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Wyatt Earp and Tombstone

These are two movies that the climax in the gunfight at OK Corral. Both of these movies came out about the same year and they both are being shown on cable. Wyatt Earp is the life story of Earp who became the most famous Western sheriff. Earp lived long enough to survive into 20ths so he was able to create his own biography. He also was what today would be called a technical advisor to some early movies. The story is primarily about Earp and Doc Holliday. Doc Holliday is the more interesti

Chris Grieb

Chris Grieb

Worst Prosecutors

Radley Belko has a weekly poll at his blog. This week's topic is the worst prosecutor. He has removed Mike Nifong and Alberto Gonzales. The ones left include Germonle Wilson case prosecutor in Georgia and Richard Paey's prosecutor in Florida. The others are interesting too Prosecutors have a huge amount of power for good and ill. We have to insist on more accountability.

Chris Grieb

Chris Grieb

Worst Movie Child Name

Yesterday Nov. 8th TCM was showing Penrod movies. They all had a little black boy who had the name VERMIN. I guess it's supposed to be funny.

Chris Grieb

Chris Grieb

William Shatner, Captain Kirk and Star Trek

I have been reading William Shatner's autobiography "Up till Now". Shatner has been acting for a very long time starting in the 50ths in television in Canada and then on the US networks. The part he will be most remembered for is Captain James T. Kirk of the Star Ship Enterprise. Star trek has been shown in reruns for years and been spun off with at least four spin-offs. Shatner tells of people coming up to him in airport and reciting whole episodes of the show. Shatner spends a page and ha

Chris Grieb

Chris Grieb

William Shatner

On my Face book page I have proposed that William Shatner should be honored by the Kennedy Center. Shatner should be honored for his portrayal of Captain James T Kirk on the first Star Trek TV series. He also portrayed Kirk in several of the movies.

Chris Grieb

Chris Grieb

William Peterson

William Peterson plays Gil Grissom on CSI. He is leaving the show early next season. Grissom is all about the evidence. He seemed passionless although in the last season he had a relationship with Sara Sidell. Someone will succeed him but no one will replace him.

Chris Grieb

Chris Grieb

William F Buckley 1925-2008

As I have noted on the main OL web page some comments about Buckley's death. I would like to suggest to readers you look at National Review On Line for a fuller view. The first right wing book I read was Up From Liberialism. I liked National Review when I first found it. Ayn Rand's objections to Buckley have been noted and should not be ignored but has I have said he will be missed.

Chris Grieb

Chris Grieb

Wilford Brimley's scene in Absence of Malice

The first movie I ever saw with Wilford Brimley was Absence of Malice. The movie was almost over. Suddenly this old man with a big mustache appeared. He seemed very grumpy. In ten minutes you forgot about Sally Field & Paul Newman. In less he tried up all the loose ends in the movie when he tells the unethical lead prosecutor that he has thirty days it is a moment not to be missed. I'm sorry that the only time I can see Brimley is selling diabetes supplies but I'm glad he making money.

Chris Grieb

Chris Grieb

Why must we go through this again.

On January 25th we get Rambo. It's a new movie. Apparently Rambo is fighting the Burmese. Isn't Stallone getting a little old for this? A movie with Burmese villains. Why not with Islamic villains? I not afraid of the Burmese attacking Washington.

Chris Grieb

Chris Grieb

What makes a Star

Why does a person get us to go to the movies or change our television set or look at National Inquirer to see what they have done. I think the most important quality is to age well. Bette Davis went from the early 30ths till shortly before in the 90ths by aging well. She took roles that acknowledged her age and played them well. Many actors can do one great film when they are young and never repeat and end up doing supporting roles. An example is George Segal who seems to now to be reduced

Chris Grieb

Chris Grieb

What I hope to do.

While I am a regular commentator on OL I have decided that I will also post reviews of books I am currently reading. I also hope to look at TV shows and movies I enjoy and are of some value to other Objectivists I will occasionally post these comments on OL proper but this blog will be the main place for them. If you have disagreements with me you can contact me through OL. I welcome all comments and suggestions. I think this will be fun.

Chris Grieb

Chris Grieb

What do the rich do with their money?

This morning I was listening to a writer for the New Yorker on a news show. The reporter was opposed to tax cuts for the rich. He seemed to be against tax cuts for the rich because the rich won't spend while middle class and poor people will. I think his view is rich people all have bank vaults like Scrooge McDuck had in the Donald Duck comic books and swim in their cash and coins. I hope some day this writer learns that rich people buy things and even hire people to do things for them.

Chris Grieb

Chris Grieb

West Memphis Three

We can hope this case is coming to a close. Either way there will be a big hearing this month. I will keep you all posted.

Chris Grieb

Chris Grieb

Warren Beatty AFI Life Achievement Award

Tonight July 8th Warren Beatty will receive his AFI Life Achievement Award. I sure he deserves it but all I could think of was a comment by Nathaniel Branden. Dr. Branden said he had been to an early Warren Beatty film titled All Fall Down. Branden said Beatty played one of the most out of focus persons he had ever seen. Branden said he wanted to write a philosophical article title Warren Beatty Son of Immanuel Kant.

Chris Grieb

Chris Grieb

Van Johnson Dies at 92

He was one of the longest living actors but looking at his list of movies there don't seem to be many great performances. There are a few good movies but a lot of not so good too.

Chris Grieb

Chris Grieb

UP

I finally finished this movie last night. I wish I had seen on a bigger movie screen. It is a great movie with a wonderful fun pilot. It celebrates married life and a love that laughs for years. It good enough that I forgive Ed Asner for being the awful leftist he is.

Chris Grieb

Chris Grieb

Twelve Angry Men

This is a movie I have seen several times but I can always watch it again. It is the story of the deliberation of a jury in first degree murder case. One juror played by Henry Fonda votes not guilty. The movie show the changing of the minds of the other eleven jury members. The cast which is headed by Fonda who is strongly supported by the players of all eleven other jurors. The lead opposing juror is played Lee J Cobb but he is strongly supported by E G Marshall early in his career. The

Chris Grieb

Chris Grieb

Trading Places

I saw this movie again a few days ago. It is really well done. It stars Dan Acyroyd and Eddie Murphy. It has also Don Acheme and Ralph Bellamy in strong supporting roles as the Duke brothers. Jamie Leigh Curtis play Ophelia a hooker with a heart of gold and makes it believable. It is a twist on Prince & the Pauper with Murphy and Ackroyd changing places. Murphy and Ackroyd turn the tables on the Duke brothers. I must mention that it has a small role for Alfred Drake. Alfred Drake w

Chris Grieb

Chris Grieb

Tom Lahr

Tom Lahr has been referred to on OL proper. Tom Lahr was a singer and satirist during the early part of the 1960ths. He had a song called the Vatican Rag. His song about Wehar Von Braun has been referred to on OL. As his regular day job he taught higher mathematics at Harvard.

Chris Grieb

Chris Grieb

TOC Summer Seminar

This will be my last posting for the next week. I will be at the Atlas Society Summer Seminar next week. My schedule if full and I don't know if I will have any inter-net access. I will report about the conference when I get back.

Chris Grieb

Chris Grieb

Thoughts on Lou Dobbs

John Stossell had Lou Dobbs on his show last week. I realized that Lou Dobbs does not think that there are individuals acting. Because we speak of trade as between countries we do not see that trade is not between countries. It is ultimately between individuals. I decide I want a new car so I get a car that is Japanese but I as individual make that decision. I think this maybe that people like Dobbs are always seeing collectives.

Chris Grieb

Chris Grieb

This Date

This is the anniversary of two famous murders. One was the killing by Byron DeLay Beckworth of NAACP leader Medgar Evers. The other was the killing by persons unknown( O J Simpson) of Ron Goldman and Nicole Simpson. Beckwith died in prison. Simpson may yet depending on how things turn out in the trial in the fall.

Chris Grieb

Chris Grieb