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Charlton Heston: The End of His World as We Know It

Everyone can have their own personal opinion about Charlton Heston, the rugged movie legend who died Saturday.

But a trio of his movies–1968′s “Planet of the Apes,” 1971′s “Omega Man” and 1973′s “Soylent Green“–have been geekish (and cheesy) favorites of mine for as long as I can remember.

All three films, which have that cynical end-of-the-world tone so prevalent in movies of the time period, are all about the failings of man and the dangers of technology.

But mostly, they are cheesy in a really terrific cheesy way.

So, in memory, here’s the classic final sand-pounding scene by Heston in “Planet of the Apes,” a trailer from “Omega Man” and my favorite movie line of all time from “Soylent Green.”

Planet of the Apes:

Omega Man:

Soylent Green:


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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik