Hollywood, In A Nutshell
By Ed Driscoll · July 28, 2005 09:34 PM · Hollywood, Interrupted
Steve Green (who gains bonus street cred for his admiration of debonair William Powell), highlights exactly what's gone wrong with Hollywood, by examining, of all things, the trailer for Rob Schneider's Deuce Bigalow: European Gigalo:
The trailer for "Deuce Bigalow: European Gigalo" had been up for a couple days, but I just couldn't bring myself to click on the link. Rob Schneider is not now nor has he ever been funny. It's not that I don't enjoy lowbrow stuff - far from it. Give me a couple beers and some Three Stooges, and I'm a happy man.As I feel like I've written innumerable times already this year, I wouldn't have a problem with this sort of thing, if Hollywood was releasing a wide variety of product, to appeal to both those who are pro-freedom and pro-liberation, and those who are anti-war and/or anti-Bush.
But when everything comes with the same mindset and worldview attached to it, is it any wonder that they're losing audience-share? The same thing has crippled the news industry as well. If your mindset is exactly that of the New York Times, then great, you're good to go. But for the rest of us....well, like Lucy and Charlie Brown, you can only pull the football away so many times, before you give the game away.
With Weblogs, there's a blog for every mindset and attitude--and if there isn't, that's probably reason enough to start one. But that doesn't seem to be the case with Hollywood these days. Maybe, at some point in the future, just as the right side of the Blogosphere competes with the MSM, and Fox News competes with CNN, there will be widely available alternatives to Hollywood's product.
But until then, we'll keep wondering why they keep doing the stuff that Steve describes above, and hopefully, they'll keep wondering why they're losing money.
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