Right of center movie criticism seemed like an oxymoron until the dawn of the Internet.
Yes, conservative magazines like The Weekly Standard and National Review often pontificate on the films of the day, but most movie consumers relied on either local or nationally syndicated film critics. And, like most journalists, they tended to lean left.
Things are changing, but the ratio remains akin to the movie “300.” And guess which side represents the conservatives?
The following is a list of some prominent conservative film critics and others just making themselves known throughout the blogosphere. Their ranks may be humble, but they stand as a necessary balance to the liberal-leaning industry.
On a personal note, I’ve become acquaintances with several people below. That means this list doesn’t pretend to be objective. It’s simply a resource for those who want to read a conservative’s take on movies in toto.
- John Nolte, Big Hollywood - The erstwhile Dirty Harry serves as Editor in Chief of the right-leaning entertainment site, but he finds the time to write commentary on Hollywood at large as well as review films in his sweet spot. Consider his ode to John Wayne and “The Comancheros” as Exhibit A.
- Kurt Loder, Reason – The former MTV personality tackles movies from a libertarian perch, bringing both intellectual heft and a child-like appreciation for popcorn fare to his writing.
- Kyle Smith, The New York Post/KyleSmithOnline.com - The conservative Post is known for its outlandishly funny headlines, and Smith’s oft-hilarious reviews complement those snarky word bombs.
- John Podhoretz, The Weekly Standard - This pull no punches critic is old school in the very best sense, a critic steeped in film lore who doesn’t rub it in your face.
- Michael Medved, “The Michael Medved Show” - The veteran talker serves up audio reviews on his signature site.
- The American Spectator – Critic in residence James Bowman takes a culture warrior’s perspective on movie fare.
- Stephen Hunter - This former Washington Post critic and Pulitzer Prize winner retired a few years back but still punches the clock for the occasional film essay.
- Libertas - One of the web’s earlier right-leaning movie sites went away for a spell but is back and commenting on the latest Hollywood fare.
The Newer Kids on the Block
- Hunter Duesing – This self-described metal head contributes to Big Hollywood, Parcbench.com and, when he finds the time, this very site. He’s also the co-host of “The Midnight Movie Cowboys Podcast.”
- Chris Yogerst -You’ll find Mr. Yogerst’s reviews over at Parcbench.com where he serves as Senior Editor and film critic, and, like Duesing, he also publishes commentary at Big Hollywood.
- James Frazier – This impressive young scribe publishes his own film blog, contributes to Big Hollywood and occasionally pinch hits at WWTW.
- Commentarama Films – This new site covers some newer film releases but saves space for older films.
This list is certainly not complete, and I fear I’ve left out some folks who are either cloaking their ideology (can’t blame them) or so far haven’t mustered enough Internet juice to hit my radar. Are there any prominent names I’ve left out? I’ll update as needed.