Skip to comments.Hollywood Babylon
Posted on 03/11/2005 11:00:10 AM PST by w6ai5q37b
The recent Academy Award celebration of last year's movie fare has made transparently obvious the huge chasm between the cultural elitists and Middle America.
The year 2004 is certain to go down as a defining point in the decades-long war for the heart, mind, and soul of America. The cultural elites who reign over the fields of entertainment, the arts, the news media, and academia are triumphantly celebrating our descent into a post-Christian, neopagan society. They are celebrating an ongoing revolution that threatens to transform a culture of life, light, virtue, and hope into a culture of death, darkness, degeneracy, and despair.
This celebration of our moral decline was nowhere more blatantly displayed than at the 77th Academy Awards on February 27. Considered by many to be the premier annual cultural event, broadcast to a global audience of hundreds of millions, the Oscars have been sliding down a slippery slope for many years. But this year's nominees for the coveted golden statue comprised, in the words of USA Today, an especially "bleak slate."
In a February 25 cover story entitled, "Exploring Oscar's Dark Side," USA Today described the grim reality behind this year's glamour and glitz:
Open the winning envelope? For this year's Oscar hopefuls, it's more like opening a vein. Drug addiction, mercy killing, mental illness, genocide, abortion, ill young mothers and borderline alcoholism these are a few of Oscar's favorite things this year. Here are a few more of Oscar's favorite things, as deduced from the Academy's nominees: homosexuality, pederasty, adultery, pornography, nudity, incest, blasphemy, profanity, and Communist revolutionaries.
(Excerpt) Read more at thenewamerican.com ...
I'm doing my part.
When do you think the schism occured?
When do you think the schism occured?
Not sure, but maybe after the John Wayne/Jimmy Stewart generation died? And certainly the Vietnam War polarization of the country contributed; Hollywood woke up to its liberal roots at that time, for sure. There are surely many reasons.
What do you think?
i couldn't agree with you all more. especially that hotel rwanda movie. what a waste! how stupid to nominate an actor portraying someone who saved over a thousand people from certain death. ugh.
I don't get it.
Is the author complaining that movies are made with these subjects? If so, pretty stupid.
What's next - complaining because there are books & TV programs that address the same subjects?
Look at the source. It's the Cap Alert mentality. Everything should be all right for young children and should have not have anything even mildly distrubring or upsetting to them.
I started watching Bonanza on TVLand. That show was awesome. One program talked about honesty, values, justice. And it said those words in the show. Nearly every episode has a value lesson. However, if Bonanza was made today, Adam would be living with his girlfriend, Haas would be divorced with a bunch of kids, and Little Joe would be a homosexual. Pa would probably be on drugs.
The 'Old Code' was geriatric by then. The market now decides what's appropriate not men in a dark room with a checklist. BTW the movie that did it in was 'Who's Afraid of Virgnia Woolf' something that couldn't work without the lnaguage and themes it had to use.
But...so what? There are plenty of movies with various points of view. A movie like "Requiem for a Dream" is probably hated by most people here, yet it is the greatest anti-drug movie ever made.
The fact that these movies address these issues is important to me, and I don't need someone in the movie lecturing me on the "right" view of things. I can see a movie and enjoy it for what it is and ignore the point (propaganda) any liberal tries to slap on it. I don't need a movie to cheerlead for my views--if it's entertaining, I can just ignore the liberal spin its makers put on it.
Now Film Noir often seems to be the majority and Judeo-Christian values are constantly challenged, even in the comedies.
Same for books and TV...mass culture in general.
Niche? The average annual box office per year has been climbing steadily since the 1980s. Even if one accounts for inflated ticket prices, that niche is greater than the audience used to be. DVDs and tapes didn't exist in the Midnight Cowboy era, either, nor did cable or pay per view. Considering that people who stopped going to theaters after a certain age have readily-available access to movies they didn't have when only networks played them, the audience for movies is enormous.
Yep, the "market" does decide and since it's dominated by teens and twentysomthings, we'll still be fed a steady diet of cartoon action movies and vacuous chick flicks.
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