17 / January
17 / January
Celluloid Zeroes

I've never watched the Golden Globes, but it's apparently an awards show that honors the contributions of homosexuals in film. Or maybe it honors films about homosexuals. Anyhow, it definitely has something to do with gay people and it was on last night. Felicity Huffman won best actress for playing a transsexual in Transamerica, a movie that has grossed $506,000 (yes, $506,000, I didn't omit any zeroes) after 46 days in theaters. Philip Seymour Hoffman, who was excellent as a gay man in Boogie Nights, won best actor for playing gay author Truman Capote in the biopic Capote. After more than 100 days in the theaters, Capote has grossed $13,266,000. Brokeback Mountain, a film about gay cowboys, won best drama and earned Ang Lee the best director nod. Despite free publicity on par with The Passion of the Christ, Brokeback Mountain has not broken the bank. It's taken in $32,088,000 after 39 days. The rest of the world might think we're all gay from watching our movies. They would discover that we're not if they saw all the empty seats.

posted at 01:34 AM
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Yet another portent of the Californication of America, and also another reason for asking why the center of the film making universe has to be Hollywood, when there are so many talented people elswhere in the nation who could do the same thing - only sans homos - in the Midwest. My own state of Oklahoma, for example, has been trying to create a home-grown movie-making industry for years, now. I'm sure we're not the only ones, either. Maybe the antidote to Hollywood is a decentralization of the film industry. Just a thought.

Posted by: Gary on January 17, 2006 06:45 AM

Gary,
I think that declining Hollywood revenues will have just the effect you suggest. Independent films: get ready for them. The Hollywood attitude toward homosexuality is a comical version of affirmative action. I have read a couple of reviews of Brokeback by gay critics that were quite negative, not that there's anything wrong with that.

I believe that Jude Law was the object of the gay crush in Mr. Ripley, but PS Hoffman was in the film.

Posted by: Webster on January 17, 2006 10:12 AM

As you write Dan, "The rest of the world might think we're all gay from watching our movies". And the agenda driven Pinks in this country would love for it to be that way.

A movie called "Transamerica" might work to have people think that our country is just chock full of transsexuals.

I myself know of at least five and maybe six who I can count as part of my close circle of aquaintances. ;-)

Really mainstream stuff.

Posted by: asdf on January 17, 2006 11:18 AM

Let us not forget about The Cider House Rules produced by NARAL, which nobody saw. Boys Don't Cry? WTF. The Contender...that sucked. However, the film that everyone gushed over (it was pretty good) was the one with Kevin Spacey and Warren Beatty's wife. In it Marines are closeted abusive murderers and gay men are the picture of health and normalcy. They have made a cottage industry out of up is down, wrong is right. The producer or writers went on to make Six Feet under. I don't get it, so I don't pay to see those movies anymore.

Posted by: Ron Bergundy on January 17, 2006 11:23 AM

Ron, I disagree about The Cider House Rules. I guess the movie was meant to persuade people that abortion is morally right and needed, but any thinking person that sees that movie would have trouble thinking that after watching. There is a very awkward scene of a car ride where the abortion doctor played by Michael Caine is explaining to his orphan apprentice played by Toby McGuire (who refuses to perform abortions) why he and all the other orphans really didn't deserve to exist and abortion is morally right because it prevents unwanted children, all while a younger orphan is sitting in the car as well. Later on Toby is forced quench his disdain for abortion and provide an abortion in an absurd setup where he discovers a boss/friend of his impregnated his own daughter. My memory is foggy, but I didnít get the impression he lived the rest of his life after that point providing abortions in the footsteps on his mentor. He merely took over the orphanage. Overall, the scene in the car had way more impact on me than the absurd incestuous ending.

Posted by: obi juan on January 17, 2006 11:59 AM

Obi,

I agree with your take on Cider House Rules. Particularly ironic was the fact that he (McGuire) was there to provide an abortion because he was himself spared from abortion.

Despite the filmaker's intentions or the stance of the underlying books, Cider House Rules ends up as a fairly sophisticated reductio of the abortionist position.

Posted by: Ralph on January 17, 2006 01:07 PM

"...the film that everyone gushed over (it was pretty good) was the one with Kevin Spacey and Warren Beatty's wife. In it Marines are closeted abusive murderers and gay men are the picture of health and normalcy."

That would be "American Beauty," which was very well done, of course, but, in typical Hollywood fashion, pushed several of the left's favorite agendas including the gay marine thing, but also the seduction of a middle-aged man big a teenage girl (who then turns out to be a virgin who's just pretending to be a slut to impress her friends). Ah, such wholesome stories coming out of Hollyweird.

Posted by: Gary on January 17, 2006 02:02 PM

"...the film that everyone gushed over (it was pretty good) was the one with Kevin Spacey and Warren Beatty's wife. In it Marines are closeted abusive murderers and gay men are the picture of health and normalcy."

That would be "American Beauty," which was very well done, of course, but, in typical Hollywood fashion, pushed several of the left's favorite agendas including the gay marine thing, but also the seduction of a middle-aged man by a teenage girl (who then turns out to be a virgin who's just pretending to be a slut to impress her friends). Ah, such wholesome stories coming out of Hollyweird.

Posted by: Gary on January 17, 2006 02:03 PM

"...the film that everyone gushed over (it was pretty good) was the one with Kevin Spacey and Warren Beatty's wife. In it Marines are closeted abusive murderers and gay men are the picture of health and normalcy."

That would be "American Beauty," which was very well done, of course, but, in typical Hollywood fashion, pushed several of the left's favorite agendas including the gay marine thing, but also the seduction of a middle-aged man by a teenage girl (who then turns out to be a virgin who's just pretending to be a slut to impress her friends). Ah, such wholesome stories coming out of Hollyweird.

Posted by: Gary on January 17, 2006 02:04 PM

Ooops. Sorry about that. Seems to be a connectivity problem.

Posted by: Gary on January 17, 2006 02:07 PM

Didn't that conservative film society that was set up a few years ago hold some award thing recently? Anyone know what I'm talking about?

Posted by: obi juan on January 17, 2006 02:27 PM

Hollywood has lost me. I vote with my wallet and
I'm just not buying anymore. I'm a conservative and I know that hollywood hates everything I stand for, so I just don't support them with my hard earned dollars.
Do you think I actually care what's going on in the mind's of George Clooney, Quentin Tarrantino, Robert Redford, Steven Spielberg, Michael Moore, Spike Lee or Oliver Stone?

If I want to be told what to think by a bunch of rich liberal numbskulls, I'll just read The New York Times.

Posted by: Ross on January 17, 2006 06:13 PM

obi juan

That film festival I believe was the Liberty film festival, the organization has a blog

http://www.libertyfilmfestival.com/libertas/

Their post today was titled "Globes Passed Around L.A.".......
It was about the Laker game :)
The blog is an excellent read if you're interested in a more inside look of the film industry from conservatives in the industry.
Oh, in case anyone's interested it appears Tim Robbins is wanting to adapt Orwell's 1984 for a film...I wonder who and what that film would be bashing?

Posted by: Opus on January 17, 2006 11:12 PM
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