June 23, 2013

Hube's Fave Conspiracy Movies of All Time

Because -- you guessed it! -- nobody demanded it, it's time for yet another Hube culture-oriented list, this time a subject which gets the hackles up on "progressives" (ex. 9/11 Truthers) and conservatives (ex. Birthers) alike: Conspiracies. In no particular order:

ALL THE PRESIDENT'S MEN (1976). So good it keeps me watching every time it's on, stars Dustin Hoffman and (ultra-lib) Robert Redford play Washington Post reporters Bernstein and Woodward who slowly uncover what happened during Watergate.

Are you telling me that 40 years from now we'll have a president
who makes Nixon look like a piker??

CAPRICORN ONE (1978). There's still a whole cottage industry on the 'net dedicated to moon landing conspiracies; this flick plays on that as government entities nab three astronauts from their rocket moments before the first manned launch to Mars, and convince them they need to stage the whole deal. (Budget cuts play a big role, go figure.) The trio realize, after acting out their parts, that the gov. can't afford to let them live, so they steal a jet to escape. Unfortunately, it's almost out of gas; sas such, they crash land in the desert, separate, and the chase is on! OJ Simpson is one of the astronauts, and Elliot Gould is the reporter who pieces together the truth. Many other stars abound in this flick including James Brolin, Sam Waterston, Telly Savalas and Hal Holbrook.

Sure wish I had my white Bronco right about now ...

NO WAY OUT (1987). Guaranteed to elicit big "WTF???"s when the "secret" is revealed, Kevin Costner, Gene Hackman and Sean Young star in this political thriller. Hackman is the Secretary of Defense who accidentally kills a lady friend ... who Costner has also been seeing. To help cover his tracks, Hackman invents the story that a Russian mole killed her. Major "WTF"s ensue. Will Patton (Falling Skies) is great as Hackman's loyal aide.

J.F.K. (1991). Star Kevin Costner plays Jim Garrison, the Big Easy district attorney who takes it upon himself to prove that the Warren Commission conclusions about President Kennedy's death were so much bullsh**. I actually include this on the list because if you manage to stay awake for all the three-plus hours of the film, you deserve kudos. I managed to make it on my third viewing, the first complete one.

... and I believe it's because George W. Bush ignored that PDB
thereby allowing bin Laden to get to Dallas to shoot Mr. Kennedy!

SEVEN DAYS IN MAY (1964). Ever wonder if our military guys planned a coup right here in the U.S. of A.? This flim will scare the beejeebees out of you, then. Burt Lancaster plays the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff who plans to oust the president (Fredric March). Kirk Douglas plays a Lancaster underling who blows the whistle. The scene where Lancaster and March confront each other is classic.

MINORITY REPORT (2002). In 2054 a trio a psychics called "precogs" (for "precognition") are the basis for a new police unit: "Precrime." In other words, they'll stop the crime before it's ever committed. The unit's chief, Tom Cruise, unearths a frightening truth about the unit's origins, and is then framed. Great evilly deviousness by Max Von Sydow.

VALKYRIE (2008). Speaking of Tom Cruise, one of his better roles is in this flick where he plays a disillusioned Nazi officer during WWII who joins the [very true] conspiracy to kill Adolf Hitler. Unfortunately, it didn't work out.

BLUE THUNDER (1983). Helicopter pilot Roy Scheider discovers a plot by -- who else? -- the government to use a highly sophisticated new chopper for "the quelling" of domestic disturbances. Malcolm McDowell is the gov. agent who tries to stop him. Great urban aerial battle scenes.

Now I REALLY can take care of that goddamn shark!

SOYLENT GREEN (1973). One outta two predictions ain't bad. Global warming leads to food shortages (that's the "one") and overpopulation (the "missed one") exascerbates it. Police guy Chuck Heston stumbles upon a conspiracy that the Soylent Corp. is making its new "Soylent Green" outta ... people. Yummy.

Try this, Saul. Tell me it doesn't taste like chest hair.

THEY LIVE (1988). "First World" aliens have been using Earth as their "Third World" for decades. Roddy Piper discovers the secret via a special set of sunglasses. Still wondering how the aliens could whisk someone away at faster-than-light but couldn't safely protect their cloaking transmission.

You'd be amazed at how many libs believe in this.

Posted by Hube at June 23, 2013 04:39 PM | TrackBack

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My sixth grade science teacher was a Moon Landing Truther, if memory serves. It was quite ridiculous, to say the least. He even showed us a documentary "proving" his theories.

One of my favorite conspiracy movies is "Enemy of the State" with Will Smith and Gene Hackman. It's amazing how it basically predicted things like PRISM.

Posted by: Carl at June 23, 2013 06:44 PM

You really had a teacher like that?? Ye gad ... no wonder he taught 6th grade -- captive audience which doesn't know any better. What a loser, that creep.

I've seen EotS but I wasn't very impressed. But I agree -- it was pretty prescient about what we're seeing w/the NSA.

Posted by: Hube at June 24, 2013 10:54 AM

I did indeed. Luckily I was able to see through his BS at such a young age.

Posted by: Carl at June 24, 2013 02:31 PM

And yeah, I've known (and know of) people who actually think Bush is some kind of alien creature. There's a whole cottage industry dedicated to that, too. Just Google David Icke sometime. That guy is a first-class nut. He believes that pretty much every major figure in the world today is a reptilian creature belonging to a race that has been here since ancient times. Oh, and Icke once went on British TV and proclaimed himself to be the Son of God after having a so-called religious experience in the Peruvian Andes. I kid you not.

Posted by: Carl at June 24, 2013 03:48 PM

Has that dude been on Howard Stern? Cuz I remember a buddy playing a recording of a guy talking about "reptilius" this and that ... really F'd up stuff.

Posted by: Hube at June 24, 2013 04:53 PM

Possibly, I'm not sure. And it IS f'd up stuff, to be sure. When even a fellow Truther like Jesse Ventura doesn't believe in Icke's reptilian conspiracies, you KNOW he's pretty far gone.

Posted by: Carl at June 24, 2013 05:13 PM

Something a bit older you might want to add to your list: Keeper of the Flame.

Posted by: Dave Schuler at June 27, 2013 09:03 PM