Friday, June 27, 2008

Populists Are Bypassing Hollywood

They don't have the same money and cachet as Mel Gibson and "The Passion of the Christ," but they are forging ahead independent of Hollywood.

I mentioned "Fireproof" on my show. It was made by a church in Albany, Georgia, the same church that made "Flywheel" and "Facing the Giants."

I saw it at an advance screening. It won't be in Omaha theaters until Sep. 26, but I want you to know it's coming. I want you to know there is a treatment of marriage that acknowledges the problems and arguments and reasons for giving up, and relentlessly drives you back to the conviction that you must be as tenacious about saving your marriage as a firefighter saving someone from a burning building.

That means making sacrifices for someone even if that someone does not automatically reciprocate -- or even rejects your efforts. And it means embracing the idea that love is more than an emotion. It's a decision to commit and persevere even when the "magic" isn't there.

I don't know as much about the other movie, "Brothers at War." It was made by a guy who has two brothers serving in Iraq. Apparently it's driving military members and families to tears of gratitude.

I suppose "Bella," the understated but moving pro-life film by the Mexican movie star who had been a high-life playboy, and "Expelled," the challenge to atheism in academia by Ben Stein, also are part of this end run around Hollywood.

The success of such movies, and the success of talk radio, is proof that the populist majority is not where Hollywood and academia are.

Click here to see the trailer for "Brothers at War."

Click here to see the trailer for "Fireproof."

1 comment:

OmaSteak said...

While it's nice to see a real solid values-based movie make a splash every now and then, as long as the "populist majority" cares more about TV, movies, sports, etc., the closer this country drifts toward socialism driven by PC secular humanist liberals who dominate the media and academia and are hell-bent on reinstating the "Fairness Doctrine" to effectively stifle a major thorn in their sides, conservative talk radio.