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The Late, Great Eli Wallach

Posted by Charles Reece, June 25, 2014 08:15am | Post a Comment

The most likable of unlikable character actors, Eli Wallach. Here he is sleazing it up in one of my favorite Elia Kazan flicks, Baby Doll. The actor died of really old age yesterday.

The Late, Great Bob Hoskins

Posted by Charles Reece, April 30, 2014 07:10am | Post a Comment

With a criminal physiognomy and surly delivery that would've been perfect as the heavy in old film noirs, Bob Hoskins was born too late, but he still managed to act in some really great movies, like the retro-noir Mona Lisa and, one of my favorites, Terry Gilliam's Brazil, featured above. Hoskins died last night.

The Late, Great Philip Seymour Hoffman

Posted by Charles Reece, February 3, 2014 01:25am | Post a Comment

Here's a better ending from one of my favorite films with Philip Seymour Hoffman,
Synecdoche, New York. He died of a heroin overdose.

The Late, Great Tom Laughlin

Posted by Charles Reece, December 17, 2013 09:29am | Post a Comment

Despite the liberal message of tolerance, the Billy Jack series has always struck me as metaphor for American foreign policy: "I'm trying .. I'm really trying to not hurt you, but you're forcing my hand." It's a power fantasy that we're always on the side of the little guy, or that we're really the little guy, just blessed with super powers to fight back (like Peter Parker taking on Flash back in high school). My dad raised me on these films, and I love them for their lunacy. Tom "Billy Jack" Laughlin died last Thursday, but our national fantasy lives on.

The Late, Great Paul Walker

Posted by Charles Reece, December 1, 2013 09:12am | Post a Comment

Paul Walker's finest ... well, only good film ... but it's so fucking amazing and he's great in it: Running Scared.
Who cares, though? As Orson Welles said, you only need one. 
Walker died yesterday in a car crash.
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