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  • mattjoesmattjoes Senior Goldfarb, Seymour
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    GoldenGun wrote: »


    Lovely!

    These are two of my favorites:





    I remember Hymne was used for a juice TV ad in my country.



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    I always thought Vangelis' Paris studio was fantastic-looking:

  • DwayneDwayne New York City
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    Colin Cantwell has died.

    https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/movies/movie-news/colin-cantwell-dead-star-wars-spacecraft-concept-artist-1235152043/

    In addition to his work on STAR WARS, Mr. Cantwell also worked on 2OO! and aided CBS News in their coverage of the Apollo Lunar Missions.

    A real lost for we fans of both science fact and fiction.
    RIP Mr. Cantwell
    Per aspera ad astra
  • Posts: 17,198
    My thoughts are with the people of Texas after today's shocking events.
  • MaxCasinoMaxCasino United States
    edited May 25 Posts: 2,520
    My thoughts are with the people of Texas after today's shocking events.

    Yes, prayers for them and everyone involved. I just feel guilty about my country’s gun laws and it’s lack of care for mental health issues. I wish I could help more.

  • Posts: 2,537
    From AP:
    The tragedy in Uvalde was the deadliest school shooting in Texas history, and it added to a grim tally in the state, which has been the site of some of the deadliest shootings in the U.S. over the past five years.

    In 2018, a gunman fatally shot 10 people at Santa Fe High School in the Houston area. A year before that, a gunman at a Texas church killed more than two dozen people during a Sunday service in the small town of Sutherland Springs. In 2019, another gunman at a Walmart in El Paso killed 23 people in a racist attack.

    The shooting came days before the National Rifle Association annual convention was set to begin in Houston. [Governor] Abbott and both of Texas’ U.S. senators were among elected Republican officials who were the scheduled speakers at a Friday leadership forum sponsored by the NRA’s lobbying arm.

    In the years since Sandy Hook, the gun control debate in Congress has waxed and waned. Efforts by lawmakers to change U.S. gun policies in any significant way have consistently faced roadblocks from Republicans and the influence of outside groups such as the NRA.

    A year after Sandy Hook, Sens. Joe Manchin a West Virginia Democrat, and Patrick J. Toomey, a Pennsylvania Republican, negotiated a bipartisan proposal to expand the nation’s background check system. But as the measure was close to being brought to the Senate floor for a vote, it became clear it would not get enough votes to clear a 60-vote filibuster hurdle.
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    Living in this country is frightening and embarrassing these days. I literally have the fear off and on of just going out anywhere and being involved in one of these mass shootings any given day. It feels like only a matter of time before it's me or someone I know. And it's never going to stop, because having guns is apparently more important than human lives - children's lives. RIP to all the victims, the cycle brutally continues.
  • DarthDimiDarthDimi Behind you!Moderator
    edited May 25 Posts: 20,781
    This is a tragedy. RIP to all the people who have suffered and will continue to suffer because, amongst other things, Americans love their precious guns and their misinterpreted second amendment more than common sense allows.
  • DwayneDwayne New York City
    edited May 25 Posts: 1,520
    DarthDimi wrote: »
    This is a tragedy. RIP to all the people who have suffered and will continue to suffer because, amongst other things, Americans love their precious guns and their misinterpreted second amendment more than common sense allows.

    Totally angry. I'm sick of "thoughts and prayers", yet I know that nothing will change. The manufacturing of, and the selling of guns, is big business here in the US.

    It is also a full blown "fetish" for some. We actually have political leaders posting pictures on facebook and twitter of them and their young children holding AR15 guns in the same manner as you or I would pose with our childhood toys under the Christmas Tree. I don't know how you deal with that mindset.

    in fact, in a few weeks - if the US Supreme Court rules as expected - laws limiting concealed weapons are going to be struck down. Thus, making it even easier for people to walk around "cocked and loaded."
  • DarthDimiDarthDimi Behind you!Moderator
    edited May 25 Posts: 20,781
    Dwayne wrote: »
    DarthDimi wrote: »
    This is a tragedy. RIP to all the people who have suffered and will continue to suffer because, amongst other things, Americans love their precious guns and their misinterpreted second amendment more than common sense allows.

    Totally angry. I'm sick of "thoughts and prayers", yet I know that nothing will change. The manufacturing of, and the selling of guns, is big business here in the US.

    It is also a full blown "fetish" for some. We actually have political leaders posting pictures on facebook and twitter of them and their young children holding AR15 guns in the same manner as you or I would pose with our childhood toys under the Christmas Tree. I don't know how you deal with that mindset.

    in fact, in a few weeks - if the US Supreme Court rules as expected - laws limiting concealed weapons are going to be struck down. Thus, making it even easier for people to walk around "cocked and loaded."

    It is still the Far West over there. Mass shootings are terrible. And how about the gazillion small-scale cases that don't even reach the news anymore?
    The irony is that the very people these "real Uhmericans" are supposedly trying to protect, are also the first to die: innocent people, children,... Money should be spent on improving mental health, not on loading up "them guns".
    Society let this shooter down AND handed him the tools to exact his horrible revenge.
    But when voting begins, the lobbyists interfere and nothing changes. This obsession with guns is a stage-four cancer that is eating away America. We know very well whose hands the blood of these children is on.
    Once again, RIP.
  • ThunderfingerThunderfinger Each moment I draw closer to the Divine.
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    The arms manufacturers and their owners should reap what they sow.
  • Creasy47Creasy47 In Cuba with Natalya.Moderator
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    Damn, sad to hear the legendary Ray Liotta has passed away in his sleep at the age of 67:

    https://deadline.com/2022/05/ray-liotta-dies-67-goodfellas-1235033521/
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    Creasy47 wrote: »
    Damn, sad to hear the legendary Ray Liotta has passed away in his sleep at the age of 67:

    https://deadline.com/2022/05/ray-liotta-dies-67-goodfellas-1235033521/

    Wow still relatively young, I remember watching Goodfella's for the fist time back in the day he was great in that role. R.I.P.
  • Creasy47Creasy47 In Cuba with Natalya.Moderator
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    I rewatched it a few months back, excellent as always, and saw him in the last year in some great roles, like The Many Saints of Newark and No Sudden Move. He always had tremendous screen presence.
  • edited May 26 Posts: 17,198
    Creasy47 wrote: »
    I rewatched it a few months back, excellent as always, and saw him in the last year in some great roles, like The Many Saints of Newark and No Sudden Move. He always had tremendous screen presence.

    Not watched his most recent films, though watched Identitiy again a few weeks ago Ray is good in that a great little film by James Mangold.
  • Creasy47Creasy47 In Cuba with Natalya.Moderator
    Posts: 36,606
    Creasy47 wrote: »
    I rewatched it a few months back, excellent as always, and saw him in the last year in some great roles, like The Many Saints of Newark and No Sudden Move. He always had tremendous screen presence.

    Not watched his most recent films, though watched Identitiy again a few weeks ago Ray is good in that a great little film by James Mangold.

    I haven't seen that in ages, saw it a couple of times around release and remember it being quite twisty and maddening and enjoyable. Ray was great in it, as always.
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    Oh, crap! Ray Liotta! Damn this sucks.
    R.I.P.
  • Posts: 11,084
    RIP Ray Liotta. Goodfellas is one of the best movies ever made and he’s a big reason why.
  • DarthDimiDarthDimi Behind you!Moderator
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    Damn. What a crazy week! RIP Ray.
  • VenutiusVenutius Yorkshire
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    Well, that came out of nowhere. RIP, Ray.
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    He hasnt looked the best the last 5-10 yrs , in fact he looked tired......RIP
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    FoxRox wrote: »
    RIP Ray Liotta. Goodfellas is one of the best movies ever made and he’s a big reason why.

    Incredibly sad and surprised by this news today. Goodfellas left a huge mark on me when I was young and really got into films.

    RIP.
  • Posts: 9,186
    Alan white of Yes has died

    https://yesworld.com/


    As a huge fan of the band and someone who knew them on a casual level this honestly breaks my heart Alan was super nice and down to earth miss him
  • Posts: 11,084
    Sheesh, this is utterly brutal. I am also a massive Yes fan. It’s been a week from hell in human loss.
  • BennyBenny Classified Administrator, Moderator
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    Ahhh crap. Ray Liotta was easily best know for his brilliant performance in Goodfellas.
    Very good actor. RIP.
  • MaxCasinoMaxCasino United States
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    RIP Ray Liotta. He always was a funny guy.
  • ThunderfingerThunderfinger Each moment I draw closer to the Divine.
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    FoxRox wrote: »

    Oh no! Been a massive fan for 40 years, and seen them live three times. Amazing band, and Andy was of course a huge part of that. RIP Andy. And Depeche Mode?
  • mattjoesmattjoes Senior Goldfarb, Seymour
    edited May 28 Posts: 5,300
    Creasy47 wrote: »
    Damn, sad to hear the legendary Ray Liotta has passed away in his sleep at the age of 67:

    https://deadline.com/2022/05/ray-liotta-dies-67-goodfellas-1235033521/

    Awful news. I've only seen six movies with the guy, but Ray Liotta is one of my favorite actors. People often think of him in terms of bad guy roles, but to me he was just wonderful at playing complicated, fallible people to whom one could relate.

    Goodfellas is, of course, Liotta's calling card. The film gives him an interesting assignment. He has to function as our guide into the world (or rather, underworld) of the movie, so he must take a slight backseat to other characters in several scenes. But at the same time, he has to be an engaging character in his own right; otherwise, as riveting as what happens around him might be, the film will not work. Liotta's innate acting style is suited for this task. His presence is not larger than life. He doesn't work from the outside-in, but from the inside-out, if you get my meaning. For the most part, he becomes compelling to us in relatively gradual, subtle ways, rather than with any immediately striking physical or acting qualities. And within that framework, he turns in a terrific performance.

    As far as I'm concerned, No Escape is a hidden gem of a film. Perhaps deceivingly run-of-the-mill at first sight, the movie actually presents a detailed, interesting world, with its two fighting tribes and their different cultures and outlooks on life. In the film, Liotta plays an action hero. Not in the Schwarzenegger mold, however. This character is reluctant, closed-off, disillusioned, though not above occasional moments of levity. Because Liotta has an average physique and his character is humanized enough, one feels for him in the same way as someone like, say, Timothy Dalton's Bond.

    To discuss Turbulence I have to spoil it slightly. Before actually sitting down to watch the film, I'd seen the ending quite a few times on television, so I knew Liotta was playing a psycho. What I wasn't anticipating in my first proper watch of the movie (though perhaps I should have) was that in the first half, his character's evil nature is uncertain. Liotta gets to play him as an innocent man wrongly accused of a crime, and his later reveal as a raving lunatic is exciting to watch, whether one might find it predictable or not. He is the show here, playing a villain who is giddy as a child by the chance to exercise his villainy. This performance isn't about setting out to be unrelentingly unnerving, but about finding the black comedy in an unlikely premise.

    Cop Land offers Liotta another chance to play a flawed but sympathetic character. Liotta's trademark nervous energy fits perfectly into his character's frustration with himself and the corrupt town. For me, an interesting showcase of this might be the scene in which Liotta's Figgis talks to Sheriff Heflin, played by Sylvester Stallone, about the latter's failed relationship with a woman, and his disappointment at being unable to pursue a career in the police force. He tells him not to bury his anger at these disappointments, but to let it all out. Part of the subtext here is Figgis' anger at his own situation. He's not quite at peace with himself until the denouement of the story.

    In Hannibal, Liotta only has a small part, but his acting style is perfect for helping to bring out the black comedy in the grotesque climactic scene of the film. In this task he is well-complimented by Anthony Hopkins. Beyond his obvious predicament at the hands of Hannibal Lecter, Liotta's Krendler comes across as rude and unsympathetic, which is a pleasing contrast to Hopkins, who obviously plays Lecter as urbane and charming.

    Heartbreakers has a really good cast, but to me, Liotta steals the film. His first scene with Jennifer Love Hewitt is hilarious. I'm also fond of his magnificent acting when he finds out he was conned. That whole scene, which I won't spoil, has a superb, ingenious set-up.

    Looking at Ray Liotta's filmography, I can see quite a few movies I have yet to watch but want to check out. Something Wild, Unlawful Entry, Corrina Corrina, Marriage Story...

    I look forward to it. In the meantime, Rest in Peace, Ray Liotta, and thanks for the memories.
  • Posts: 13,831
    RIP Bo Hopkins.

    https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/movies/movie-news/bo-hopkins-dead-wild-bunch-american-graffiti-1235155857/

    I remember him in several ROCKFORD FILES episodes as well as his movie career.
  • MaxCasinoMaxCasino United States
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    https://variety.com/2022/tv/news/george-shapiro-dead-91-jerry-seinfeld-andy-kaufman-1235280719/

    A man who helped two comedy giants. We should be grateful for his contribution.
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