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Box Office: Johnny Depp’s ‘Transcendence’ Off To Slow Start Thursday

Even with taking over Captain America: The Winter Soldier‘s IMAX theaters this weekend, the fact that it is a new sci-fi thriller, Johnny Depp’s the lead and it’s the only real newcomer with a shot at No. 1, Transcendences debut near the top of the box office is doubtful this weekend based on Thursday night’s grosses.

To Americans of a certain age, the term “Winter Soldier” has always referred to the accusations of treason against Democrat Secretary of State (and former Presidential candidate) John Kerry.  The term enjoyed a resurgence during that campaign, as the Swift Boat Veterans propelled it to the front of the American political consciousness in a way that many credit for defeating Kerry himself.

A year ago, feeding “Winter Soldier” to Google would have resulted in hundreds of links to Kerry, the Vietnam Vets Against the War, and a host of other sources of information about Kerry’s actions back in the 1960s.

Today, the same search turns up almost exclusively nothing more than links to the Captain America movie.  And Google’s idiot algorithm always ranks the most recent stuff highest, which means that the digital consciousness of the future will think that “Winter Soldier” was never anything more than a movie flop from long ago.

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I am a small-l libertarian. My primary concern is to increase individual liberty as much as possible in the face of statist efforts to restrict it from both the right and the left. If I had to sum up my beliefs as concisely as possible, I would say, "Stay out of my wallet and my bedroom," "your liberty stops at my nose," and "don't tread on me." I will believe that things are taking a turn for the better in America when married gays are able to, and do, maintain large arsenals of automatic weapons, and tax collectors are, and do, not.


Your Conspiracy For the Day — 2 Comments

  1. Well it has made $175,000,000 in the US alone so far so I don’t think it will be a flop. After all, world grosses can now be higher than the US so it might have global box office over $300,000,000 by now.

    As soon as I heard the title I thought it odd that they used that phrase given it’s obvious “dog whistles” (SWIDT?) implications.

    I hope no one wants to see the movie because the following may be a **spoiler**

    Note an alternative: The Winter Soldier turns out to be a former US soldier now turned Soviet Agent. Not a perfect parallel but shades of accusations against Kerry.

  2. I’m not convinced by this conspiracy theory. “Winter soldier” doesn’t have a strong association with John Kerry. Now if you had movies with “Fucking Traitor” or “Stumbling Douchebag” or even “Old Bag’s Gigolo” in the title, you might be on to something.

    (And I apologize for any throw-up-a-little-in-the-back-of-your-throat from that last one. Even for me, that’s beyond the pale. Or into the pail, as the case may be.)