April 16, 2008

HEY HOLLYWOOD! This Book's Success Should Tell You Something

The movie industry has released one box-office flop after another regarding our modern wars against Islamic extremists, leading the dim and the dull in studio boardrooms and backlots to assume that Americans don't want to see or know about those conflicts.

But if the American people want to ignore those wars,then why is Michael Yon's Moment of Truth in Iraq currently #12 #10 in Amazon's sales rank? The obvious answer is that we aren't tired of content about the war, we're just tired of movies portraying our soldiers and Marines as psychopaths, murderers, or victims.

Show us a film that respects our troops, portraying their honor, their sacrifice, their dignity, and exceptional humanity under the most trying of combat conditions. Show us a film that portrays Islamic terrorists as the callous, torturing, murderous and irreligious thugs they really are. Show us that film, and I'll show you a film that generates hundreds of millions of dollars in profit and could actually contribute to winning hearts and minds around the world.

Oddly enough, that very project is waiting in the wings. A smart producer could build upon Yon's growing popularity, and his stories based upon the exploits of Deuce Four, the Stryker Brigade known as the Punishers, already made legendary in Yon's dispatches like Gates of Fire.

That might mean setting aside the community's general anti-war feelings for money, but somehow, I think they have the moral flexibility to make that happen.

Posted by Confederate Yankee at April 16, 2008 10:02 AM

I just finished Robert Kaplan's "Imperial Grunts," which showed troops from disadvantaged backgrounds (one Marine was even homeless before he joined), often driven by strong religious beliefs... and somehow he managed to refrain from looking down on his subjects or making them out to be victims. It allowed for criticisms of Bush/Rumsfeld, showed troops bitching contantly, and kept a consistent tone of admiration for their commitment and sacrifices. What's so tough about all this?

Posted by: tsmonk at April 16, 2008 10:33 AM

Its not that they think Americans dont want to see or know about these conflicts. After the flops of "Readacted", "In the Valley of Elah, "Lions for Lambs" and most recently "Stop Loss", Hollywood simply thinks the average American is TOO STUPID to get the message. A movie based on Gates of Fire or Marcus Luttrell's "Lone Survivor" would make box office gold.

Posted by: MAJHAM at April 16, 2008 12:24 PM

"Hollywood simply thinks the average American is TOO STUPID to get the message."

Gosh, with an attitude like that, I wonder who they're supporting for President? (Is that old Variety headline "Stix nix hix pix" still valid, you think?) Guess the average adult movie-goer (most movies are obviously aimed at children and teen-agers) is pretty much a "typical white person" who is toting a Bible and a gun while married to a close relative and both of them are racist haters who are increasingly bitter about free trade. Otherwise these movies would be making a mint, right?

Posted by: JorgXMcKie at April 16, 2008 01:19 PM

#10 on Amazon but how many ordered/pre-ordered directly from Yon as soon as they knew about this book.

Posted by: Mekan at April 16, 2008 01:29 PM

Why does anyone think it's accidental or stupid on the part of Hollywood? The so-called liberals along with the usual suspects on the left have all joined The Internationale. They do not rout for American success. These are people who embrace Chavez. They believe that Amerikkka is imperialist and must be defeated. The movies all crashed and burned? And they continue to make more of the same? Perhaps once you've decided that this mission must fail and to deliver propaganda to help towards that end, the success of it is less important than the amount.

Posted by: ducktrapper at April 16, 2008 02:31 PM

What's funny is their REAL target audience won't watch those movies. We aren't even a blip on the horizon. If the "millyuns" who are hating the war won't go and see that trash its because its too soon and emotions are too raw or some variation on that theme. They may have hit the nail right on the head with that supposition but all of us regular Americans are entirely outside of the box. My mind keeps getting drawn back to the Passion of the Christ. Hollywood could not process the success of that movie. They don't understand there is a whole 'nuther country out there which if understood could provide a huge market for what? Movies!!!

Posted by: Belasarius at April 16, 2008 03:39 PM

Luttrell's book has been optioned for a movie. You can google that to confirm. Surprised me too to hear about it. But Hollywood values money over prestige. The antiwar movies represent the sort of posturing and liberal pieties that prompt the self congratulation and status the schmucks in the movie business crave. But, well, money is money. If vulgar comedies make money, they produce vulgar comedies. If movies about feckless Americans being tortured in grimy Eastern European hostels make money, they make Hostel II. If a movie based on Lone Survivor makes money, we shall see.

Posted by: Zhombre at April 16, 2008 04:53 PM

Yon's book has been as high as #6 on Amazon. They must have run low, or out of books. I hope that will soon be remedied.

Posted by: Bill Smith at April 16, 2008 06:36 PM

Hollywood's response:

*chirp* *chirp*

Posted by: Purple Avenger at April 16, 2008 08:49 PM

Tinselgrad is for makings of the collective-movie spirit! Boy-and-tractor sex movie, office worker girl meets Central Committee-falls in love-loses Central Committee-wins Chairmanship-liquidates oposition - you know, common peoples problemski not bitter and clingy peoples.

Posted by: DirtCrashr at April 17, 2008 11:40 AM

"The God Delusion" is #5. By your logic, Hollywood should be making lots of movies about atheism, since "we" are sick and tired of having religion shoved down our throats.


Posted by: Blue Texan at April 17, 2008 04:54 PM