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Farewell to Two Film Villains from Childhood

kawaiidaigakusei at 12:00AM, Jan. 18, 2016

Last week marked the loss of two actors who brought my favorite fantasy villains from childhood films to life.

I was only a baby when Jim Henson's musical fantasy film, Labyrinth, was released in theaters. The fact that there were once home videos of me singing along to “(Dance) Magic Dance” or mimicking several scenes from that movie (such as Sarah's “You have no power over me” monologue; basing my entire high school prom dress off the ballroom scene; and pretending to handle glass orbs with as much skill as Jareth) is a telling sign of how deeply ingrained it was to my upbringing.

It is for these reasons that I was very saddened when I heard the news of David Bowie's passing last week on a forum post by resident Drunk Duck user, Genejoke. His death resonated with a much younger version of myself because he portrayed a fictional character that introduced me to a spectrum of life lessons from love to fear to standing up against an authority figure to growing up.

Four days later, while still coming to terms with David Bowie's death, the other shoe dropped when I received a message that “Snape had died”.

Anyone unfamiliar with the Harry Potter universe should know that Alan Rickman played Professor Snape, a very prominent character in the Harry Potter films, that I believe should be the main character in an entire prequel series devoted to Severus Snape.

Both David Bowie and Alan Rickman are going to be missed by the awesome mass of fans who grew up following their careers.


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-adding stats to the site again
-notifications for PQs
-fixing the comic links

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maskdt at 9:51AM, Jan. 18, 2016

More and more of the people whose work helped define me as a person are passing away. We already lost Terry Pratchett, and now these two greats one after another. I feel like someone should check in on Neil Gaiman just to make sure he's okay.

Banes at 7:34AM, Jan. 18, 2016

And Bowie - legend. Both deaths were shocking; these Magical Goblins both seemed to have DECADES left in them.

Banes at 7:31AM, Jan. 18, 2016

Not knowing Harry Potter, I was more a Rickman fan because of Die Hard and then Galaxy Quest. He always had this dry, eye-rolling attitude that I loved. He was also Metatron, the voice of God, in Dogma.

KimLuster at 4:38AM, Jan. 18, 2016

Miss them both!

PaulEberhardt at 4:29AM, Jan. 18, 2016

It's a crap start into the new year, to be sure, even more so when you include having lost Lemmy only two weeks before.

ozoneocean at 12:19AM, Jan. 18, 2016

I remember Rickman mostly for Kevin Kostner's Robin Hood- he really outshone everyone in that film as the Sheriff of Nottingham. I remember that better than Hans Gruber in Die Hard. I loved Bowie's understated performance in The Labyrinth, but I felt he was pretty crap in everything else I've seen him in, including The Prestige as Tesla, EXCEPT his short video/film that he did for Blue Jean Genie- THAT was THE best role I've seen him in! ^_^

ozoneocean at 12:14AM, Jan. 18, 2016

The stats, PQ notifications, and comic link system are being fixed for SURE, no potential about those, also fixes to the forum system as well, with the way it handles text formatting.

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