Telegraph: The most conservative movie of the decade is…

posted at 8:22 pm on December 30, 2009 by Allahpundit

I’ve seen two of these, I think. Drumroll:

1. Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (Peter Weir, 2003)

Peter Weir’s unashamedly old-fashioned and visually stunning adaptation of Patrick O’Brian’s novel is one of the greatest odes to leadership ever committed to celluloid. Australian director Weir has made many terrific films, including Gallipoli, Dead Poets Society, The Year of Living Dangerously, and Witness, but Master and Commander was the pinnacle of his career so far. Nominated for 10 Oscars, including Best Picture, it should be essential viewing for any commander-in-chief. Russell Crowe delivers a powerhouse performance as Jack Aubrey, Captain of HMS Surprise, a British warship that hunts and ultimately captures a far larger French adversary during the Napoleonic Wars. Set in 1805, it is an epic tale of heroism and love for country in the face of incredible odds, and a glowing tribute to the grit and determination that forged the British Empire.

Every movie in Nile Gardiner’s top ten deals with war in one way or another except for one, and that one — The Dark Knight — is often read as allegorical about the war on terror and enhanced interrogation. Gardiner’s reasoning: “A central theme that runs through several of my top ten picks is the eternal conflict between good and evil, and why the forces of tyranny and despotism must be confronted and defeated. They include films that Barack Obama should watch as he contemplates appeasing the likes of Iran and North Korea, or turning a blind eye to mass murder in Burma, Sudan and Zimbabwe.”

Didn’t see number five on his list but he’s on very solid ground based on what I’ve heard from others. As for number ten, it was the subject of one of the all-time great hysterical leftist movie reviews, so he’s safe on that one too. The obligatory exit question: Have at it. Which ones did he forget?

Update: Ah, here’s a good one courtesy of a friend: “Hot Fuzz.”


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Without reading the post I’m guess Dark Knight.

BadgerHawk on December 30, 2009 at 8:23 PM

Decade not over for one more year RINO boy

bill30097 on December 30, 2009 at 8:24 PM

1. Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (Peter Weir, 2003)

2. Black Hawk Down (Ridley Scott, 2001)

3. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (Peter Jackson, 2001, 2002, 2003)

4. Gladiator (Ridley Scott, 2000)

5. The Pursuit of Happyness (Gabriele Muccino, 2006)

6. The Dark Knight (Christopher Nolan, 2008)

7. The Hurt Locker (Kathryn Bigelow, 2009)

8. Hotel Rwanda (Terry George, 2004)

9. The Lives of Others (Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, 2006)

10. 300 (Zack Snyder, 2007)

daesleeper on December 30, 2009 at 8:25 PM

They include films that Barack Obama should watch

Barry has to become a leader first.

GarandFan on December 30, 2009 at 8:25 PM

Guessing, I meant to type, and I was of course wrong. The Dark Knight was a conservative’s wet dream, though. I don’t see how any movie in recent years tops it.

BadgerHawk on December 30, 2009 at 8:26 PM

Gran Torino was pretty damned conservative. So was Team America.

MadisonConservative on December 30, 2009 at 8:26 PM

I’m surprised Gran Torino only made honorable mention…

I’ve seen two of these, I think.

Oh, AP…I usually defend ya, but you’re just asking for the “squishy RINO” stuff from the crowd ’round here now with that admission ;)

JetBoy on December 30, 2009 at 8:28 PM

Idiocracy….preview of O’s America

nondhimmie on December 30, 2009 at 8:28 PM

Beerfest. We beat the Germans once again.

HornetSting on December 30, 2009 at 8:28 PM

Since my conservatism is tightly laced with my faith: “Facing the Giants”.

AubieJon on December 30, 2009 at 8:28 PM

He’s actually going to do a movie about Barrack Obama titled:
Disaster and Commander.

Mojave Mark on December 30, 2009 at 8:28 PM

Gran Torino could have easily made the top ten, and The Kingdom could have earned an honorable mention.

BadgerHawk on December 30, 2009 at 8:29 PM

How about the ‘Thin Man’ movies? Oh, they were all filmed in the 1930′s, but I’ve watched all of them this decade.

Seriously, I’m a little surprised there wasn’t a Bollywood film on the list. Those guys are really beginning to do some good work!

Scribbler on December 30, 2009 at 8:29 PM

Gardiner’s reasoning: “A central theme that runs through several of my top ten picks is the eternal conflict between good and evil, and why the forces of tyranny and despotism must be confronted and defeated.

That really says something. Sad, but true.

JetBoy on December 30, 2009 at 8:32 PM

What’s the name of the South Park creator’s puppet movie where Michael Moore and Jenine Garrafalo get blown up? Alec Baldwin represented Hollywood and “F.A.G.”

“America! F&^% yeah!!”

That was my favorite Conservative film.

Marcus on December 30, 2009 at 8:32 PM

Decade not over for one more year RINO boy

bill30097 on December 30, 2009 at 8:24 PM

Decade purist in the house. Danger! Danger!

BadgerHawk on December 30, 2009 at 8:32 PM

The Pursuit of Happyness was a great movie about personal responsibility and not expecting a handout, but doing whatever needed to be done.

conservative pilgrim on December 30, 2009 at 8:32 PM

I vote for ‘Fahrenheit 9/11′, why didn’t that make the list?

Bishop on December 30, 2009 at 8:32 PM

Heh – include all of the Harry Potter movies:

1) A villain who lives like a parasite off of others and forces his followers to support him financially (i.e. Malfoy)

2. A protagonist who comes from humble origins and though he has no background in his field, works hard and achieves success through on his own (with help of good friends)

3. The contrast between those who have money but are miserable and those who have none but are happy (Malfoy v Weasley)

4. Good is real and evil is too. There is no in between.

5. Keys of power are to be used very carefully, and it’s best to keep them from everyone’s hands (i.e. Philosopher’s stone, textbook of Half-blood prince)

6. Gingers can and do kick ass!

Heh

Intrepid on December 30, 2009 at 8:32 PM

Have at it. Which ones did he forget?

To answer that would require defining conservatism. Have at it. What is it?

JDPerren on December 30, 2009 at 8:32 PM

British apologist for British empire writes an apology for the British Empire. Tell me what’s new again?

promachus on December 30, 2009 at 8:33 PM

The Last King of Scotland

Knucklehead on December 30, 2009 at 8:33 PM

So was Team America.

MadisonConservative on December 30, 2009 at 8:26 PM

Yeah, though it makes fun of Americans as much as it displays a conservative theme.

BadgerHawk on December 30, 2009 at 8:34 PM

I’ve only seen four of them. Did see all the honorable mentions.

JammieWearingFool on December 30, 2009 at 8:34 PM

The Lives of Others should be viewed by everyone in America. And often.

Branch Rickey on December 30, 2009 at 8:35 PM

“Taken”.

How the he1l did that not make the list?

Bishop on December 30, 2009 at 8:35 PM

The Last King of Scotland

Knucklehead on December 30, 2009 at 8:33 PM

That one popped in my head too, but I can’t reckon it with being conservative per se.

daesleeper on December 30, 2009 at 8:36 PM

Depending on how you define “conservative”, I think Serenity might be a possibility.

LibraryGryffon on December 30, 2009 at 8:36 PM

Russel Crowe does one of the best defenses of old style conservatism I have ever seen in that movie, good choice.

rob verdi on December 30, 2009 at 8:36 PM

Yeah, though it makes fun of Americans as much as it displays a conservative theme.

BadgerHawk on December 30, 2009 at 8:34 PM

Conservatives have issues with Americans just as liberals do. The difference is that liberals take issue with Americans wanting to be independent, and conservatives take issue with them not wanting to be independent.

MadisonConservative on December 30, 2009 at 8:36 PM

Those of you saying The Last King of Scotland have a nighty good point.

rob verdi on December 30, 2009 at 8:36 PM

The Last King of Scotland

Knucklehead on December 30, 2009 at 8:33 PM

Excellent choice, and very timely. ” …but…but…but…While this man started to rape and destroy his country, you sat back and did nothing. Shut-up.”

Marcus on December 30, 2009 at 8:37 PM

I saw lives of others, it was amazing in its take down of the communist power structure.

rob verdi on December 30, 2009 at 8:38 PM

I didn’t see “Path to 9/11″ on the list…

Did I miss something?

Seven Percent Solution on December 30, 2009 at 8:38 PM

No.1 and 2 should be The Incredibles and Ratatouille. He also missed a lot of sports movies like Blindside, We are Marshall(which is a parable about 9/11) etc. Some conservatives wouldn’t mind seeing Passion of Christ, Juno and other such stuff.

Nothing especially conservative about Lord of the Rings, Gladiator, Black Hawk Down or The Hurt Locker.

promachus on December 30, 2009 at 8:38 PM

Did I miss something?

Seven Percent Solution on December 30, 2009 at 8:38

Yes. One is a made for TV movie, and the others are films.

atheling on December 30, 2009 at 8:39 PM

Nothing especially conservative about Lord of the Rings, Gladiator, Black Hawk Down or The Hurt Locker.

promachus on December 30, 2009 at 8:38 PM

Then you know nothing about LOTR.

atheling on December 30, 2009 at 8:40 PM

Seven out of ten for me.

I’m surprised “The Incredibles” wasn’t on the list.

Slublog on December 30, 2009 at 8:40 PM

Ah, here’s a good one courtesy of a friend: “Hot Fuzz.”

GREAT movie!

Weight of Glory on December 30, 2009 at 8:40 PM

A couple of real obvious omissions

Expelled no intelligence allowed
Ben Stein’s movie about the godless monkey loving Nazi darwinist(reminds me, I notice LGF link is no longer linked on hotair)
American Carol – a film about a lib filmmaker who wants to get rid of July 4th holiday

kangjie on December 30, 2009 at 8:40 PM

I love Nile Gardiner. He compiled a great list, though I’ve not seen two of those films.

Master and Commander is almost flawless.

atheling on December 30, 2009 at 8:41 PM

Every movie in Nile Gardiner’s top ten deals with war in one way or another except for one, and that one — The Dark Knight — is often read as allegorical about the war on terror and enhanced interrogation.

Come on Allah. Is that what you really think? It is definitely allegorical but to say it is about enhanced interrogation is rather shortsighted in my opinion and neglects much of the dialogue of the film.

LevStrauss on December 30, 2009 at 8:41 PM

I’m surprised “The Incredibles” wasn’t on the list.

Slublog on December 30, 2009 at 8:40 PM

What is it with a lot of ya’s with The Incredibles? IMHO that movie was horrible.

JetBoy on December 30, 2009 at 8:41 PM

“Taking Chance”…

Seven Percent Solution on December 30, 2009 at 8:41 PM

atheling on December 30, 2009 at 8:40 PM

Enlighten me.

promachus on December 30, 2009 at 8:42 PM

Gran Torino had some liberal undertones: kid gets a fancy shiny new fire truck he can’t possibly afford to upkeep, cause he wanted it so bad.

Chris_Balsz on December 30, 2009 at 8:43 PM

Australian director Weir has made many terrific films, including Gallipoli, Dead Poets Society, The Year of Living Dangerously,

The picture best detailing the environment The Precedent grew up in – his formative years, 5-10. It’s a year before, or so, but quite telling and interesting.

neurosculptor on December 30, 2009 at 8:43 PM

I guessed Gladiator. Oh well. I was close.

SoulGlo on December 30, 2009 at 8:43 PM

For me, Pursuit of Happyness would be first. Then, Gladiator. Third, Gran Torino.

Why? Each showed conservatives as humans, not cartoons.

TXUS on December 30, 2009 at 8:43 PM

Did ‘Pearl Harbor’ make it?

Bishop on December 30, 2009 at 8:43 PM

The obligatory exit question: Have at it. Which ones did he forget?

How could he forget this one?

Weight of Glory on December 30, 2009 at 8:43 PM

The obligatory exit question: Have at it. Which ones did he forget?

The Kingdom might not have been conservative but it was solidly anti-idiotarian. Rambo IV definitely belongs on this list too.

Mike Honcho on December 30, 2009 at 8:44 PM

What, no “American Carol”?

malclave on December 30, 2009 at 8:44 PM

MadisonConservative on December 30, 2009 at 8:36 PM

Yeah, I guess my point was a bit off from the subject of whether or not the movie is conservative. I love the movie, but I hear a lot of people gripe about how all it does is make fun of foreigners, when it’s actually ripping on Americans perceptions of the rest of the world.

Like in the opening scene they stick every recognizable landmark from Paris within a 1 block radius of each other. Or in the Panama Canal where’s there’s absolutely no industry of any kind. Everyone’s just selling sombreros and bananas.

I generally like anything that makes fairly deep or complex statements in ridiculous ways, which is why I like Team America, and liked those Star Wars reviews so much.

BadgerHawk on December 30, 2009 at 8:45 PM

Surprised Juno didn’t make the top 10.

Maxpower on December 30, 2009 at 8:45 PM

World Trade Center should be on that list – even though it’s an Oliver Stone movie.

KillerKane on December 30, 2009 at 8:45 PM

Top 10 Movies that Make Men Cry

mizflame98 on December 30, 2009 at 8:39 PM

Bogus list. Didn’t include(SPOILERS):

Forrest Gump – Forrest talks to Jenny’s grave.

Man on Fire – Creasy walks across the bridge to exchange himself for Lupita.

MadisonConservative on December 30, 2009 at 8:45 PM

Weight of Glory on December 30, 2009 at 8:43 PM

Pretty sure Red Dawn is more than a decade old.

BadgerHawk on December 30, 2009 at 8:46 PM

WTF happened? What decade ?
2010 is over too?

macncheez on December 30, 2009 at 8:46 PM

Oh wait…it’s decade. Nevermind. No! Screw it! Red Dawn should top the list no matter what.

Weight of Glory on December 30, 2009 at 8:47 PM

Man on Fire – Creasy walks across the bridge to exchange himself for Lupita.

MadisonConservative on December 30, 2009 at 8:45 PM

That movie made me CRY rivers. Thanks a bunch, MadCon.

HornetSting on December 30, 2009 at 8:47 PM

No Chronicles of Narnia?

mizflame98 on December 30, 2009 at 8:47 PM

I think the best conservative movie of the decade was “Sunshine”. It’s a great movie and shows how dangerous it is to send liberals on any important mission that requires sober thought, reason, or courage.

neurosculptor on December 30, 2009 at 8:47 PM

“Taken”.

How the he1l did that not make the list?

Bishop on December 30, 2009 at 8:35 PM

You’re my kind of dad Bishop.

thomasaur on December 30, 2009 at 8:48 PM

We Were Soldiers. Best look at (admittedly early) Vietnam conflict. Tells the story of unfliching leadership, perseverance, and creativity in overcoming obstacles. Should be required viewing for anyone desiring to be a leader.

Bigurn on December 30, 2009 at 8:48 PM

Yeah, I guess my point was a bit off from the subject of whether or not the movie is conservative. I love the movie, but I hear a lot of people gripe about how all it does is make fun of foreigners, when it’s actually ripping on Americans perceptions of the rest of the world.

Like in the opening scene they stick every recognizable landmark from Paris within a 1 block radius of each other. Or in the Panama Canal where’s there’s absolutely no industry of any kind. Everyone’s just selling sombreros and bananas.

I generally like anything that makes fairly deep or complex statements in ridiculous ways, which is why I like Team America, and liked those Star Wars reviews so much.

BadgerHawk on December 30, 2009 at 8:45 PM

You make a good point, and I loved that same lampooning.

Thank You For Smoking achieved a lot of that as well, but more subtle satire.

MadisonConservative on December 30, 2009 at 8:49 PM

Road to Perdition also noticeably absent.

Bishop on December 30, 2009 at 8:49 PM

Pretty sure Red Dawn is more than a decade old.

BadgerHawk on December 30, 2009 at 8:46 PM

Not in my heart, BH. Not in my heart.

Weight of Glory on December 30, 2009 at 8:49 PM

We Are Marshall

Knucklehead on December 30, 2009 at 8:49 PM

Man on Fire – Creasy walks across the bridge to exchange himself for Lupita.

MadisonConservative on December 30, 2009 at 8:45 PM

Never saw that movie.

mizflame98 on December 30, 2009 at 8:50 PM

Thank You For Smoking achieved a lot of that as well, but more subtle satire.
MadisonConservative on December 30, 2009 at 8:49 PM

Agreed. Great movie, better book.

Slublog on December 30, 2009 at 8:50 PM

Barry has to become a leader first.

GarandFan on December 30, 2009 at 8:25 PM

He has to admit he isn’t the infallible Messiah.

csdeven on December 30, 2009 at 8:50 PM

YES! We Were Soldiers should be there. About 5 months ago I went to the National Infantry Museum at Fort Benning and met Hal Moore. What a man.

KillerKane on December 30, 2009 at 8:51 PM

Master and Commander was awesome!

baldilocks on December 30, 2009 at 8:51 PM

Or “The Last Samurai”. I know I know, it stars the midget weirdo Cruise but still.

Bishop on December 30, 2009 at 8:51 PM

Thank You For Smoking achieved a lot of that as well, but more subtle satire.

MadisonConservative on December 30, 2009 at 8:49 PM

Oh yeah. Especially the parenting scenes. Good stuff.

Not in my heart, BH. Not in my heart.

Weight of Glory on December 30, 2009 at 8:49 PM

That’s how I feel about Office Space. No comedy will ever top it in my book.

BadgerHawk on December 30, 2009 at 8:51 PM

Second Hand Lions.

If you haven’t seen it, check it out.

perroviejo on December 30, 2009 at 8:51 PM

To answer that would require defining conservatism. Have at it. What is it?

JDPerren on December 30, 2009 at 8:32 PM

To quote JJ from Good Times, “If you don’t know than you aint got it”.

Tommy_G on December 30, 2009 at 8:52 PM

Bella? Too indie? eh.

Diane on December 30, 2009 at 8:52 PM

Bah Humbug! That’s not a list of the most conservative movies, that’s a list of the movies that are most hawkish on national defense. Believe it or not, there is a lot more to being conservative than being a national defense hawk. The Incredibles should be on that list. Excellent movie with conservative values about right and wrong, marriage and family. How about the Harry Potter movies which have strong religious undertones and treat the government as the enemy? Haven’t seen it yet, but there’s a lot of good things being said about The Blind Side.

And I know theres a lot more that that list misses…

American Elephant on December 30, 2009 at 8:52 PM

Never saw that movie.

mizflame98 on December 30, 2009 at 8:50 PM

Rent it, it’s worth it.

thomasaur on December 30, 2009 at 8:52 PM

Top 10 Movies that Make Men Cry

mizflame98 on December 30, 2009 at 8:39 PM

Bogus list. Didn’t include(SPOILERS):

Forrest Gump – Forrest talks to Jenny’s grave.

Man on Fire – Creasy walks across the bridge to exchange himself for Lupita.

MadisonConservative on December 30, 2009 at 8:45 PM

Brian’s Song

malclave on December 30, 2009 at 8:52 PM

Im with Bishop-no Taken on that list???

di butler on December 30, 2009 at 8:52 PM

What about “Passion of the Christ”, AKA “BDSM for Christians”?

LevStrauss on December 30, 2009 at 8:54 PM

Brian’s Song

malclave on December 30, 2009 at 8:52 PM

Good one…I cried like a baby the first time I saw that.

JetBoy on December 30, 2009 at 8:54 PM

What about “Passion of the Christ”, AKA “BDSM for Christians”?

LevStrauss on December 30, 2009 at 8:54 PM

You’re kind of a one trick pony.

BadgerHawk on December 30, 2009 at 8:55 PM

YES! We Were Soldiers should be there. About 5 months ago I went to the National Infantry Museum at Fort Benning and met Hal Moore. What a man.

KillerKane on December 30, 2009 at 8:51 PM

He lives up the hill from me and is a genuinely nice man. The Infantry Museum is cool too, I saw it this Oct. when my nephew graduated Basic Training.

thomasaur on December 30, 2009 at 8:55 PM

Oh, and “Flags of our Fathers” should have made the list too.

JetBoy on December 30, 2009 at 8:56 PM

Given all the pissing and moaning about Avatar and how no one should ever indoctrinate innocent children with such communist crap, regardless of its entertainment or artistic value, I’d like to point out that I saw and give a hearty two thumbs up to four of the top ten (Rings, Dark Knight, Hurt Locker, Hotel Rwanda, as well as honorable mentions Grand Torino and Juno) regardless of the fact that they are apparently fascist red state propaganda flicks aimed at building a New Reich mindset here in the U.S.

Gladiator, on the other hand, was possibly the most trite and overrated movie ever made — speaking of James Cameron — and gives Titanic a run for its money name as the worst Best Picture of my lifetime. Similarly, Master and Commander was a pompous piece of nothing with the same leading man.

Almost bought Black Hawk Down yesterday, but settled for something my wife liked more. Read the book, though. Brilliant.

I could also make an argument that more than a couple of those were actually liberal movies, especially Gay porn flick The 300, but the bottom line is that 1) one should put art before politics in these matters and that 2) people should be willing to listen to well-argued points of view with which they disagree, particularly, if it’s spread across 2700 feet of movie screen.

Bleeds Blue on December 30, 2009 at 8:56 PM

28 Days….for sure. 28 days until the election and we all get killed by zombie like creatures.

SouthernGent on December 30, 2009 at 8:56 PM

I thought WALL*E was very conservative. The only jarring chord was when the one guy says, “stay the course.” Which really shouldn’t have been there. But in essence the movie is about the evils of totalitarianism embodied by a wedding of big government and big business (BNL, the Walmart analogue, becomes the government), about the evil of losing one’s humanity, and about the importance first and foremost of relationships.

It’s not so much conservative in the political sense of the term (or should I say, it’s not Republican) but it is remarkably conservative in a cultural sense. And I can’t believe Disney gave Pixar the go ahead. Hell, I can’t believe Pixar went with it.

Keljeck on December 30, 2009 at 8:56 PM

What about “Passion of the Christ”, AKA “BDSM for Christians”?
LevStrauss on December 30, 2009 at 8:54 PM

Huh. You’ve turned a innocuous movie thread into a chance to gratuitously insult those of faith.

Yay you, or something.

Slublog on December 30, 2009 at 8:56 PM

atheling on December 30, 2009 at 8:39 PM

Why thank you for the correction Siskel, or are you Ebert…?

I think you missed my point entirely, and we have found our man!

Seven Percent Solution on December 30, 2009 at 8:56 PM

Nothing especially conservative about Lord of the Rings, Gladiator, Black Hawk Down or The Hurt Locker.

promachus on December 30, 2009 at 8:38 PM

WTF?! Even liberals recognized them as conservative films.

csdeven on December 30, 2009 at 8:58 PM

I greatly enjoyed Master and Commander, as well as 300.

Of course, when it comes to what the #1 Liberal film was, you have your choice of any Michael Moore “epic” to pick from.

pilamaye on December 30, 2009 at 8:58 PM

Brian’s Song

malclave on December 30, 2009 at 8:52 PM

That one didn’t do it for me, but Rudy sure did.

So did Rain Man. Hits hard for some reason.

MadisonConservative on December 30, 2009 at 8:58 PM

What about “Passion of the Christ”, AKA “BDSM for Christians”?

LevStrauss on December 30, 2009 at 8:54 PM

Why are atheists so hateful and intolerant?

malclave on December 30, 2009 at 8:58 PM

Bleeds Blue on December 30, 2009 at 8:56 PM

As I was scrolling down my wife stopped the page so she could guess who was typing your comment. She guessed you. If a semi-regular reader can pick out your comment on a non-political thread it’s time for you to change things up.

I could also make an argument that more than a couple of those were actually liberal movies, especially Gay porn flick The 300

Haha.

BadgerHawk on December 30, 2009 at 8:59 PM

Why are atheists so hateful and intolerant?

malclave on December 30, 2009 at 8:58 PM

I’m not sure, I ignore them.

thomasaur on December 30, 2009 at 9:00 PM

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