Sarah Palin praises ‘American Sniper,’ calls out ‘Hollywood leftists’

21 Jan 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

‘American Sniper’ and war as entertainment.

Back in 2011, before Bradley Cooper even strapped on a rifle, the book that inspired the Oscar-nominated film American Sniper was just coming out. Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper continued to outpace expectations on Monday — the official Martin Luther King Jr. holiday — grossing $17.8 million and putting its historic four-day debut at $107.3 million, instead of the projected $105.3 million.

Sarah Palin has some opinions about American Sniper and the “Hollywood leftists” who have criticized the film for what they consider to be glorifying sniping.The widow of Chris Kyle whose story has inspired the box office hit American Sniper has paid tribute to audiences who have flocked to cinemas to watch the film.

“American Sniper,” which blew the doors off movie box offices last weekend, is either an attempt to repackage the Iraq War and resell it to Americans, or, as director Michael Moore has characterized it, the portrait of a coward who picks off women and children from the distant safety of his sniper’s nest. American Sniper marks the biggest launch ever for a non-tentpole Hollywood title, as well as for a movie opening in January — much less an R-rated modern-day war film (the previous best for a drama was The Passion of the Christ with $83.8 million). I am hustling to see as many Academy Award-nominated movies as I can before the ceremony on Feb. 22. “Into the Woods,” “The Imitation Game,” “Selma,” “Still Alice.” But “American Sniper” is not on the list, despite its six nominations, including Best Picture and Best Actor for Bradley Cooper.

And the film’s three-day haul of $89.5 million marks the No. 2 debut for an R-rated film after The Matrix: Reloaded ($91.8 million), not accounting for inflation. It comes after it was revealed the movie, which has been directed by Clint Eastwood, has already earned $90.2million and set a record for the highest-earning January opening. Students were murdered during an anti-war protest at Kent State in the spring of my freshman year in college, and my boyfriend had a draft lottery number of something like 11. But on Tuesday, following American Sniper’s record-breaking opening weekend and six Academy Award nominations, Time published the interview in its entirety. The Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow production, starring Bradley Cooper as real-life Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, benefited from a massive turnout in America’s heartland.

The film tells the story of Mr Kyle, a sniper, who was credited with saving hundreds of American lives by making 160 confirmed kills, which is the most in American military history. However, after retiring from the military, he was shot dead in 2013 by a soldier he was trying to help who was suffering from severe post-traumatic stress.

And now with the film of his life tipped for Oscar success, Mrs Kyle, who is played by Sienna Miller in the movie, has thanked audiences in a post on Facebook. I didn’t have the nerve to see the reality of that war on the big screen, so I never saw “The Deer Hunter,” “Apocalypse Now,” “Coming Home” or “Born on the Fourth of July.” I was good for “Doctor Zhivago,” “Lawrence of Arabia,” “Catch 22” and “Casablanca” — movies about wars far in the past and removed from me. To date, it has earned $25.4 million to date. “It is a cultural phenomenon and a perfect storm,” said Warners domestic distribution chief Dan Fellman. “If you would have told me we’d do these numbers, I would have replied that you were smoking something. It performed well in every market, from the smallest town to the biggest cities.” Earning a coveted A+ CinemaScore in every category, Sniper galvanized moviegoers in both red states and blue states.

Heading into the weekend, the film was expected to open in the $45 million to $50 million range as it unfurled nationwide in 3,555 theaters after a limited run over Christmas in Los Angeles, New York and Dallas (Kyle was from Texas). Faithful readers know my son graduated from a military academy and did three tours in Afghanistan, and I suppose you could say that’s why I can’t see this movie, just as I couldn’t see “Zero Dark Thirty,” or “The Hurt Locker” or “Black Hawk Down.” And you can’t go see “Unbroken” if your personal hell would be your son in a POW camp. The film, which is based on Mr Kyle’s autobiography of the same name reveals not only how he became so successful, but also how the trauma of fighting in Iraq never left him. ‘You are the man who I couldn’t have even dreamt of because you were/are better than I could have dreamed, the love of my life, my friend, partner and the man who laughed with me through the pain and found joy in the smallest and best parts of life. In 2004, Kyle was posted to Fallujah, west of Baghdad and a major battleground of Iraqi insurgency, and it was during the battle for that city where he first made his mark.

These movies are important because they illustrate for ordinary Americans who had no sons or daughters in Iraq and Afghanistan just what was going on there while they were getting the family together for Sunday dinners and trips to the beach. He had not only shot more of the enemy than any other American sniper but had also gained himself a chestful of medals, including three Silver Stars for gallantry. What I mean is, I cannot kill a rainy Sunday afternoon sitting in a dark theater and watching a dramatized version of what happened to the sons of other mothers. As a matter of fact, I think you owe it to the young men and women who did multiple tours in these war zones — or who died there — to see what they endured.

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