Well, I thought and thought about my post about Atlas Shrugged’s popularity, and I mostly take it back. I realized that it contained one thing I don’t particularly like and one thing that was just kind of dumb.

The thing I didn’t like was that religious people (maybe especailly Mormons?) tend to

1) Assume that the other religious people all agree on anything
2) Can be way too hard on each other

The thing that was dumb was the idea that the creator of any piece of art has to be on the same ideas to enjoy. Umm… no. ‘Nuff said.


I’m really surprised to see so many people who consider themselves Christians loving Atlas Shrugged. Ayn Rand’s whole message is that self-interest and the pursuit of money are the purpose of man’s existence. She preached atheism fervently. She taught that charity is of no value. One of the main characters proclaims proudly that his only goal is to make money.

I’m confused by the idea that trains have become the mode of transportation of choice of the future. I know the book was written in the 50s, but screenwritiers do get to update this kind of thing if they want. Then again maybe I’m just annoyed by the scene in this trailer that doesn’t seem to explain anything about the plot, but just seems to be in there so that someone can enjoy the sheer misogynist pleasure of watching a man shouting at a woman to stop interrupting him. (1:20)



Maybe the politics can be ignored and the plot enjoyed for what it is. (Though according to Mr. Ebert that’s unlikely, and he doesn’t even address the politics of the thing. ) Maybe I’ll go see it, but I’m just so tired of spending money on unsatisfying movies.


He’s The Doctor. Doctor Who? Just The Doctor.

January 5, 2011

Since I started manically geeking out about Doctor Whoa few people have asked me what it’s all about and why I like it so darn much. So, I will explain. No, it will take too long. I will sum up. The very minimum you need to know in 10 points: Doctor Who premiered in 1963 […]

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My mom always wanted me to be interested in a doctor*

January 4, 2011

I had no interest in Doctor Who. To me it was that dry-looking, seemingly humorless show they had on PBS on Saturday nights that broke up an otherwise lovely line-up of Red Dwarf and Red Green. Don’t get me wrong, I liked that the Doctor guy wore a scarf, but that was about the extent […]

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2010 in review: TV – Comedy Edition

January 1, 2011

I had the best of intentions to get all of the best of 2010 done during 2010, but illness and fun got in the way in equal parts. So here it is, my 2010 TV roundup, but jsut the comedies. Because it turns out I have a lot to say about TV. It turns out […]

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