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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.

The Late, Great Jeff Hanneman

Posted by Charles Reece, May 3, 2013 05:16am | Post a Comment

Here's Slayer back in 1989 playing one of my favorite compositions from Jeff Hanneman and
Tom Araya, "South of Heaven." Hanneman died yesterday because of a spider bite.

The Late, Great Roger Ebert

Posted by Charles Reece, April 5, 2013 10:21am | Post a Comment

On writing Beyond the Valley of the Dolls

Roger Ebert died yesterday. I can't say that the thumbs up or down reviewing that made his name a household quantity had a particularly good influence on criticism, but his longer essays and interviews are quite good (cf., Awake in the Dark: The Best of Roger Ebert). Anyway, I grew up with him, starting with his and Siskel's PBS show, and have continued to follow him online, so pop culture won't feel quite the same without his presence.
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