Are Hollywood’s wounds self-inflicted?

From Joel Kotkin at OC Register:

The preference of sophisticated opinion may be quintessential to Europe’s boutique film industry, but the blending of popular tastes with art has long propelled Hollywood’s historical success. This separation between audience and the Academy was not always the case. Films like “Gone with the Wind” (1939), “Around the World in 80 Days” (1956), “Ben-Hur” (1959), “The Sound of Music” (1965), “The Godfather” (1972), “Forest Gump” (1994) and “Titanic” (1997) all managed to be both blockbusters and best picture winners.

Hollywood, wrote author Leo Rosten in 1940, was “the very embodiment” of “magic success,” allowing a truck driver to dream of being a hero, or a small-town waitress “to compare herself to a movie queen.” Hollywood was Middle American to the core, which appealed not just to our own audiences, but also to those around the world. More.

Reality check: As noted earlier, when Hollywood types started to demand that we all listen to them rant, they were competing with every bore on the planet. No wonder their financial fortunes are tanking. Failing to understand their situation, they did it when the digital universe makes them just one alternative among many. If they haven’t figured all that out by now, they are just not going to pull out of their dive.

See also: In other non-news, Hollywood comedy still doesn’t get it

Big Gay: Hollywood a flop as a progressive lecture series. They can’t yet force everyone to pretend we care and find them interesting, the way a prof could.

Ambitious gay rights drama flops Until progressives can control what the rest of us are allowed to watch, they will not be able to advance their agenda very significantly hereafter.

and

Academy Awards protest hooplah masks declining public interest

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  • I liked Victor Davis Hanson’s piece on the Stoicism, many people are simply tuning out preached culture.

    Monasteries of the mind

    http://www.nationalreview.com/article/445934/political-culture-backlash-americans-retreat-when-theres-no-escaping-politics

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      That’s why we’re here.

  • Tooth&Claw

    They no longer tell a story in a compelling way. They prefer to milk a franchise with sequels that are not worthy, they remake formerly successful movies with a modern twist. Examples: Let’s include a homosexual character. Let’s include a graphic sex scene!, Let’s include some really graphic violence and blood, lots of blood! .
    Bah, all they can produce is dreck.

    • Exactly.

      How may reboots are there in the works?

      Martin Scorcese is right. No one makes movies anymore.

  • “The Southern California cultural industry needs to … speak to the aspirations of most Americans, not just the enlightened sophistos on the coasts. To leave people in Middle America, particularly in their 50s and above, watching reruns of old programs is not exactly a great business strategy for future growth.”

    Well said.

  • Hard Little Machine

    So this week we began the tortuous process of calling up the cable company 10x to demand that they end our cable TV service. After the latest bill came and it was another $11 more with no explanation we called them and all they had to say was ‘this is the best you will get, take it or leave it’

    OK – sounds fair, I quit. Internet only thanks…..

    But we realized that besides cable news. CSPAN, and a true-crime channel, we don’t watch any network TV at all and can’t even remember the last time we watched a network broadcast. We can’t stand being beat over the head with PSA’s, moralizing or endless commercials. We don’t worry about agendas or the shows that try to tell us what to think and how to feel and the commercials that say the same thing and the news that says the same thing. We haven’t bought a movie ticket in years and years and there’s nothing on the horizon that would get us to change. $14 a ticket plus snacks is a $50 date. For what? A movie about a gay 23 year old illegal Mexican Muslim who lead her transgendered village across the Rio Grande to attend Yale for free and keep the US space program alive?

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      I still want to try one of those movie theatres with the tables and the liquor licence.
      Now, all Hollywood has to do is release a movie movie.

      • Hard Little Machine

        Try drinking on the pitch dark

        • dance…dancetotheradio

          The soccer pitch?