Michael Moore slams snipers as ‘military assassins’

20 Jan 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

‘American Sniper’ Breaks Box Office Records After Oscar Nominations.

Filmmaker Michael Moore has slammed snipers as ‘cowards’ who ‘shoot you in the back’ – the same weekend the Oscar-tipped movie American Sniper hit cinemas. PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — American Sniper took aim at the box office and debuted in first place over the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend, the first weekend since the Oscar nominations. His new film “American Sniper” took in $90.2 million over the weekend, and counting the MLK holiday Monday estimates project it will total around $108 million for the 4 day period.The war drama, which racked up a surprising 6 Oscar nominations—including Best Picture—collected a massive $90.2 million in its opening weekend to set a record for January. The director, behind hit documentaries like ‘Fahrenheit 9/11′, ‘Bowling for Columbine’ and ‘Roger & Me’ among others, is known for his anti-gun views. “My uncle killed by sniper in WW2 (World War II).

Number 2 for the weekend was Kevin Hart’s new comedy “The Wedding Ringer.” Hart hosted SNL Saturday night which probably helped ticket sales for his film this weekend. Nicknamed “Legend,” the Navy SEAL served four tours in the Iraq War, received several commendations for valor, and racked up 160 confirmed kills—though he later claimed the actual number was 255. Dan Fellman, head of domestic distribution at the Time Warner Inc. unit Warner Bros., which distributed “American Sniper,” said it had become “an instant cultural phenomenon.”

It nearly bested Cooper’s previous biggest opening, Marvel superhero epic Guardians of the Galaxy in which he has a voice role – it made $94m on debut in August last year on its way to a $333m north American total, the year’s highest. And invaders r worse.’ Based on Kyle’s autobiography of the same name, the film reveals not only how he became so successful, but also how the trauma of fighting in Iraq never left him. American Sniper, which was nominated for six Oscars on Thursday, has captured the US public’s imagination on the same level as a tentpole action movie.

But not everyone was a fan of Eastwood’s film, which centres on the real-life US Navy Seal and sniper Chris Kyle, known for 160 confirmed kills in Iraq. Green Zone, The Hurt Locker, The Lucky Ones, The Messenger, Stop-Loss, etc., American Sniper has already proven to be a box office hit, eclipsing its $60 million budget in its first three days of release.

The film’s lead actor David Oyelowo missed out on a best actor Oscar nomination while ‘American Sniper’ star Bradley Cooper earned two nods — one as the film’s producer and second in the lead actor category. “Everybody else – try to see SELMA this weekend! In 2003, he was deployed to Iraq, where he made his first long-distance kills — including that woman with the grenade — although he had not actually been trained as sniper. The Guardian’s Peter Bradshaw labelled it “worryingly dull”, and there were even harsher comments from the leftwing US film-maker Michael Moore, who seemed to allude to the film.

Elsewhere at the North American box office, two more new entries fought it out for second place, the Kevin Hart comedy The Wedding Ringer ($21m) just beating Paddington’s $19.2m. Fonda, of course, attracted the ire of many Americans when she took a trip to North Vietnam in 1972 and posed for several photos with NVA troops, earning her the nickname “Hanoi Jane.” She later starred in the Oscar-winning Vietnam War drama Coming Home, about a ménage-a-trois involving Vietnam War veterans suffering from PTSD. The Academy faced a lot of criticism for the lack of diversity in its nominations which many believed failed to recognise the contribution of women and blacks. This past weekend, she apologized for her “Hanoi Jane” days, calling her trip a “huge mistake.” While Fonda supported the film and its sympathy for PTSD-suffering military vets, other celebrities homed in on the film’s perceived jingoistic, pro-war message.

On an otherwise remarkable weekend for mid-January, the big loser was hacking-themed Michael Mann action movie Blackhat, starring Thor’s Chris Hemsworth. Despite a budget of more than $70m the thriller opened at number 10 with just $4m and appears on course to be 2015’s first major box office turkey. Moore won an Oscar in 2002 for his documentary Bowling For Columbine, exploring gun violence in America and the main reasons for the Columbine High School massacre. Last year Moore wrote on his Facebook page that that while other countries have more violent histories than the U.S., more guns per capita and consume the same violent movies and video games as the U.S., but none have anywhere near the rates of mass killings that America does. He explained: ‘The bloodshed is just the latest in what is fast becoming a regular occurrence in the United States, and one that is sure to happen again, says Moore. ‘When the NRA says, “Guns don’t kill people – people kill people,” they’ve got it half-right.

If it’s not this movie, I hope to god another movie will come out where it will shed light on the fact of what servicemen and women have to go through, and that we need to pay attention to our vets.

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