Ed Driscoll

Hollywood Versus The Men In The Cowboy Hats

Back in late June, at the beginning of Hollywood’s summer slump, I wrote:

I wouldn’t have as much of a problem with any of the post-9/11 films, if there was some balance. Nobody begrudged Hollywood producing anti-war films like Paths of Glory or All Quiet On The Western Front (both superb pictures of course, especially the former), as long as we were also getting Casablanca and 30 Seconds Over Tokyo. Even as late as the 1980s, Hollywood could gave its audiences both Platoon and Cruise’s own Top Gun.

Speaking of the mid-1980s, Hollywood screenwriter Craig Titley, whose credits include Scooby-Doo and Cheaper by the Dozen, looks at some interesting similarities between Tinseltown’s box office slumps in 2005 and 1985: