Ten End of the World Films to watch while the world ends.
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5. Billy Jack (1971) Available on Netflix.
Knuckle-dragging, racist, sexist, commie-hating, flag-waving homophobes attack a gentle-spirited commune run by hippies and other leftist “constituency groups.” Gandhi is to the far right of these peace loving victims. Billy Jack (Tom Laughlin, also writer and director and producer) is forced to resort to violence to fend off the bad guys.
I first saw this film in 1971 in an Ashland, Oregon auditorium packed to the gills with patouli-dripping pot-smoking hippies, and perhaps the blue haze entered my bloodstream; As the credits rolled I wanted to burst out giggling at this unintentional over-the-top self-parody of lefties. But the lights came on and I saw hippies sobbing all around, and some of them were named Wolf and Bear and looked like it and carried big knives. I knew enough about how the many local hippie communes really operated to know that I’d better not giggle in public.
These days, lucky me, I can visit fellow TAS contributor Bill Croke in ultra-conservative Salmon, Idaho, and watch Billy Jack, and we laugh until our sides ache. Trust me, any true conservative will guffaw all the way through this iconic pic.
Yes, Virginia, there really are liberals, and this is what they looked like 40 years ago. Some still look like that, while others now wear suits and ties and get elected President and run our federal government just the way they ran the commune in the movie, only now they extort money from the knuckledraggers. And now that the hippies run the government it’s okay for government to use guns to coerce, or threat to coerce, citizens. Right on! Far out!
6. The Titanic (1953) Available on Netflix.
Starring Clifton Webb, Barbara Stanwyck, and Robert Wagner, this film is a forgotten gem that should have you blubbering at the end. Ten-year-old Norman (Harper Carter) gives up his seat on a lifeboat (freeing it for a woman) and remains on board the sinking vessel so that he can act as a true man — just as we conservatives won’t abandon our principles as the U.S.S. America sinks.
7. THX 1138 (1971) Available on Amazon Instant Streaming.
George Lucas’s wonderful film about the utopia of the future. Or is it a dystopia? Depends on if you’re a liberal or conservative.
Robert Duvall is our hero, THX 1138, an obedient citizen of an underground prison-state, gestated and educated by the state, controlled by state media, state drugs, and state-owned android police. He resists. Hardly an original storyline, but it’s told so damn well! And for the educated conservative EOTW movie-watcher, we are reminded that being an individual with a free mind can be a very lonely prospect.
I did find it curious to learn that Lucas made the film, in part, as an anti-consumer, anti-corporate statement. Complying with state advertising of the sale of blue and red balls, THX 1138 purchases blue and red plastic balls from the blue and red plastic ball store and sets them on his shelf with other blue and red balls and smiles with satisfaction. This is perhaps the lamest element in Lucas’s story. The irony, of course, is that Lucas has earned at least a half-billion dollars from selling merchandising rights for his Star Wars movies. Is purchasing blue and red balls any different from purchasing 13 different plastic figurines of Jar Jar Binks? I wonder. But I also take pleasure in savoring the way liberals embrace manifold contradictions.
8. Children of Men (2006) Available through Amazon.
P.D. James’s novella of the same name, starring Clive Owen as our hero Theo Faron. Directed by favorite Harry Potter director, Alfonso Cuaron.
Set in the near future, we see a world where no children have been born for 20 years. No one knows why. A virus? God? Mother Nature? The end is nigh, and economic chaos and ruin have set in, along with civil wars and the like. Reminds you, almost, of Western civilization where declining birth rates predict suicide for America and Europe and where economic chaos… but wait, you can watch that show on the nightly news.
I like the anxious societal atmosphere this film presents, an atmosphere I just might live long enough to witness firsthand, depending on how this and that play out.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?