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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“Up.” The elite and the people agree that Pixar films are sublimely entertaining. The eight-minute montage near the beginning of this film sweetly chronicling a loving marriage moved millions to tears from coast to coast.

PrezHussein on January 1, 2010 at 4:39 AM

Watch “The Pursuit of Happyness”. It is amazing and it will make you cry in some parts.

Yes, that is a great list of films (although I haven’t seen “The Hurt Locker”, “The Lives of Others” or “Hotel Rawanda” as of yet (even though I have the latter at home at the moment)). It looks like I need to start watching. :) :) :)

Oh, and “Up” is amazing.

Theophile on January 1, 2010 at 2:11 PM

Lord of the Rings. No contest.

Mayhem on January 2, 2010 at 1:34 AM

I thought fireproof was a good movie. You just have to fast forward through the 20 minutes of uncomfortable evangelism towards the end.

jhffmn on January 2, 2010 at 4:06 AM

PURSUIT OF HAPPYNESS!

PunditFight on January 3, 2010 at 9:22 AM

PURSUIT OF HAPPYNESS! Why does this movie never get the credit for its conservative credentials.

So many dog whistle elements in that movie and out right winks at the audience as well as a plotline that follows the conservative ideal of hard work paying off that will overcome perceived obstacles like race or poverty.

Reagan on TV being played in the background. The Will Smith character decrying taxes, never giving up and persevering to achieve the American Dream, hippies cast as bad guys. Its all there.

PunditFight on January 3, 2010 at 9:27 AM

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