Rightwing Film Geek


Reviews and thoughts about the films of the cinema from an American conservative whose favorite Austrian film artist is Michael Haneke rather than Arnold Schwarzenegger.


  1. I thought I was the perhaps the only right-winger on planet earth who attempted serious film criticism in blog form until I stumbled across your page. Awesome stuff you have here, I can only hope to write nearly as well as you one day. I’ll make a point of check in from now on!

    Comment by James Frazier | October 22, 2007 | Reply

  2. I love your blog… been reading it for a while. I ended up making a world cinema focussed site…just a month old. URL is http://www.reelsuave.com and i would be soo happy if you could write or post some of your reviews or articles there. I would love to have your blog or column on the site. Thanks a lot and hope to hear from you soon.

    Comment by Prem | January 14, 2008 | Reply

  3. Sir,

    I was wondering, for a new student of film, what the top 10 movies (past and present) that you would say are mandatory viewing?

    Please email me back if you get a chance.


    Comment by Chris | March 21, 2008 | Reply

  4. Just 10???? Any such list of that size or thereabouts would be nothing more a list of my personal favorites*

    There’s literally hundreds of important films out there. The best “canon lists” IMHO are the Vatican List of significant films from 1995, the American Film Institute poll 100 Years … 100 Films and its 10th anniversary do-over, the decennial Sight and Sound worldwide polls, and the 2005 Time list by critics Richard Schickel and Richard Corliss. And here’s a page with more lists on it.

    What would help give more-usefully tailored info would be having more a sense of your particular interests, either cinematic — in terms of national cinemas, eras, genres/styles — or noncinematic. “New student of film” is rather catch-all.
    * For the record, that list of 10 would be A CLOCKWORK ORANGE, TIME OUT, REAR WINDOW, 8 1/2, THE MAGNIFICENT AMBERSONS, CASABLANCA, SUNSET BOULEVARD, DR. STRANGELOVE, CRIES AND WHISPERS and THE RULES OF THE GAME. But I could never call that list any kind of canon — far too many categorical gaps, two Kubricks, 6 of 10 in English, 9 of 10 from a barely 30-year period (1939-72), and half my 10 favorite directors unrepresented.

    Comment by vjmorton | March 21, 2008 | Reply

  5. I’m part of a small team of journalists who have put together something new that I thought might interest you. We are going to cover the Pope’s visit to America in a new way.
    We are working on a website called http://www.LiveNewsCameras.com The concept is simple, let people watch news as it happens anywhere in the world…raw, unedited on your computer at work or home.
    It started on Super Tuesday with just a couple of feeds focusing on the Republican and Democratic candidates and has grown to 150 streams around the world. We think it will double that soon because we keep hearing from stations that are starting up live streams. We did it as a little newsroom experiment and now we have ABC, CBS and NBC stations involved.
    We’ve been streaming the hearings about Iraq this week…nothing outrageous there…but we also stream the presidential candidates live every day…sometimes two or three times each a day as they go around the country. No one else is doing that.
    We have been working on having live video of the Pope’s visit to America from many different television stations. On Monday April 14th from 6-7pm CST we will have an experimental internet broadcast about the Catholic religion. We will have on experts and commentators that the webcast viewers can chat with live. We will look at the issues facing the Church and discuss the importance of this visit. It is a national effort that you can see on http://www.livenewscameras.com. We of course hope to have raw feeds of the Pope’s travels every possible opportunity. We are the only website that we know that is devoting this sort of effort to gather all of these live feeds.
    Perhaps you would like to link to this content over the next week? At the very least it might be a useful way to keep up with this historic event.
    Being an eyewitness to news is very different from consuming prepared news content.
    Love to see what you think. Our motto is “Veritas odit moras,” from line 850 of Seneca’s version of Oedipus. It means “Truth hates delay.”

    Comment by Andrew Finlayson | April 10, 2008 | Reply

  6. Hey I met you at the VAFilm Fest. in 2006, where I saw about 8 films with you over the course of the weekend. I saw last year that you had a top 20 list on YMDB and was curious if you would reupdate it since it is no longer there? I finally put one up over the weekend

    Comment by Ryan Browder | April 27, 2008 | Reply

  7. I’m a bit compulsive, and thus have attempted to read everything on your site. I can’t help noticing that your second favorite movie of 2007 (HOT FUZZ) was never reviewed. Are you ever going to review it? I am very curious to know why you gave it a ’10’. I know why I gave it a 10, I just don’t know why you did. While you’re at it why don’t you post a review of THE DARK KNIGHT too?

    Comment by James | July 29, 2008 | Reply

  8. Hi. Your site looks awesome. I book marked it, but since you seem to have disappeared without any explanation whatsoever, I’ve taken it off again.

    Best of luck with whatever else it is you’re doing with your life. Perhaps some other time.

    Comment by K | August 17, 2008 | Reply

  9. Hi. I just came across one of my grandfathers movies in your list “A Dumbwaiter Scandal” written & directed by Glen Lambert in 1919.Is this film available? Any info. would be appreciated. Thanks Robert Lambert

    Comment by Robert Lambert | August 20, 2008 | Reply

    • Hello,
      My grandfather was Glen Lambert, I have been looking for you.

      Comment by Adele Escher | August 1, 2013 | Reply

  10. How close am I to your actual Skandies ballot?
    1. Time Out
    2. Memento
    3. Dancer in the Dark
    4. Capturing the Friedmans
    5. Dogville
    6. Grizzly Man
    7. L’Enfant
    8. Songs from the Second Floor
    9. Forbidden Lie$
    10. 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days

    1. Aurelien Recoing Time Out
    2. Ryan Gosling The Believer
    3. Jean-Pierre Darroussin Red Lights
    4. Aaron Eckhart Thank You for Smoking
    5. Yuya Yagira Nobody Knows
    6. Olivier Gourmet The Son
    7. Jeremie Renier L’Enfant
    8. Heath Ledger Brokeback Mountain
    9. Tom Wilkinson In the Bedroom
    10. Francois Begaudeau The Class

    Comment by James | August 10, 2009 | Reply

  11. Films u have pretty close (my 1-8 are all among the 10 titles you list, though not in that order).

    Actors not nearly so (keep in mind, it’s male and female, supporting and lead — all one category). You have three, plus a fourth correct name but for the wrong film.

    Comment by vjmorton | August 19, 2009 | Reply

  12. Hello. My name is Fred Litwin and I am the President of the Free Thinking Film Society in Ottawa, Canada. We show conservative documentaries, and I am now organizing our first annual film festival for November.

    I was wondering if you had any suggestions for good conservative documentaries for our festival.

    Best regards

    Fred Litwin
    President, Free Thinking Films
    (613) 261-9060

    Comment by Fred Litwin | June 27, 2010 | Reply

  13. […] One film buff I stumbled across in my research with a particularly extensive and interesting list was Rightwing Film Geek, who describes his/her blog as Reviews and thoughts about the films of the cinema from an American conservative whose favorite Austrian film artist is Michael Haneke rather than Arnold Schwarzenegger. (via About « Rightwing Film Geek.) […]

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  14. Nicely done Victor! Glad to see you in excellent form.
    Kevin (Deegan-)Krause formerly of South Bend, kdecay[at]gmail[dot]com

    Comment by admin | September 13, 2012 | Reply

  15. Would love to send you our press screening invite. what is the best way to reach you..is there an email address we can send invite to? Thank you Invite goes out today. -Bryan Deehring. We release Nov 15th, press screening (online and in theatre) is Oct 24th


    Comment by zybot-hap | October 22, 2013 | Reply

  16. Hello,
    A quick introduction from my end-Iam Chinmaya from Bangalore,India. The reason for my mail is that I understand that the “sons of the desert” are having their next convention at Hollywood and would want to know if you are attending it. You may check this for more details- http://www.laurelandhardywood.com/ .
    Incase you or anyone whom you know are,please let me know as there are somethings that i want to discuss regarding the same.My id is-chimayaprakash@gmail.com Else,you may ignore this.

    Regards and best wishes,

    Comment by Chinmaya | December 12, 2013 | Reply

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