Over on RMG, they’re discussing the National Review’s list of top conservative movies.
Festus/Frank has adeptly covered the sheer weirdness of the list: “Lord of the Rings”? “Forest Gump”? “Groundhog Day”? “Ghostbusters”?
My initial response was rather snarky — they left out “Birth of a Nation,” “Rambo,” and “Cruising.”
Then I started to wonder about the best progressive-themed movies. I don’t really think about movies that way, so I’m actually at somewhat of a loss.
Michael Moore’s “Blood in the Face” certainly influenced the way I think, but I’d hardly call it the “best” of anything. Robert Redford is certainly liberal, but I can’t even say “All The President’s Men” is a progressive movie, per se. Same with Mike Nichols, etc. NRO is claiming “Gran Torino” as conservative, but I saw it as a refutation of Dirty Harry. It’s actually fairly neutral, at least to me. Using the Goldberg Method I could pick “Star Wars,” but that’s really kind of silly.
So, I’ll throw it out there. What’s your favorite progressive-themed movie and why?