Thursday, February 21, 2013
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
• • Wilmington on Movies: Identity Thief
The Fountainhead |
The phony Sandy [...] goes on a shopaholic’s rampage, just at the touchy moment when the real Sandy is driven to leave his old corporation (partly run by Jon Favreau as a smirking, bonus-happy Ayn Rand fan named Cornish) in order to help start a new one [...]. [....] [I]n one of the more flabbergasting plans since Howard Roark blew up his own building in Cornish‘s favorite novel, “The Fountainhead,” Sandy, one of the last guys you’d want to send on a cross-country pickup of a psychopath, drives off, in all his obvious street-unwisdom, to find the credit swindler, bring her back, and get her to confess to his bosses.
Monday, November 14, 2011
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
• Wilmington On DVD: Inside Job, Senso, TCM Greatest Classic Legends: Jean Harlow & more…
Alan Greenspan |
[In Inside Job], director/writer Charles Ferguson and producer Audrey Marrs do a splendid job [....] of proving that people like long-time Fed chairman Alan Greenspan should never have gone near an Ayn Rand book, and that he should now perhaps perform public penance and return most of what’s left of the hefty salaries he collected during his over-hyped tenures.
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
• TIFF dispatch day five: It’s kind of a funny film festival story…
I’ve tried to be as objective as possible in looking at this film and how I felt about it, and I just don’t know that there’s any way for me to say that my take on the film at this point is anything but purely subjective. Then again, all criticism is and must be subjective, unless you’re an Objectivist, I guess, and then you’d have to argue that the film qua film is this or that; A is A, good is good, bad is bad, right?
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
• • Iron Man 2
The Fountainhead |
I did find it interesting that there's been some buzz about this film as pro-military, pro-Conservative propoganda when [Garry] Shandling's character is basically advocating not a capitalist position, which would hold that [Tony] Stark's invention is his to do with as he wishes, but a socialist one, which would argue (as Shandling's Senator Stern does) that the good of the people outweighs Stark's right to control and own his intellectual and physical property. Stern [....] obviously hasn't been reading his Ayn Rand, but then neither does Stark turn all Howard Roark and start blowing up Iron Man suits by way of keeping them out of the hands of the thieves, either. All of which is just another way in which the script seems uncertain of its ideas and philosophical underpinnings.
Friday, April 18, 2008