Movie Meltdown: Straight Talk Dead
This week we return to our annual series The People Who Died as we pay tribute to just some of the celebrities we lost in 2018. Including some personal stories of our own interactions with a few of the dearly departed.
And while we wonder if we’ll be considered a phenomenon had the lasting effect on generations of people, we also address… the wheelchair in Forrest Gump, Eighth Grade, The Henson Studios, Anjelica Huston, they recreated that corner of the street from police photographs, playing a permutation of the same roll, it’s as much a history lesson and a performance, we’ll have these weird little moments of serendipity in life, he’s not the kind of guy would let a little thing like a typhoon and stop him from making his movie, everybody’s Grandpa,William Peter Blatty, editing that was unconventional for that era, the next Exorcist, if you’re not here… you’re material, an architect who helps restore old churches, felt pressured into doing the scene, The Prestige, there’s so much real-life experience in the face, it’s strange the way that it delivers its brand of weirdness, Todd Solondz, the rigmarole of the legal system, Tinky Winky, you could tell he was a prankster by nature, the Coen Brothers, the horror is the atmosphere, John Boorman, kept re-finding herself, the comedy grows with the kids, the eternal father figure, The Simpsons, his transformation from a brooding, mysterious jackass to a gregarious, dancing, gum-chewing jackass, the first true-crime movie, it was a one-legged Mayor… of the city… he had a peg leg, I don’t think there’s ever been a more Fred-statement, I feel like that’s just a holdover of old Hollywood, anachronistic jump cuts back and forth, crooked dice from the 1500s and acting right up to the grave.
Spoiler Alert: Along the way we end up ruining the ending of Don’t Look Now, Sleepaway Camp and possibly Hereditary and A Serious Man. So listen carefully… you have been warned.
“Well, I would actually say out of all those that died this past year – if I’d expected any one of them to have been clever enough to stage their own death, it would have been…”