Tony Scott killed himself this past weekend…2012 is really shaping up to be one of the worst years…so many influential and great talents have passed this year…that Oscar “In Memorium” thing is going to run for hours…
Al Freeman Jr
But just think about how many more amazing talents were BORN this year!!!
I thought that said ‘Jesus Christ’, made meh chuckle
Don’t forget Adam Yauch, founder of Oscilloscope (and Beastie Boy).
Just wait until 2013-2014, Resnais, Godard, Polanski etc.. are pretty ready to go.
10 bucks says there’s a topic called “RIP Cinema” when Godard dies. Something embarrassing.
Something more embarrassing than the mubi notebook not being able to come up with any written thing for Marker other than a miniscule cut and paste from the guardian? Wow, that will be embarrassing.
2009 was pretty bad. Watch the South Park episode “Dead Celebrities”, and you’ll know what I mean.
Yeah it’s going to be a shitstorm when Godard dies. Suddenly every blog and website will be talking about how he was “at the forefront” of cinema, even recently, how they were always huge fans, how Film Socialism was underrated, blah blah blah.
I’m curious to see how mainstream news will react. Like Yahoo! and stuff:
“Influential experimental French director John Luke Goddard dies”
“Influenced Bonnie and Clyde”
“He made Breathless and I think that’s it right?”
First, Godard’s too ornery to die. ;)
Second, any mention of his post 1967 work will be dismissed as crazy experiments. He will be noted as a key director of the French New Wave and Breathless and Band of Outsiders will be mentioned (the second, due to the Tarantino connection.)
The guy that ‘introduced’ Godard for his Oscar just spoke a bunch of meaningless platitudes in the trendy fanboy way. Some analogies about rule-breaking. There will be a lot of that. And this: “any mention of his post 1967 work will be dismissed.” Those other 40+ years… who cares about those?
Phyllis Diller died??!!
serious question: why do so many people care when famous people die? so what? it can’t be the tragedy of death itself because dozens of people die each second. is it just because they’re famous? unless tony scott is like one of your absolute favourite directors, why do you care? there are still tonnes of great movies for you to watch
Don’t forget Theo Angelopoulos, Ken Russell and Raoul Ruiz all died within the past year
And William Windom today.
Curtis : I don’t like, you know, throw my head in a pillow and sob, but I do sometimes feel a connection —maybe nostalgia or something. But it’s totally cool that you don’t care.
I agree it has to be one of your favs to actually feel it, i think i will feel it (and maybe even cry) in Scorsese death, i don’t need to know him personally for it.
Ah! Angelopoulos died this year! Forgot!
New topic: Which director’s death made you cry?
Nobody’s, and even though Godard is my favorite living director it’d be too weird. I was only 9 when Bresson died and didn’t know him but I bet if he’d died recently I might… perhaps…
“serious question: why do so many people care when famous people die?”
For the most part for the same reasons care about famous people at all,
but don’t discount the genuine connection one can feel with anothers’ art or even public service. When Chris Marker died it was expected but still very sad for me for the previous things that he had made. When David Foster Wallace committed suicide, or Satoshi Kon died of cancer, it was very sad for me because I was looking forward to future works from both artists. If that’s wrong I don’t want to be right.
Much good art still exists and is getting created, even novel pieces I haven’t yet experienced, but that doesn’t mean I can’t be a little bummed that I have only a half completed final Wallace book and Kon movie.
Yeah, it’s not a question of sheer number, it’s a matter of every artist having a unique and irreplaceable voice.
You can add Phyllis Diller to that list as well. Two fantastic talents gone yesterday.
@The Corduroy Suit – When I first read that, I thought “wait, when did Keri Russell die?!” I also forgot Ken Russell died. This year’s In Memoriam at the Oscars will be longer than the rest of the show combined.
Did not know Sarris died recently. Too bad. The American Cinema: Directors and Directions 1929-1968 must be one of the most influential and important books about cinema ever written. Back in the early 80s I used to read his Village Voice column and in two years (82-83) he never liked one film. About a hundred films and not one to merit something good to be said about any of them. Perfect batting average.