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#881 Futtocks

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Posted 04 August 2014 - 09:37 AM

Norman Cornish, last of the Pitman Painters.


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Posted 11 August 2014 - 11:10 PM

Robin Williams - suspected suicide. :( 


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Posted 12 August 2014 - 06:35 AM

RIP Robin Williams.  One of my favourite films was Dead Poet's Society.  A really sad end to a creative life.



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Posted 12 August 2014 - 06:42 AM

The news channels have gone overboard on Robin Williams dying. Can't say it bothers me one way or another. He was always an intense manic performer and, presumably, loads of money spent on medical and psychological treatment couldn't help him.

 

He controlled his own destiny and his death is sad, but not the end of the world.

 

I do feel great sympathy for his family.


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Posted 12 August 2014 - 07:44 AM

Very saddened to hear of Williams' death. A hugely gifted and diverse performer. RIP


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Posted 12 August 2014 - 08:26 AM

the media is going over the top in quantity and in its cloying unctuousness. Completely inappropriate.

 

He was an excellent actor, but his output was very patchy IMHO.


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Posted 12 August 2014 - 08:49 AM

the media is going over the top in quantity and in its cloying unctuousness. Completely inappropriate.

 

He was an excellent actor, but his output was very patchy IMHO.

 

Disagree entirely. His is the first 'celebrity' death in a while where I have felt a real loss and was genuinely shocked to hear the news. His body of work contains some of the most memorable performances in cinema, Good Will Hunting, Aladdin, Good Morning Vietnam, Mrs Doubtfire, The Birdcage, The Fisher King, Dead Poets Society etc. 


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Posted 12 August 2014 - 08:55 AM

the media is going over the top in quantity and in its cloying unctuousness. Completely inappropriate.

 

He was an excellent actor, but his output was very patchy IMHO.

Patchy is the word, especially 'Patch Adams'.

 

However, when he was on top form, he was an amazing entertainer.

Early 'Mork & Mindy' when it was manic instead of sappy.

Films like 'Good Morning Vietnam' and 'The Fisher King' and 'The World according to Garp' (a flawed film, this one, but he's very good in it).

His stand-up comedy.


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Posted 12 August 2014 - 08:56 AM

Disagree entirely. His is the first 'celebrity' death in a while where I have felt a real loss and was genuinely shocked to hear the news. His body of work contains some of the most memorable performances in cinema, Good Will Hunting, Aladdin, Good Morning Vietnam, Mrs Doubtfire, The Birdcage, The Fisher King, Dead Poets Society etc. 

 

"We don't read and write poetry because it's cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race And the human race is filled with passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for. To quote from Whitman, "O me! O life!... of the questions of these recurring; of the endless trains of the faithless... of cities filled with the foolish; what good amid these, O me, O life?" Answer: that you are here; that life exists, and identity; that the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse; that the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse. What will your verse be?"

 

A pretty decent verse from Robin Williams.  You can also add his roles in films like Insomnia and One Hour Photo.

 

Maybe people are over-reacting, maybe the news is over the top, but the simple fact is: he died, suddenly, at 63 and his work has played a major part in many people's lives.


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Posted 12 August 2014 - 08:58 AM

Not a Williams fan personally but I can well understand the reaction. Sad news RIP

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Posted 12 August 2014 - 09:05 AM

Great actor and very funny stand up comedian. He was brilliant in Good Will Hunting, one of a few films that leaves you gutted that it has finished and could have watched another 2 hours of.

Hopefully this will be another step towards taking depression seriously as an illness, something that we just can seem to do!

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Posted 12 August 2014 - 09:14 AM

Disagree entirely. His is the first 'celebrity' death in a while where I have felt a real loss and was genuinely shocked to hear the news. His body of work contains some of the most memorable performances in cinema, Good Will Hunting, Aladdin, Good Morning Vietnam, Mrs Doubtfire, The Birdcage, The Fisher King, Dead Poets Society etc. 

no problem with that. I think he was very talented, although I feel his output on film was on occasion not great, including some that you mention. Each to their own.

it's just my view that the media coverage has been disproportionate and rather cloying.


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Posted 12 August 2014 - 09:15 AM

Great actor and very funny stand up comedian. He was brilliant in Good Will Hunting, one of a few films that leaves you gutted that it has finished and could have watched another 2 hours of.

Hopefully this will be another step towards taking depression seriously as an illness, something that we just can seem to do!

I hope so too Mark


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Posted 12 August 2014 - 09:26 AM

it's just my view that the media coverage has been disproportionate and rather cloying.

 

That's inevitable in these days of 24 hour news channels and social media. There's a lot of time to fill and not much quality control.

 

But that's not Robin Williams' fault. He wasn't just famous for being famous, at least he had the talent to back it up.

 

The real sadness comes from hearing he took his own life as a result of depression. That will touch a lot of people, even those who didn't much care for his work.


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Posted 12 August 2014 - 09:46 AM

That's inevitable in these days of 24 hour news channels and social media. There's a lot of time to fill and not much quality control.

 

But that's not Robin Williams' fault. He wasn't just famous for being famous, at least he had the talent to back it up.

 

The real sadness comes from hearing he took his own life as a result of depression. That will touch a lot of people, even those who didn't much care for his work.

and I'm not criticising Williams, for whom I have a great deal of empathy , for reasons that you know about.

 

 

He was a great actor and comedian who's talent seemed to have been driven by his demons.


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Posted 13 August 2014 - 07:08 AM

Lauren Bacall
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Posted 13 August 2014 - 07:15 AM

Lauren Bacall

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Posted 13 August 2014 - 08:24 AM

I loved Lauren Bacall in that film! Loved the film as a whole, too, but she was - wow! 

 

To be honest, it's less sad news for me than Robin Williams, because Lauren had had a long and fulfilling life and 89 is a good age to achieve.


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Posted 13 August 2014 - 09:59 AM

"We don't read and write poetry because it's cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race And the human race is filled with passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for. To quote from Whitman, "O me! O life!... of the questions of these recurring; of the endless trains of the faithless... of cities filled with the foolish; what good amid these, O me, O life?" Answer: that you are here; that life exists, and identity; that the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse; that the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse. What will your verse be?"

 

A pretty decent verse from Robin Williams.  You can also add his roles in films like Insomnia and One Hour Photo.

 

Maybe people are over-reacting, maybe the news is over the top, but the simple fact is: he died, suddenly, at 63 and his work has played a major part in many people's lives.

Insomnia and One Hour Photo were superb movies

 

other examples of his output were less than superb.


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Posted 13 August 2014 - 10:00 AM

Lauren Bacall

she had a long, eventful and fruitful life

good for her, and thanks for some great films


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