Now in our ninth calendar year!
PCR #421 (Vol. 9, No. 16) This edition is for the week of April 14--20, 2008.
CHARLTON HESTON TOP 10
This was tougher than I thought it would be. Not because it was difficult to find 10 incredibly great performances, but because there were so many to choose from.
Let's get this tribute going....
1. Planet of the Apes ('68): This should suprise nobody. Like I said previously, before Jaws there was Planet of the Apes. It really is that simple. And Chuck? Well, simply sensational.
2. Ben Hur: Kicked around and brutalized by his 'friend' Masala, Judah comes home and kicks from 1st century butt.
3. Soylent Green: Heston stumbles on an awful secret. Something not unlike what cows today suffer: cannibalism by food product.
4. The Ten Commandments: Hey, he was Moses. 'Nuff said.
5. El Cid: Took me years to finally see this and has been years since I did, but as usual another stellar effort, and awesome movie.
6. The Agony and the Ecstacy: He doesn't save a nation, and doesn't part the sea, but his emotion as a struggling Michaelangelo is just as inspiring in this timeless classic.
7. Will Penny: A rugged cowpoke finds a woman and her son are living in his country cabin. Instead of throwing them out into the cold, he allows them to stay and soon love is in bloom. (hey, get off my back, you know I write love songs).
8. The Greatest Show on Earth: Put up the tent and send in the clowns, but don't forget that high wire act! Early in his career ('52) Heston begins to show his creed.
9. The Three/Four Musketeers: May not be on others top tens for the Chuckster, but I loved these movies enough to sit thru 6 hours of watching them when they were first released. Heston, as always, is stellar.
10. Earthquake: Cheats on his wife, who's father is his boss, while having wild times with some 20-year-old hotty as he saves countless people in Los Angeles. Chuck, you're the man.
10a: Beneath the Planet of the Apes: I see this as much more of a James Franciscus movie but the Chucktrain did take down the apes once and for all.
Honorable Mentions: Omega Man (sorry you all don't like it), The Private War of Major Benson.
Where we stand as of this moment:
Obama can't shake the news that he follows (followed?) an evil, racist, hate-mongering preacher.
Hillary can't shake the news that she still hasn't been fired upon in Bosnia.
McCain can't shake the news that he can't remember anything or even get the most menial pronouncment out with being told, again and again, of his error, all while he continues to error.
Ron Paul can't shake the news that...well.. I guess there is no negative with Ron Paul. He's working to help Americans while he runs for office.
The new Wolfman movie release date has been changed from February '09 to April '09 and President's Day weekend.
I've also learned that possibly they are tying this plot in with the ripper slayings in old towne London, so it could be pretty ugly, in a gorefest kinda way.
Till next time...
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