Friday Five: Bowie & Rickman

Wow, what a week of loss. Two impeccable artists that had deep roots in both my childhood and adulthood. We’ve honored their art and their lives this week through a few of our favorite movies.

5. Labyrinth

David Bowie as the Goblin King was the nightmare fuel for most 80s kids. Doesn’t mean he was anything less than fabulous. As fabulous as his music, which I also love.

4. Love Actually

Even though I wanted to tear his character apart, Alan Rickman was the perfect choice as the cheating husband in this mish-mash story about all kinds of relationships. Always the bad guy.

3. Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves

I’m a little too young to appreciate his turn as villain Hans Gruber, but man did he nail it as the Sheriff of Nottingham in the only version of Robin Hood worth knowing, IMHO. One of the many reasons I love this movie.

2. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

J.K. Rowling created the best “is he, isn’t he” in history with Severus Snape and I can’t think of any role better cast in the movies that Alan Rickman as the brooding teacher with everything to hide. Of all the movies, his darkness is most apparent in the sixth. This was the first one I watched after hearing of his death. I loved him in every installment, but was captivated by him in this.

1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part Two

Finding out the truth about Snape is right up there with finding out if Harry will live. Alan Rickman brought to life the dark, the light, the love, the pain, the redemption. This is a beautiful collection of his best scenes, in chronological order. Spoiler alerts for anyone that hasn’t read the books (Sean…).


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