The last film that I saw at the movies was American Hustle. I enjoyed it but I haven’t been back to a movie theater since then. They don’t make movies like they used to. No, really; they don’t. Director Martin Scorsese recently commented that he tried watching a Marvel movie but gave it up as he felt that it was more suited to a roller coaster ride than to cinema.
I agree with him. I’ve never seen a superhero movie that I liked. Actually, that’s not entirely true. I did like The Phantom but that’s the only comic book that I ever collected as a kid. And the movie wasn’t trying to be a roller coaster ride; it was closer to Raiders of the Lost Ark than anything else. The Phantom is the only superhero movie that I went to the movies to see and it is thus the only superhero film that I have watched in its entirety. All the rest have left me cold, but none more so than the Marvel universe and all of its spin-offs.
Scorsese was attacked by the woke brigade for his comments because superhero films are oxygen for the woke. Over at Ace of Spades, James Madison breaks down Scorsese’s argument.
Do you know what the top ten box office movies of 1972 were? They were, in descending order of ticket sales: The Godfather, The Poseidon Adventure, Jeremiah Johnson, Cabaret, The Getaway, Last Tango in Paris, Fritz the Cat, The Valachi Papers, The Cowboys, and Pete ‘n’ Tillie. By genre, that would be mobster epic, disaster movie, western, musical, crime thriller, erotic drama, sex comedy cartoon, mob drama, John Wayne western, and romantic comedy. There isn’t a single sequel or remake in there.
Do you know what the top ten box office movies of 2018 were? They were, in descending order of ticket sales: Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War, Incredibles 2, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, Deadpool 2, The Grinch, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, Mission: Impossible – Fallout, Ant-Man and the Wasp, and Solo: A Star Wars Story. By genre that would be comic book movie, comic book movie, super hero movie, disaster and monster movie, comic book movie, children’s animation remake, adventure movie sequel, spy thriller sequel, comic book movie, and science fiction sequel. There’s not a single original film there.
To break it down another way, the movies in 1972 represent ten different studios ranging from independents like Allied Pictures to the major players such as Paramount and Warner Brothers. The 2019 films? They represent only five studios. Half of the pictures were released by Disney.
It’s a depressing contrast. But then, the film industry has been completely subverted by the progressive woke, so why are we surprised by this? The really demoralising thing is that Hollywood is still making a lot of money.
Some back of the envelope math. The Godfather made $133,000,000 in 1972 when ticket prices were about $1.65. That comes to roughly 81,000,000 tickets sold. Black Panther made $700,000,000 in 2018 when ticket prices were about $9.11. That comes to roughly 76,000,000 tickets sold.
We can ridicule these movies and call them flops, and many of them are flops, but when a propaganda piece of miserable turd like Black Panther sells almost as many tickets as The Godfather then you have to face facts that progressives are winning the culture war played traditionally.
I know that there are more mediums today, but as James notes, watching a film at home with all of the accompanying interruptions from daily life is much different than going to the movies. But with half of the top pictures of this year made by the devil mouse, who in their right mind is going to step into a movie theater?
I don’t have Netflix but there is something on the horizon that could change that for me.
I played the living crap out of The Witcher 3 video game, both because it was brilliant and immersive but also because it gave a solid middle finger to the woke brigade. Set in a type of medieval Poland, the SJWs immediately complained that there were no blacks or Asians in the game. The game developers told them to take a running jump. Even worse, the game dealt with homosexuality true to context. In other words, gays were shunned and outcasts at best and executed at worst. That’s how a couple of side quests actually played out.
If this series can stay true to that anti-woke viewpoint then this could be extremely satisfying to watch. Coming hard on the heels of the mega-woke Game of Thrones, there is the real possibility that SJW fans of that series will have their collective heads exploded if The Witcher stays true to form. And it won’t be coming to a movie screen near you any time soon.