An upcoming tough-on-crime vigilante movie is now Exhibit A of “alt-right” racism, according to the reliably left-wing U.K. newspaper The Guardian. The remake of the popular 1974 action-family vengeance-drama Death Wish, with Bruce Willis cast in Charles Bronson’s shoes as the tormented hero, is scheduled for release around the Thanksgiving holiday. But is it just a fascist alt-right fantasy? Guardian critic Graeme Virtue piece was one long piece of virtue-signaling and throat-clearing, an apparent requirement for movie critics these days, not even getting around to addressing the entertainment value of a movie with content that may possibly offend some liberal interest group somewhere (months before it’s even coming out).
New York Times reporter John Eligon talked to acclaimed movie director Kathryn Bigelow about her new provocative movie “Detroit,” based on a real police incident in the racial powder-keg of Detroit in the summer of 1967: “A White Director, the Police and Race in ‘Detroit.’”
Christopher Nolan’s film “Dunkirk” has received widespread praise from critics and audience members alike and currently maintains a whopping 93% ‘fresh’ rating at Rotten Tomatoes. Despite this, however, it has received some negative attention by critics who have denounced the picture for not featuring more minorities or women in it’s scandalous quest for historical accuracy. The Washington Post’s Richard Cohen, however, opted for a different route by praising the film as being, of all things, a ‘war film for the Trump era.’
The stakes have raised in the feature animation industry these days. Pixar and its older sister Walt Disney Animation Studios continue to make wonderful, apolitical family movies that everyone from kids to adults can enjoy. Other studios have tried, but only put up mediocre job in trying to match their competitors.
Right about now, Trump hating actor T.J. Miller must be starting to regret that he burned his bridges behind him when he bad mouthed his former cast members of the hit comedy Silicon Valley when he left that show. Perhaps he thought that he was just so chock full of talent that he would be too big to fail. Well, his newest project, The Emoji Movie, has just been released and it has been universally panned. Critics hated it so much that for awhile it earned a 0% rating on Rotten Tomatoes (now upgraded slightly to 3%).
New York Times film critics A.O. Scott and Jason Zinoman remember horror zombie master George Romero on the front of Tuesday Arts page, “Old Master of Horror -- In George Romero’s signature zombie films, the living make for their own fright show.”
Entertainment Weekly magazine, once known for its pop culture reviews, now more for its feminist grandstanding, stuffed its summer double issue of July 21/28 with bits and bobs of chic liberal activism, particularly of the feminist variety. The News & Notes section was particularly political: “Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman is the hero we deserve and the hero we need -- a fearless female walking tall through a literal No Man’s Land, a symbol of resilience in an era of so many sexist talking heads and internet trolls.”
As previously documented, The Walt Disney Company – although continuing to have box-office hits – continues to be hurt by the collapse of its leftist Disney-ABC Television Group. If none of their outfits continued to allow the persistent liberalism, then the whole division will be doomed, let alone cause even more problems for the entertainment conglomerate.
In a commercial promoting an upcoming showing of the movie Olympus Has Fallen, centered around the plot of North Korean terrorists violently seizing control of the White House and holding the President of the United States hostage, cable channel TBS edited clips of the film to make it seem like fictitious national security officials were relieved and thrilled by that prospect. A not-so-subtle reference to the current occupant of the Oval Office, Donald Trump.
That whirring sound you hear is Walt Disney spinning in his grave, or his cryogenic vault, or whatever his final resting place really is. According to Jezebel, actors “Billy Eichner and Seth Rogen have signed on to voice gay lovers Timon and Pumbaa (respectively) in Disney’s upcoming ‘live action’ remake of The Lion King, according to an exclusive report from The Wrap.”
Left-wing filmmaker Josh Fox launched his latest film, Awake, a Dream from Standing Rock, online April 22 — after it premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival.
Predictably, liberal media including Reuters, The Washington Post and The Hollywood Reporter heralded the movie and ignored inaccuracies of his earlier, biased documentaries attacking the oil and gas industry. The film was called “timely,” and “powerful.” Fox was even credited for his “deep understanding of pipelines” and for getting in the way of the indigenous people telling their story.
The Obama White House got the star treatment when they were in office, so they were all-but-guaranteed the same Hollywood treatment out of office. Universal Pictures and Anonymous Content supposedly have a “high-concept workplace comedy” in the works, a movie called From the Corner of the Oval. Set for a 2018 release, the movie will be based on a book proposal from former White House stenographer, Beck Dorey-Stein.