Subject: 12 STRONG: The Left is Upset (Again)
This guy has some serious issues to work through. His obvious issues
with the military aside, he can't even stand that Hemsworth is
good-looking. "Greviously handsome"? WTF?
Oh, and contrary to the writer's claim, Hemsworth's Marines did a lot
more than decimate the Taliban forces. They annihilated them.
January 27 2018
The Hollywood Reporter published a surprising story earlier this month
about film studios turning away from movies about sex. A biopic about
Hugh Hefner is stalled, gone for the moment is a James Franco film about
a 15-year-old Russian prostitute, and a remake of A STAR IS BORN is
being re-thought, too.
"As Hollywood begins to navigate the #MeToo landscape," Tatiana Siegel
reported, "one of the first casualties appears to be big-screen erotica.
In the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, studios are steering clear
of sex." Alyssa Rosenberg, writing in the Washington Post, hopes that
Hollywood's embarrassed executives are navigating "the end of a very
narrow way of thinking about what's alluring." Instead of movies that
objectify women, she suggests more films that portray sex and sexuality
in intelligent ways.
This reckoning is long overdue. And it can be extended to another genre
that has distorted how men behave: war movies. Hollywood has shown
itself capable of making excellent war movies (think THREE KINGS, PATHS
OF GLORY, and THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES), but most are problematic.
Some of the biggest war movies of the post-9/11 era don't just show
violence in ways that are often gratuitous and occasionally racist. They
model a cliched form of masculinity that veers from simplistic to
For instance, you can see Rambo and John Wayne return to life in the
latest war blockbuster, 12 STRONG, which was produced by Jerry
Bruckheimer, who also brought us BLACK HAWK DOWN. 12 STRONG is an
extravaganza about a Special Forces team that fought the Taliban in
Afghanistan in the weeks and months after 9/11. During the movie's
pivotal scene, the leader of the Green Berets, played by Chris Hemsworth
(the grievously handsome star of the THOR franchise), decimates a hive
of Taliban fighters with his rifle ablaze as he gallops ahead on his
fearless horse (yes, he's riding a horse). In the same way that
Hemsworth's assault weapon goes rat-tat-tat and the bad guys fall like
bulleted dominoes, the scene itself checks off one born-in-Hollywood