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Lorraine Bracco Medicine Man (1992)
The Performance: So terrible that Bracco received a Razzie nomination in the Worst Actress category. The doctor who claimed to be the model for Sean Connery’s character even sued the makers of the film – yup, even he was ashamed of it.
How It Could’ve Been Rescued: By having Connery pointing and laughing at Bracco throughout the whole film.
#23 on Total Film‘s list of “50 Performances That Ruined Movies“… scan through to agree (Nicholas Cage in The Wicker Man, Sophia Coppola in Godfather 3, et al.) and disagree (your correspondent isn’t so sure, e.g., about #8 or #9 or #14…). That’s the fun of lists like this.
As we sharpen our critical skills, we might recall that it was on this date in 1966 that thespian Ronald Reagan announced that he was leaving movies and TV behind to enter politics as a candidate for Governor of California.
Few authors have inspired such passion in their readers as the Russian-American novelist, philosopher, playwright, and screenwriter Alisa Zinov’yevna Rosenbaum– better known by her pen name, Ayn Rand.
Rand’s philosophy, “Objectivism” (rational self-interest) has guided followers as various as Alan Greenspan, Ronald Reagan, Brad Pitt, and Oliver Stone. While she distanced herself from Libertarianism (“too soft”), she’s been embraced by Libertarians and by the Right at large. Glenn Beck , Rush Limbaugh, Ron Paul, and Clarence Thomas have all affirmed their admiration. South Carolina Governor (and noted hiker) Mark Sanford wrote a 2009 review for Newsweek in which he recalled being “blown away” after first reading The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged. And “going Galt” (emulating John Galt, the protagonist of Atlas Shrugged, commandeering the airwaves to preach the evils of collectivism and of the Christian notion of collective guilt and sin… thus by extension seemingly, of collective responsibility and care) has become a catch phrase of the Tea Party movement.
So perhaps one shouldn’t be surprised by the length to which Rand devotee Nick Newcomen went to promote his idol’s works– over 12,000 miles. As The Guardian reports, Newcomen spent…
… a month driving more than 12,000 miles to inscribe his message – “Read Ayn Rand” – on a vast swath of US land.
Using a GPS tracking device as a “pen”, Newcomen took about 10 days to complete each word, turning on his GPS logger when he wanted to write and turning it off between letters, videoing himself at landmarks along the route for documentation. He drove 12,328 miles in total, across 30 American states, inputting the data once he was finished into Google Earth to create the world’s largest book advertisement.
Read the full story here.
As we toss a couple of pennies into The Fountainhead, we might raise a contemplative glass to St. Caesarius of Arles, whose Feast Day today is. The leading ecclesiastic in early Sixth Century Gaul, Caesarius had a somewhat different perspective than did Ms. Rand…
Do the proud and wicked souls who commit serious sins seem happy to you because they do not suffer evil in this world?… They are not scourged at all in this world, because they are reserved for eternal punishment due to the excessive number of their sins. They cannot be punished in this short time, for they require endless torture.
– Sermon 5.3