Exactly 10 years ago, we saw this happen to “The Passion of the Christ.” The attacks from the Left were relentless and dishonest, and they continue to this day. Like “Sniper,” there was no way for the Left to kill “The Passion’s” box office success. Nevertheless, the defamation campaign rolled on. The idea behind these attacks are meant as warnings to other filmmakers that there will be a heavy price to pay by anyone who dares attempt another act of entertainment apostasy.
In a Weekly Standard piece titled, “The ‘American Sniper’ Freakout: Why the Left Can’t Tolerate This Movie,” Mark Hemingway does a fine job of breaking down exactly why the Left either hates “American Sniper” or is dishonestly claiming it is a left-wing movie. It’s a thorough, must-read that perfectly lays out the case. Outside the context of the film itself, there is an additional reason the Left can’t tolerate Eastwood’s masterpiece: every act of apostasy, even one, must be punished.
The Left cannot tolerate dissent. If just one thing sneaks through the institutions the Left is desperate to hold a monopoly on, it is immediately crushed, defamed, mocked, and Frankenstein-villaged until the end of time.
Just try to read this from Vox without seeing the vein throbbing in the author’s forehead:
Faced with a choice between altering its narrative to account for that gray versus altering the facts of history, the film chose the latter. It adopted an “honesty shmonesty” approach to the war: in its retelling, Iraq was a fight of Good Americans against Bad Terrorists, led by Chris Kyle, the Good-est American of them all.
The early estimates for director Clint Eastwood’s pro-War On Terror masterpiece “American Sniper” hovered around $40 million. Obviously our provincial box office gurus under-estimated the American people’s desire to see their warriors, wars, and country properly honored and honestly portrayed. In its wide-release debut, the story of Navy SEAL Chris Kyle is estimated to hit $75 million. UPDATE: $80 million.
Seventy-five million doesn’t just beat the previous January/Martin Luther King. Jr. weekend record, it obliterates the $41 million earned by “Ride Along” last year.
On Friday alone, with a $28 – $30 million haul, “American Sniper,” will beat or nearly beat Clint’s own best 3-day weekend; his “Gran Torino” haul of $29.5 million.
If that’s not enough, after bringing in $5.3 million, “Sniper” now holds the record for an R-rated movie’s late-night Thursday opening.
Despite a also-ran Best Picture nomination and adding +56 theatres, producer Oprah Winfrey’s dishonest Civil Rights drama “Selma” lost -19% of its audience over last weekend.
That’s the worst showing of any Best Picture nominee still in theaters.
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Emmy Award-nominee Richard Schickel uses his personal relationship with Eastwood to explore Eastwood’s personal drive and passion for film. A “must-see” for Eastwood lovers, fans of Warner Bros., and film historians alike!
The Coalition To Stop Gun Violence (CSGV) is targeting Clint Eastwood’s upcoming film, American Sniper, a movie which tells the story of American hero Chris Kyle.
Kyle served four tours in Iraq and had 255 confirmed kills. Mail Online reports that his longest kill was “a 2,100-yard strike against a man armed with a rocket launcher.” He was killed stateside on February 2, 2013, by a military vet suffering symptoms of PTSD.
According to the Washington Examiner, while Eastwood seeks to honor Kyle, CSGV has provided its supporters with a Facebook outlet where they could “rant” against the movie and the sniper. Regarding Kyle’s death, one wrote, “good riddance.” And another person wrote, “what goes around comes around.”
It’s as if they have no knowledge that Kyle was killing terrorists to protect our troops and our homeland.
American Sniper is being anticipated in the way Lone Survivor and Zero Dark Thirty were, only more so. It is an American movie in the truest sense of the word. And that’s why “sponsors” of GSGV are being called out. Two such sponsors are the Urban League and the YWCA. In turn, supporters of these two entities are Pepsi, Walmart, Kroger, the NFL, and Macy’s.
A Clint Eastwood-directed movie starring Bradley Cooper should have been an easy target for award nominations. So why did the folks behind the Golden Globes completely ignore the pair’s upcoming movie, “American Sniper”?
Don’t ask Eastwood, who didn’t seem too bothered by it when he and Cooper sat down with TODAY on Monday.
“We’re not making the picture for awards,” said the 84-year-old Eastwood, who has directed 33 other films.
He added, “I don’t know what they have an appetite for. They’re usually sort of casting the red carpet, though I don’t know why they wouldn’t want [Cooper] on the red carpet. Myself, I can understand. But … I don’t really know where they’re coming from.”
“Sniper” is the tale of Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, considered the deadliest sniper in American history with over 160 confirmed kills. Kyle was shot and killed on a shooting range in Texas in 2013.
Ennio Morricone: the good, the bad and the aw-shucks.
Iconic Italian film composer Ennio Morricone regrets turning down the opportunity to work with Clint Eastwood, he revealed in an interview on Thursday.
The 86-year-old award-winning composer told the BBC that he turned down an offer from Eastwood “out of respect to Sergio Leone,” the legendary director with whom Morricone collaborated on landmark spaghetti westerns such as Once Upon a Time in the West, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, and A Fistful of Dollars (two of which featured young actor Eastwood).
“I missed a great opportunity and I am really sorry,” he said.
Morricone has not stopped writing cinematic scores, working Quentin Tarantino in 2009 with Inglourious Basterds and in 2012 with Django Unchained.
Find out how the negativity and self-loathing of modern Hollywood is just a small gear in the machine that brings down entire nations. What can we do about it? Well, we can walk right into the heart of Mordor and destroy the Ring of Power.
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