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The Best Conservative Movies of 2012
American Thinker ^ | 01/14/2013 | Jack Cashill

Posted on 01/14/2013 7:49:45 AM PST by SeekAndFind

I admit to using the word "conservative" loosely -- we are talking about Hollywood, after all. It here refers to those films that are at least respectful of the American experience and generally supportive of faith, family, and/or country. A film can score as much as 50 on the quality scale and 50 on the conservative scale, the latter graded on a Hollywood curve. The two values are equally weighted. Although it may not seem obvious, 2012 was a better year than most.

10. Dark Knight Rises 75

In the third of Christopher Nolan's trilogy, Batman comes out of retirement to battle "Bane," the kind of action hero only an Occupy Wall Streeter could love. In full OWS mode, Bane schemes to overthrow the ruling class and blow up Gotham City until thwarted by one-per center Bruce Wayne, a.k.a. Batman. Indeed, not even Scrooge McDuck had a butler. Q 35, C 40.

9. Hitchcock 77

This underappreciated film chronicles Alfred Hitchcock's ordeal as he attempts to make Psycho, a movie that would have made no conservative's list when released 50-plus years ago. What commends this film is its surprisingly sensitive portrayal of the Hitchcocks' marriage. I say "surprisingly" because marriage is a subject with which few in Hollywood have any lasting experience. Q 40, C 37.

8. Anna Karenina 78

The new movie version of Tolstoy's Anna Karenina might be a bit stagy for some tastes, but any movie that -- a) stars Keira Knightley and b) allows Leo Tolstoy's contempt for liberalism to play itself out on screen -- is surely worth watching. In the novel of the same name, Anna's feckless brother adopts a liberal attitude in the same spirit he smokes cigars, says Tolstoy archly,"for the slight fog it diffused in his brain." Not much has changed.

(Excerpt) Read more at americanthinker.com ...


TOPICS: Music/Entertainment; TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: conservative; movies

1 posted on 01/14/2013 7:49:46 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Keira Knightley.

Yum.


2 posted on 01/14/2013 8:14:03 AM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: SeekAndFind

This author sucks! The TWO most conservative movies were Courageous and Last Ounce of Courage are the best conservative movies of 2012! And that my FRiends is no joke!!!!


3 posted on 01/14/2013 8:19:19 AM PST by napscoordinator (GOP Candidate 2020 - "Bloomberg 2020 - We vote for whatever crap the GOP puts in front of us.")
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To: BenLurkin

Haven’t seen a couple, but “Flight” and “Lincoln” and “Act of Valor” are terrific.


4 posted on 01/14/2013 8:19:22 AM PST by LS ('Castles made of sand, fall in the sea . . . eventually.' Hendrix)
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To: SeekAndFind

The remake of Red Dawn??


5 posted on 01/14/2013 8:36:25 AM PST by LRoggy (Peter's Son's Business)
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To: SeekAndFind

“10. Dark Knight Rises”

Saw that just last week. IIRC Batman makes a statement about not liking guns or something to that effect.

Also, I understand Anne hathaway is a big anti gun lib. I guess she can overlook all the violence in this movie to fatten her bank account. What a hypocrite.


6 posted on 01/14/2013 8:36:39 AM PST by V_TWIN (obama=where there's smoke, there's mirrors)
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To: napscoordinator

Personally, I liked “The Greater Glory” (Viva Cristo Rey). It’s hard to translate conservative/liberal into the politics of another country (especially through the lens of history), but I think Greater Glory qualifies as conservative because it depicts the struggle of Christians against autocrats who tried to limit their freedom to worship.


7 posted on 01/14/2013 8:49:41 AM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: LS

Lincoln...the beginning of the end of America. Birth of a liberal nation. The only thing that surprised me was that they didn’t have him “rise again on the third day.”


8 posted on 01/14/2013 8:54:07 AM PST by Lee'sGhost (Johnny Rico picked the wrong girl!)
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To: napscoordinator

My favorite was “Seven Days in Utopia” with Robert Duvall. it should have been included.


9 posted on 01/14/2013 9:01:29 AM PST by NotTallTex
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To: Lee'sGhost

But he killed lots of vampires, with an axe!


10 posted on 01/14/2013 9:11:25 AM PST by Biff55 (Don't fire until you see the blue of their helmets.)
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To: Biff55

LOL!


11 posted on 01/14/2013 9:14:04 AM PST by Lee'sGhost (Johnny Rico picked the wrong girl!)
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To: Lee'sGhost

Slavery was not the important issue to Lincoln—power and control over the lives of others were issues that drove him. I’m a tax slave myself and I don’t like it. If we put the 650000 young boys ordered to death by this tyrant in the perspective of today’s population, I don’t support sending 6.5 million boys to kill each other for the aggrandizement of some power-infested politician. I place no greater value on Lincoln’s life than I do any of some of those 15 and 16 year kids that were enslaved to kill each other. No mans life is worth more than another.


12 posted on 01/14/2013 9:16:52 AM PST by Neoliberalnot (Marxism works well only with the uneducated and the unarmed.)
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To: Biff55; Lee'sGhost

RE: But he killed lots of vampires, with an axe!

One of the worst movies of the year.

SPOILER ALERT... DON’T READ ON IF YOU DON’T WANT TO KNOW ANYTHING ELSE ABOUT THE MOVIE...

I was willing suspend disbelief and grant the premise of the movie, but VAMPIRES LIVING IN DAYLIGHT turned me off.

I hate it when they change the characteristic of vampires. I want them to be like Dracula.


13 posted on 01/14/2013 9:30:52 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: V_TWIN

Batman has most always been “anti-gun” ... though its a personal code rather than a political statement.

There’s a different dynamic when you’re a vigilante, as opposed to an innocent. He’s technically a criminal himself. He needs a code to separate himself from the murderers he hunts. So, he won’t execute criminals on site, and he won’t use a gun. It is a point of differentiation between his criminality, and theirs ... not really a statement on guns themselves.

SnakeDoc


14 posted on 01/14/2013 9:38:37 AM PST by SnakeDoctor (Come and take it.)
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To: SeekAndFind

I’d rather they be like Barnabas Collins...


15 posted on 01/14/2013 9:39:00 AM PST by gov_bean_ counter (Hope and Change has become Attack and Obfuscate.)
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To: Lee'sGhost

You’re off by a few generations. Introduction of slavery and the support of it by a corrupt DEMOCRAT Party was and is the problem. Today, the only people who want to (still) enslave anyone are Dems. Only the REPUBLICAN Party under Lincoln had as the top of its platform the ending of slavery in the territories. Neoconfederates just can’t deal with the simple truth that their section of the country not only believed in slavery, but put it in their constitution, not once, but thrice.


16 posted on 01/14/2013 9:43:09 AM PST by LS ('Castles made of sand, fall in the sea . . . eventually.' Hendrix)
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To: SnakeDoctor

Didn’t I see you on “big bang theory”? lol


17 posted on 01/14/2013 10:01:36 AM PST by V_TWIN (obama=where there's smoke, there's mirrors)
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To: Neoliberalnot
Slavery was not the important issue to Lincoln—power and control over the lives of others were issues that drove him.

You know this because - you meet him at a seance or something?

18 posted on 01/14/2013 10:02:21 AM PST by ALPAPilot
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To: LS
"Freedom is the natural condition of the human race, in which the Almighty intended men to live. Those who fight the purpose of the Almighty will not succeed. The always have been, and always will be, defeated." (A. Lincoln, 1861, in a speech in New Jersey, sometime before his inauguration)

Democrats do not believe this any more today than they did 150 years ago.

19 posted on 01/14/2013 10:16:22 AM PST by sima_yi ( Reporting live from the far North)
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To: Neoliberalnot; LS

20 posted on 01/14/2013 10:44:34 AM PST by Persevero (Homeschooling for Excellence since 1992)
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To: Neoliberalnot

Silly and embarrassing.


21 posted on 01/14/2013 10:50:45 AM PST by Dave W
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To: SnakeDoctor
Plus, there's that whole parents-being-murdered-by-a-man-with-a-gun thing.


22 posted on 01/14/2013 11:07:39 AM PST by Bratch
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To: SeekAndFind

Lincoln 88

Republicans haven't looked this good on celluloid since, well, forever. The movie focuses almost exclusively on their struggle to overcome Democratic resistance and pass the 13th Amendment -- with all the skullduggery such fights entail.

To its credit, the movie does explore the liberties Lincoln took with the Constitution during wartime, but my purist friends make a mistake in thinking the Constitution favored the South's position. To deny a class of people liberty, the pursuit of happiness, and, on occasion, life itself and to still expect the protection of the Constitution is to rather miss the point of our founding documents. Q 46, C 42.



23 posted on 01/14/2013 11:17:30 AM PST by Bratch
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To: SeekAndFind
I was willing suspend disbelief and grant the premise of the movie, but VAMPIRES LIVING IN DAYLIGHT turned me off.

I hate it when they change the characteristic of vampires. I want them to be like Dracula.

Actually Dracula (Original version) and other early vampires were perfectly comfortable in daylight. The sensitivity to sunlight was invented for the film Nosferatu for plot reasons.

24 posted on 01/14/2013 12:41:32 PM PST by Oztrich Boy (I think, therefore I am what I yam, and that's all I yam - Rene "Popeye" Descartes)
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To: SeekAndFind
Argo was good but the time given to Carter to absolve himself of blame made me really want to throw up. As for Lincoln, the real person in my estimation is really a mixed bag. I can't but feel sympathy for the south and outright outrage for the drunk on power Republican do gooders who wanted to punish the south.
25 posted on 01/14/2013 4:09:04 PM PST by Sam Gamgee (May God have mercy upon my enemies, because I won't. - Patton)
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To: Persevero

Place it adjacent to 650,000 rotting humans and show me the equivalence.


26 posted on 01/15/2013 7:35:52 AM PST by Neoliberalnot (Marxism works well only with the uneducated and the unarmed.)
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To: Neoliberalnot

“Place it adjacent to 650,000 rotting humans and show me the equivalence.”

The one does not justify the other.


27 posted on 01/15/2013 11:30:34 AM PST by Persevero (Homeschooling for Excellence since 1992)
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To: Persevero

Keep in mind that most africans were far better off here than in their home-land, regardless of slavery.

You did not address the issue I posed. Slavery was a bad thing, but all parties wanted it—the africans who sold them, the north and their ships that moved them, and maybe 10% of the south that had them and mostly treated them well. What drove the north mad, was the fact that the south was making so much money from their rich agricultural production.


28 posted on 01/15/2013 11:43:44 AM PST by Neoliberalnot (Marxism works well only with the uneducated and the unarmed.)
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To: ALPAPilot
We know slavery was not his primary motivator because he said so himself:

"I would save the Union. I would save it the shortest way under the Constitution. The sooner the national authority can be restored; the nearer the Union will be "the Union as it was." If there be those who would not save the Union, unless they could at the same time save slavery, I do not agree with them. If there be those who would not save the Union unless they could at the same time destroy slavery, I do not agree with them. My paramount object in this struggle is to save the Union, and is not either to save or to destroy slavery. If I could save the Union without freeing any slave I would do it, and if I could save it by freeing all the slaves I would do it; and if I could save it by freeing some and leaving others alone I would also do that. What I do about slavery, and the colored race, I do because I believe it helps to save the Union; and what I forbear, I forbear because I do not believe it would help to save the Union. I shall do less whenever I shall believe what I am doing hurts the cause, and I shall do more whenever I shall believe doing more will help the cause. I shall try to correct errors when shown to be errors; and I shall adopt new views so fast as they shall appear to be true views. I have here stated my purpose according to my view of official duty; and I intend no modification of my oft-expressed personal wish that all men everywhere could be free.[17]"

Consider yourself educated on the matter.

29 posted on 01/15/2013 11:53:10 AM PST by central_va ( I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: Neoliberalnot

“Keep in mind that most africans were far better off here than in their home-land, regardless of slavery.”

True; life in Africa was nasty brutish and short it would seem.

“All the parties wanted it,” except the slaves of course.

I hold the black Africans who sold their neighbors just as guilty as the horrible slave “owners” who tortured, killed, raped and subjugated people once they “bought” them.

I recognize that some slave owners were kind and can imagine I’d rather have been their slave than living in a bush on the low end of the scale in some nasty tribe.

However, slavery in the U.S. was and is inexcusable, and indefensible. With the exception of indentured servitude, which we are not talking about here.


30 posted on 01/15/2013 2:53:10 PM PST by Persevero (Homeschooling for Excellence since 1992)
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