Donald Clarke

Whingeing about cinema and real life since 2009

Thor is a conservative film.

As I may have mentioned before, I am a great fan of the eccentric right-wing website Conservapedia. Established by one Andy Schlafly, son to well-known liberal-bashing blowhard Phyllis Schlafly, the site sells itself as a Conservative alternative to the notoriously …

Sun, May 8, 2011, 17:26

   

As I may have mentioned before, I am a great fan of the eccentric right-wing website Conservapedia. Established by one Andy Schlafly, son to well-known liberal-bashing blowhard Phyllis Schlafly, the site sells itself as a Conservative alternative to the notoriously Trotskyite Wikipedia. As Mr Schlafly sees it, Wikipedia is worryingly in thrall to such pseudosciences as Darwinism and dangerously enamoured by militant “socialists” such as Comrade Barack Obama (who seems to be simultaneously a secret Muslim, an atheist and inclined towards leftist Afro-centric Christian sects).

Conservapedia does occasionally move from kicking liberals to bigging-up rare examples of right-wing incursion into the leftist-dominated media. One such case is their attempt to detail great “Conservative Movies“.

The list is an absolute hoot. I suppose it’s hard to argue with — current number one — the recent, panned version of Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged (though the author’s militant atheism can’t please the Conservapedians). It’s true to say The Exorcist seems, at its heart, to be a Christian (not to say Catholic) picture, but William Friedkin, the director, has always come across as an old-school Hollywood liberal. Spider-Man is a still more baffling choice. Sam Raimi, director of The Evil Dead and once a target for anti video-nasty campaigners, would, I’m sure, be surprised to hear that his film “pokes fun at liberals (entertainers and journalist)”. The version of J J Jameson, editor of the Daily Bugle, presented there — different to the incarnation in the comics — seems far closer to Kelvin MacKenzie, red-blooded former editor of The Sun, than he is to Ben Bradlee or Harold Evans.

It’s true to say that superhero movies do often — though not always — uphold traditional values of justice and retribution. So it’s not altogether surprising that Conservapedia has, this weekend, decided to celebrate the fact that “Thor — a candidate for Best Conservative Movies — wins big at the box office, while a Jodie Foster-directed movie nearly strikes out”. Ms Foster, director of The Beaver, is, of course, a dangerous liberal. Mind you, Ms Foster’s bizarre drama does star Mel Gibson, an actor who is rarely confused with Rosa Luxemburg. The box-office figures can, perhaps, be seen as a Rorschach Blot. Screw up your eyes and, depending upon your affiliation, you can see them as evidence of growing reactionary feeling or confirmation that Obamunism is infecting today’s cinema-going youth.

Anyway, for the record, here is Conservapedia’s list of the top ten Conservative Movies.

Atlas Shrugged (2011) Well, d’uh.

Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956) Arguably.

The Exorcist (1973) At a stretch.

Dark Matter (2008) What now? Virtually unseen indie featuring, of all people, Meryl Streep.

Spider-Man (2002) Hardly.

Gone With the Wind (1939) Yeah, okay.

Ben-Hur (1959) Just about.

Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed (2008) Well, d’uh.

Hillary: The Movie (2008) Blame the left-wing entertainment establishment for the obscurity of this fair and balanced study of the current US secretary of state.

Indoctrinate U (2007) Again, liberal distributors have kept this film from you.

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