I'm not going to eulogize the man and/or sink into politics but I do want to thank him for the great times he has given me over the years. Icons like him always fail to impress me with talent and then simultaneously confuse me with their star status and culturally powerful force. I never quite get it. Taylor is finally dead on this planet but my fondest memory and favourite movie with Heston is definitely 1974's wonderful Earthquake.
I saw it fresh at my local cinema and then discovered its joys once more on video with my fun-loving friends. And what a cast! George Kennedy in a stunning, non-Patroni disaster role. His scene in the police station is triumphant. Richard Roundtree! Ava Gardner! A double-whammy of Canuckish star-shimmer in Geneviève Bujold AND Lorne Greene. A cameo by Walter Matthau and, good lord, Marjoe Gortner is sublime! I won't even begin an attempt at doing the special effects justice. I must get a copy of this on DVD! I had kinda nearly began to forget about it. That's a mistake!