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Ten Actors & Filmmakers I Want Back from the Dead

I don’t know how I got the idea for putting this list together. Every now and then, I’ll think about actors or filmmakers who died too young, and I can’t help but wonder what they’d be doing now were they still alive. Where would their careers have taken them? Who would they have worked with? I guess I just figured it would be cool to put down the names I think about most often and talk about why I miss them. Although I’m sure one exists somewhere out there, I don’t think I’ve seen anyone else do a list like this. This particular one is comprised of people who died from 1990 thru 2012, so basically, during the time in which I’ve been an active moviegoer. To qualify, the person must have been younger than 75 at the time of their death, indicating that had they lived, they’d likely still have had years left to contribute, decades in some cases.

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Review: PROMETHEUS

Prometheus arrived in theaters riding a wave of fanboy hype not seen since…well, since The Avengers 6 weeks ago. Regardless, it was a big deal! The primary reason for all the buzz (and the chief marketing angle employed by Fox) was that it marked Ridley Scott‘s grand return to the sci-fi genre. Of course, Scott first came to prominence in Hollywood via his early sci-fi entries Alien and Blade Runner, two movies that are almost unanimously considered classics. This is funny to me, because I actually find both of those films to be overrated. Blasphemy! I know! File a lawsuit in the Court of Cinema Opinion. Would you prefer dishonesty? Granted, I’ve only seen Blade Runner once, and it was at least 8 years ago, probably 10. I’m smarter and wiser now, maybe after another viewing I’ll ‘get it’. (By the way, at this point, which version of Blade Runner do you even watch? Aren’t there like 5 different cuts of it?) However, I’ve seen Alien more than once, and rewatched it just last fall. And though I like it, I don’t think it’s great by any stretch. I don’t find it scary, I don’t care much for the characters, and I don’t find the sci-fi that provocative. Again, sue me. Perhaps if I’d first seen it as a kid. Who knows? I understand how new and cool it was in 1979, but it just doesn’t work for me now. In general, I’m lukewarm on the Alien franchise, and to me James Cameron‘s Aliens is by far the best in the series. In fact, it’s the only Alien movie I’d say I LOVE.

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