The Iraq War, in Hollywood's TheaterWhy did I chuckle? This:
Despite the Drama, Films About the Conflict Fizzled at the Box Office
By Paul Farhi, Washington Post Staff Writer
After five years of conflict in Iraq, Hollywood seems to have learned a sobering lesson: The only things less popular than the war itself are dramatic films and television shows about the conflict.
A spate of Iraq-themed movies and TV shows haven't just failed at the box office. They've usually failed spectacularly, despite big stars, big budgets and serious intentions. (link)
"Hollywood seems to have learned a sobering lesson."
Seems not. Astonishingly, the very next story in the same Washington Post happens to be about another anti-Iraq War movie that's about to be released:
'Boys Don't Cry' Director Turns Her Lens on What It Means to Be a SoldierYawn. Hasn't this one been done? A dozen times in recent years? All the anti-war/anti-Bush movies run together after a time.
By John Anderson, Special to The Washington Post
" 'Stop-Loss' is a movie about guys who signed up after 9/11 for all the right reasons -- protect your family, your home, your country," she says. "And they have this experience that every soldier told me soldiers go through. It's about protecting the soldier to your left, the soldier to your right, being willing to die for them and being challenged by the nature of this conflict, the nature of urban warfare. So many soldiers said to me, 'They're putting us in impossible circumstances.' "
And those circumstances include stop-loss: In the movie, a soldier who thinks he's being discharged (Ryan Phillippe) is told he's got to go back to Iraq. He refuses. Interstate flight ensues. (link)
Learned a sobering lesson? Please. These people haven't learned a bloody thing.