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Pope Higgins

"Look, Moses-- here in the marble. Moses down from Sinai, God's anger in his eyes." So spake Charlton Heston as Michelangelo in The Agony and the Ecstasy, which was the most awesomely self-referential movie moment since the last episode of John Adams, in which Abigail snapped, "Oh, for God's sake, John, sit down." There is nothing comparable from Rex Harrison as Pope Julius II, although I would have paid good money to hear him toss a papal "The rain in Spain stays mainly in the plain." in Chuck's direction.

It's a good movie, if entirely Heston-free for the first 22 minutes, complete with Al Gore slide show at the top and a round of yelling and swords immediately after. Everybody else is properly and splendidly arrayed, if a bit beehived. But the best part is that all of Michelangelo's divaing makes me look downright sweet and mild.

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Reader Comments (4)

I love that movie!

I recently wrote somewhere else that, IMO, the reason we found Heston so appealing, is that he always played the part of he unwilling hero: the common Joe who suddenly finds himself with his world upside-down, for reasons he cannot control, and in struggling to overcome those reasons the common Joe becomes a hero.

So we loved Heston, because he reminded us that there's a hero inside each and everyone of us, if only we are willing to follow the bidding of the "burning bush" :-)

April 28, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterred pill junkie

It's raining in your plane...

April 29, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterstarnarcosis

Dear MB, I do believe you mean that it rains in the "plain." Does it rain in planes? Sounds like we need to call on JTP for his subject-matter expert opinion.

Hey, and I was serious about the new bride book. I am dying to hear your stories so I don't feel so bad for not being able to cook, either.

: )

April 29, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterj.s.

Whoops, you're right. Big slip of the homonym. That's what you get for writing the post while still watching the movie. Thanks, guys--I'll go change it.

April 29, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMB
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