Alan Rickman from ‘The Movie Show’ | Film news
Everyone has their favorite Alan Rickman character, based on their age and gender preferences. Over the course of his more than 30-year career, the distinguished Briton has brought wit and charm to wickedness on screen, in his final role as Hans Gruber in Die Hard, and with a new generation of audiences in the Harry potter franchise. But there was so much more to his legendary career.
As we all absorb the sad news of his untimely death, dive back into the Film Show archives, to see Margaret and David re-watch his films and converse with the man himself.
Margaret: “David, I loved every minute of nail bite!”
Ah yes, the famous spaghetti western transposed in the Australian outback. It starred Tom “Magnum” Selleck as American sniper Quicgley hired by a ruthless Australian breeder (Rickman) to shoot the Aborigines (… yes, you read that right). When the gruesome nature of the job posting is revealed, Quigley is not at all keen to start working. An entertaining “goodies vs villains” movie, helped by Alan Rickman as a villain, according to Margaret:
Really madly deep
Really madly deep is Anthony Minghella’s bittersweet song about a woman (Juliet Stevenson) struggling to recover from the death of her soul mate. Rickman returns as a ghost, to piss him off and help him move forward. (Margaret thought Rickman’s performance was “awesome.” David got “a little pissed off at Alan Rickman, but I guess you’re supposed to.”)
Robin Hood Prince of Thieves
Who better than Alan Rickman to play the Sheriff of Nottingham? His exchange with Kevin Costner, in which he threatens to rip his heart out with a spoon, because “it’s boring, twit, it’s going to hurt more”, is legendary. David and Margaret were generally divided about the film – and Rickman’s performance:
David: “There is a truly appalling performance by Alan Rickman that makes the Sheriff of Nottingham a figure of burlesque, rather than a threat. Think back to how Basil played in the Errol Flynn version and you will see how far away the Rickman brand is. “
Margaret strongly disagreed: “I love Rickman, I think people can be a little respectful to Basil Rathbone, it’s another movie, they’re not trying to remake a version.”
David: “But I think the problem is that the villain is just ridiculous, he’s not a villain that Robin Hood could run up against in a threatening way, he’s not a threat to Robin because he’s a jester. “
Margaret: “He’s not a jester! […] I also like the humor of his dialogues. “” Loved it. “
Close my eyes
This incestuous quirk starred Clive Owen as a man obsessed with his sister, played by Saskia Reeves, who is married to Rickman. Margaret loved the movie, even though she found it hard to believe in incest: “Who would turn your back on Alan Rickman ?!” », Exclaims Margaret,« he is fabulous in this film, it is the best!
A terribly great adventure
This film centers on a young woman joining a small theater group in Liverpool after WWII, during the winter production of a Peter Pan play, who finds herself entangled in a web of sex and intrigue. Alan Rickman plays a brilliant actor haunted by war, which is brought to interpret Captain Hook and embarks on an affair with the young woman.
Sense and sensitivity
This Ang Lee adaptation of Jane Austen’s novel (written by Emma Thomson) features a star cast including Kate Winslet, Hugh Grant, Emma Thomson and Alan Rickman, who plays Colonel Brandon, one of the suitors for one of the three daughters of recently widowed Fanny Dashwood. David found “a lot of humor, a lot of passion” in this “very pleasant film”.
The winter guest
Rickman’s directorial debut stars her close friend and ally, Emma Thompson, who plays a widow determined to leave Scotland for Australia with her son, but interrupted by a visit from her aging mother (played by Thomson’s real mother, Phyllida Law ). Here is an interview with Alan Rickman from The cinema show:
And the criticism:
This grim black comedy paired Rickman with Thomson, playing a team of American cops investigating a kidnapping. The best thing about it is their joke.
Rickman played Metatron, the voice of God, because of course he did. “Alan Rickman really animates this movie,” says Margaret of Kevin Smith’s controversial film about the cosmic battle between good and evil.
On hearing of Rickman’s death, Kevin Smith today posted a tribute on his Facebook page:
Here are sound clips of Kevin Smith and his cast, including Rickman, at the 1999 Cannes Film Festival:
This hilarious Star Trek parody stars Alan Rickman as one of the cast members of a space opera TV show who, twenty years after the series was last aired, finds himself facing an actual alien invasion during of a fanclub convention. David especially liked Rickman’s marvelous performance as a half-reptile, half-man who, as a classically trained actor, despises his role. “I have rarely heard a group of critics laugh so much, for so long in a movie,” said Margaret, “Galaxy Quest is simply a delicious treat. “
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone marks the first installment of the cult franchise, and thus the debut of sinister Professor Severus Snape, a figure of “sardonic malice”, according to David:
In this drama, Rickman plays a broken man with a dark past. When he reluctantly drives a young hitchhiker, the two have a car accident, in which the young woman is killed. The man decides to meet and help the mother of the girl (Sigourney Weaver), a very functional autistic woman with whom he forms an unlikely friendship.
Sweeney Todd Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Tim Burton’s adaptation of the musical Burton saw Rickman give a chilling performance as Turpin, the corrupt judge who accused young Sweeny Todd of murder and sent him to jail, so he could give free run to his desire for Sweeney’s young and beautiful wife. Fifteen years later, Sweeney is back in London, and he’s not happy … As Rickman described in the interview below, “There will be a lot of people who will be killed and blood that will be killed. will flow all over the place. ”
And the criticism:
A little chaos
A little chaos is the latest film directed by Rickman and stars Kate Winslet as a landscaper hired to build a garden in the palace of King Louis XIV in Versailles, and who falls in love with famous landscape painter André Le Notre (Matthis Schoenaert). Marc Fennell of The Feed interviewed the man with the unmistakable voice: