Ten Iconic Hollywood Film Scenes (VII)

The seventh in a series of ten iconic Hollywood film scenes among my all-time favorites takes us from yesterday’s Big Ape to a Planet of the Apes (1968). Needless to say, if you have never viewed the film, the finale contains one of the biggest spoilers—and shocking endings—in cinema history. When I saw this film at the young age of 8, the audience was so shocked by the Rod SerlingTwilight Zone”-like twist, that the theater remained eerily silent, even as the credits rolled.

The “Homonograph” and DOL Available Thru C4SS Store!

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This being Pride Month, I am happy to announce that my 60+ page-monograph, Ayn Rand, Homosexuality, and Human Liberation (2003) is finally available again for sale—though supplies are limited—through the C4SS Store (link to sale page). I donated virtually my entire personal inventory of the work to the store. The book may be out-of-print, but the copies are pristine and being sold for only $5 each!

Available Again thru the C4SS Counter-Economic Store

The “Homonograph” (as I’ve often called it) is a combination philosophical exegesis, sociological study, and political tract, which examines Rand’s impact on the sexual attitudes of self-identified Objectivists in the movement to which she gave birth and the gay subculture that she would have disowned.

I should also mention that our special discount sale of the anthology, The Dialectics of Liberty: Exploring the Context of Human Freedom (coedited by Roger Bissell, Ed Younkins, and me), is now over, because the book is sold out! It is still available at a higher price (in hardcover, paperback, and Kindle) through Amazon (as well as Google Books and Lexington Books), but why would you pay a minimum of $40 when you can get the book for $18 directly from the C4SS Store (link to sale page)! I’ve autographed all the copies that C4SS is selling. It is also available as part of the C4SS Store’s special collection: “The Intros Bundle” (link to sale page).

I want to thank James Tuttle for making all of this possible. Check it out!

Ten Iconic Hollywood Film Scenes (VI)

The sixth in a series of ten iconic Hollywood film scenes among my all-time favorites is the Boxing Match between King Kong and the T-Rex in the original 1933 film version of the ape story. There are so many iconic moments in this film … but this scene remains a showcase for Willis O’Brien’s trailblazing stop-motion animation—and Fay Wray‘s screams!

Ten Iconic Hollywood Film Scenes (V)

The fifth in a series of ten iconic Hollywood film scenes among my all-time favorites is the Chest-Burster Scene from director Ridley Scott’s 1979 film, “Alien”. “In space no one can hear you scream” was the tagline, but when I first saw this in a packed Brooklyn theater, the screams were palpable until the scene was over. Then … after a moment of silence, a little nervous laughter ensued.

Song of the Day #1866

Song of the Day: Raiders of the Lost Ark (“Soundtrack Suite”) [YouTube link] was composed by John Williams and is performed here by the London Symphony Orchestra. It’s hard to believe … but on this date—forty years ago—in 1981, “Raiders of the Lost Ark” debuted in theaters. Directed by Steven Spielberg and based on a story by George Lucas and Philip Kaufman, the film starred Harrison Ford, and gave birth to the Indiana Jones film franchise! This action-packed adventure never lost its sense of humor, and won five Oscars in the process (for Art Direction, Film Editing, Sound, Sound Editing, and Visual Effects). It also gave us a memorable Oscar-nominated score by the maestro, who won a Grammy Award for Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media.

Song of the Day #1865

Song of the Day: My Spanish Heart, composed by Chick Corea, was the title track to his 1976 album. Check out that version here as well as this rendition [YouTube links] by “The Spanish Heart Band” (from the Grammy-winning “Best Latin Jazz Album“, “Antidote“), which includes vocals by Ruben Blades and Gayle Moran. Today, we celebrate the eigthtieth anniversary of Chick‘s birth, who sadly passed away on February 9, 2021. Viva Chick!

A Photo Trip Down Memory Lane

I’ve been doing a lot of work in my apartment, cleaning up, in anticipation of my sister‘s return from the subacute rehabilitation facility she’s been in for several months now. When she returns home in July, she will not have seen the inside of this house since mid-March. So I’ve been busting my butt clearing things up and readying the space for her continued recovery.

This has led me to go through several file drawers that contain materials which will eventually make their way to the NYU Faculty Archives—after I’m gone. Have no fear, I ain’t going anywhere. Still, some of the stuff made me laugh out loud.

For example, I came upon an envelope of black-and-white stills, which were taken as “promotional” shots for my soon-to-be-released books, Marx, Hayek, and Utopia (1995) and Ayn Rand: The Russian Radical (1995). This particular one was taken in 1994 in the backdrop of New York University buildings. We decided to pass on it because I was told to “Fuhgedaboudit“: It was a bit too “Brooklyn.” You decide … 🙂

Me, Circa 1994

The Mandalorian Finale!

After having finished season 1 of “The Mandalorian” just four days ago, I knocked out season 2 and thoroughly enjoyed it!

I won’t say anything to those who have yet to see it, but the finale was so rousing that the moment the “first” of the last scenes was over I expected that triumphant John Williams music to engulf me! But I don’t think it’s a spoiler to tell folks not to fast forward through the credits because there is one extra scene that is quite obviously a set-up of things to come!

Finally, no matter how much George Lucas‘s Industrial Light and Magic has forever altered our cinematic experiences, the one thing that this particular show never sacrifices is the wonder of storytelling. You don’t have to be a hardcore Star Wars “nerd” to appreciate the mythology of these stories and the universal thematic content they express. Two Thumbs Up!

Ten Iconic Hollywood Film Scenes (IV)

The fourth in a series of ten iconic Hollywood film scenes among my all-time favorites is another one from the Master of Suspense, Alfred Hitchcock: The Shower Scene from “Psycho” (1960), with Anthony Perkins and Janet Leigh, with the proviso that if you haven’t seen the film, this is a bit of spoiler (and the same proviso comes with virtually every scene I’ve picked!). And a special acknowledgment to Bernard Herrmann for providing the iconic shrieking strings!