Michael Crichton On The Masculine Virtues Of Sean Connery

In his 1988 memoir Travels, author Michael Crichton recalls the time he spent with actor Sean Connery during the shooting of the film The Great Train Robbery in Ireland in 1978.  Crichton, the famed author of Jurassic Park, Sphere, Congo, Disclosure, and a number of other popular novels, was also once a film director.  Connery was the star of The Great Train Robbery, and Crichton clearly was in awe of the volcanic Scotsman.  The anecdotes he relates of Connery’s masculine charisma make it clear that men today can learn a great deal from him.

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The Presence Of Death (Podcast)

We explore the theme of the presence of death through two movies: “Biutiful” (2010) and “Amour” (2012). We also discuss Polydore Vergil’s comments on the burial customs of various peoples, as I outlined in my article of December 6 here at Fortress of the Mind.

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Why You Should See “Blade Runner 2049” (Podcast)

In this podcast we talk about Denis Villenueve’s new film, the visually dazzling Blade Runner 2049.  In conception and execution, this film accomplishes the rare feat of being a sequel that is entirely worthy of its predecessor.  We’ll give a few reasons why this movie is worth a careful viewing, and why I think it is a triumph of cinematic art.

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