It’s A Winning Streak

If Friday’s box office numbers are any measure, the latest anti-war movie will flop just as badly as the others. Stop-loss came in 7th yesterday, and Hollywood execs keep kidding themselves about the reason:

“It’s not looking good,” a studio source told me before the weekend. “No one wants to see Iraq war movies. No matter what we put out there in terms of great cast or trailers, people were completely turned off. It’s a function of the marketplace not being ready to address this conflict in a dramatic way because the war itself is something that’s unresolved yet. It’s a shame because it’s a good movie that’s just ahead of its time.”

That’s not it at all. We’re more than ready to “address this conflict” if the absolutely voracious appetite for war-related news is any gauge. It’s just that hardly anyone–not even liberals who aren’t quite sure how they feel about our country–wants to sit through an hour-and-a-half exercise in public shaming.

~ by Gabriel Malor on March 29, 2008.

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