1-5. ‘Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party’
In any other year, Dinesh D’Souza’s latest documentary — or whatever you call the shapeless blobs of conspiracy theories, outright lies, nonsensical arguments and overt racism the far-right pundit periodically slips into mainstream theaters — would simply be a terrible film. It would make more money than any of the year’s other “non-fiction films” (again, used loosely), but it wouldn’t actually destroy the world.
We won’t blame this year’s election squarely on this two-hour stream of argumentative poop, which made considerably less cash money than D’Souza’s “2016: Obama’s America” or “America: Imagine the World Without Her.” We will, however, offer that D’Souza’s three films, taken in total as a single virus that have poisoned the multiplex since 2012, haven’t helped. The rise of Trump’s America was a long con, and D’Souza has been one of its most shameless hucksters.
So good job, asshole, for joining the crypto-fascists at Breitbart by feeding dupes an elixir of half-truths, fabricated lies and bald assertions that did little but serve your plot to harm the country and the world so much worse than you thought Obama ever could have. Your latest had slightly better production values than the past two, though it still included historical titans played by actors you seem to have found at a backwater regional production of “1776.” You remain the master of shots of yourself looking at things with a fake-interested face, and this time you threw in three musical numbers back-to-back-to-back, one with you crooning on a piano.
Oh, and you made a film whose entire purpose was to pull a rope-a-dope, distracting minions from the present bigotry of your party by “revealing” the “secret history” that Democrats used to be the crappy ones — a fact you can find even in Texas school textbooks Repubs have gutted of all that stuff about the civil rights era. You’re smart enough to know how stupid your claims are, and you knew there were enough idiots to take them as gospel. You deserve all the spots on this list and many more besides. But that would simply be unfair to some of the year’s other dogs, so we’ll only give it the first five.