No Calvin All Hobbes

Thomas HobbesBooker T. Washington was born on this day in 1856. Food safety scientist and advocate Samuel Cate Prescott was born in 1872. We have a bunch of actors: Walter Huston (1883); Spencer Tracy (1900); Melvyn Douglas (1901); Bette Davis (1908); Gregory Peck (1916); Nigel Hawthorne (1929); and Frank Gorshin (1933). And the great lecturer Lord Buckley was born in 1906.

The great independent filmmaker Roger Corman is 87 today. Colin Powell is 76. Just a note about the general: I will have difficulty ever forgiving him for Iraq, but I certainly will never forgive him if he continues to not admit his sins. The director of The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover, Peter Greenaway is 71. And Max Gail, Wojciehowicz on Barney Miller, is 70.

The day, however, belongs to Thomas Hobbes who was born this day in 1588. He was not exactly a modern liberal, but he was far ahead of his time. What’s more, 200 years before the founding of the United States, he was working out a lot of the basics of liberal political philosophy. He helped make us what we are today—I mean that in a good way.

Happy birthday Thomas Hobbes!

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  1. "The Cook The Thief" really holds up well. Greenaway was an art-house filmmaker, but that one is pretty direct and angry, it could appeal to non art-house audiences. If they had the stomach for it. As a teenager, I worked in a theater which showed that movie. We had a general policy of letting attendees get their money back if they left during the first 10 minutes. For "The Cook The Thief," that policy was extended to the entire running length. I often had to clean up puke in the theater afterwards.

    Simply top-notch performances by Michael Gambon and Helen Mirren. The music is used by a lot of other movies in trailers or even in the feature’s soundtrack ("Man On Wire," about the guy who tightroped between the WTC towers, uses it extensively.) For whatever reason, "The Cook" is not available in this country — you can’t get it on DVD. I have a Blu-Ray I ordered from Mexico. Must be a weird licensing rights/production company thing. Too bad, as that’s unique enough of a movie to not fall through the cracks.

  2. @JMF – Ouch! I just noticed. I’ll have to change that link. That sucks. There are a surprising number of excellent films that aren’t available.

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