Category Archives: Loss

It’s two trailer Tues…..Hump Day!

Let’s face it, I really suck at updating this website. Something about how I would rather be watching The Flash or Supergirl on CW or eating lobster thermidor in my pajamas:

Stock photo of yours truly
Stock photo of yours truly, yes, abs included…ladies

Anyway, I suppose I have a real “job” (actually two), but I still enjoy writing about movies so much. Besides, I imagine hardly anything happened while I wasn’t doing this.
Bill Paxton

What in the holy windstorm? This is not right and I will boycott his death – #NotMyCorpse

Well that sort of puts a damper on things. One of my top favorite actors dies of complications from surgery. There are not supposed to be complications, that’s why it’s performed by a real licensed surgeon. Rest in Peace Mr. Paxton, you’re where tornadoes, aliens, or Kevin Bacon can’t get you. Well, there isn’t anything that could possibly make me feel better after that bit of news.

Oh, a new Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 trailer. And I know that James Gunn didn’t invent the trailer with a catchy song played over it (in case you were wondering, this time it’s Fleetwood Mac’s ‘The Chain’), but until he did the first Guardians of the Galaxy trailer. We were introduced to misfits, Chris Pratt, and “a bunch of a-holes” while the tune of Blue Swede’s ‘Hooked on a feeling’ was burrowing inside of our ears like a disgusting vagina monster.

We'll get to these guys soon
We’ll get to these guys soon

Like I said, that trailer didn’t break any new ground, but I don’t believe we’d have a sequel (let alone Ant-Man, Doctor Strange, and a freaking INFINITY WAR AVENGER’S FILM) if it wasn’t for that trailer. I know Iron Man was what started this whole Marvel (then Disney) train, but since when did Robert Downey Jr. help spawn this:

HUGE CAST
“I think we’re going to need a bigger set” – Russo Brothers

The rest of the beautiful trailer is guns, gadgets, one-liners, cute tree creatures, and Kurt Russell doing his best visual impression of Jeff Bridges:

"Yeah man it really tied the Marvel Cinematic Universe together" - The Dude, Roadhouse
“Yeah man it really tied the Marvel Cinematic Universe together” – The Dude, “Roadhouse”

Of course it looks incredible and no one is likely to miss Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, but in the worst segue ever, it’ll never win an Oscar.

She's not an Oscar, but I don't think fans know who she is either
She’s not an Oscar, but I don’t think fans know who she is either

Yeah, the 89th Academy Awards took place on Sunday. Last year I talked trash on the Oscars (and couldn’t guess the winners for crap), but at least I wasn’t the one announcing the awards.

"It wasn't me, I wasn't even there!" - Steve Harvey...sadly
“It wasn’t me, I wasn’t even there!” – Steve Harvey…sadly

That was the big news was that of all the critically acclaimed films nominated for Best Picture, Bonnie and Clyde themselves, stole the Oscar and gave it to La La Land. We don’t know if Faye Dunaway (Bonnie) or Warren Beatty (Clyde) did it on purpose , but La La Land wasn’t the winner. Come to find out that Moonlight actually won the Oscar for Best Picture. And in the classiest move since The Queen Tweeted to her Country last year, La La Land producer Jordan Horowitz announced that the real winner was Moonlight.

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You, Jordan Horowitz, are the real MVP

My personal choice would have been Hidden Figures, but honestly, I only saw one of the other films that were nominated, so in this case, you really shouldn’t take this film reviewer’s opinion (although Hidden Figures really is amazing). While the Academy is still science fiction adverse (umm, Arrival), I had my own personal “Best Picture” in 2016…

"And I'm quite the looker" - Deadpool
“And I’m insanely sexy” – Deadpool

It was either that or Captain America: Civil War.

Oh yeah, forgot about these things
Oh yeah, forgot about these things, never forget about these terrifying creatures

Have a good night.

-Darkmovienight

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Loss: Carrie Fisher – Forever the Princess of Our Dreams

In 1977, the world at large was introduced to a beautiful and bright eyed 19-year-old girl in the science fiction/fantasy saga known as Star Wars. There were many beloved figures in that film and the subsequent sequels, prequels, and even cartoons, but to many, none shown so bright as a star than Carrie Fisher.  Today, December 27th, 2016, that starlight has vanished when, after a heart attack just a few days ago, she passed away.

so many of us will need this today.
So many of us will need this today.

Like many of you, and myself, this will be a heartbreaking affair.  Not only did we love Carrie Fisher and her work, but have grown up knowing her as Princess Leia.  There are a few things about her work that some forget to acknowledge and even admire.  As I was not born yet, but raised on the Disney Princesses, I had an idea of what a Princess should be.  Looking back at the Star Wars films as an adult, Carrie Fisher and the writers had already re-imagined what a Princess should be and absolutely what they could be.

A Warrior Princess - and one with the attitude to match
A Warrior Princess – and one with the attitude to match

I don’t have many words as this is a close loss of an actor as I’ve seen in a while and at the age of 60, Carrie was relatively young.  I do want to draw your attention to a few things that Carrie loved and cared about over the years and perhaps you’ll get a glimpse of her as a person.

Her latest book, The Princess Diarist, which can be purchased here, show another side of the actress we all grew up loving.  Carrie’s struggle with addiction and mental illness made her respected in the acting community as she was willing to speak open and honestly about what so many of us have have struggled with through the years.  I believe her having the courage to be self-deprecating and share her pain is something that should be admired.  She was an active advocate of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and if you feel the need to share something with the Princess you loved, go there are donate so that so many can benefit from their, and her, support.

Her look of loss in the Empire Strikes Back, something that I myself emulated earlier today.
Her look of loss and sadness in the Empire Strikes Back, something that I myself emulated earlier today.

Other than her charities and causes, Carrie Fisher had a few true loves in her life.  One being her daughter, Billie Catherine Lourd, who actually had a brief cameo appearance in The Force Awakens.  Then there was Gary Fisher, her pet dog who was there with her everywhere she went and stayed by her side til the end.  And when she took Gary as her date to the premier of The Force Awakens, it was a love that all could see and easily identify with due to their own love of their pets.  I’m sure we will all mourn for her, but pet parents will know that Gary, who has his own Instagram page, will be particularly lost without his mother.

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Gary stealing the charisma from the room
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Carrie Fisher’s longtime co-star and friend Mark Hamill, bringing his own dog, a rescue named Millie, to accompany Carrie and Gary to the wrap party for The Force Awakens

There are not many things left to say about the great Carrie Fisher, but I hope that you were able to learn a little more about the person behind the Princess who stole our hearts so many years ago.  You will be missed Carrie Fisher and we here at IWTMM thank you for your contribution to film and to society as a whole.

Rest in Peace our lovely Princess Leia
Rest in Peace our lovely Princess Leia

-Darkmovienight

Loss: Alan Rickman- The Voice of God

Alan Rickman (1946-2016)

Tombstone

Hello Bleary-Eyed fans.  Sadly today we wake up and write a much different review.  I don’t believe we’ve had an actor perish while we’ve been writing, but when the news of Alan Rickman’s passing hit this morning, we knew that we would have to do something special.  In his honor, we’ll quickly go through his famous roles and what they meant to us and the film community at large.  Today, we present our favorite roles of the accomplished actor Alan Rickman:

Favorite Film Roles:

Die Hard (1988)- Hans Gruber

Hans Gruber

For most of us, this was the first time we met Mr. Rickman.  Not only was he a menacing villain, but a cold and calculating one.  His plans of using the FBI’s own tactics against them were pure genius.  Only the most badass cop of them all, John McClane could defeat such a mastermind. As a side note, the genuine expression of Alan Rickman’s face when he plumeted to his death was real as the director had cut the actor loose on the count of “2” instead of the promised “3”.

He never saw it coming, but gave us an amazing image we will never forget.
He never saw it coming, but gave us an amazing image we will never forget.
Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991)- Sheriff George of Nottingham

Sherrif of Nottingham

Kevin Costner gets most of the credit for this blockbuster, but if asked my opinion, Rickman’s Sheriff of Nottingham is his most roguish and handsome role he portrayed.  Just look at that lush hair.  Also, to his credit, his character took an exceptionally long time to die in the end.  I remember it being spoofed in Robin Hood: Men in Tights and loved every minute of it.

You also have to admire the insane threat here...
You also have to admire the insane threat here…
Dogma (1999)- Metatron

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This is by far my favorite role of Alan Rickman’s.  It has a lot to do with the blasphemy portrayed in the film, but Mr. Rickman’s irreverent Metatron will forever be something that I cannot stop laughing at.  Even a movie being directed by Kevin Smith with Ben Affleck and Matt Daemon, Rickman makes his presence known and delivers the “Straight Man” character very well.

Galaxy Quest (1999)- Alexander Dane

Alexander Dane

Continuing in 1999, Rickman chose an excellent role in the famous Star Trek meta-comedy Galaxy Quest.  This role really let Rickman use his comedy chops and explore his range as an actor.  But it was the simple act of kindness he portrayed in the role which still brings a tear to my eye.  In the throws of death, an alien who truly believed in Rickman’s Dr. Lazarus, begged for that belief to come true.  Portraying not only the actor of this fictional character, Dr. Lazarus, Rickman gave the alien what he wanted in the best words possible:

“By Grabthar’s hammer, by the suns of Worvan, you shall be avenged!”

That scene still gives me chills
That scene still gives me chills
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)- Judge Turpin

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Most likely his most creepy character on the list, Rickman’s Judge Turpin was as vile as his voice was wonderful.  Many bass singers get so little work in the form of musicals, but Rickman proves that the lower octaves can indeed impress.  Tim Burton set a beautiful and haunting stage for one of my favorite works of Stephen Sondheim and then let the actors do the rest.

The Harry Potter Series (2001-2011)- Professor Severus Snape

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Rickman will most likely be immortalized as the mysteriously motivated and terrifying Professor Severus Snape.  An extremely large group of the Millennial generation will have grown up watching Rickman as Snape. His performance here was excellent and kept those that had not read the books guessing up to the very end.  While some of his other roles were my personal favorites, I know that many are crying tears of sorrow for the lost Potions Master.

Dignified, tortured, betrayed, and most of all, talented
Dignified, tortured, hated, but most of all, talented

Voice Work

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (2005)- Marvin

Marvin

A delightfully depressed robot in the midst of absolute chaos.  He did Douglas Adam’s character supreme justice.

Alice in Wonderland (2010)- Blue Caterpillar

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Portraying the sarcastic and witty Blue Caterpillar in Disney and Tim Burton’s collaboration of the Alice in Wonderland live action film was a brilliant vocal casting.  One cannot even remember the voice from the Disney Animation film of the same name.  Also, being a much better guide than the Cheshire Cat, despite calling Alice “Stupid girl” multiple times was beautifully ended while he spun his cocoon.  It was serene, poignant, and truly moved the plot ahead of an otherwise slowly plodded movie.

Cocoon
Not unlike his fate reported today, Mr. Rickman is only starting a new journey as something else that anyone can only guess at

Of course an actor of his talent had many more movies, these were just a snapshot of his life.  Us here at I Watch Too Many Movies bid farewell and wish that he rests well for the rest of eternity.  Thank you for your films sir and thank you for your legacy.

-Darkmovienight