(THE FEDERALIST) -- The nearly closed 2019 was a surprisingly good year for conservatism at the movies, thanks to work by Quentin Tarantino, Clint Eastwood, James Mangold, and Roland Emmerich. Famous directors made wonderful movies, some successful at the box office, some likely to gain more prestige in awards season than popularity and therefore likely to be remembered.
Most recently, Eastwood’s “Richard Jewell” continued his series of true stories about citizen-heroes. Audiences apparently have not heard of it, but the people who did see it loved it, and one hopes the upcoming awards will make the movie prestigious enough for people to go see it or buy it, because it was 2019’s only serious treatment of the opposition between the patriotic majority of Americans and the deep state and media elites who hold them in contempt.
Jewell was an ordinary man whose opportunity to become a hero came during the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, where he was working security. He discovered a suspicious backpack containing three pipe bombs, part of a terror attack plot. Jewell saved many lives that day by calling 911 and clearing out as many people as possible—only one person died, although many were injured.
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