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Tuesday 14 October 2014
Justin Caffier, Death and Taxes

…when I found out there’s a three-part movie version of “Atlas Shrugged,”—whose third part just came out—it seemed like the perfect way to finally digest the Randian classic.

My plan was simple: Watch all three parts of “Shrugged” in one day. Go in with an open mind and heart to the teachings of Ayn Rand and let these films mold my brain into whatever they may. If all went well, I’d be a more self-sufficient individual by the end of the third film and I’d be able to market my skills to those who would pay me for the privilege of using them.

Posted almost 5 years ago Publication date: 14 Oct 2014
Ilana Rapp, Huffington Post

[A:] I play Dagny Taggart, Ayn Rand’s most famous heroine. She is the C.O.O. of Taggart Transcontinental, the railroad her family built. Dagny is a smart, decisive, strong-willed businesswoman. She knows her own mind and is secure in her moral and ethical beliefs, though they differ from the majority. In this film she meets and falls in love with John Galt, who is also very principled but whose philosophy makes him her enemy. They have to reconcile their differences before they can be together.

Posted almost 5 years ago Publication date: 14 Oct 2014
Thursday 09 October 2014
Heather Wilhelm, RealClearPolitics

Five years ago, I wrote a column that earned more hate mail than all of my other columns combined. It wasn’t about an emotionally charged issue like abortion, euthanasia, or gay marriage. Nor did it advocate something dreadful like malls putting up Christmas decorations before Halloween, call for Oprah quotes on Starbucks cups, or applaud the practice of regularly reclining one’s seat in the economy-class “knee-cruncher” section of an airplane. It also, I might add, did not mention the band Nickelback.

What it did discuss was Ayn Rand.

Posted almost 5 years ago Publication date: 09 Oct 2014
Saturday 04 October 2014
Evan McMurry, AlterNet

On Last Week Tonight, perhaps to balance out his less-than-friendly main segment on Obama’s drone policies, John Oliver asked a question that has bothered people about Ayn Rand since she first emerged in the middle of the twentieth century: why are people into this dreck?

Rand was the founder of Objectivism, a sub-Nietzschean philosophy that glorified selfishness and denigrated altruism, aggressively detailed in two novels bearing both the weight and prose style of a cement brick. Not surprisingly, this organized atavism never gained serious purchase: during her lifetime she was rejected by everyone from literary critics to philosophy professors to Frank Lloyd Wright, who didn’t appreciate her cribbing protagonist Howard Roark from his biography.

Posted almost 5 years ago Publication date: 04 Oct 2014
Friday 03 October 2014
Gena Rinckey, Watchdog Wire (Franklin Center for Government & Public Integrity)

The John Galt Dress is made of the highest quality snow white satin, which is this year’s “trend-setting” color and fabric. The dress features a daring plunging neckline signifying that the bride is an entrepreneurial “risk taker.” It flows with a “train” that captures the spirit of capitalism that comes with the corporate image of Taggert Transcontinental Railroad. The back is modestly open, showing the transparency of the bride as she enters into a lifetime of being faithful to one man.

Posted almost 5 years ago Publication date: 03 Oct 2014
Monday 29 September 2014
Daily News (Palm Beach, FL)

…grossing films. Sequels include ABCs of Death 2, Atlas Shrugged Part III: Who Is John Galt?, Dolphin Tale 2, Dumb and Dumber To, Horrible Bosses 2, Hot Tub Time Machine 2, Night at the Museum: Secret of the…

Posted almost 5 years ago Publication date: 29 Sep 2014
Tuesday 23 September 2014
Jennifer Roback Morse, Christian Post

I went to see Atlas Shrugged Part III the night it opened. The evening led me to reflect on what had attracted me to Ayn Rand as a twenty-something graduate student in economics.

And let it be said: I was very attracted to her ideas. I appreciated how she dramatized the evils of a centrally planned economy. I was persuaded by her depiction of the fast descent of economic control into a totalitarian state.

Most of all, I loved how she said it was ok to be selfish.

Posted almost 5 years ago Publication date: 23 Sep 2014
Sunday 21 September 2014

If you are old enough to apply for a driver’s license, you can probably work out that selfish behavior has detrimental effects on all of us. Even if you’re not quite ready to give it up.

But not Ayn Rand. The 20th-century doyenne of destructive capitalism, dear to self-centered college sophomores and those, like Paul Ryan, who have not yet grown out of their me-first phase, declared aloud what a lot of jerks tend to keep to themselves: the idea that selfishness is awesome. Rand even wrote a book on the theme, The Virtue of Selfishness.

Posted almost 5 years ago Publication date: 19 Sep 2014
Financial Times (London)

‘Has there ever been a weirder film trilogy?’ asked Ed Crooks in his caustic review of the final part of a movie adaptation of Ayn Rand’s ‘Atlas Shrugged’. Her fans were outraged; sceptics applauded.
‘The final part of the novel is dreadful, laughable, embarrassing, comic strip – think “X-Men”. It’s totally predictable that the films would flop.’ Grybarre

Posted almost 5 years ago Publication date: 21 Sep 2014
Damien Theillier, Contrepoints

…que s’en réjouir. Le festival du film libéral Anthem, qui a lieu au cours de la FreedomFest à Las Vegas, m’a permis de visionner en avant-première la troisième partie du film Atlas Shrugged, sous-titrée…

Posted almost 5 years ago Publication date: 21 Sep 2014
Stewart Baker, Washington Post

My wife and I recently saw Atlas Shrugged, Part III (AKA, Atlas Shrugged: Who is John Galt?), the third and final movie in the trilogy based on Ayn Rand’s famous novel. Unfortunately, it was so bad that there isn’t much point to going over its weaknesses at any length. The acting was mostly wooden, the production values were little better than those of a 1950s B movie, and the villains are so ludicrously incompetent and stupid (much more so than in the book), that it becomes impossible to take them seriously. I thought the first movie in this series was merely mediocre, and the second was actually pretty decent. The third is so ridiculously bad, however, that it almost negates whatever was good in the first two.

Posted almost 5 years ago Publication date: 21 Sep 2014
Friday 19 September 2014
Ignatiy Vishnevetsky, The Onion A.V. Club

…producer John Aglialoro’s three-part adaptation of Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged is prime Mystery Science Theater 3000 fodder, cut-rate to the point of incoherence. Composed in large part of stock footage and…

Posted almost 5 years ago Publication date: 19 Sep 2014