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Dr Amicus
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#7626 Post by Dr Amicus » Wed Dec 26, 2018 4:13 pm

I'd agree, she was a great TV presenter. One of those eccentric knowledgeable amateurs that the BBC seem to be able to uncover, or at least used to before using random celebrity hosts for factual programs.

But Sister Wendy's various series were appointment viewing for my family, serious about the subject whilst being both accessible and yet not talking down to the viewer. When discussing sex and anatomy, interviewers would often ask how she could know about such matters being a nun. Her common sense reply being she was still a woman!

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#7627 Post by Dylan » Thu Dec 27, 2018 1:00 am

Lyricist Norman Gimbel at 91. He's probably best known for such songs as "Killing Me Softly With His Song" and "The Girl from Ipanema" but he worked extensively writing lyrics to various movie themes (The Fox, Killer's Kiss, Other Side of the Mountain, Foul Play, Norma Rae, Meatballs, The Stunt Man, Used Cars, English language versions of songs from The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, and many more) and television themes (Laverne and Shirley, Happy Days, Wonder Woman, etc.).

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#7628 Post by GaryC » Fri Dec 28, 2018 3:01 am

Penny Cook, aged sixty-one, best known for television roles such as in A Country Practice, but with occasional cinema work.

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#7629 Post by colinr0380 » Sat Dec 29, 2018 6:15 am

Israeli author Amos Oz, whose autobiographical novel A Tale of Love and Darkness was adapted into a film by Natalie Portman, who also directed and starred in it.

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#7631 Post by colinr0380 » Sat Dec 29, 2018 12:16 pm

I will always be grateful to Jorge Grau for putting a part of the world that I live close to (Winnat's Pass) on film in The Living Dead At The Manchester Morgue, even though there is no church on top of the hill as in the film! It is a really strange eerie and mournful film as well, using its rural setting for a kind of ecological take on zombies.

Robert Kerman is an interesting figure. He's in three of the most notorious of the Italian cannibal films with Ruggero Deodato's Cannibal Holocaust, where he takes a trip to the jungle and back with the footage of the lost expedition and has the rather amusing musing on "who are the real cannibals, anyway?" scene at the end (inviting the response "Um, the cannibals are?"). Then he is in Umberto Lenzi's films Eaten Alive! (with Me Me Lai, who a couple of years later would appear in a very different role in Lars von Trier's The Element of Crime) and then in the most cartoony-reprehensible of all the cannibal films, Cannibal Ferox, though in that one he is mostly in the New York framing scenes. He turns up in a video commentary on the Grindhouse edition of Cannibal Holocaust with Deodato and I seem to remember (though I'm not in a hurry to rewatch and check!) that while he chats away happily during the rest of the track, during the animal violence sections (especially the muskrat stabbing) he just sits in silence looking at the director disapprovingly as Deodato tries to justify it!

Cannibal Holocaust is not Kerman's only claim to fame though, as during this period (before and after) he was in many hardcore films such as the adult version of Jaws (Gums) and Death Wish (the extremely notorious Sex Wish) along with Odyssey The Ultimate Trip and perhaps most famously in Debbie Does Dallas as well as its sequel. Presumably stripping off to frolic in an Amazon river with native women in Cannibal Holocaust was rather tame compared to that!

(Plus, according to imbd at least, he also turns up in small roles in that Kevin Costner thriller No Way Out and in Sam Raimi's first Spider-Man film!)
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#7633 Post by The Elegant Dandy Fop » Sat Dec 29, 2018 1:35 pm

I just recently re-watched the incredibly grim, very sleazy Full Contact in September and was struck over how well the film's style has aged. The shoot-out in the bar with the proto-bullet time shots surprised me as much as it did the first time I saw it and was in awe with the incredible looking final scene. I never saw his recent Sky on Fire, a reference to his other "on fire" films like the excellent City on Fire and Prison on Fire, but I did watch Wild City and found it to be a film that felt like it resented the upcoming generation of Hong Kong actors and directors as caricatures of annoying young men with bad tattoos, bad clothes and terrible haircuts get wailed on by middle-aged men for an hour-and-a-half. I've been sitting on my laserdisc copy of Touch and Go for a few months, but picked it up as I'm intrigued about seeing an optimist like Sammo Hung teamed up with Lam, who seems to not like people very much. His stature in Hong Kong cinema hasn't dropped the way so many others have, especially after the '97 handover, so it's a tragedy to hear about his sudden passing at only 63.

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#7634 Post by Cold Bishop » Sat Dec 29, 2018 2:24 pm

While his last films suffered the problems typical of modern HK films – bland talent pool, atrocious CGI, anemic lack of scope or ambition – they did at least feel like an old hand getting back in the swing of things. I was hopeful he would do something great soon. But he left a lasting filmography which is overdue for rediscovery: his non-Chow Yun-Fat still get far too little attention.

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#7635 Post by colinr0380 » Sat Dec 29, 2018 6:13 pm

June Whitfield at 93.

She appeared in one of the earliest Carry On films, 1959's Carry On Nurse, as well as a few of the ones at the tail end in the early 1970s - Carry On Abroad and Carry On Girls - as well as the rather ill advised attempt to reboot the series, 1992's Carry On Columbus, in which she played Queen Isabella of Castille in the same year as Sigourney Weaver (1492: Conquest of Paradise) and Rachel Ward (Christopher Columbus: The Discovery)!

On TV she had late fame as the shrewdly dotty mother in Absolutely Fabulous, but is probably most famous for the 1970s sitcom with Terry Scott, Terry and June, as well as appearing as the nurse in the blood donor episode of Hancock's Half Hour. Radio-wise though she was a regular on The News Huddlines with Roy Hudd, which had a rare excursion into television in the late 1980s

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#7636 Post by Calvin » Sun Dec 30, 2018 8:04 am

Mrinal Sen, aged 95


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#7640 Post by mfunk9786 » Wed Jan 02, 2019 4:21 pm

Bob Einstein discussion moved here

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#7641 Post by flyonthewall2983 » Wed Jan 02, 2019 5:40 pm

Dead or Deader wrote:
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Gene Okerlund
Someone on a wrestling board put it much better than I could

"All of the shit we cared about so much as kids made sense almost solely because of him."

He set a standard that's still being followed today by those in his role in WWE and the other companies in business today, or for the last 30-odd years. Even when he was in WCW, his charisma faded because of age, he was still indispensable for what he did.

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#7643 Post by MichaelB » Thu Jan 03, 2019 10:07 am

British film critic, journalist, researcher and major behind-the-scenes industry player Nick Roddick.

(The attached obituary includes the fascinating nugget that Tom Watt - aka Lofty in EastEnders - wrote a university thesis paper on Walerian Borowczyk!)
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#7645 Post by thirtyframesasecond » Thu Jan 03, 2019 4:20 pm

CSM126 wrote:
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Daryl “The Captain” Dragon
The Captain and Tenille were of course pivotal in bringing the Yacht Rock crowd together...apparently (it might be where Michael McDonald hooked up with the other Doobies).

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#7648 Post by Aunt Peg » Sat Jan 05, 2019 4:01 am

Ray Sawyer, leader vocalist of Dr. Hook:

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2019/ ... r-obituary

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#7649 Post by hearthesilence » Sun Jan 06, 2019 10:00 pm

Eric Haydock, bassist and founding member of the Hollies.

Coincidentally, I spent a good chunk of last weekend exploring the Hollies' music. I only knew a handful of hits and never grew interested in them - they seemed too lightweight - but after hearing how much some people loved them I thought there might be something worth discovering. Not in the same league as the great British bands of the '60s, but a solid pop band with at least a dozen (maybe even two dozen) wonderful little singles stretching into the '70s. And one commendable album (Evolution) that was one of the better ones in the immediate wake of Sgt. Pepper.

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#7650 Post by hearthesilence » Mon Jan 07, 2019 4:29 pm

Monsignor John C. Sanders, 93. "Known to jazz fans across the country as the priest who played in the Duke Ellington Band, Monsignor Sanders was also much loved in our own diocese as a humble priest and pastor who was grateful for the gift of his vocation."

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