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February 21, 2009

O Wad Some Pow'r The Giftie Gie Us

What are best conservative movies of the last 25 years, according to National Review? Well, at #22, there's Brazil:

Brazil (1985): Vividly depicting the miserable results of elitist utopian schemes, Terry Gilliam’s Brazil portrays a darkly comic dystopia of malfunctioning high-tech equipment and the dreary living conditions common to all totalitarian regimes. Everything in the society is built to serve government plans rather than people. The film is visually arresting and inventive, with especially evocative use of shots that put the audience in a subservient position, just like the people in the film. Terrorist bombings, national-security scares, universal police surveillance, bureaucratic arrogance, a callous elite, perversion of science, and government use of torture evoke the worst aspects of the modern megastate.

Over to you, Jonathan Swift:

Satire is a sort of glass wherein beholders do generally discover everybody's face but their own; which is the chief reason for that kind reception it meets with in the world, and that so very few are offended with it.

—Jonathan Schwarz

Posted at February 21, 2009 10:13 AM

I think you've left open a bold tag.

Posted by: D-Notice at February 21, 2009 10:23 AM

Seems to be fixed now!

Posted by: D-Notice at February 21, 2009 10:25 AM

Further nitpick: the first link is broken!

Posted by: Save the Oocytes at February 21, 2009 11:15 AM

I give, and I give, and I give...

Posted by: Jonathan Schwarz at February 21, 2009 11:38 AM

Most of the things in the list are favored by conservatives, but I think they still frown on terrorist bombings, unless they're carried out by one state against the people of another state.

Posted by: Cryptic ned at February 21, 2009 12:05 PM

If by "one state" you mean "us" and by "another state" you mean "them", yeah.

Posted by: Doctorb at February 21, 2009 04:22 PM

I remember I liked Brazil. I must be a closeted conservative.

Posted by: abb1 at February 21, 2009 04:31 PM

Jesus. That's gonna have Terry Gilliam turning in his grave. Which will be the grave he digs and then throws himself into when he hears about this.

Posted by: RobWeaver at February 21, 2009 08:44 PM

Great. Is Dr. Strangelove on the list because conservatives abhor war?

Posted by: Seth at February 21, 2009 09:10 PM

Goddam Glenn Greenwald, thinking Jon's thoughts even before Jon has a chance to think them!

I give our host points, though, for the more-poetic title.

Posted by: SteveB at February 22, 2009 01:10 PM

Beautifully captured Jonathan, the satire is surreal.

Posted by: Daniel at February 22, 2009 05:28 PM

I don't have any nitpicky remarks about the HTML -- I just like this post a great deal. Nicely observed, sir! [/hat tip]

Posted by: Kate at February 23, 2009 09:49 PM