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  • just a conservative girl 8:39 AM on 02/25/2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Some Thoughts on The Oscars and Flotus 

    I admit it, I am a huge fan of the Oscars.  I rarely miss watching the ceremony.  I love movies and I really like the fact that most years I have seen most of the movies that are nominated for the big awards.  Now, hollywood isn’t exactly a fan of mine.  Or, I should say my political beliefs.  Many within the industry are outright rude to people who hold my political beliefs.  They call me all kinds of not so nice names and twitter has made it even more pronounced.

    So last night I was tweeting while watching the ceremony.  Many of the conservatives around the twitterverse talked about how we shouldn’t watch because of the very liberal slant of the industry and the people within the industry.  I say exactly the opposite.  One of the reasons that democrats win is that use pop culture to influence the masses.

    Well, Flotus proved me correct last night.

    It’s through cinema, Obama said, that “our children learn to open their imagination and dream just a little bigger and to strive every day to reach those dreams.”

    More accurately she should have said that through cinema they influence our children.  Now, don’t take this that I am saying that parents can’t do anything about it, but the influences are still there.

    Do you still think we shouldn’t be engaging in pop culture?

    The sad fact is this, the lines between politics and pop culture are not just blurred, Michelle Obama and her bangs giving out the Oscar for Best Film shows that the lines have been completely erased.  Sit on the sidelines if you want, but it will be to your detriment.

  • backyardconservative 11:00 AM on 05/06/2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Is it a mystery? Entertainment not Entertaining 

    How could this be? Big Hollywood: Why is Hollywood’s Approval Rating In the Toilet?

    Well, I’m not in the target movie demographic but even so, how many families and adults find most Hollywood fare fun these days? In my case, not for a long time. Aside from a few standouts, I prefer the classics.

    And gee, to paraphrase Thomas Frank, What’s the Matter with Hollywood? Why do they make films against their own self-interest, hmm? I guess they’re not in the business of making money–in other words, of satisfying the customers.

    Granted, they are making money with 3-D films–but are they leaving money on the table?

    What do you think?

    • rubyslipperblog 11:10 AM on 05/06/2010 Permalink | Reply

      The last movie I went to see was Harry Potter Half Blood Prince. Before that the Lord of the Rings trilogy drew me out of my cave into the movie theater. I really don’t understand the media including Hollywood who stick to attracting only those who think like they do. Let’s face it, they are the minority. Their failing business model proves it.

      • backyardconservative 11:52 AM on 05/06/2010 Permalink | Reply

        Wow. I’m with you. I may have seen something since then but the last movie in the theater I remember seeing was the Lord of the Rings trilogy as well.

        • rubyslipperblog 5:47 PM on 05/06/2010 Permalink | Reply

          I loved those movies. They are the only movies that I think actually did a book justice. That is really tough to do, I think. I really loved them because we looked forward to them as a family. My kids loved them but I think my husband and I were the biggest fans. I wish there was another series like that to look forward to.

      • fuzislippers 12:09 PM on 05/06/2010 Permalink | Reply

        Did you like the Half Blood Prince? I was so disappointed by the weird and unclear additions to it. Why did they have Harry chatting up some waitress when everyone knows he’s madly in love with Ginnie? And why burn down the Burrow? And why skip so many key elements that will be needed in the final films? Seems like they wasted some time doing things that made no sense when they could have been sticking to the plot. Oh well, it was still fun, I guess, I am just curious how they’re going to pull it all together since they didn’t bother with how much Snape cared for Lily Potter and barely mentioned Regulus Black, and when was the last time we saw Dobby? Film 2? It’ll be awkward to cram him in now. Ugh, sorry, I could go on and on about HP.

        • rubyslipperblog 5:40 PM on 05/06/2010 Permalink | Reply

          We’re kindred spirits then, I was late to the conservative blogs because I was a HP geek. I could go on and on about the movies. I didn’t even bother seeing most of them in the movies but I did go at midnight to see HBP. I think at this point you almost have to look at the movies as alternate tellings of the story. They have lots to pull together which I guess necessitated splitting Deathly Hallows into two movies.

          I have no idea why they did some of the things they did in HBP but I thought the movie was better than some of the ones that preceded it. They almost cut Dobby out altogether but JKR told them they had to keep the character. They were going to do the same with Kreacher and same thing JKR intervened. I will be interested to see how they do it. I imagine the first movie will take you to the Silver Doe which I think was definitely the turning point in the book. Maybe because they have so much more time with two movies they will be able to work in the things they left out. It will be interesting to see anyway.

    • fuzislippers 12:07 PM on 05/06/2010 Permalink | Reply

      I used to enjoy going to the movies but between the exorbitant cost and the bizarre rantings of many of the “stars,” I simply can’t be bothered. Is it just me or is the decline in Hollywood related to the rise of extra-vocal actors? Just a thought, but I know that I can’t stand the sight of Senn I Hope You Get Rectal Cancer Penn and am pretty turned off by Tom America is a Racist Nation Hanks, too. Hard to separate their insane and hateful rhetoric and attacks on the American people from their “art.” I don’t care what they believe politically, but when they start insulting me and the majority of my friends and family, I’m pretty much not going to add to their massive coffers.

    • Yukio Ngaby 5:11 PM on 05/06/2010 Permalink | Reply

      Personally, I think the main problem is quality. For the past few years, there’s just been a bunch of slop that Hollywood has been handing off to us. In between insulting their audiences directly (anybody remember when Megan Fox [no talent idiot that’s cut up to be the poor man’s Angelina Jolie by the way] said she’d have Megatron– or whatever the bad robot name is Transformers was– attack the Bible belt?), they insult our intelligence by expecting us to pay $10 to watch crap like “The Losers,” “Hot Tub Time Machine,” “Furry Vegenace,” “Journey to the Center of the Earth,” endless remakes of 80s horror movies that sucked back in the 80s, etc. And then the Hollywood movies that are supposed to have “thought” in them have been nothing more than Left echo-chambers.

      I end up watching foreign movies way more than Hollywood’s recent junk. There’s been some pretty interesting stuff coming out of China, Korea, and Japan in the past 5 years or so.

      • backyardconservative 6:09 PM on 05/06/2010 Permalink | Reply

        My son was an anime fanatic for a while. I will have to explore more.

        • Yukio Ngaby 10:48 PM on 05/06/2010 Permalink | Reply

          There’s some very good anime out there (and a ton of not good stuff), but I was talking about live action films.

          Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Zhang Yimou, Chen Kaige, Chan-wook Park, Hideo Nakata, Ang Lee, and others have been making some very interesting movies.

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