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On 1/28/18 5:54 PM, moviePig wrote:
> On 1/28/2018 3:26 PM, BTR1701 wrote:
>> 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.
>>
>>
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>> https://theintercept.com/2018/01/27/12-strong-war-movies-masculinity
>>
>> Peter Maass
>> 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
>> monstrous.
>>
>> 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
>> clich