Monday, February 09, 2009

The National Review on Brazil

Does irony have to be physically painful?

# 22: The Best Conservative Movies of the Last 25 Years [S.T. Karnick]
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.

— S. T. Karnick blogs at stkarnick.com.

UPDATE: Andrew Sullivan late to the party. Go figure.

10 comments:

herr doktor bimler said...

It only seems ironic because you have forgotten that the Bush administration was a liberal regime.

Righteous Bubba said...

I could have sworn some gentlemen wearing baby masks were talking about that recently...

mikey said...

Hey Bubba?

Sumpin wrong with your linkage, mi amigo.

I clicked on it and it didn't go to The Onion. That can't be right...

mikey

Righteous Bubba said...

I just click the buttons and hope the blinking 12:00 goes away.

Mendacious D said...

And people wonder why I have a 27B/6 form on my desk.

Did Casino make it? Or is that more libertarian?

Also, CAPTCHA say: oputzesq. In green. Is this evidence of Google's left-wing bias?

Another Kiwi said...

Where in the conservative pantheon does "Finding Nemo" stand? I was, understandably, disappointed to discover that fish cannot, in fact, talk but was encouraged by the simple message that if your mother gets eaten, you can go to Sydney, for free.

Righteous Bubba said...

Also the finest ladyfriends have mental impairments.

Another Kiwi said...

Ah that is why it qualifies as a conservoflick then. As well as the acceptance of pollution and over fishing.

Mendacious D said...

But it has vegetarians in it.

Righteous Bubba said...

EDIBLE vegetarians.