26 January 2015

"American Sniper" Set To Overtake "Saving Private Ryan"

As the #1 war film of all time.
In celebrating Sniper's $200 million milestone, Warners domestic distribution chief Dan Fellman said that Eastwood "created a gripping drama with a rare insight into the toll of war that has resonated with audiences in almost every demographic." [Source.]
Well, not every demographic. The left and wackydemia (is that redundant?) doesn't care for it too much. But who really cares?


ropelight said...

Hollywood's loudmouth, preening, and overly perfumed pretenders squeal loudest when the powerful medium they routinely use to undermine the nation's traditional cultural values eludes confinement and actually allows the public to catch a glimpse of the extraordinary accomplishments and personal sacrifices American soldiers are capable of in defense of their comrades in arms.

The strut and yelp of Hollywood's elite sissies rings out as unintended homage to the courage and dedication of men like Chris Kyle. We are blessed indeed to have men such as him among us, and they are legion.

E.J. DAgrosa said...

I don't know if I would call it the #1 war movie of all-time because I could think of far better ones, but I suppose they are solely going off of gross box office sales. "A Bridge Too Far" is certainly better in my opinion, and "Band of Brothers", and as for modern war movies "Black Hawk Down".

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Blessed indeed RL. EJ - yes, I think they're referring to popularity as measured by box office receipts.

ropelight said...

Again, my comment is too long. I'll post it in 2 parts.

I'm not picking on EJ. I enjoy his comments (his list of favorites is just a convenient means of introduction), however I have strong opinions on this topic and feel compelled to offer the following. Again, I intend no criticism of EJ, he's every bit as entitled to his preferences as I am to mine.

A Bridge Too Far was shunned by critics and ignored by the Motion Picture Academy (Oscars). Rotten Tomatoes reported a 6.8 average rating out of a possible 10.

The ensemble movie received high marks for impressive staging and historical accuracy, and sharp criticism for being overly long and excessively repetitive. Bridge was a disappointment at the box office in the US but did somewhat better in Europe.

Band of Brothers wasn't a movie and didn't play in theaters, it was a TV miniseries.

Black Hawk Down is a special case. It was propaganda effort by Bill Clinton's Hollywood supporters to whitewash his Administration's shocking military blunders. By focusing on the courage and sacrifice of the American soldiers murdered in Mogadishu Hollywood's spinmeisters sought to define the disastrous Somalia operation as something other than a completely avoidable bloodbath precipitated by the Clinton Administration's gross incompetence.

(Familiar TV images and eerie echos from Mogadishu could be seen and heard reverberating in the streets of Benghazi nearly 20 years later, along with a repetition of many of the same key elements.)

In the early days of October 1993 the American public was shocked and outraged by horrible TV images of dead and partially dismembered American soldiers being dragged down the filthy streets of Mogadishu accompanied by the cheers of celebrating and gun waving savages chanting slogans of Islamic victory.

The UN authorized peacekeeping and food distribution operation begun during the closing months of Bush 41's presidency had metastasized under incoming POTUS Bill Clinton to a full blown series of special forces Seek and Capture raids designed to kidnap high-echelon members of Mohammed Aidid's Somali National Alliance.

US forces under the command of Major General William F Garrison, Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) were dispatched to capture Aidid's lieutenants: Foreign Minister Omar Salad Elmi, and top political adviser Mohamed Hassan Awale. The plan called for Delta Force troops to fast-rope down from Black Hawk helicopters to the suspect location, capture the designated targets, in time to be quickly extracted by a convoy of ground vehicles arriving at the compound shortly after the air assault commenced. In and out in under 30 minutes, start to finish.

ropelight said...

Part 2:

General Garrison had repeatedly requested American armored vehicles for just such dangerous extractions but had been repeatedly refused by Clinton's Secretary of Defense, Les Aspin.

The raid went sour almost immediately, helicopters delivered one element of the assault team to the wrong location, and Aidid's Al-Qaida trained forces took command of the streets with AK-47s, RPGs, and burning barricades to block the extraction convoy of unarmored trucks and Humvees from arriving. (Somali civilian spies and UN officials present in JSOC HQ and opposed to US military operations secretly informed Aidid's forces of the impending raid so ambush operations could be prepared well in advance.) Sound familiar?

Two months later SecDef Aspin was forced to resign in disgrace for refusing to authorize the armored vehicles specifically requested for the mission, and even more outrageously, Bill Clinton went on national TV to blame conservative Republicans for "pushing him into making premature decisions." Just as outrageously, Clinton also denied that Osama bin Ladin and Al-Qaida were involved even though bin Ladin himself denigrated Clinton's claims and freely acknowledged his Al-Qaida forces had trained and assisted the Somalis who butchered US soldiers that terrible night in Mogadishu. Moreover, bin Ladin laughed in Clinton's face that he'd run America out of Somalia and claimed that our hasty retreat from the battlefield "displayed the weakness, feebleness, and cowardliness of the US soldier."

In an attempt to save face, Bill Clinton and his Hollywood cronies then concocted Black Hawk Down as an attractive but distracting eulogy glorifying the 18 dead and 70 wounded American soldiers as brave young men heroically willing to die fighting for their brothers in arms as a means to keep the shameful and completely avoidable defeat from being revealed as resulting directly from decisions made in Clinton's Oval Office. The blood of those brave men was on Clinton's hands and Hollywood was out to whitewash him and make a few bucks in the process.

The deception worked (unlike the later attempt to blame Benghazi on a video tape) Black Hawk Down received 4 Academy Award nominations and earned 2 Oscars - Best Director and Best Cinematography. It also did very well at the box office setting record returns for the first 3 weeks following wide release.

E.J. DAgrosa said...

Hey RL. I actually never looked at Black Hawk Down that way, but I can see it. I of course am no fan on Clinton, the man was an utter disgrace and I would say what I really think should happen to him but I'll bite my tongue.
Interestingly, Delta and the Rangers wanted to go back in and finish things, but the administration wouldn't allow it.