Let’s take a conservative cultural commando, any one, say…this one:
But guess what: ever more Americans are shunning Hollywoodâ€™s waresâ€”and disgust with Left Coast politics, both on and off screen, clearly plays a part. In a time of declining moviegoing, what gets people out to the theaters, it turns out, are conservative moviesâ€”conservative not so much politically but culturally and morally, focusing on the battle between good and evil, the worth of heroism and self-sacrifice, the indispensability of family values and martial honor, and the existence of Truth. Hollywood used to turn out a steady supply of such moviesâ€”watch just about any film from its Golden Age of the thirties and fortiesâ€”and it still makes them once in a while (sometimes thanks to off-screen lefties like Steven Spielberg). We may soon see a lot more of them.
Thereâ€™s no question Hollywood is reeling. Film attendance is down a wrenching 12 percent from last year, and a May USA Today/CNN/Gallup poll found that nearly half of American adults go to movies less often than they did in 2000. Some pundits have blamed the rising price of tickets, but in constant dollars a ticket costs less than it did 25 years ago. Others believe that itâ€™s all those DVDs that people are buyingâ€”except that DVD sales are slumping, too. The most likely explanation is the left-wing politics. â€œYou can date the recent box-office decline from the end of the summer last year, with the intensification of the presidential campaign,â€ notes conservative film critic and talk-radio host Michael Medved. â€œIt wasnâ€™t just Hollywoodâ€™s hostility toward President Bush; it was the naked, raw partisanship.â€
Well Medved got the “naked, raw” part right:
The 23rd AVN awards presentation here was a campy mix of Hollywood clichÃ© and X-rated clips watched with 3,000 of your closest friends and industry insiders. The acceptance speeches tended to be brief, befitting a film industry with little emphasis on dialogue.
The program highlighted that pornography is, at least in a sense, at a crossroads. The sex-film industry shows signs of gaining some mainstream acceptance – spurred in part by its leading diva and business success, Jenna Jameson – and it is reporting record sales. According to AVN Publications, which organizes the awards, it generated $4.3 billion in sales and rentals last year. That amounted to about half the size of Hollywood’s box-office receipts of nearly $9 billion last year.
So it looks like the dollars that weren’t being spent on The Passion of The Christ were being spent on The Passion of the Christies*.
*(Yes, that is a real movie. No, I haven’t seen it. I can’t watch porn because I can’t get past the tacky furniture. Ick)