Usually the New Year is supposed to begin with hope and cheer and promise of better things to come. But the week of January 10th 2016 has been a pretty bad one, but hey it can only get better....right?
First the end came for Ziggy Stardust, as David Bowie was removed from this mortal coil at the age of 69, and now another testament to British excellency, Alan Rickman, has also passed at the age of 69. Like I said, not a great way to start the year.
To be brief, the Simplistic Reviews crew will truly miss Alan Rickman and everything he has brought to film and the constant inspiration he has given our podcasts. Here are just a few things to remember about Rickman and some of our favorite roles of his:
5. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Pt. II
Everyone has their panties in a bunch about Harry Potter, and almost everyone remembers Rickman as Professor Severus Snape from the "Potter" series, and sure, he was very good. Click HERE for the cream of the crop.
4. Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
Rickman has created some of the best villains ever put to celluloid, and I think this is one that people really forget about. I mean, what kind of bad guy wants to cut someone's heart out with a spoon. Check out the goodness HERE.
If there is a God, I think it would be safe to say that the docile tones of Rickman would be the voice that I would want to hear. For more on that, click HERE.
2. Galaxy Quest
This seems to be a favorite of so many people so why wouldn't we include it in a Top Five list. By Grabthar's Hammer....click HERE
1. Die Hard
The quintessential action film created one of the most quintessential action film villains of all time. Whether talking fashion on where Arafat buys his suits to giving his best American accent as Bill Clay, was there anything that Hans Gruber couldn't do? HERE is the proof.
Sure, Hans couldn't fly at the end of the day, but now, Alan Rickman surely flies above us all.
"I don't play villains, I play very interesting people."
-Alan Rickman 1946-2016