Alan Rickman: A Life In Movies

I apologize for being remiss on this, I've had to deal with some IRL stuff and haven't been able to write as much as I would like recently.  Also, the death of Alan Rickman hit me a lot harder than I anticipated.  At first I was sad, but then I started to go through all of the movies I have seen of his and loved and I just kept getting more and more sad.  I wasn't sure if I was able to even do it, as even to this day I get teary eyed thinking of him being gone forever.Nonetheless, I threw this 24 hour movie marathon together in hopes that I can do one of my favourite actors of all time justice. so here we go:1.) Die Hard (1988) Hans Gruber was one of the best villains of all time and I think this was the best way to start the marathon off.  He was just such and asshole throughout the entire thing, done so well and will be in my top 5 of Christmas movies forever.2.) Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991) If there is a villain I love to loathe more than Hans Gruber, it's the Sheriff of Nottingham.  He threatens to cut out Kevin Costners heart with a spoon because it'll hurt more… I mean… holy crap that's vile.3.) Dogma (1999) Rickman plays Metatron, the highest level of angel in heaven, God's right hand man.  He can't drink, can't fornicate and is as bitter as can be, it's a really good twist on how heaven works, likely my favourite Kevin Smith movie.4.) Galaxy Quest (1999) By Grabthar's hammer I love this movie.  He plays Alexander Dane, a prominent British actor who plays a Vulcan like character on a Star Trek spoof and makes the movie so worthwhile.  There's a scene where he attacks a monster at the end with the most awkward karate chop I've ever seen in my life and I can't get enough.5.)Blow Dry (2001) A simple movie about a barber in small-town England who has to begrudgingly enter a hairdressing competition to help his ex wife, her lesbian lover and his son… Bill Nighy and Josh Hartnett are in the movie too and make it a blast.  Also, he has tattoo's on the bottom of his feet… that's double tough.6.) Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (2001) Reprising his role 7 more times as Severus Snape, Rickman is one of the few rocks in a movie series that (to me anyways) fell short of the mark.  If it weren't for he and Maggie Smith these movies wouldn't be as good at all.7.) Love, Actually (2003) Great romantic comedy all in all and Rickman adds to a cast that's already fleshed out with Hugh Grant, Colin Firth, Liam Neeson and Emma Thompson8.) The Hitchhicker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005) Marvin the robot had to have been written with Rickman in mind, the constant humdrum and monotone voice are immaculate.9.) Quigley Down Under (1990) I put this towards the end because, while I liked it, it was made at the same time as Indiana Jones, so I mean… who can beat Junior?10.) Bob Roberts (1992) Not a huge fan of this movie, but I think that Rickman did a pretty good job.  I saw the movie when I was real young and when I watched it again, just didn't do it for me.11.) Michael Collins (1996) Irish movie starring a bunch of English actors?  Who can say no?!12.) CBGB (2013) I love the genre of music, I love the presentation, I love Rickman.  It's a great way for me to end off this marathon.I hope you guys enjoyed it, we went over by 11 minutes, but i definitely felt that Rickman was worth a couple extra minutes of our days.

CBGB (2013)

Starring:  Alan Rickman, Rupert Grint, Donal Logue, Malin Akerman, Justin Bartha, Johnny Galecki, Estelle Harris, Joel David Moore, Freddy Rodriguez, Taylor Hawkins, Ryan HurstPlot:  The most iconic club in punk rock history wasn't always iconic.  It was once a shit hole.  This is that shit holes story.cbgb-Hilly-in-CBGB-doorway-night-photo-by-Beau-Giann-IMG_4613_rgbReview:  I love this movie.  I will go as far as to say that I think this is my favourite movie of 2013, which says a bit as SnowPiercer came out in 2013 and that movie just rocked my world.Alan Rickman plays Hilly Cristal, the creator of the club CBGB and he is the best loveable loser in this movie.  He gives a great performance, tries his best to give every part of himself to everyone else and wants to make everyone succeed and be happy.  Does it expertly, which is to be expected as he's an amazing actor, but this one hit home for me as I love the music that this movie and club were based around.He starts the club as a Country bar in the Bowery district of New York City, because no one would listen to the noise complaints.  Excited for a first band, we meet Terry Ork and a young band named Television who "play some country and bluegrass".  Upon an audition, Rickman walks outside and looks at the awning of his building and says "we're gonna have to change the name of this bar."  Add OMFUG and the bar started to bloom.Talking HeadsQuick cameos of other bands auditioning and the bar growing and growing set the scene for something huge.  The first huge thing to explode is a young Debbie Harry, played by the dynamite Malin Akerman, and the even then old looking "originator of the stage dive" Iggy Pop, played by the Foo Fighters Taylor Hawkins.20130404-cbgb-akerman-hawkins-624x420-1365089193After that we meet The Dead Boys, Stiv Bators and bassist Cheetah Chrome played by Justin Bartha and Rupert Grint respectively, a band known for having the lead singer choke himself with the microphone cord and break bottles to cut himself. Sounds like they should have been called the Jolly Boys.maxresdefaultThen The Ramones make and appearance with Joel David Moore playing Joey.RamonesAt the end of the movie we have a gentleman named Keene McRae playing a VERY young and little known rocker named Sting.StingThe movie itself wasn't truthfully anything amazing, but the casting in it and the look of the characters, as well as the music were all stellar.It wasn't much of a movie for plot twists at all, because it was mostly a rockumentary, and most people who know the scene and the club know all the beats it hit, but it was just real good to see all of these people, some of which are dead, some of which are none entities in the scene and some of which who are still front runners on the punk rock scene.My only issue with the movie is that the actors don't do the singing themselves, but that's not too much of a bother because I like the original songs so much that they don't need to be redone.If you love music and want to see some real good casting into real difficult roles, watch this movie.  If you love punk rock watch this movie.  If you love Alan Rickman watch this movie... just watch this movie.