More sad news givn yesterdays terrible events in Manchester – Roger Moore has retired his licence to kill. He isn’t the first Bond to leave us, there was David Niven of course and Kubrickophiles will be aware that Barry Nelson, the General Manager of the Overlook Hotel is technically credited as the first actor to have played Ian Fleming’s misogynist psychopath. I’m not a fan of Bond movies in particular and I think we can agree that some of the later Moore’s were pretty poor cash-grabs, but be brought a twinkle in his eye to the role, and as a young kid I had soft spots for both Live & Let Die and The Man With The Golden Gun;
I’m a little late to the wake on this one, but felt I had to pay my respects. What a fantastic name and presence this dude had with a long running collaboration with the similarly robust Walter Hill, and he was also terrific in such cult favourites as Red Dawn, Deadwood and Sin City. I have a soft spot for Vietnam allegory Southern Comfort however, a important and frequently rewatched movie n my youth;
Goddamn it, another one gone. I saw him at the BFI a decade or so ago, introducing his Jimmy Carter documentary, and he came across as a thoroughly committed and down to earth chap. Naturally all the memorials are leading with Silence Of The Lambs which is a terrific movie, and of course he directed what is arguably the best concert movie of all time, but I have a soft spot for the Hitchockian The Last Embrace which is an overlooked 1970’s paranoia picture;
EDIT – Ah, now this is more fitting, this is how you direct and cut an iconic scene ladies and gentlemen;
Well, as if this week wasn’t already looking grim, my favourite character in Twin Peaks just passed away. Fortunately he is in the new series so he will get some sort of tribute, but this sucks. He was also great in the rarely discussed Tony Scott picture Revenge which is also a fond, historical, under appreciated favourite of mine;
Um, OK, this is getting fucking ridiculous now – Alan Rickman? At 69? Jesus fucking Christ. Well, not being a fan of the Harry Potter films I think we all know his most famous and memorable role, that which brought him to the attention of a global audience and set the bar exceptionally high for the darkly charismatic Hollywood villain you secretly cheered on – or was that just me? Oh, and fuck cancer. Right in its hideous little eye.
He was also beloved in Galaxy Quest which deserves a rewatch, I also know a lot of people who absolutely love Truly Madly Deeply which takes on an even more sombre mood now….
I’ve surprised myself by being somewhat knocked for six by this loss, I’m not much of a music fan anymore but have always been a fan of Bowie, and I think we all kind of knew he had been ill due to that relatively recent withdrawal from public life. He was one of those figures who always formed the background of one’s life however, was always there with those immortal albums and breakthrough songs, and unlike The Beatles or the Stones whom I really couldn’t give a flying fuck about he was a genuinely inspirational figure, so this loss is deeply felt around this quiet corner of the internet. So I have a little screen orientated tribute and I’ll keep my comments to a minimum, starting with this which I was only watching last night as part of my Tarantino revisit – this might be one of the greatest sequences in his entire career, purely because of the marriage of image and music;
Any consideration of his screen persona would be redundant without that era defining turn in The Man Who Fell To Earth, probably the most successful synthesis of his stage and screen persona,
Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence received a Blu-Ray upgrade a couple of years ago and nearly made the cut here, but instead I really want to talk about Judy;
He kept acting into the 21st century, garnering some sneering plaudits for this turn as the enigmatic Nikola Tesla, and apart from critics being critics I never quite understood why. Again he was trading on his slightly mysterious, otherworldly aura which seemed perfect for this role, and so what if the accent isn’t quite identifiable?;
More esoterically here is another path paving moment, before UK actors became the charming Hollywood psychopaths de rigour as exemplified by Gary Oldman or Anthony Hopkins Bowie made a memorable appearance in this nocturnal cult classic – the fact that his name was Colin, making him Colin the Assassin is just…brilliant;
Even when cropping in so called ‘kids’ films he remaining an enigmatic entity, one day I’d love to revisit this on the big screen as I remember this film having a memorable effect on my adolescent mind, and not just because of Jennifer Connelly;
Finally something a little more personal whilst perhaps an obvious choice, but I distinctly remember seeing this on Top of The Pops back in my youth and having my ripe neural pathways frazzled by this combination of oddly violent imagery and nursery rhymed sonic sound. It remains and will always be one of my favourite songs of all time;
Anyone one left us this weekend, the impressively grizzled Robert Loggia. He’s probably best remembered for Scarface, but I always think of this;
Skegness, 1982, and after being annoyed that we couldn’t see Firefox Down as it was a 15 a disgruntled Minty is dragged along to see some bloody Star Trek movie. Of course everyone will be posting this scene for obvious reasons but it had a profound effect on the nine year old me, I revisted the film last year and it still stands up;
As others have succinctly put it I’m not much of a Star Trek fan but I was a Leonard Nimoy fan, so let’s mourn the passing of a pop cultutal icon…..
Whilst he didn’t have muich of a career outside of this claustrophobic genre favourite, the terrifying impact that the close of this film made safely entombs him in the Menagerie hall of fame. RIP George Suzier, watch the movie if you haven’t (ignore the US remake of course), apparently Stanley was a big fan;
Yeah I know, that trailer is pretty terrible and doesn’t really give any idea of what is to come, you’ll just have to trust me on this one. I wonder if that final River Phoenix picture Dark Blood ever got commercially released after he reassembled it for that film festival a few years back?………
Although this was to be expected given his withdrawal from public life last year, this is a sad day. Although I have tender spot for Roger Rabbit and I personally feel this movie is a little overrated, this is a fantastic piece of acting and a damn fine way to close a movie – what else could you possibly post as a tribute?;