Skip to comments.The 4 Best Manly, All-American Movies Of 2019
Posted on 12/27/2019 10:55:22 AM PST by Kaslin
It goes against every piety of the liberal elites to portray the hippies as evil, but Quentin Tarantino points out that the new liberation spawned a murderous cult in Hollywood.
The nearly closed 2019 was a surprisingly good year for conservatism at the movies, thanks to work by Quentin Tarantino, Clint Eastwood, James Mangold, and Roland Emmerich. Famous directors made wonderful movies, some successful at the box office, some likely to gain more prestige in awards season than popularity and therefore likely to be remembered.
Most recently, Eastwoods Richard Jewell continued his series of true stories about citizen-heroes. Audiences apparently have not heard of it, but the people who did see it loved it, and one hopes the upcoming awards will make the movie prestigious enough for people to go see it or buy it, because it was 2019s only serious treatment of the opposition between the patriotic majority of Americans and the deep state and media elites who hold them in contempt.
Jewell was an ordinary man whose opportunity to become a hero came during the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, where he was working security. He discovered a suspicious backpack containing three pipe bombs, part of a terror attack plot. Jewell saved many lives that day by calling 911 and clearing out as many people as possibleonly one person died, although many were injured.
Jewell was not hailed a hero, but harassed by the FBI into an early grave. They never arrested him, but they leaked to the media to destroy his reputation, which the media was only too happy to do. The movie is well made, as sobering as it is infuriating, but also a great view of our own political crisis and a necessary education suggesting normal people stop obeying elites who use every power they can to destroy those they consider losers.
Next, Tarantinos Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, which was both successful ($370 million worldwide) and admired, and is therefore the only good choice for the Oscars this year. Tarantino continues the project he started ten years ago with Inglorious Basterds, the ironic rewriting of history. But this time around, we get an explicitly conservative story: The 1960s hippiesthe beautiful people, all about free love and understanding, and expanding your mindare the murderous villains.
Who are heroes, then? The far more conservative men of the 50s who get a chance to defend family from wannabe revolutionaries! Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt play a fictional version of Burt Reynolds and his stuntman/director Hal Needham, men who realize their careers are over, theyre behind the times, as creatures of the Western, not of New Hollywood. But they also become unlikely heroes one night by saving Sharon Tate from the murderous Manson cult.
It goes against every piety of the liberal elites to portray the hippies as evil, but Tarantino points out that the new liberation created not merely the Summer of Love, transgressive art, and a new generation that had a whole new explanation, but also a cult in Hollywood, which was ignored until the murders began, and then swept under the rug to keep the hippie brand soft and friendly.
Finally, Mangold, who recently impressed audiences with Logan, now has another movie about manly men doing manly things in the 60s: Ford v. Ferrari, starring Matt Damon and Christian Bale as Caroll Shelby and Ken Miles, who won the Le Mans 24-hour race in 1966, proving that American engineering, daring, and endurance were the match of anything produced in Europe.
This was also a successful movie, coming up on $200 million worldwide, and for good reasonthe cinematography and the races are better than anything weve seen on screen in a long time. More importantly, the story of men striving to create new technology, taking deadly risks and triumphing, is well told, and perhaps necessary in a time America seems to have given up on hard work as either a path to manliness or to technological advance.
I would like to close with a mention of a movie I believe will survive, Emmerichs Midway. Emmerich was once a successful blockbuster directorthink Independence Daybut his career seemed over before he managed to make this movie. Its not great cinema, but it is the only picture we have about the most important naval battle of the 20th century.
The action is spread out over six months, starting with the attack on Pearl Harbor, moving on to the daring Doolittle Raid, when Americans proved they could bomb Tokyo and the Japanese could not stop them, then the Battle of Midway itself, which won America the war in the Pacific.
That this story has never been adequately told on film is shocking, but now we have it and it is a film that shall live if patriotism lives. Its got a very good cast: Woody Harrelson plays Admiral Chester Nimitz, Dennis Quaid Admiral Halsey, and Aaron Eckhart Col. Doolittle. The other roles are also well cast, for Americans and Japanese alike.
Moreover, every crazy heroic thing you see onscreen really and truly happened. The chaos of the battle is very well depicted: the decisions that had to be made without the enemy fleets seeing each other, and the chances they took. Its true to the strategy of the Americans and Japanese, and we see many men, enlisted as well as officers, showing the best of patriotic manliness, and in a family film, free of anything sordid.
So we should be grateful this Christmas season for stories that showcase American patriotism and our middle-class of life as good and worthy things we can and should defend. Rarer still is the dramatization of the themes of contemporary conservative politics. Ford v. Ferrari reminds us of Tucker Carlson or President Trump talking about the importance of manufacturing jobs and men who do dignified, worthwhile work. Richard Jewell vindicates from an everyman perspective Trumps attack on the fake news media.
And Once Upon A Time In
Hollywood completes the rout of the lefts hatred of men and incessant complaints about toxic masculinity, providing an example, by turns hilarious and sobering, of the conservative belief that only a good guy with a gun can stop a bad guy with a gun. Finally, in the year The New York Times dedicated to humiliating America through its 1619 Project, its good to have Midway reminding us of the patriotism and great achievements of great men as well as ordinary men turning into heroes during World War II.
#1 They Shall Not Grow Old
I don’t need to see another Midway film. What I would like to see is a film about the largest naval battle in history, The Battle of Leyte Gulf.
And speaking of WWI films, I’m definitely going to see “1917” when it comes out next month.
Saw “6 Underground “ last night.
Great action flick and liked the locations...
I really hate DiCrapio, but he was good in “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”.
Wait? Tom Hank and ‘A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood’ is not listed. Must be some mistake here.
Tell me about that one - who directed it and why you liked it.
They’re on my list...
Eastwoods Richard Jewell
Tarantinos Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt play a fictional version of Burt Reynolds and his stuntman/director Hal Needham
Mangold, Ford v. Ferrari, starring Matt Damon and Christian Bale
Emmerichs Midway, Woody Harrelson plays Admiral Chester Nimitz, Dennis Quaid Admiral Halsey, and Aaron Eckhart Col. Doolittle
Roger that. Everything I've heard about this film says it's great.
They forgot Togo - A movie about a man and his dog sled team racing against time to deliver a serum to save the children of Nome from a diphtheria outbreak in 1925.
No women or Black Transvestite dog mushers, just heroic manly White men.
That actually came out last year. I saw it one year ago today.
World War One anyone??
The music is black metal...not everyone’s cup of tea, but the videos are about the song, focus on Austro Hungary, Italy, Carpathians...snipers....
12 minute music vid. I made it recently.
If you like your music HEAVY, you’ll love it...
I haven’t seen any of the 4 mentioned above. I liked “Angel Has Fallen.” It wasn’t a great movie in general terms - but a very good action movie - and Nick Nolte as the hero’s father was a treat to watch.
It was Peter Jackson, who was commissioned by the Imperial War Museum (btw I just visited there when I was in London, highly recommend it!)
He took old footage and colorized it and normalized the speed so it looks like it was shot recently. Added in commentary from the men who fought during the war. It really brought it to life like nothing before. I found myself tearing up a few times during the movie.
There were actually two Midway films this year
The other was Dauntless
It didn’t have the big budget as Midway, and it was told more from the Pilot’s and Rescue crew’s POV vs the big Picture but it is definitely worth checking out.
Speaking of WWI and Heavy Metal....Lemmy’s “1916” is the definitive song about WWI. It certainly doesn’t sound like the typical Motorhead song, but it’s very poignant, well done Lemmy (RIP).
I saw it in January, so that’s why I associated it with this year.
And you have to see it in 3D.
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