Hollywood

Have They Left Yet?

Featured image I wonder how Hollywood is even going to able to hold the Academy Awards this year since so many of its leading celebrities and stars have “literally” fled the country in the aftermath of Donald Trump’s accession to the White House. The Washington Free Beacon has tallied the exodus: Wait, what’s that? None of them have actually left? You mean they were just blowing smoke? Can we start a fund »

Why America hates Hollywood, or should

Featured image John has already written about the Trump hate-fest at the Golden Globe awards last night. I want to focus on Meryl Streep’s attack on the president-elect. Streep hammered Trump for ridiculing a New York Times reporter [formerly with the Washington Post reporter] with a disability. She said: [T]here was one performance this year that stunned me. It sank its hooks in my heart. Not because it was good; there was »

Touche to Hollywood

Featured image We’ve taken note here before of the clueless presumptuousness of Hollywood celebrities endlessly lecturing the American people, the Electoral College, and then Congress about their “duty” to stop Trump from becoming the duly elected 45th president. But no one has quite nailed the pretentiousness of the Hollywood enterprise better than our friends at Town Hall, who offer up this perfect 1:15 long parody of the Hollywood harpies: »

Hollywood Does An About Face!

Featured image Well sort of. In a bit of nifty film editing, watch how the Hollywood Hectors who tried to bully the electoral college into betraying Trump’s voters can be seen to have changed their mind. Just 45 second long, but it will leave your chortling all day long: »

Hallelujah! Remy for the Win!

Featured image Maybe the best example of lack of self-awareness of the left was the cold open of Saturday Night Live this weekend, with Kate McKinnon in her Hillary garb offering rendition of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.” The geniuses at SNL apparently have no appreciation that hallelujah expresses precisely the relief, if not jubilation, of at least half the county that Hillary Clinton will never be president. So leave it to Remy Munasifi to »

Appropriate this

Featured image Lionel Shriver is an American novelist who lives in London. I will only add that she is a woman because her adopted name Lionel might lead one to infer otherwise (photo below). On September 8 Shriver gave the keynote speech at the Brisbane Writers’ Festival. Her speech opposed the concept of “cultural appropriation.” The Guardian has posted the text of Shriver’s speech here. Shriver elaborated on her speech in the »

Triumph of the witless

Featured image In the video below (warning: adult language) characters who are advertised as “the world’s biggest celebrities” (don’t ask me) urge those who take their cues from morons to “save the day” (November 8) to vote against Donald Trump. The death of Leni Riefenstahl has clearly left a great void. The artistry behind this particular video does not exactly incite a passion to join the crowd or celebrate the triumph of »

Lies of “Truth” revisited

Featured image This past October 16 the Rathergate film Truth opened in more than a thousand theaters around the country. John and I warned viewers not to take the film at face value in the Weekly Standard article “Rather shameful.” On the film’s opening weekend the Star Tribune also carried my column reminding readers of the film’s factual background. The column was published as “Lies upon lies: The sad state of the »

Down with “Hamilton”

Featured image Back in April I noted that the liberal culturati were unhappy over the success of the Broadway smash Hamilton, precisely because its multiracial cast and hip-hop format don’t conform to or reinforce the identity politics frame of the Left. Broadway is making a capitalist dead white guy look cool! Horrors! With Hamilton dominating the Tony Awards show last night, the New York Times returned to the theme as if to »

When Wyler came back

Featured image When I walked into Spaulding Auditorium to see The Best Years of Our Lives as an undergrad, I had never even heard of the film. When I walked out three hours later, I couldn’t believe I had never heard of it. It is a great film with a lot of truth and a big heart in it. Tonight TCM is carrying the film as part of its Memorial Day lineup. »

Not Gonna Call These Gals, Part 2

Featured image Back in March we noted that the trailer for the forthcoming high-estrogen remake of Ghostbusters looked dreadful, and subsequently YouTube viewers marked down the trailer by a massive margin. There’s a new trailer out yesterday, and it looks even worse: Another sign, as Ed Driscoll and Glenn Reynolds like to point out, that Hollywood not only lacks news ideas, but now is losing its ability to re-do the better old »

How Bad Was the Reagan Movie Script?

Featured image Hollywood is fighting back over Will Ferrell’s abandonment of the Reagan-with-Alzheimer’s “comedy.” Two Hollywood tabloids have offered additional details about the plot and nature of the film. How bad was the script? This bad: here’s the Hollywood Reporter: It turns out Reagan is actually a good-natured and well-researched comedy that offers an “alternate take” on seismic events in American history — a direct descendent of 1999’s Dick, in which Kirsten »

Anchorman Sinks to the Bottom [Updated]

Featured image Any honest assessment of Will Ferrell comedies would have to say they are uneven. The first Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy and Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby are classics; Get Hard, Step Brothers, and Blades of Glory, not so much. The best you can say about the next Ferrell vehicle announced yesterday, in which he will portray an Alzheimer-impaired President Reagan being manipulated by his staff, is »

Epstein’s Law applied to “Confirmation”

Featured image Edward Jay Epstein is in my opinion our greatest living journalist. Given his three books on the Kennedy assassination, I don’t think there is anyone who knows more about the subject than he does. As I saw what Hollywood did with Rathergate in the film Truth this past fall, and how credulous reviewers took it at face value, it occurred to me to ask Ed what he made of Hollywood’s »

Confirmation Bias, Part Two

Featured image In a post called “Confirmation Bias,” I discussed “Confirmation,” an HBO film about the 1991 hearings on Clarence Thomas’ nomination to the Supreme Court, and Anita Hill’s sexual harassment allegations against him. When I wrote the post two months ago, Senators John Danforth and Alan Simpson, two moderate Republicans who supported the Thomas nomination, had complained about the script they saw. Simpson called it a “seriously distorted” version of the »

Hollywood Schemes to Drive America to the Left

Featured image We have written a number of times about the Democracy Alliance, the Left’s largest “dark money” group, starting with this post. Now Politico reports that the agenda for the Alliance’s latest meeting, in Santa Monica, has come to light: An agenda obtained by POLITICO shows that the four-day gathering, which is closed to the press, features at least two sessions focused partly on harnessing the power of Hollywood and the »

Not Gonna Call These Gals

Featured image I’ve long argued that Ghostbusters was a conservative movie, because the bad guy was an arrogant bureaucrat from the EPA, and moreover, there’s snappy dialogue that reinforces entrepreneurialism and the private sector: Dr Ray Stantz: Personally, I liked the university. They gave us money and facilities, we didn’t have to produce anything! You’ve never been out of college! You don’t know what it’s like out there! I’ve *worked* in the »