Pat Morita died in Las Vegas of natural causes. He was 73. I didn’t watch many of his films, but his Karate Kid is clearly his most memorable film, and the one I remember with great fondness. I will always remember him catching a fly with chopsticks, and thinking that was the greatest zen ability [...]
R.I.P. James Doohan (1920-2005) He was Canadian, and he fought and was wounded on D-Day. He also was a master of dialects, which helped him get the role as Scotty on Star Trek. Beam him up, Lord. UPDATE: A critical conjunction has been altered to substantially better the form and tone of this post, as [...]
Pope John Paul II has died after an extended bout with a host of health problems and old age.
I only use requiescat in pace in the loosest of ways. I doubt he’s in peace. And I, for one, will not miss him. Also, RIP Intifada II, which, with its progenitor lying in state, is also no more. UPDATE: More on Arafat’s legacy, his death, and how he will be remembered. UPDATE: The farce [...]
Christopher Reeve died yesterday of heart failure. He was 52. I didn’t particularly care for Reeve’s politics, but then again, I don’t most celebrities’. However, he was the Man of Steel, though not the first, and the Man of Steel always fought for the right things, including the American way. That’s a superhero I can [...]
Composer of such scores as The Magnificent Seven, True Grit, Ghostbusters, To Kill A Mockingbird, and The Man With the Golden Arm, Bernstein was a celebrated Hollywood icon who garnered 14 Academy Award nominations, one Oscar, and one Emmy.
Josh Claybourn’s mother passed away on Saturday, August 14. You may send condolences to jclaybourn @ gmail.com.
Reader Jessica Dambruch alerted me to the sad news of Jerry Goldsmith’s passing. I’ve been a fan since Tora! Tora! Tora!, though his most memorably score for me is The Ghost and the Darkness, which is a fine blend of Irish and African musical tributes intermixed with traditional movie score. L.A. Confidential was a nicely [...]
UPDATE: Thanks to “a man on the hill” for pointing out the extra ‘i’ I had in the title. It has been corrected. James Joyner reports that Marlon Brando had died at age 80. I haven’t seen much of his work, and what I have seen hasn’t impressed me, but he’s a fascinating and enigmatic [...]
The Genius has passed on. Pay respects to the man who made the visit to the music store a dance in the street.