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>Look At My Dinner…And Despair

24 May

>Big ol’ green salad with bell peppers. heirloom tomatoes, carrots, sure. But the star of the show? Morels fried in butter, sharing the plate with a slice of panchetta and a small slab of Gruyere cheese: Mmmmmmm!

So good, Tam cleared her plate, asked if I’d bought the delightful fungi nearby, and went and bought another bag. Yeah, they were cooked up and enjoyed in short order.

Even better with good company: Turk Turon, Tamara K and Tam’s new Red Vs. Blue DVDs!

>To A Movie Theatre — Go!

16 Apr

>…Seem to remember reading a line like that in a book review once.* Tam and I saw Atlas Shrugged (Part 1) last night and it was, IMO, excellent.

With the exception of James Taggert — a bit young and not nearly balding enough — and Franciso d’Anconia having gone brunette, the characters were very much as I had pictured them. (Wesley Mouch is an impressive bit of casting, in both appearance and the skill the actor brings to the role).

The script is an impressive job, especially in light of the short time in which it had to be written. There’s a little rearrangement of events and it all moves very quickly, but dialog that could have been ponderous or even dull is instead light, or at least appropriate to the scene.

It is a little dated, though I think charmingly so; it’s a slightly old-fashioned film in terms of situations and pace and that’s fitting. The book was written in the 1950s, after all, by a woman who’d learned her craft in 1930s Hollywood.

The story’s either familiar to you, or it should be (and I will once again remind readers that is is a work of fiction, no matter how much men like Whittaker Chambers, Lew Rockwell and Roger Ebert might wish to construe it a manifesto or blueprint for revolution), so I won’t comment on it directly. I do think the movie does a good job of telling it and I am looking forward to Part 2.
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* An infamous hatchet-job on the book and the author, a book review to which I have no intention of linking.

>Now I Get It

16 Apr

>Charlie Chaplin would have been 122 today. Google celebrated by making their own sort-of homage, a video header for their search page.

In the comments, someone complained about about it, asking “Why didn’t they show him…” –But telling that would spoil the surprise. See for yourself:

Okay, now I see why they call him a genius. The usual sappy clips don’t do the guy justice. Not even close.

J. Edgar Hoover loathed him; his politics tilted left and he had a dire weakness for young women. But all that died with him. What’s left is is work. Look upon it, ye mighty, and enjoy! Beats a couple of trunkless stone legs and a shattered visage in the sand, no?

(The full depth of the drop may be trompe l’oiel l’oeil. That’s still some darn fancy skatin’!)

>Woo-Hoo! "Atlas" Slated To Play In Indy!

11 Apr

>Atlas Shrugged Part One is on the playbill at theatres in Carmel and down on the South Side. Appears to have been picked up in Fort Wayne, too.

The thing about this film is not that I think Ayn Rand was the “it” girl or that I think Objectivism is The Answer and it is certainly not because I think Atlas Shrugged is a blueprint for the future; it’s that she’s a pretty good propagandist against the ills of big government and creeping socialism and for the benefits of genuinely free trade and a restrained, limited government.

That’s a message that needs to get out. There’s only one John Stossel, only one Reason magazine — and only one Ayn Rand. A lot of people are put off by a talky, thousand-page novel, but they’ll go to a movie. I’m hoping the filmmaker’s done a good job of giving us our money’s worth.

Rand’s proposed solutions can be poked full of holes from many angles but she certainly managed to identify the problem. And she makes Left-wing hippie’s heads explode, too.

>Firefly Flanac

23 Feb

>(No, I’m not gonna explain the second word).

Someone paid close attention to Nathan Fillion’s probably-offhand remark about how, if he had the bucks, he’d buy the rights to Firefly and start cranking out new episodes.

Madcap hijinks, as they say, ensued. Follow the links — brother, can you spare a $40?

>Atlas Hoists A Film Camera?

13 Feb

>Found at Joe’s: the trailer for Atlas Shrugged. Holy cow, it looks like they’re really doing it. I have to admit, I laughed out loud when I saw the release date. Oh, yeah. Hollywood: they don’t all lean left, you know. From what I see in the trailer, some of ’em may’ve bent over backwards to do this one properly.

…Oh, and for those muttering, “…You could never do that entire book as one movies…,” this is only Part One. Hey, it worked for The Lord Of The Rings, didn’t it?

Some folks are gonna be finding out who John Galt might be, by and by.

>1938: Manned Moonshot

26 Jan

>It’s called “The First on the Moon” and it’s a documentary of that long-ago, first Soviet space program….

…Mind you, the fellow in charge of the movie says it’s simply a commentary on a system that treated people like machines.

Whatever it is, it’s brilliantly done; with a former government that led the world in, ahem, creative history for his background, the filmmaker has come up with something fascinating.

You can’t get it on DVD, even the Region 5 version (PAL standard) listed at Amazon is unavailable — but it’s right there on YouTube, in seven parts. Enjoy!

(And if you’re visiting Farside City, see if the Russians have a tour of the memorial site scheduled during your stay. Oh, it’s long ride to a forlorn and lonely place, just another patch of Moonscape with a discarded lander-stage, some empty tanks and tins and a tattered, sun-bleached flag, but terribly moving all the same).