The greatest film composer in history is no more. It’s hard to overstate the greatness of Morricone. He completely turned the rather stale genre of film scores on its head in the mid-60s through
The documentary photographer of the Cultural Revolution, Li Zhenshang, died recently. It’s worth revisiting just how amazing his photographs are. I put one to head this post, but check out the o
We shouldn’t let the death of the great French actor Michael Piccoli go unmentioned. I just watched Belle de Jour again a couple of weeks ago and he was great as the sleazy bachelor who encourag
One of the true all-time greats is gone.
It took 63 years, but Max von Sydow finally lost that chess match with death. Von Sydow was genuinely one of the greatest actors of cinema history. His work with Bergman isn’t exactly hip these
The great jazz pianist is gone, at the age of 81. Tyner’s famous for his legendary work with John Coltrane at the peak of the saxophone master’s career between 1961 and 1965. Somewhat oddl
One of the truly great character actors is no more. Do the Right Thing (of course). But also Léon the Professional, Fort Apache the Bronx, Purple Rose of Cairo, and so many others, plus the father in
Paul Volcker is dead. It’s worth remembering briefly just how responsible he is for many of the problems we face today. The first thing I remembered when I heard he died was a conversation I had