Atlas Shrugged came out this week, and the movie critics agree, this is the worst movie … ever. Far less entertaining than Walmart or that other work of cinematic art Sicko.
I have not seen any of these movies, yet. but I am going to see Atlas Shrugged, because I loved the book, even despite the extended Ayn Rand rants that nearly put me to sleep. I did see The Patriot, a Mel Gibson movie from 2000, which, despite being one of the best movies of all times, received less critical acclaim than Walmart.
My movie going friends all know that stellar critical reviews are the kiss of death. If you see a movie with great critical reviews, it might still be worth watching, but best to read the reviews by blogers, because they are a bit more trustworthy.
So, who suffers when the media’s anti-business bigotry inflates the critical acclaim of crap cinematography?
First to suffer is the employer of the media critic, the media itself. We see that the Wall Street Journal is the only newspaper with increasing circulation, and almost every other paper is dying. Lib rags are sinking fastest.
Next, obviously, are independent film makers who do not produce drek with a liberal bias. What a terrible price the left puts on independent thinking by artists. The public suffers by having to put up with second rate movies, since the best talent is selected against, in favor of those stupid enough to be socialists or soulless enough to pretend to be. This is not to say that a great artist cannot be a socialist; great artistic ability and unbiased social insight are not the same, but when we weed out every artist with unbiased social insight we silence half of all world views, which explains the low quality of so much of what comes from Hollywood–difficult to represent good and evil when none of your writers know the difference between good and evil.
Which leads me to my point.
Who really suffers from the low quality of a biased media? Industry iteself. In this case, the movie industry. If movie reviews were honest, then the best films and the best production companies would receive more traffic, and produce more and better films, and the public might return to the movies. If the industry has no watch dog–the function once provided by honest critical review–then the consumer has no way to find the best of what is produced, and comes to expect lower quality. Low quality leads to less consumption.