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Mar. 23, 2008by:

Why are recent war movies faring so badly at the box-office?

Simple: they were badly made films
Most of them were distributed in limited release, so I didn't even have a chance to see them
I see "war" shit on the tube every night, I don't want to see that crap in theaters as well
I go to movies to be entertained, not to be given life lessons or insight into war
All the films have a biased liberal slants, and that turns me off from the get-go
I have my own reasons (see below)
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8:40PM on 03/24/2008

War movies didn't do well during Vietnam either.

I believe these movies will do better about 5 to 10 years AFTER the war. When you see the real stuff on TV everyday, it's depressing enough without seeing it in dramatic form in a theater. Unpopular war = bad box office for war movies.

War movies didn't do well during Vietnam either.

I believe these movies will do better about 5 to 10 years AFTER the war. When you see the real stuff on TV everyday, it's depressing enough without seeing it in dramatic form in a theater. Unpopular war = bad box office for war movies.
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11:32AM on 03/24/2008
I will definitely go and see this war flick, it suppose to be the most bad ass, with best casts, and it also base on true imagination - Tropic Thunder.
I will definitely go and see this war flick, it suppose to be the most bad ass, with best casts, and it also base on true imagination - Tropic Thunder.
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1:42AM on 03/24/2008

THE BEST WAR MOVIES . . .

The best war movies do not blatantly pick sides, or they do so through the integration of the themes in its story. Most of the Iraq films that have been released are clearly just there to TELL YOU what you should think about the war, and most people, I believe, are, and should, be offended by this.
The best war movies do not blatantly pick sides, or they do so through the integration of the themes in its story. Most of the Iraq films that have been released are clearly just there to TELL YOU what you should think about the war, and most people, I believe, are, and should, be offended by this.
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1:24AM on 03/24/2008
Funny to hear this because I was just a few hours ago listening to an NPR special on this very subject. It was a long ride and the music all sucked, don't laugh at me! Half the films they mentioned in this report I had never heard of. They had to have been limited releases or I probably would have seen them. I saw "The Kingdom" [not Iraq but close] but none of the "serious" Iraq films I KNEW about looked interesting. I wish I had known about some of the others they had mentioned on NPR, but
Funny to hear this because I was just a few hours ago listening to an NPR special on this very subject. It was a long ride and the music all sucked, don't laugh at me! Half the films they mentioned in this report I had never heard of. They had to have been limited releases or I probably would have seen them. I saw "The Kingdom" [not Iraq but close] but none of the "serious" Iraq films I KNEW about looked interesting. I wish I had known about some of the others they had mentioned on NPR, but even now I can't remember their titles.

But I am thinking of seeing Stop Loss, they interviewed Kimberly Pierce and she damn near convinced me to.
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12:44AM on 03/24/2008
I was actually thinking, make Call Of Duty 4 into a trilogy, that games plot was amazing.
I was actually thinking, make Call Of Duty 4 into a trilogy, that games plot was amazing.
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12:29AM on 03/24/2008

All the above, but especially...

All the films have a biased liberal slants, and that turns me off from the get-go.

Hollywood liberals make it embarassing to be liberal or even have a liberal opinion. The ad for Stop Loss is so bad. Who wants to watch a movie about a retard redneck who apparently doesn't know how to read? Stop loss not some out of nowhere policy. And Lions and Lambs, what a piece of shit.
All the films have a biased liberal slants, and that turns me off from the get-go.

Hollywood liberals make it embarassing to be liberal or even have a liberal opinion. The ad for Stop Loss is so bad. Who wants to watch a movie about a retard redneck who apparently doesn't know how to read? Stop loss not some out of nowhere policy. And Lions and Lambs, what a piece of shit.
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11:21PM on 03/23/2008
I believe its a similar situation with all the fantasy films, I dont think it has to do with public outcries or morale issues, more like a case of over supply. When a movie does good studios have a habit of milking that cow dry. Just like the aforementioned fantasy and war films add to that Japanese horror remakes and epic movies.
I believe its a similar situation with all the fantasy films, I dont think it has to do with public outcries or morale issues, more like a case of over supply. When a movie does good studios have a habit of milking that cow dry. Just like the aforementioned fantasy and war films add to that Japanese horror remakes and epic movies.
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10:46PM on 03/23/2008

Fictional Vs Non-Fictional

I'm really waiting for an Iraq War movie in a saving private ryan scale, a fictional story in a non fictional war..

Take the beginning days of the invasion of Iraq, and place an event such as - a marine becoming a prisoner of war, a special forces squad is sent to find him. Eventually get caught in a counter-assault by the Iraqi Military in an Iraqi city/town which ensues a big battle, etc. Many die, reinforcements come, big tanks and helicopter gunships blow shit up, marine is found. Say a
I'm really waiting for an Iraq War movie in a saving private ryan scale, a fictional story in a non fictional war..

Take the beginning days of the invasion of Iraq, and place an event such as - a marine becoming a prisoner of war, a special forces squad is sent to find him. Eventually get caught in a counter-assault by the Iraqi Military in an Iraqi city/town which ensues a big battle, etc. Many die, reinforcements come, big tanks and helicopter gunships blow shit up, marine is found. Say a good one-liner, have a good moral. Kill an Iraqi Alpha Male commander. The end

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9:30PM on 03/23/2008

Escape

The American public just don't want to see anything in the theaters regarding the war. Personally, I love war movies, and enjoy anything with a substantial message behind it. So many people go to the movies only for escape that the filmmakers who truly genuinely have a message in their films are likely to be left out in the cold 9 times out of 10.
The American public just don't want to see anything in the theaters regarding the war. Personally, I love war movies, and enjoy anything with a substantial message behind it. So many people go to the movies only for escape that the filmmakers who truly genuinely have a message in their films are likely to be left out in the cold 9 times out of 10.
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6:22PM on 03/23/2008

My take

During turbulent periods like we are currently in, people want escapism. Doesn't mean you can't riff on themes of the day, but it works better if you hide it in another genre (a la V for Vendetta). My guess is that once the Iraq War is finally over, you'll see a greater amount of interest in films dealing with it directly.
During turbulent periods like we are currently in, people want escapism. Doesn't mean you can't riff on themes of the day, but it works better if you hide it in another genre (a la V for Vendetta). My guess is that once the Iraq War is finally over, you'll see a greater amount of interest in films dealing with it directly.
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5:39PM on 03/23/2008
It's as simple as this: people hate to be depressed. With movies being seen as an escape from their mundane lives, they don't want to be reminded of the fucked up shit that goes on the real world.
It's as simple as this: people hate to be depressed. With movies being seen as an escape from their mundane lives, they don't want to be reminded of the fucked up shit that goes on the real world.
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5:37PM on 03/23/2008
The Kingdom did well I thought. It never really picks a side and I think that's why people walked away satisfied. Our minds are made up by now on the war. Those in favor of the war aren't going to see an anti-war movie. Those against the war don't need to watch a two hour long movie just to reinforce what they already believe.
The Kingdom did well I thought. It never really picks a side and I think that's why people walked away satisfied. Our minds are made up by now on the war. Those in favor of the war aren't going to see an anti-war movie. Those against the war don't need to watch a two hour long movie just to reinforce what they already believe.
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4:12PM on 03/23/2008
Charlie Wilson's War was good, but the other ones were so so to bad movies. Also, most people just don't want to see war movies right now.
Charlie Wilson's War was good, but the other ones were so so to bad movies. Also, most people just don't want to see war movies right now.
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