Daily Archives: January 14, 2016

RIP Alan Rickman

Today, the world lost Alan Rickman, one of the finest actors of  his generation.

Over the years, he played a variety of roles.

I would like to talk about three of my favorite Alan Rickman roles.

The first, is the most obvious. Professor Snape in the Harry Potter film series.

With his dark hair, dark cloak and slightly fear inspiring persona, Professor Snape appeared to be the standard villain.

But he was much more than that. His loyalty and love for Harry’s mother (and to Harry, by virtue of being her son) was so strong, that he tried to forget the angst that Harry’s father forced onto  him during their younger days and protect Harry.

The second role I am going to talk about is Alexander Dane in Galaxy Quest.

Alexander Dane is a classically trained actor who has been type cast because of one science fiction role in one television program. His career, like most of his fellow actors, stuck in that one character. Rickman’s droll and disbelief is absolutely perfect.

The third and final role is my absolute favorite Alan Rickman role. If you know me, this is an obvious one. Colonel Brandon in the 1995 Sense and Sensibility.

To a woman of my age, a guy like Colonel Brandon is a catch. Steady, amiable, treats those around with respect, has a large income, but does not flaunt it, etc. But to a teenage girl like Marianne Dashwood (Kate Winslet), he is not the first choice of husband.

Sometimes we need a little prodding from fate to see what has been in front of us all along.

While his onscreen reunion with Winslet in last year’s A Little Chaos was not the greatest film, it was wonderful to see them on-screen together after 20 years.

RIP, sir. You will be missed by many.

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Throwback Thursday-Paradise Road (1997)

Women are supposed to be the weaker sex, according to some. Exertion is not natural to us. We prefer to not let anything ruffle our feathers and sit quietly by the wayside while the men exert themselves.

How wrong they are.

The 1997 movie Paradise Road is based on a story of women who are taken hostage by the Japanese during World War II. Led by Adrienne Pargiter (Glenn Close), their only outlet from their present situation is music. Despite the disapproval of their captors, a choir is assembled by the women.

Will the women survive their imprisonment? Is the music enough to keep them alive until they are free once again?

What I like about this movie is that not only is the cast mostly female, but the characters are put in a situation where they must put aside all notions of what is to be a lady and just survive.  The courage and strength that these women have is truly inspiring.

And for my fellow Jane Austen fans, there a couple of Austen actors in this film. Whom they are and what roles they played, you must find out.

Do I recommend it? Of course.

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