The Rundown - Thurs 12/21/17: Sir Ridley Scott!!!; Connor Boyack

9:15 AM Guest: Sir Ridley Scott!!!

Earlier this week, I had the chance to see Sir Ridley Scott's new movie, All the Money in the World, the true story of the kidnapping of J. Paul Getty III. One of the fascinating things about this movie is that it originally starred Kevin Spacey as the elder Getty but Scott decided to remove Spacey and had to re-do the parts of the movie that included Spacey in a very short time. He hired Christopher Plummer and I think the result is excellent. Indeed, it's hard to imagine Space would have been better.

The movie is something like a real-life version of the well-known movie franchise "Taken", though with a substantially less superhuman father, to say the least. The acting is excellent, the scenes in Italy are pretty cool, Plummer is a wonderfully reprehensible Getty, Michelle Williams plays a frightened and devoted mother absolutely believably, Mark Wahlberg was good enough in a fairly bland role, and I found the movie quite entertaining, if perhaps just a smidge long. The story is particularly remarkable for being true. Kinda like one of Ridley Scott's other movies, Alien, which I'm pretty sure is a documentary.

https://www.thewrap.com/all-the-money-in-the-world-cast-discuss-reshoots-kevin-spacey-christopher-plummer/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ridley_Scott_filmography

8:36 AM guest: Connor Boyack is president of the Libertas Institute, a free-market think tank in Utah, and author of the wonderful series of children's books, The Tuttle Twins, which reframes famous books that promote liberty and free markets into stories that children can read and understand.

Connor's newest effort, The Tuttle Twins and the Search for Atlas, covers similar lessons of what happens when non-productive people try to freeload off the effort and talent of others as does my favorite book, Atlas Shrugged (by Ayn Rand.) 

If you have any kids or grandkids between the ages of roughly 6 and 11, I recommend you buy any or all of these books as gifts! Go to this link and use promo code "ROSS" for 40% off ONLY UNTIL THIS SATURDAY, DECEMBER 23: https://tuttletwins.com/shop/
(I recommend the "combo pack"!)

6:08 AM Guest: Antjuan Seawright is a political analyst whom I've seen recently on Fox News and thought "I'd like to debate this guy a bit." And so I shall, about the Republican tax reform bill, soon to be law. I'm guessing I'll see it as a much better thing and a much more important accomplishment than Antjuan will, but either way it will be a spirited conversation.

https://twitter.com/antjuansea

http://blueprintstrategyllc.com/antjuan-seawright/

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