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Finch
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#11251 Post by Finch » Wed Nov 29, 2023 6:20 pm

RIP Frances Sternhagen

She was great in Raising Cain. Her interview scene with the multiple Lithgows was creepy and campy at the same time, and the long tracking shot following her down several flights of stairs is another highlight.

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#11252 Post by colinr0380 » Wed Nov 29, 2023 6:24 pm

I seem to remember that her character is treated particularly roughly at the end of that tracking sequence in Raising Cain, just as the convenient passing provider of a new wig for the main character(s)! Which may be De Palma's ultimate brutal statement on what should be done with the somewhat over-confident explanatory Psychiatrist characters similar to the one who appears at the end of Hitchcock's Psycho!

I particularly like Sternhagen's role as the tough talking, chain smoking cynical doctor foil to Sean Connery's idealist in a space colony near to Jupiter in the Peter Hyams sci-fi remake of High Noon, Outland. Weirdly coincidentally the Cartoonist Kayfabe channel tackled the comic book adaptation in Heavy Metal just today!
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#11253 Post by Feego » Wed Nov 29, 2023 9:39 pm

Sternhagen is terrific in a pair of Stephen King adaptations, Misery and The Mist. I have long wanted to listen to her audiobook recording of Dolores Claiborne. She will be greatly missed.

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#11254 Post by Finch » Wed Nov 29, 2023 9:57 pm

I totally forgot she was in The Mist which I had watched only last week when the 4k & BD bundle arrived!

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#11255 Post by CSM126 » Wed Nov 29, 2023 9:58 pm


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#11256 Post by hearthesilence » Wed Nov 29, 2023 11:50 pm

Scott “Top Ten” Kempner, the Bronx-born guitarist, songwriter and band leader, passed away today at a nursing home in Connecticut at the age of 69. The cause of death was complications related to early onset dementia.

Love The Dictators Go Girl Crazy!, he went on to form a fine, heartfelt roots-rock band called the Del-Lords and recorded some acclaimed solo albums on his own.

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#11257 Post by Aunt Peg » Thu Nov 30, 2023 1:09 am

Billy O'Riodan (a.k.a. Joylene Thornbird Hairmouth), 67, singer and keyboard player for the Australian cabaret/punk band Jimmy and the Boys. He was also a fighter for gay rights and ran for the Senate in 1980: https://eveyoga.com/2023/11/26/rip-bill ... -23-11-23/

Sadly received virtually no coverage in the mainstream Australian media.

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#11258 Post by jlnight » Thu Nov 30, 2023 8:18 am

Shane MacGowan - the Pogues, the Popes and Straight to Hell (film).

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#11259 Post by tolbs1010 » Thu Nov 30, 2023 9:40 am

Will be playing all of Hell's Ditch and "Haunted" (his duet with Sinead) in his honor.

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#11260 Post by jazzo » Thu Nov 30, 2023 11:36 am

Not entirely unexpected, given his ongoing health issues, but this one's a heartbreaker for me.

Along with New Order and The Feelies, The Pogues are a band that changed my life and how I appreciated/absorbed culture. I managed to see them at Toronto's Masonic Temple in 1989 for the Peace & Love tour. One of the absolute greatest shows of my life, and Shane, it could be argued, one of the greatest songwriters.

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#11261 Post by denti alligator » Thu Nov 30, 2023 12:13 pm

Finding The Pogues at the end of the 80s and at the cusp of adolescence was life-changing. Even knowing he was in bad helath, I’m hit hard by this one.

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#11262 Post by colinr0380 » Thu Nov 30, 2023 12:59 pm

I just love that their most famous Christmas song is probably classified as a form of hate speech now!

The Pogues of course are one of a number of musical figures who appear throughout Alex Cox's wonkily bizarre take on the spaghetti western, 1987's Straight To Hell.
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#11263 Post by MichaelB » Thu Nov 30, 2023 3:13 pm

colinr0380 wrote:
Thu Nov 30, 2023 12:59 pm
I just love that their most famous Christmas song is probably classified as a form of hate speech now!
Amusingly, they authorised a less homophobic version, about which professional arsehole Laurence Fox complained, and their reply was one of the greatest tweets ever (albeit slightly stymied now by the fact that Fox deleted the tweet that they were replying to).

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#11264 Post by beamish14 » Thu Nov 30, 2023 4:18 pm

colinr0380 wrote:
Thu Nov 30, 2023 12:59 pm
I just love that their most famous Christmas song is probably classified as a form of hate speech now!

The Pogues of course are one of a number of musical figures who appear throughout Alex Cox's wonkily bizarre take on the spaghetti western, 1987's Straight To Hell.

Cox also directed this great video for the Pogues’ “A Pair of Brown Eyes”

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#11265 Post by hearthesilence » Thu Nov 30, 2023 5:34 pm

I hadn't seen him in a while, so when photos of him starting popping up on social media this past year, it was a grim shock to see him in such a poor state.

Love, love the Pogues. I even tracked down the first Canadian CD pressing of their great EP Poguetry in Motion just to get a decent mastering of the alternate mix of "A Rainy Night in Soho" with the oboe (producer Elvis Costello's preference, and IMHO the better choice) instead of the flugelhorn. I've been playing that EP and Rum Sodomy & the Lash a lot this year - the opening track, Shane's own "The Sick Bed of Cúchulainn," already felt like it had become a tribute to Shane himself.

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#11266 Post by ksmred2 » Mon Dec 04, 2023 12:25 am

Kim Soo-yong . One of the last living directors from the golden age of Korean cinema. Vastly prolific with many great films under his belt.

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#11267 Post by brundlefly » Mon Dec 04, 2023 10:52 am

ksmred2 wrote:
Mon Dec 04, 2023 12:25 am
Kim Soo-yong . One of the last living directors from the golden age of Korean cinema. Vastly prolific with many great films under his belt.
Ten of which are streaming on the Korean Film Archive YouTube channel with English subs.

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#11268 Post by clownmeat » Mon Dec 04, 2023 6:05 pm

Canadian filmmaker Charles Officer, director of Nurse.Fighter.Boy among other film and TV projects, age 48

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#11269 Post by hearthesilence » Tue Dec 05, 2023 2:24 pm

Denny Laine, best known for Wings but best heard on the Moody Blues cover of “Go Now,” their finest moment and his as well IMHO.

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#11270 Post by beamish14 » Tue Dec 05, 2023 4:07 pm

Daniel Langlois, National Film Board of Canada artist turned entrepreneur and software developer who founded Softimage, which was a crucial component of many VFX-heavy films. His death is being handled as a potential homicide

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#11272 Post by bearcuborg » Wed Dec 06, 2023 10:40 am

Douchebag out.

Howard Stern’s Ralph Cirella has passed away at 58.

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#11273 Post by Aunt Peg » Wed Dec 06, 2023 8:24 pm


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#11274 Post by blackswan » Thu Dec 07, 2023 9:39 pm

Jane Wodening. (Also known as Jane Brakhage)

https://www.nytimes.com/2023/12/07/book ... -dead.html



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#11275 Post by Lemmy Caution » Fri Dec 08, 2023 2:57 am

Here's a nice interview with Jane Wodening, covering childhood, love of nature, her story writing.

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