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Star Wars Actor Oscar Isaac Joins The List of Hollywood Fans of Ayn Rand’s Books

Oscar Isaac — who starred in the seventh Star Wars film, Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015), as X-wing pilot Poe Dameron is a fan of Ayn Rand’s epic, best-selling novel, Atlas Shrugged (or at least the t-shirt!). STAR WARS and Atlas Shrugged have two important similarities — they are epic morality stories where good and evil are clearly defined. The Star Wars hero joins Vince Vaughn (“The last book I read was the book I’ve been rereading most of my life— The Fountainhead.”), Rob Lowe (“Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand is a stupendous achievement and I just adore it.”),… Read More »Star Wars Actor Oscar Isaac Joins The List of Hollywood Fans of Ayn Rand’s Books

Ayn Rand’s Starnesville Come to Life

Statism is turning America into Detroit – Ayn Rand’s Starnesville come to life – Telegraph Blogs Look at this description of Detroit from today’s Observer: What isn’t dumped is stolen. Factories and homes have largely been stripped of anything of value, so thieves now target cars’ catalytic converters. Illiteracy runs at around 47%; half the adults in some areas are unemployed. In many neighbourhoods, the only sign of activity is a slow trudge to the liquor store. Now have a look at the uncannily prophetic description of Starnesville, a Mid-Western town in Ayn Rand’s dystopian novel, Atlas Shrugged. Starnesville had been… Read More »Ayn Rand’s Starnesville Come to Life

Friends in Washington: Obama Administration Continues to Imitate Villains of Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged

Over at the Washington Examiner, Tim Carney writes on the waiver process for Obamacare: Congress imposes mandates on other entities, but gives bureaucrats the power to waive those mandates. To get such a waiver, you hire the people who used to administer or who helped craft the policies. So who’s the net winner? The politicians and bureaucrats who craft policies and wield power, because this combination of massive government power and wide bureaucratic discretion creates huge demand for revolving-door lobbyists. It’s another reason Obama’s legislative agenda, including bailouts, stimulus, ObamaCare, Dodd-Frank, tobacco regulation, and more, necessarily fosters more corruption and… Read More »Friends in Washington: Obama Administration Continues to Imitate Villains of Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged

I Am John Galt

“ I Am John Galt is a hymn to free men, free minds and free markets. It’s a loving look at the heroes who are living those values and moving the world forward. It’s also a crushing no-holds-barred indictment of the parasites who are trying to destroy our world of freedom and prosperity.” — Don Luskin We are kind of excited about this book because of the interview with John Allison — former CEO of the successful BB&T (a bank that did not need but was forced to accept bailout funds against their will — more on that in a… Read More »I Am John Galt

Al Ramrus on Aglialoro’s Atlas Shrugged Movie: “Ayn Rand and her great novel deserved better.”

Al Ramrus was a writer-producer with Mike Wallace. According to the Ayn Rand Sense of Life website: “[Ramrus] handled TV interviews with Pulitzer Prize and Oscar winners, Nobel laureates, athletes, gangsters, politicians, statesmen, and—most memorably—Ayn Rand, whose intellect, he says, towered above anyone’s he had ever encountered.  Thereafter, Ramrus then headed west to Los Angeles to write prize-winning TV documentaries on historical and cultural subjects, as well as television movies and feature films, including GOIN’ SOUTH and WORLD WITHOUT SUN, winner of an Academy Award® for best feature documentary.” Below are his comments on John Aglialoro’s “Atlas Shrugged Movie: Part… Read More »Al Ramrus on Aglialoro’s Atlas Shrugged Movie: “Ayn Rand and her great novel deserved better.”

WSJ: Remembering the Real Ayn Rand

Donald Luskin pens a tribute to Ayn Rand in the WSJ opinion column: But it’s a misreading of “Atlas” to claim that it is simply an antigovernment tract or an uncritical celebration of big business. In fact, the real villain of “Atlas” is a big businessman, railroad CEO James Taggart, whose crony capitalism does more to bring down the economy than all of Mouch’s regulations. With Taggart, Rand was anticipating figures like Angelo Mozilo, the CEO of Countrywide Financial, the subprime lender that proved to be a toxic mortgage factory. Like Taggart, Mr. Mozilo engineered government subsidies for his company… Read More »WSJ: Remembering the Real Ayn Rand

Exposition vs. Drama: Comparing a Scene from the Atlas Shrugged Movie to the Novel

From Ron Pisaturo: This essay compares one scene, viewable on the Internet, of the movie Atlas Shrugged Part 1 to the corresponding scene in the source novel Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand.   In this essay, my secondary purpose is to judge this small part of the movie; my primary purpose is to highlight—through contrast—the Romantic style of Ayn Rand’s novel. I analyze this one scene instead of the whole artworks so that you, dear reader, can study for yourself the evidence for my conclusion: The scene in the movie is Naturalistic exposition; the scene in the novel is Romantic drama.… Read More »Exposition vs. Drama: Comparing a Scene from the Atlas Shrugged Movie to the Novel

Aglialoro Atlas Shrugged Movie Screenplay is “Incomprehensible Gibberish” — Film Stage Review

Writes Timothy Farmer a The Film Stage in his [Review] Atlas Shrugged: Part I on whose dialogue he judges as “incomprehensible gibberish.” […] I haven’t a clue in hell what was rolling through John Aglialoro‘s and Brian Patrick O’Toole’s craniums when they wrote the screenplay. Somebody please have them admitted for a CAT scan ASAP.Meeting the script mediocrity head-on is production designer John Mott and his vacant style. Many scenes in the film are either too cluttered or severely lacking character. The book is extremely visual, essentially spelling out what needs to be purchased by the art department. Unfortunately, it… Read More »Aglialoro Atlas Shrugged Movie Screenplay is “Incomprehensible Gibberish” — Film Stage Review

Atlas Shrugged Adaption Lacks Talent and Vision

The movie reviews for the Atlas Shrugged adaption have been making headlines. Perhaps the most interesting one comes from a reader commenting on a sort-of-review at Slate. (In the Slate review that best that we can learn is that “The actors and scenes are there to present Rand’s philosophy to the Twilight and Nicholas Sparks set.”) At the end of the review a reader named “Sean D’Aconnia” opines: “[…]It is not all the glorious things that David Kelley or Barbara Branden claim it to be. In fact, it’s almost a beautiful mess but doesn’t quite reach that level because it’s not beautiful… Read More »Atlas Shrugged Adaption Lacks Talent and Vision

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