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The Dark Knight ranks No. 12. Andrew Klavan offer this explanation:
This film gives us a portrait of the hero as a man reviled. In his fight against the terrorist Joker, Batman has to devise new means of surveillance, push the limits of the law, and accept the hatred of the press and public. If that sounds reminiscent of a certain former president — whose stubborn integrity kept the nation safe and turned the tide of war — don’t mention it to the mainstream media. Our journalists know that good men are often despised by the mob; it just never seems to occur to them that they might be the mob themselves.
NR’s list has some great movies (The Lives of Others at No. 1, Groundhog Day at No. 6) but some real stinkers as well. Red Dawn? And (on the list of “Also-Rans”) The Patriot? As one Harper’s editor remarked, “With so many actually great movies made about the American Revolution, they chose the worst piece of shit imaginable? I mean, I’ll give them Air Force One, ’cause there aren’t really any other movies about the President killing a bunch of terrorists all by his lonesome, but they let Mel Gibson tell the story of America’s birth?”
More from Ken Silverstein:
Perspective — October 23, 2013, 8:00 am
How pro-oil Louisiana politicians have shaped American environmental policy
Postcard — October 16, 2013, 8:00 am
A trip to one of the properties at issue in Louisiana’s oil-pollution lawsuits
Estimated additional hours Americans would spend stoned annually if marijuana were legal in most states:
Researchers at Johns Hopkins University said that most alcohol-related airplane accidents happen at night and in bad weather.
A waitress in Chengdu ate a cockroach in response to a complaint by a customer who had discovered the bug in his salad. “You will always find cockroaches in the food,” she told him. “It is very normal.”
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“I hope that after reading the following pages the leaders of the Y. M. C. A. will start a campaign to induce good young men to do nothing. If so, I shall not have lived in vain.”