Ballot Stuffing for Objectivists

Wait, who’s that one critic who liked it?

Though a bit stiff in the joints and acted by an undistinguished cast amid TV-movie trappings, this low-budget adaptation of Ayn Rand’s novel nevertheless contains a fire and a fury that makes it more compelling than the average mass-produced studio item.

Ladies and Gentlemen, Kyle Smith of the New York Post.

But before you jump to Murdochian conclusions…

Don’t hold your breath for parts 2 and 3.

…Joe Morgenstern of the Wall Street Journal.

Atlas Shrugged Part I [Rotten Tomatoes, via Weigel]

You know, this is probably the ONLY movie you wish would be better than the book.

Looks like Adam Smith’s Invisible Hand is jerking us off.

No please, Atlas Fugged fans, do contact the studios and demand that they produce parts 2 and 3 immediately. Tell them you’ll place plastic bags with drawstrings over your heads until they comply. Hollywood producers are well known for their compassionate humanitarianisms so I’m sure they’ll hop to it.

It gets… er better:

“Atlas Shrugged. I arched eyebrow, scrunched forehead, yawned.”

“Not all books should be made into movies, and this is one of them.”

“Look, the problem with adapting Atlas Shrugged in the first place is that it’s just not a great story.”

and finally

“Sitting through this picture is like watching early rehearsals of a stage play that’s clearly doomed.”

From the peanut gallery without comment:

I must first start off by saying that I have read Atlas Shrugged. Whether I agree with the tenets of objectivism is another consideration separate from a review of this movie. Since when does one have to agree with the meaning of a movie or the implied message within a work of art to appreciate it? This is absurd. This movie will not get good reviews. Don’t expect individuals who fundamentally disagree with liberty and freedom to think objectively in any aspect of public engagement. This movie, which I saw last night, was great.


I am ashamed of those of you critics who base your ratings off of improper considerations. Granted, you are free to speak claptrap all you want, but I will not call what you do an artistic endeavor. Your endeavor is propoganda in essence. Shame on you.

I’ve never seen such a large discrepancy between the critics’ rating and the audience rating. Can’t wait to see what the consensus is!

Also, unrelated, have the Stinque legal eagles seen this yet?

Outside of Rand heads, who really wants to see this?

It’s like movies showcased at Comic-Con. Stuff that blew my fellow nerds away (Scott Pilgrim, Serenity, Tron II, etc) get a resounding meh from non nerds and critics.

@ManchuCandidate: Y’know, a movie about making a movie about Atlas Shrugged could be a winner. We’re due for a sequel to Living in Oblivion.

I think it’s pretty hilarious that the ‘plot’ seems to hinge on a high-speed train. The very thing the Randtards seem to want most to kill: after the poor, the old, the sick, the unfortunate, board-certified ophthalmologists, etc.

@ManchuCandidate: Speaking of local Gaslamp-cloggers, let’s go down the list:

1. Scott Pilgrim: Silent Creative Partner liked it. Didn’t reach me, but it’s a respectable effort.

2. Serenity: I finally saw a few episodes of the series recently. Also respectable, but meh.

3. Tron II: Two big sneaked-in beers up from SCP and myself. But only if you like gaudy Hollywood rides.

Why didn’t anyone in congress reply to ru anne pauls comments about the light bulb dude in the fictional work he quoted that in reality the inventor of the light bulb made a fantastic fortune? I don’t know for sure, but I’d strongly wager everything that the electricity delivered to the first light bulbs and all the bulbs since then was publicly subsidized and government regulated to ensure that all them bright bulbs keep lighting up when one flips a switch. That makes ru anne paul a pretty dull bulb, wouldn’t you say?
Also, his rendition of that fictional story reminded me of Rush 2112. But now I wont be able to listen to 2112 anymore without thinking of ru anne paul. Kinda like stranglehold and turd nugget.

Speaking of electricity, I’m interviewing with solar power manufacturers, installers and financial entities to get a realer job. If I can solar power your house or business for a reasonable down payment and for a monthly amount less than your electric bill, can I sign a few of you up? Please respond. Everyone I talk to in my current line of damn near poverty providing alleged work responds favorably to my question.

@jwmcsame: There’s an AC/DC reference in there I won’t bother working up.

But to the Ayn Rand story, a follow-up: Randy said it was written in the Fifties, but apparently it was actually published in the Thirties. And from the passages he read, it was clear that her style of creating straw men to illustrate her arguments was established early. An Atlas Shrugged movie using Rock ’Em Sock ’Em Robots would be a fair representation of the underlying work.

@jwmcsame: I own neither a house nor a business, but best of luck to you.

@nojo: Tron 1 got dogged by the critics. Why is Hollywood in such sad shape that it is reduced to remaking flops? What’s next? Four Amigos and Ishtar 2.

I used to manage and tend bar at a movie theater with a full bar and almost full menu. We had terraced restaurant seating and tables. You could smoke, which meant a lot more back then. And by smoke I mean both if you were smart enough and tipped well. There’s got to be a few places like that out west where you guys live. I hate feeling like a criminal when I sneak beer into the theater these days and pay the concession kids for a big popcorn bucket full of ice to use as my cooler. A good tip always assures that I get what I order with no hassle.

@mellbell: thanx. i think i might finally get in on an industry on the way up instead of down.

@nojo: which tune? have you ever read the letters on the original high voltage album cover from angus’ teachers and such to his parents?

@nojo & @ManchuCandidate: I saw Tron: Legacy in IMAX 3-D, and it was out-fucking-standing.

Last weekend, Mr. ¡A! and I went to the “Jedi Nights” Stars Wars exhibit at the Pacific Science Center. I have now seen such cultural treasures as Luke’s Landspeeder, the ILM filming models of the Millenium Falcon, the Star Destroyers and countless others, R2-D2, C-3PO and the cast’s original costumes, including Princess Leia, Han Solo, Chewbacca and Darth Vader. Truly, I live in a geek’s paradise.

@¡Andrew!: Don’t forget the Imperial Probe Droid! Now coming to a Pakistani village near you.

@jwmcsame: Not the band, but Edison’s thwarted advocacy of DC over AC.

@¡Andrew!: Yeah, well, I saw the original 1960s Batmobile at the Lane County Fairgrounds. So there.

@jwmcsame: I’d love to get some solar power up in here, but last I looked a basic set of house panels was over $20K with installation, and I live in Seattle, so SADly no sunlight from October to April. Are price$ coming down?

See also: Current state of affairs in America, in a nutshell.

@flippin eck: I may have to feature that later. You don’t get fat pitches like that every day.

@flippin eck: How was General HF’s b-day? Wish I could’ve been there.

@mellbell: That is the most awesome order I have ever read.
Glad this Federal judge has more compassion than the one we had in OK who refused to delay closing arguments just because the lead attorney’s wife was in labor. He gave his argument and rushed to the hospital, only to arrive just after his son was born. Luckily his wife’s mother had been with her to act as coach.

@mellbell: Yes, that’s the best bench slap I’ve read in a while.

My departure to the turkey woods is imminent. See you on the other side.

@¡Andrew!: don’t know yet. but interest is there, so the much worshiped invisible hand should dictate that demand will drive down prices if there are indeed any remaining uncorrupted markets in the good ole usa. tennessee is seeing much investment in solar panel and such production plants. GE is planning to build the biggest production plant in the world. Trane has a heat pump that is somewhat solar powered. Our just retired ex governor has started a venture capital firm to invest in solar, wind and so forth businesses. I’m trying to interview with them and another tennessee firm that lends solely to businesses in alt energy. I may be naive, but I really believe that financing can be arranged for households to install the panels for less each month than what you pay the utility companies. TVA (tennessee valley authority) used to buy back what surplus you could produce but had to quit because they were paying out way more than expected. For all this to be happening here in the damn near most conservative, gasoline sucking, coal burning state in the good ole USA means this shit is fixin’ to take off and I plan on flying those friendly skies.

@redmanlaw: there was a brood/flock/gaggle of turkeys that visited my yard a few months ago quite often. first i only saw two then they had a whole buncha babies. my neighbors keep their dogs chained, locked down and fenced in like the dogs are hamsters or prisoners, so the turkeys hang in my yard. what can i do to keep ’em coming around? they are way cool but awful jittery. do raccoons mess with turkeys? if i was armed all the raccoons here bouts would be extinct from destroying my bird feeders.

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