Friday, February 01, 2013
• • Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood & the Prison of Belief by Lawrence Wright – review
Atlas Shrugged |
Amazon ranks books according to their current sales. I thought I would compare Dianetics with Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged. The Rand novel was published in 1957 and it apparently has a devoted readership eager to believe in the free mind solving all problems. My experiment was conducted on 20 January 2013. The hardback of Atlas Shrugged was then ranked 62,059, the Kindle edition at 976 and the paperback at 416. I was surprised and impressed, but I’ve seen people on buses, in parks and at the beach reading Atlas Shrugged. I have never seen anyone reading Dianetics, and this might be why: the hardback is ranked at 402,370 and the paperback at 24,618.
Thursday, May 31, 2012
Thursday, October 14, 2010
• Helen Mirren
[Mirren] has been Tolstoy’s wife in and a Nevada brothel keeper in Love Ranch (directed by her partner for many years, Taylor Hackford). She will soon be seen as Ida in a remake of Graham Greene’s Brighton Rock. Go back a little farther and she showed her credentials on television as the titular writer in The Passion of Ayn Rand and in The Roman Spring of Mrs Stone. In other words, she can play a power figure or a florid wreck.
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
• • Patricia Neal: A beauty that cut like a knife
The Fountainhead |
When Neal got into movies, in the mid 40s, she was blonde, edgy and sexy. If you have never seen it you should see The Fountainhead, where she starred with Gary Cooper.
Sunday, July 25, 2010
• Tom Cruise
The Fountainhead |
Tom Cruise is 48. At that age, Gary Cooper had just made The Fountainhead, Bogart had done The Big Sleep and Montgomery Clift … well, he was dead.
Friday, June 13, 2008
• David Thomson’s Biographical Dictionary of Film #41
Atlas Shrugged movie |
Who knows, the world may last long enough for [Angelina Jolie] to play Dagny Taggart in Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged.