Some say that HBO and big screen TVs have replaced Saturday matinees. Speculation is that movies will become more like live theater productions with the price of a ticket hovering around $100.
My dear Hollywood left wing elitists…this is not going to happen.
The closest theater to where I grew up was the next town over and other than roller-skating or simply “hanging around” it was the only form of entertainment we had. I spent many hot, Texas, Saturday afternoons sitting in a cool theatre, watching cartoons plus a double feature, and eating popcorn and drinking Coke (could have been a Dr. Pepper but remember this is Texas …we call everything a Coke). I remember a few of the movie stars, mostly people like John Wayne and Elizabeth Taylor and the stars of the beach movies Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello…and Elvis. I still love Elvis movies.
Before Star Wars and George Lucas I doubt I ever knew the name of anyone involved in the making of a movie. I know I certainly did not know nor care what their political affiliation was—and I wish I could say the same thing now.
Today, every director, producer and actor seems to think that I care what their opinion is on everything from health food to global warming. The reality is, all I want is to be entertained. I want to leave a theater feeling good and with the theme song stuck in my head. I want to leave the world behind for a little while and smile.
Now days it is almost impossible to leave a movie without knowing that an “agenda” of some type has been pushed. Many times the so-called children’s movies are the worst. Cars 2 made “energy” the villain. Astro Boy back in 2009 promoted Marxism. The makers of the Happy Feet movies, which could have undoubtedly been the cutest movies of all time, chose to vilify humans by highlighting issues over fishermen depleting the penguin’s food supply and mankind in general destroying the environment. One scene in the second movie depicts a polar bear clinging to a melting chuck of ice in an attempt to convince us that man-made global warming is destroying wildlife. Much ado is made of the suggestion that polar bears cannot live without icebergs. This is such a fallacy as they live around seven months of each year on land eating fruits and berries. Ice Age and Ice Age 2 are also designed to convince children of the horrors of global warming. Even the ever-popular Finding Nemo attempts to convince us that animals are good and people are bad.
Movies—along with TV, newspapers and magazines—push socialism and communism as well as non-traditional families. They are part of the Leftist agenda propagated by the media each and every day.
So, Steven and George and all the rest of you, quit trying to change the world and go back to making movies for the sake of entertainment. Your profit margin will increase at the same rate as my entertainment factor.
Please, just pass the popcorn.