillip Seymour Hoffman won best actor for his portrayal of Truman Capote, a gay man who deeply involved himself with notorious drifters who had murdered an entire family in Kansas. Rachel Weisz won best supporting actress for her work in The Constant Gardener, a LeCarre take on the evils of Big Pharmaceutical. George Clooneys film, Syriana, was a conspiratorial take on Iraq and Big Oil. Tiresome.
The film industry is in precipitous decline, even in Old Europe which should be anxious to depart with their Euros for the chance to see their version of America vindicated. In Germany, home of Mohammed Atta, movie going has seen a 20.6% decline. In Spain, it is 15%. In France, 10%. In the United States, only 9% of the population goes regularly to the movies. In the 1940s, that number was 60%.
The industry studiously avoids examples of good films which make serious money. C. S. Lewiss Chronicles of Narnia, the Lord of the Rings series and The Passion of the Christ should have shown Hollywood that movies with a good moral message (and underlying Christian themes) would do well in theatres. Nevertheless, the industry continues to bleed away dollars trying to sell Americans on the triad of white liberal guilt, corporate corruption and the evils of religion.
The parallels with the news media are inescapable. As The New York Times, the Orlando Sentinel, and other papers continue to shrink in volume and ad copy, one would assume that they would examine their bottom line and perhaps adjust their journalists accordingly. Nay, they grow increasingly shrill, thrashing about like a dinosaur caught in the tar pits.
Their anger propels them to new heights of absurdity - available everyday on the web pages of fevered leftwingers, weekly in the editorial pages of the increasingly marginalized papers and monthly in the new releases from Hollywood.
Eventually, the bean counters should have their day. We can all anticipate it with joy. ***
© 2006 Jennifer King
COPYRIGHT © 2006 BY THE AMERICAN PARTISAN
All writers retain rights to their work.
1976 - What do you mean???
I think "The Heretical Housewife" should go back to the kitchen and stop writing idiotic screeds like that. The last thing conservatism needs is to be associated with whiny, snide and empty-headed drivel - liberals already have a monopoly on shrill, whining tripe, so why do we feel the need to stoop to their level?
I see that while most Freepers are reasonable, thoughtful folks, that from my experience a year ago writing the Terri Schiavo piece "ENDING THE MADNESS", I learned just how mean-spirited folks can be on both sides of the aisle. With the last screed I read, it seems to stil be alive and well.
Interesting first post.......
Nicely put. This is why the only television I watch is Law & Order and CSI. These shows have the WRITING as the star with expendable and often-replaced cast members. The fact that we are now FINALLY being offered entertainment that is entertaining BECAUSE it is thought-provoking, only reinforcesmy strong opinions for these shows and against just about everything else.
Love your tagline, dude...
FReeper gals are so goodlooking!
Thanks for posting that.
Typical comments of a first time troll poster..
It's becoming easier and easier to spot a newbie. I wonder why. Hmmmmm.
OOOOPS!!! The article in the main body has the correct date of 2006. Thanks for pointing that out...
Interesting. Her analysis was entirely correct.
She's a brilliant colleague, married and has 2 boys.
Ping the mods, they'll fix it for you.
Really? I've always found CSI to have rather weak writing, but interesting Sherlock Holmes-style stories. The plot and the writing seem secondary.
A newbie ready for the Viking Kittens?
Politics would be better off all around if people could manage to give people like "The Heretical Housewife" on both sides of the aisle nothing but the cold disdain they deserve. American politics deserves better than factionalizing into high-school cliques and trading petty insults (See the "Groundhog Day" post here for example, or the Democrat harassment of GOP Wikipedia sites).
As an aside, your tagline is incorrect. The Marines have been defending freedom since the 19th century - though Congress only recognized them officially in 1775. What's the first line of the Marine's hymn, after all:
"From the halls of Montezuma, to the shores of Tripoli..."
Both of which took place prior to 1775.
Haemo ... blood ... sharks ... kitties....
In this internet age, anyone can fashion themselves a pundit, I suppose.
What? Her very moniker says she's a housewife - unless liberalism has so saturated the American heartland that housewives no longer cook meals for their family, I'd say my little jab was quite justified.
James Lileks had a great line in his latest on Hollywood: he said Hollywood receives stacks of comment cards nine miles high, asking for movies with NASCAR drivers joining the Marines, going to Iraq, and killing terrorists with martial arts kicks. And what do we get? Gay sheepherders.
Insert your graphic here!
Wake up the Viking Kitties!
So is Hollywood making movies that conforms with demand, or does it have an agenda that drives its product, reducing its revenue and profit for its stockholders? How do you explain its loss of revenue, then?
Oh, and cut the name calling, troll. We're actually talking about something here.
Come on, don't ping the mods yet. We are just starting to have fun....
Wow,,, can you stretch your logic a little further please, I still have some line on my reel.
Oh stop trying so hard. Zots are quick, but the pain lingers. :-)
Looking at your posts... My, you had a busy 45 minutes. Didn't cha?
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Hollywood makes movies that conform with its white-collar, liberal backer's sentiments - not the American people. However, landed New-England-monied hands are not about to stop funding something that flatters their idiotic preconceptions, so the original article totally missed the point. Hollywood operates in an intellectual and social vacuum - it isn't on the verge of "dying" any time soon, because it still flatters a particular wealthy segment of the population's viewpoint.
The same thing used to be true with the media in general, until people like Rupert Murdoch and Conrad Black decided to step and use their hard-earned cash to force some balance on the population. Until people like Mel Gibson - willing and able to challenge the Hollywood establishment on it own terms - become more numerous, Hollywood will plow forward with its gay cowboys.
Until then, I stand by my designation as "empty-headed, shrill whining".
Hey, Homo! Is her basic point right on target or what? If Hollywood had more heterosexual writers and producers, would they make more money or what? Would their market share of entertainment product be dropping so precipitously? Would all the crativity and mystery of good movie making seem so foreign to them? Would they have a better feel for what the customer wanted then they do now? Or what?
That's a very good point...but unfortunately everyone is too busy posting pictures of kittens to notice.
"Until then, I stand by my designation as "empty-headed, shrill whining".
I didn't actually see anyone designate you as such, but it is a good self observation on your part.
Welcome to FR.
We like our women to be able to think for themselves, act on their own, and have wants and desires of their own.
Nice of you to pop up while spouting the stereotype liberals love to state of wanting women to stay in teh kitchen.
How transparent of you.
If you'd read my reply, the current Hollywood establish doesn't care what the average American thinks because the majority of funding for the industry - not the production companies - comess from monied liberal hands. They don't care if their market share is dropping when people tune out of guilt-ridden anti-American flicks like Syriana or are put off by watching two men engage in coitus on screen.
The companies that try and make money screening these films are more concerned about that, but they're stuck trying to peddle the trash that Hollywood churns out. Until that changes, until there's a solid conservative alternative, you won't see a change and the article totally misses that point entirely.
Hollywood can " flatter a particular wealthy segment of the population's viewpoint" without ignoring the vast majority of it's market, which is what its doing.
Where are the movies it made a mere 10 years ago, like The 12 monkeys, or Groundhog Day, and so on. You got your teenage movies,you got your gay, effete liberal movies, and a few segmented others but almost nothing that even has the whiff of "patriarchal" normalcy? Are you telling me she doesnt have a point at all?
I was being coy in my first reply, but apparently it's now uncouth to reply to a persons self-stereotyping. Also, I've been totally serious about everything I've said here - criticism of another conservative for missing the point entirely doesn't make me a liberal by any stretch of the imagination. Save your paranoia for someone who deserves it.
Love that image.
Really?..And here I thought it was all about making movies for a global "Hate America" market
LOL!! There's another one! Keep 'em coming, you're on a roll. :-)