Thursday, December 17, 2009

To Blame Or To Be Congratulated?
Another case of the First Amendment pertaining only to Liberals

The mush-mouthed mustachioed maroon whose claim to fame is an acting style that's best described at a 4-year old with a mouthful of peanut butter crackers who stares real hard at everyone around him (as well as an aversion to washing his hair), is über-pissed at The Catholic Church.

How sad.

Here's the article from NewsBusters.org; (Emphasis mine)
Sam Elliott Blames Catholic Church for Shelving ‘Golden Compass’ Sequel
By Carolyn Plocher

Actor Sam Elliott, who played the Texan aeronaut Lee Scoresby in the 2007 movie "The Golden Compass," has blamed the Catholic Church for scaring Hollywood away from creating a sequel.

"The Catholic Church happened to ‘The Golden Compass,' as far as I'm concerned," said Elliott in a Dec. 14 interview with the London Evening Standard.

Elliott claimed that the Church "lambasted" the company that produced "The Golden Compass," New Line Cinema, and "scared New Line off." Elliott was referring to the boycott organized by Bill Donahue, president of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights. The London Evening Standard quoted Donahue's reason for opposing the movie.

"The reason I protested was the deceitful attempt to introduce Christian children to the wonders of atheism in a backdoor fashion at Christmas time," said Donahue. "Everyone agrees the film version was not anti-Catholic, but that hardly resolves the issue. The fact is that each volume in the trilogy becomes increasingly anti-Catholic."

As the British columnist Peter Hitchens put it, Pullman's trilogy "depicts priests as evil and murderous, drunk and probably perverted, and the Church as ‘a conspiracy against happiness and kindness.'"

But can the Church truly be blamed (or cheered, depending on your point of view) for the failure of "The Golden Compass" in the box office?
And this isn't the first time I've posted on this particular bit of anti-Catholic brainwashing of youth. The author, one certain Phillip Pullman, stated in an interview with the Sydney Morning Herald;
"I've been surprised by how little criticism I've got. Harry Potter's been taking all the flak. I'm a great fan of J.K. Rowling, but the people - mainly from America's Bible Belt - who complain that Harry Potter promotes Satanism or witchcraft obviously haven't got enough in their lives. Meanwhile, I've been flying under the radar, saying things that are far more subversive than anything poor old Harry has said. My books are about killing God."

9 Comments:

Blogger Adeodatus49 said...

If the CC had so much power over Hollywood, then the Da Vinci Code would have never made it to the screen.

What a shame. I used to really like Sam Elliott (and Katharine Ross), . . . used to . . . . ;-(

4:25 PM  
Blogger Helen said...

Can remember when this "Golden Compass" filth was released at Christmastime. The reviews mentioned characters called "daemons". Different spelling from the ones we've been taught about. Whenever demons, by any spelling are around, call on St. Michael The Archangel. He's been fighting them since the Beginning and he will defend you in battle against them and their leader.

Pax Et Bonum

4:35 PM  
Blogger TH2 said...

Another celebrity tool.

5:51 PM  
Blogger Former Altar Boy said...

I, too, used to like Sam Elliot. Now that I know he's anti-Catholic, I'm a fan no longer.

8:00 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

If it's any consolation, Mr. Elliot has not aged well.

8:12 PM  
Blogger PaulaB52 said...

Did he think maybe there's not a sequel because the original movie didn't generate enough $$?

9:45 AM  
Blogger Dymphna said...

Dang. I loved Sam. He's not only a sexy old boy he's the best living cowboy actor but he's dumb, obviously. The movie tanked because it starred Nicole Kidman (box office poison) and had an unlikeable child star and was too long and dull.

3:38 PM  
Blogger JLS said...

How is this guy a good actor? Every single time I saw him in a movie, A. the movie was not very good, B. his character was crafted by an acting school.

There have been many great western actors, and it was because they believed in something good, and also that they or their fathers grew up in cowboy land during cowboy time. My grandmother was raised in a hole in North Texas on the Red River, as her parents came from Tennessee and started a cattle ranch from scratch. They succeeded; one of her brothers started his own Cattle ranch where today is located the Preston Marina ... they named the town after him and then the marina after the town.

My father's grandfather immigrated to Nebraska at the end of the Civil War, worked as a cattle hand for two years then homesteaded, and and eventually owned 16,000 acres ... the ranch still stands and the owner is my third cousin who looks like my identical twin. Three of my Dad's uncles created from scratch cattle ranches in Nebraska. One cousin of his created the largest feedlot west of Chicago.

Point is that the generation of what's his name playing cowboys simply does not do justice to the real McCoys

I forgot to mention my sister's late FIL, who grew up on a Kansas farm, enlisted in the army for WWII and ended up piloting a B-17 over Ploesti. He later flew the Burma hump in a Martin Mars, and was allowed a few runs with Claire Chenault's Flying Tigers. This guy never went to college.

Well, I could go on and on about the actors who played cowboy roles and did it well ... because they knew from experience what it was about, what it was like, and what they were doing.

My generation does not have a single actor who can do that. Most of them grew up as sons of the originals, with lots of money and expensive play ranches. When I watch such films with these guys, all I see is actors who resemble the real cowboy actors, their fathers, but who play the parts of cowboys that learned it all the easy way.

Ever observed how these late comers handle horses? Then compare that to the old characters, even the bit part guys rode better than any of these pedigreed dudes.

Sorry for my rant, but it gets me upset when these guys cannot act even a candle to what the oldtimers could do.

Look at their faces ... where is the look of experience outside of a method acting school? All one can see is city slickers with cowboy hats and boots. They're all politically correct facial expressions ... no genuine emotion, but all feigned. I remember when I was in sixth grades in Los Angeles, and some cowboy actors came to put on a shoot out. I snuck around the back of a building and crept up on one of them who was standing in the shadows of the shootout with his pardner. Yes, I was after his sixgun. And I just about had it, too, when he realized it and slapped his hand down on it so's to foil my attempt. Did he then smile sweetly at me and say something politically correct? Hell no. That hombre gave me one mean look and growled, which set me and my buddies on our heels and outta there.

10:44 PM  
Blogger JLS said...

There is profound mystery and then again there is profound mystery. One is found in the movies, and the other is found in Catholicism.

12:35 PM  

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