I love overanalyzing music, books, songs, media in general for conservative or pseudoconservative themes and ideology. Thank you, NRO, for throwing more fuel onto the fire.
Following in the footsteps of their “50 Most Conservative Rock Songs” list, National Review has released the “25 Most Conservative Movies.” For those of us who loved the rock songs article (and the hilarious indignant righteous rage of the music fans and artists themselves that followed), this is much welcomed.
I do agree with much of what is said, but the authors of the list ignored some of the blatantly Leftist messages of some of the movies in favor of movies that many would consider to be a heresy to call conservative.
For example, Thank You For Smoking is one of the most consistently conservative movies that I have ever seen (as well as a personal favorite):
Nick Naylor: Gentlemen, it’s called education. It doesn’t come off the side of a cigarette carton. it comes from our teachers, and more importantly our parents. It is the job of every parent to warn their children of all the dangers of the world, including cigarettes, so that one day when they get older they can choose for themselves. I look at my son who was kind enough to come with me today, and I can’t help but think that I am responsible for his growth and his development. And I’m proud of that.
Senator Ortolan Finistirre: Well, having said that, would you condone him smoking?
Nick Naylor: Well, of course not. He’s not 18. That would be illegal.
Senator Ortolan Finistirre: Yes, I’ve heard you deliver that line on 20/20, but enough dancing. What are you going to do when he turns 18? C’mon, Mr. Naylor. On his 18th birthday will you share a cigarette with him? Will you spend a lovely afternoon – like one of your ludicrous cigarette advertisements? You seem to have to have a lot to say about how we should raise our children. What of your own? What are you going to do when he turns 18?
Nick Naylor: If he really wants a cigarette. I’ll buy him his first pack.
Come on! How beautiful is that? Love that scene. They nailed a few of the choices on the list (Team America, 300, Braveheart, Red Dawn), and had a few predictable selections and a few never-heard-of-em picks.
The snub? Hot Fuzz! I don’t want to spoil the movie for anyone, but suffice to say its message rivals perhaps only Red Dawn in its anti-communitarianism. Plus, it’s a kick-ass action movie that glorifies violence in all forms. What’s more conservative than that?
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