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The Instapundit Likes To Juxtapose

Posted on | December 31, 2011 | 12 Comments

by Smitty

Ebert says movies suck, costing too much and delivering too little. Not unlike the government, for all we wish the government would deliver less at times. Also Chris Dodd is the head buffoon in charge of the MPAA.

I look at this news and see a great opportunity to plug Declaration Entertainment, Bill Whittle’s scheme to rebuild our culture one great flick at a time.

Forget Dodd and his cheesy cottage.

Update: linked at marfdrat.


12 Responses to “The Instapundit Likes To Juxtapose”

  1. Rich Vail
    December 31st, 2011 @ 1:51 pm

    What Hollywood doesn’t understand is that their “product” basically sucks.  They’re remaking outstanding movies which end up being…at best, mediocre, at worst they suck. 

    Too often, awesome special effects take the place of both acting in general or character quality.  A really good example was the movie my wife and I rented (can’t afford to GO to the movies).  The plot…in a word sucked, though the CGI effects were increadibly realistic.  Therein lies the rub.  No plot, great spec effects…

    Who wants to go see movies that suck?  I can’t afford to, and neither can most “normal” people.  Afteral, who wants to spend upwards of $50 for a family of 4 just to see a terrible movie.

    The other huge problem with Hollywood is the Liberal political bias that permeates pretty much every single movie today.  None of the Iraq “war movies” presented any American GI in a positive light.  Every single one, the GI was the bad guy.  Furthermore, the recent Muppet Movie, the “bad guy” was corporate greed, which has become this years political talking point for the Obama reelection campaign.

    I don’t want to be propagandized when I go see a damn movie, I want to be entertained.  IF Hollywood could simply learn these few basic concepts, then reign in their rediculous salaries for actors, as well as begin using something that approaches legal accounting procedures to show what makes/loses money (pretty much ALL movies lose money these days when using “accepted” hollywood accounting practices)…perhaps theatres ccould charge reasonable fees for tickets…instead of the exhorbitant prices that currently are the case.

    Rich Vail
    Pikesville, Maryland

    PS…hey guys, as a nearly desitute blogger myself, please hit the damn tip jar here.

  2. Anonymous
    December 31st, 2011 @ 2:15 pm

    I do not care for George Clooney’s politics, but I thought The Descendants was an excellent movie.

    But when we have the option of getting the movie mailed to us in a  couple of months or getting it streaming shortly thereafter–there is not a lot of incentive to go to the theater and pay $10+

  3. richard mcenroe
    December 31st, 2011 @ 2:21 pm

    Actually Chris is giving up his MPAA job and getting into producing.  He’s working on the big new summer moron-comedy, Dodd and Dodderer…

  4. richard mcenroe
    December 31st, 2011 @ 2:26 pm

    The thing is, the morons don’t even learn from their own  mistakes.  You think it would tell them something that precisely three countries ON EARTH wanted Captain America retitled (Korea, Russia and Ukraine).  You think it would tell them something when the audience cheers the Marines, Guardsmen and lezbeen USAF sergeant in Battle: LA.

  5. Pathfinder's wife
    December 31st, 2011 @ 2:32 pm

    Part of the problem with Hollywood is the audience — I think it’s high time we took a good look at ourselves when we complain that movies aren’t what they used to be.

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    December 31st, 2011 @ 3:10 pm

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  7. WarEagle82
    December 31st, 2011 @ 3:12 pm

    I see about one movie at the cinema every 18 to 24 months.  Tickets and snacks are exorbitant.   And I have only enjoyed one of the last 2 movies I have seen at the theater.  NetFlix and DVDs at Target are simply a much better alternative to $75 to $100 to take the family to a movie.  

  8. Adjoran
    December 31st, 2011 @ 3:46 pm

    Dodd’s getting his reward for covering the thieves from Hollywood’s financial interests for decades.  And they say crime doesn’t pay . . .

    I haven’t been to a theater in years, and the last couple of times was taking grandkids to kid’s flicks, which wasn’t so bad.  But to try to watch a movie with an “adult” audience is more pain than I will willingly bear again.  Idiots talking, making phone calls, the place isn’t cleaned like they used to be, no ushers, it’s the wild, wild, west in there.  I’m not paying a premium price for that crap. 

    And so many of the new movies are so bad that I don’t even rent anymore.  They will be on satellite in no time. 

    The only movies out this year I have any desire to see are Meryl Streep’s Thatcher and the sci-fi Super 8.  And I have no problem waiting for those – just saw The Queen for the first time last week, not bad.  I’d have kicked myself if I paid to see it in a theater, though.

  9. Pathfinder's wife
    December 31st, 2011 @ 4:28 pm

    I went and saw War Horse — I think a lot of critics are acclaiming it for all the wrong reasons, and a lot of critics are unjustly panning it for all the wrong reasons.  Meh, we’re a family of horse nuts, so we went and saw it.

    Wasn’t a great movie, but it wasn’t a bad movie, and we’ve certainly seen worse — in fact, in some ways it was kind of nice seeing that sort of flick up on the big screen again (the kids in the theater and their reactions reminded me of a young me, seeing Black Beauty with my dad…I haven’t heard children getting involved with the movie in a long time…).

  10. Charles
    December 31st, 2011 @ 6:22 pm

    At the start of a recession, the movies are great because they were budgeted and shot during the previous boom. As a recession lingers on, the product gets worse and worse as corners are cut.

    It is hard for the theater to comptete with the high definition wide screen TV, when you have can get all the great movies from the past on DVD or Blu-Ray. And classics don’t suffer quality loss during a recession.

  11. Anonymous
    December 31st, 2011 @ 7:30 pm

    But remember Dodge City and her Marshal Dillon.

  12. Anonymous
    December 31st, 2011 @ 7:56 pm

    No wait, Iowa.

    Fort Dodge, Des Moines & Southern, then.

    Because of the electricity.