Earlier this week I talked about the benefits and/or wisdom of having all your favorite movies on DVD, against the possibility that they could be “canceled” (i.e. censored or maybe worse, bowdlerized) by The Usual Suspects.
So here’s the first part of a list of movies I think one should have in one’s video library, or the stars / directors thereof, just on case they appear on some lefty’s Enemy Of The People list.
Clint Eastwood — pretty much any or all his movies (even Bridges Of Madison County , but not Paint Your Wagon ) because a) Clinty and b) the Left hates him for being a conservative.
John Wayne — ditto, except for the appalling The Conqueror (Genghis Wayne? No.)
Lee Marvin — ditto, except for Paint Your Wagon as noted above, and especially The Dirty Dozen.
Steve McQueen — yeah, he was a wife-beater. So he’ll be on someone’s list sooner or later.
Paul Newman — as an Eastern liberal, he’s probably not going to be “canceled” anytime soon, but everyone should have The Sting, Butch Cassidy, Hud and The Hustler on their shelf anyway.
John Frankenheimer — just about all his movies, but especially The Manchurian Candidate, Birdman Of Alcatraz, Grand Prix and Ronin. Quite possibly the best action-movie director ever.
John Milius — we all know him from Red Dawn, of course, but there’s also Conan and Flight Of The Intruder.
Clint Eastwood — he’s already up as an actor, but his solo (non-acting) directing shouldn’t be ignored, either. Think of Bird, Sully and American Sniper.
We’ll talk about specific must-have movies in the next part of the series.
Feel free to add your favorite “bodies of work” in Comments. Leave specific movies till next time.