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jamoche ([personal profile] jamoche) wrote2011-12-28 02:02 pm

Liveblogging The Fountainhead

Liveblogging "The Fountainhead" movie. I'd never seen it or read the book but it comes up often enough on Slacktivist that I just had to watch it, and chat with a friend who's read the book but not seen the movie.

me:
Ye puppies. The Fountainhead movie: 100% populated by straw men.
t:
Fountainhead or Atlas Shrugged?
me:
Fountainhead. 1949, Gary Cooper
t:
ahah.
me:
The hero is the sort to post "They hate me because they're jealous" macros
t:
That's true of most of her heroes
me:
Srsly, the lone wolf *architect*? An art/engineering hybrid that requires the buy-in of large numbers of other people and their money? You want to be the misunderstood artist, pick something that can be 100% your effort.

t:
For srs
me:
I am definitely amused by it, though not the way the author intended :)
t:
yeah. it is amusing!
me:
so she calls in hunky quarry worker to fix her marble fireplace, in a scene that's straight from any number of porns
t:
oh yeah
You know Fountainhead is a bodice-ripper, right?
me:
Seems to be a Rand theme.
t:
...Dominance/submission is a Rand theme but Fountainhead is an ACTUAL bodice-ripper
me:
Instead of tall dark & handsome marble guy she just got short & dumpy. "Does a girl have to rip her own bodice around here?"
t:
ah but is short and dumpy one of the Heroic intellects? I've never seen the movie
me:
No, just the marbleworker Roark sent in his place to actually repair the fireplace instead of do scene 2 of porn plot A
t:
aha oh Roark
It's 1949 so they might gloss over the bodice ripping but the book is a total rape fantasy
me:
Very very thin gloss.
He shows up, she's on, off, run, get caught, kiss, run, fall, he looms over her, fade to next morning
The next day she shows up at the quarry with a riding crop.
t:
LOLOLOLOLOL
me:
But he's following his dream to NY
t:
OH ROARK
LOLOLOLOL OH ROARK
I should do a smart bitches trashy books style review of Ayn Rand's oeuvre
me:
but oh! The star-crossed lovers shall reunite, because here she is reading about new building by the unknown Roark!

me:
And srsly, the first time she sees him? So phallic, what with the long lingering shot from power drill down muscly arms finally to him.
me:
And now, true identities revealed, lingering shots across the party
me:
"It's the things that we admire or want that enslave us and I'm not easy to bring into submission" LOL!
Subtext: "top me!"
t:
YUP
me:
The … plot. The eeevil *newspaper architecture critic* who recognizes his greatness (based on what?) and tries to stifle him.
t:
:)
me:
Since this is a movie they had to actually come up with these "revolutionary" designs - lifted from Frank Lloyd Wright.
t:
yep!
me:
Not (actually) an Aggie joke: the architecture building on the A&M campus started falling apart a few years after it went up - it was pretty but not structurally sound.
t:
that's funny!
me:
The engineers all joked that instead of letting architects design it, they should've gone with engineers.
t:
yes!
me:
And good engineers are always willing to listen to someone else who says "y'know, this bit here is not going to work"
"my darling wife, I'm going to give you a house, designed by your ex-lover. Honey, why aren't you happy?"

me:
It really does *not* take a genius to design a building.
t:
it's true, it doesn't.
me:
Especially a cheap apartment building.
Gary Cooper just cannot give a speech about being proud to be a heartless bastard.
… he's already built a big apartment building, but *this* is his chance to be on a "really big project"? Logic, you are fail

me:
Sheesh. It's an *apartment building*. So what if the exterior isn't 100% like the design? It's not cast in stone - it'll get a facelift in a few years anyway.
t:
you are applying logic to Howard Roark. This will eventually make your head explode:) 
me:
:)
Just say it's "An Alan Smithee building" and walk away:)
t:
bwahahahaha!
me:
Dominique is a serious nutjob
t:
yep
me:
Not like his name was on that one anyway
With a night watchman like that, it's a wonder they had enough supplies to finish the building!
OMG she's so getting off on the explosion
t:
...I need to read this stuff again, it's been so long
also, I need to stop fantasising about taking my boss's signed Atlas Shrugged when I leave and putting a copy of that book about inappropriate use of quotation marks in its place on the shelf, because he'd know who did it
me:
Rand was a consultant on the movie, she would not let them cut a single word out of his speech at the trial.
I'm looking forward to it, all the reviews point out how awful it is.
t:
the movie? They are making it in 3 parts so it cannot not suck. there's not enough plot for hours
me:
No, this movie. Gary Cooper has to get up and deliver a 6 minute monologue.
Thus proving the point the movie argues *against* - sometimes your artistic vision has to give way to reality.

me:
"Confess! Confess that you did not design the building!" Architecture - srs bsns
the whole newsroom walks out because the *architecture reviewer* had a hissy fit.
t:
ikr?

me:
Newspaper owner is now having a building built. He sounds like a robot.
"I have been assimilated. I will hire you for a building. Resistance is useless."
"This will be the last skyscraper built in NY". Yeah, *right*.
I think the construction unions would have some things to say about that:)
t:
yes!
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[personal profile] tiferet 2011-12-29 06:09 am (UTC)(link)
I loff Ayn Rand but with the caveat that it has even less socially redeeming value than Twilight and frankly I take it less seriously. :) That was a fun evening!