I am not sure how old I was but one of my earliest memories of any film in the cinema was Star Wars Return of the Jedi. My Uncle Harold took myself with my two older brothers.
I am not sure how much influence it had on my at that age but the film captivated me and I fell in love with everything Star Wars. As well as having the A-Team bed covers I also had Star Wars ones. Then there was the toys. We had an X-Wing, Luke, storm troopers a few others but I never had Leia.
It was a few years later when I had more affections for Leia, a man coming of age!! My heart always felt that little bit lighter.
When I heard the news yesterday that Carrie Fisher had died and the fact that another hero of mine, George Michael passed earlier it feels like a piece of my heart had been ripped out. 2016 Sucks!
The iconic 1980s pop, rock and SciFi. These are the foundations I grew up on and it has partly slipped away. However there are plenty of greats to remember and Carrie Fisher’s Leia will alway have a place in my heart.
She will live on in all who remember her and for all who knew her.
I was very sad to hear George Michael had died.
Years ago in the early 80s I came home via Southgate tube station and the saxophone echos through the tunnels. The song being played was Careless Whisper and it captured my heart. I loved George Michaels music from that moment. I always wondered if that was him playing or not, in my heart know I felt he was in the station saying something to me.
I listen to his music and it sounds like he was in some pain over a girl. But years later after finding out he was gay I listened to the music again in a different light. Was he saying something else? Did I miss something in the meaning?
Now I hear he has died and it hit me, brought a few tears to my eyes. I will have to listen to his music again and wonder at how such a talented artist can leave us too early.
I thought it was sad when we lost David Bowie, his music I am sure had an impact on everyone who listen to it. Now today Alan Rickman has passed away. To me he was a brilliant actor who’s on-screen chemistry was second too none.
I loved him in Die Hard where he made the bad guy fun, there was even good comedy in Robin Hood and he was the clear stand out in an otherwise less than impressive cast.
Then there was the Harry Potter films, I had watched most of them and really wasn’t that keen on the acting but he again was one of the actors who made it a good franchise.
He is a true legend and shall be missed.
I was sad to hear today that Wes Craven had died. I considered him to be an innovator in the world of cinema on horror films.
I am not a big fan of horror films myself, but Craven was probably one of the few horror directors I was impressed with. His story telling, ability to shock along with comedy, was a combination that worked very well where few other directors came close to this style and format.
Craven has left us a legacy and I hope that we give him the respect he deserves.
Armstrong said those iconic words when he stepped onto the moon, which I need not repeat! But in doing so, he led generations to envision a world united in its quest for the stars. Much has changed in life since his first step but much has stayed the same.
I join all the tributes and hope as we of mankind can aspire to the great heights of Neil’s accomplishments.