Today’s Campaign Update
(Because The Campaign Never Ends)
- If you tuned in to yesterday’s Campaign Update, you know that I warned you all that this new Jennifer Lawrence vehicle titled “mother” was going to be Hollywood’s next big stink bomb. Lo and behold, just a few hours after I posted that piece, film critic Rex Reed – who has got to be about 150 years old at this point – published his review of this flick, which he calls the worst movie of the year, possibly of this century: “This delusional freak show is two hours of pretentious twaddle that tackles religion, paranoia, lust, rebellion, and a thirst for blood in a circus of grotesque debauchery to prove that being a woman requires emotional sacrifice and physical agony at the cost of everything else in life, including life itself.” That, my friends, is a stink bomb.
- Pity poor Rex, though: I knew the film was going to suck just from reading the director’s statement on how he derived its plot; Mr. Reed had to sit through the atrocity before he could pen his review of it. So I definitely got the best of this deal.
- Hollywood as we have known it for the last 100 years is dead. It is dead because it is now an industry filled by empty people who have never had an original thought in their entire lives. It is dead because these empty people are no longer able to turn out films to which the common man can relate, because these empty people have lost all ability to relate to the common man. It is dead because everything turned out by Hollywood today is entirely derivative of something Hollywood has already turned out before (thus, last year’s inexplicable remake of Ben Hur; thus, this year’s 6th or 7th installment of Pirates of the Caribbean), and because the impulse by these empty people to fill their works with leftist political lectures robs their derivative works of all possible entertainment value.
- Jennifer Lawrence is kind of cute. She can sort of act. Nobody gives a flying rat’s ass what she thinks about climate change or race relations. People want to buy tickets to movies that entertain them – which explains why any cartoon film with Minions in it will do spectacular box office – not to films that lecture them. If people want to be lectured, they can go pull up any random YouTube video of Hillary Clinton promoting her new book. Note to Hollywood: Nobody does that.
- Hollywood as we have known it is dead, yes it is. It survived for years thanks to America’s seemingly insatiable appetite for mindless blockbusters based on mindless comic books. The box office for those blockbusters enabled leftist, anti-American producers to continued doling out millions of dollars to leftist directors to produce unappealing, box-office disaster films filled with leftist propaganda starring modestly-talented, sort of cute leftist actors.
- But those days are gone. America’s appetite for mindless comic book blockbusters has run its course, and Hollywood has suffered through two straight record summer box office disasters the last two years. When even The Rock is no longer a guarantor of box office success – as with this summer’s disastrous remake of Bay Watch – you know the goose that has laid all these golden eggs is running out of steam.
- It’s not just movies, it’s television, too. There was a time when Norman Lear could make a sitcom filled with liberal propaganda, and 25% of the American public would be standing around water coolers and break rooms the next day talking about what Maude or Archie Bunker had to say the previous evening. Now, if a sitcom attracts 2% of the public for an audience it has had a gigantic night.
- Hollywood has lost its influence because its little bubble-contained culture became completely antithetical to the real American culture over the last 40 years. Ordinary Americans became sick of having their values lampooned and sensitivities insulted at every turn, and gradually began to realize they could change the channel or simply quit paying to see these awful flicks at the theaters.
- This is all a great thing for American society. It means our culture is generally healthy, because a culture that rejects obvious scams and blatant disregard for common values is a culture that remains strong at its base.
- The strongest sign of the health of America’s core culture came this week when Tuesday night’s benefit show headlined by a broad array of Hollywood leftwingers managed to raise $14.5 million for hurricane relief. That same evening, George Strait, the all-American country singer, held a separate event along with a few of his fellow country singers and raised $20 million. Meanwhile, the all-American football player J.J. Watt has managed to raise more than $31 million all by himself.
- There is a message for Hollywood leftists in all of that, and that message is that ordinary Americans are sick of you clowns. The fact that a film like mother even got made tells us that Hollywood has not received this message. And I’m cool with that. You should be, too.
Just another day in dying Hollywood America.
That is all.