The Great Beyond

George Romero (1940-2017)

Little kid me was scared … a lot:

 

Carrie Fisher, 1956-2016

Iconic Star Wars Actress Carrie Fisher Dies at 60 [People]

John Glenn, 1921-2016

John Glenn, American Hero of the Space Age, Dies at 95 [NYT]

America, 1776-2016

Not all experiments succeed.

Jack Chick, 1924-2016

Upon Jack’s arrival, St. Peter looked up from a collection of Chick Tracts and asked “What the hell is this shit?”

R.I.P. Jack Chick, comics scaremonger [A.V. Club]

Gene Wilder, 1933-2016

Gene Wilder, ‘Willy Wonka’ Star and Comedic Icon, Dies at 83 [Variety]

Michael Cimino (1939-2016)

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I watched Heaven’s Gate a few years back to see for myself. No amount of re-editing, re-imagining, or explaining can save it from being the trainwreck that it is. It is a Western with a five minute roller-skating sequence in it. It is 325 minutes long (and I mean long). Joe Queenan writes about it here, in what is the funniest movie review I’ve ever read. It bankrupted a studio and ruined several careers, including Cimino’s.

Cimino was, by all accounts, an autocratic, difficult, Ayn-Rand-loving director and human being. And now he’s dead. RIP.