Tuesday, January 14, 2014

G-d Bless Texas...

Jacqueline in TX sends in this interesting story from the Lone Star state...

Conroe Theater Cancels Movies For 'Lone Survivor'
The story of Houston area Navy Seal Marcus Luttrell is hitting home with many of you. In fact, one local movie theater went to extremes to make sure you got to see what turned out to be the most popular movie of the weekend.

The Grand Theater in Conroe had so many people wanting to see Mark Wahlberg's 'Lone Survivor' they took the unusual step of cancelling other movies on Saturday so that all the people who came to see the movie could get in. The movie is based on what happened to Luttrell nine years ago in Afghanistan.
It's interesting to see how popular the movie has become. It had the second-best January opening in history, and made back almost all costs in the first months. It's about a very political war, but (apparently, as I've not seen it) is not overtly political.

Gee. Who'd have thought a positive movie about the American military shining through adversity would be so popular? If you look at Hollywood's recent track record with movies about war (or, really, not-so-recent; when did "Deer Hunter" come out?), you'd think all military were mentally unbalanced, criminals, or otherwise unsuitable.

It is sad that it is surprising that such an amazing story would *not* be expected to be a huge hit.

That is all.

6 comments:

Old NFO said...

It's flyover country, THEY appreciate the military...

Ancient Woodsman said...

That movie means a lot in this neck of the woods. Dan Healy was one of the unlucky ones on that raid; he was a few grades behind me I high school, there is a local park and a bridge named after him now. He was and will long be a local hero. His Mom Natalie is and was a proud, long running foil to that harpy bitch (Sheehan?) who used to use her own son's death to rail against Bush. I was never close to Dan, but my parents used to socialize with Natalie and her husband. Small world. Good people.

On Hollywood making a good military movie, I wonder if the trend to unfavorable military movies came from a crowd of directors who grew up seeing "Back to Bataan", "Objective: Burma," "Midway," and "Tora Tora Tora," (certainly ooh-rah flicks, to say the least) and doing the true-to-Hollywood thing they started to make movies that were different. Now, after a generation of "the military is whacked, man! And evil!!11ty!" flicks, perhaps the pendulum is swinging the other way. Not for any good reason comfortable to us, but rather because the Hollywood types now want to do something "different".

Jacqueline said...

Went to see it on opening night. At the end, pictures of those that didn't come home were shown with their loved ones. Everyone in the theater was standing and applauding until the end. Not a dry eye in the house.

Honored to say we live in the same area.

libertyman said...

Great book, I am eagerly looking forward to seeing the film.

wolfwalker said...

"Who'd have thought a positive movie about the American military shining through adversity would be so popular?"

Wasn't there another very positive movie about the SEALs that did real well a couple of years ago?

tjbbpgobIII said...

Jay, you should have been around in the middle to late 60's. Every tv cop show and the movies had a deranged Viet Nam veteran as the bad guy, usually hopped up on speed or coke or some other drug just waiting to fire off a rocket at the cops or old folks home.