Rest In Peace: The R.I.P. Thread

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Ricky Powell, aged 59.

He may not have been well known in the UK, but he was photographer who had at least 6 books published and chronicled Hip Hop's Golden Era, as well as continuing to capture New York street life, especially the style warriors and poseurs of Greenwich Village.
He would walk and cycle round New York, looking for interesting people and buildings to snap.
I think his work will be valued more after his death than during his life.

https://www.xxlmag.com/ricky-powell-beastie-boys-dead/

This is him, signature "air cigarette" gesture, in his streets.

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And one of his earlier ones...Warhol and Basquiat.

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For those in the UK this man has featured heavily over the past few months

https://inews.co.uk/news/uk/captain...cxtuyDbac3QOaudd232SHPHZol_wUoFujgmX6kPeDkMPo

Captain Sir Tom Moore raised over £33 million for charity and inspired many others. He has died today with Covid. He made it to 100 and he raised people's spirits.
That is a great shame.

A generous and noble man.
Really sad news. The grand old gentleman truly fired the imagination and spirit of the nation.
That's a desperate shame. At a difficult time, he reminded so many of us what it really meant to be British, but more than that, what it meant to be human.

Top man, and what a legacy he leaves. He reminded us that we all have it in us to help each other and to make a difference, however small.
A great shame, but a man who made a real difference over an 80-year period – you can't argue with that. And another victim with Covid. RIP Captain Sir Tom.
An inspiration not just in the UK. Pity they didn't promote him to Major Tom though. Damn you Boris, you could have done that!

Farewell Major Tom, may you go to Valhalla!

Though I'm past one hundred thousand miles
I'm feeling very still
And I think my spaceship knows which way to go
Incredibly Incredibly sad, the world is a sadder place.
RIP Captain Sir Tom, you showed us how it should be done.
RIP Captain Sir Tom. Your quiet graceful dignity and diligence earned you your recent and rightful prominence in a time when we all needed a reminder what it means to truly and constructively contribute.
Yes, not just in the UK. Quite sad, although he lived a full and noble life.
 

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He seemed to be one of nature's true gentlemen, and there are far too few of them left. I read the following this morning after reading of his passing and thought it quite a lovely summation of a life well lived:

Captain Sir Tom Moore died today of Covid-19. 2020 was full of lows, our perceptions of how the world operated changed across the board. The (then) 99-year old War veteran reassured us that one thing remained, the ‘greatest generation’ was exactly that. By doing laps of his garden in aid of the NHS, he received the good will and affection of the nation and beyond, as well as over £30 million, a tad more than the initial target of £1,000, raised. He gave us all something about which to feel proud in a tumultuous year. His is a lesson of duty, service, and love of country that should make us take pause and think about our contributions, our priorities, and our values. A lesson which he had already contributed to the world after 1945, but in true British spirit, he went on to the end, a bloody good innings, and we who he has left behind shall miss him. Thank you Sir Tom.

http://instagr.am/p/CKzDvcXLg-j/
 

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I actually don't think he would have supported this sort of rhetoric and this image is unnecessary. He did what he did to highlight the plight of staff who are/were very frightened but understood they had a job to do - something he was familiar with.

Let's not get all hysterical as we did with Lady Di - I think he would have been very uncomfortable with that.

I'm taking this from the interviews I read from him and the fact I knew a few of his comrades who served in that theatre of war.
 

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I actually don't think he would have supported this sort of rhetoric and this image is unnecessary. He did what he did to highlight the plight of staff who are/were very frightened but understood they had a job to do - something he was familiar with.

Let's not get all hysterical as we did with Lady Di - I think he would have been very uncomfortable with that.

I'm taking this from the interviews I read from him and the fact I knew a few of his comrades who served in that theatre of war.
I've seen that picture on Facebook a couple of times, prior to 'RIP Sir Tom' being added. Whoever created it obviously didn't notice that the soldier is American.
 

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I've seen that picture on Facebook a couple of times, prior to 'RIP Sir Tom' being added. Whoever created it obviously didn't notice that the soldier is American.
Very good point, That's certainly a US soldier which makes the whole thing even more absurd.
 

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I think the image and wording are inflammatory.

It is pitting the death of Captain Tom against Black Lives Matter.

It could have just said "RIP Sir Captain Tom" without any mention of "Now it is time to kneel."

To what extent you support BLM; fully or partially, or if you reject the BLM movement itself, but nonetheless are against racism, or even if you are a full blown racist, should not be anything to do with this man's death.

He simply raised money to help the NHS when it was under great strain.

I am not suggesting @Tempest63 is racist, but I think there more straightforward ways to mark Captain Tom's death.
 
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Deconstruction of the meme-poster Tempest63 posted is now declared a closed topic ...

This meme-poster can be traced back on social media at least as far as November 2020 (the last Remembrance Day). In all likelihood it's a meme assembled for the most recent Remembrance Day, and there's nothing that ties it to American controversies about kneeling.

So let's give it a rest - OK?
 

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Christopher Plummer has passed away. A friend of mine in America did a lot of extra work in movies and she said he was a real gentleman and made a point of thanking all the extras at the end of shooting.
Christopher Plummer, Oscar Winner and ‘Sound of Music’ Star, Dies at 91


Christopher Plummer, the Canadian-born Shakespearean actor who starred in films including “The Sound of Music” and “Beginners,” died on Friday morning at his home in Connecticut. He was 91.
“Chris was an extraordinary man who deeply loved and respected his profession with great old fashion manners, self deprecating humor and the music of words,” said Lou Pitt, his longtime friend and manager of 46 years. “He was a national treasure who deeply relished his Canadian roots. Through his art and humanity, he touched all of our hearts and his legendary life will endure for all generations to come. He will forever be with us.”

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https://variety.com/2021/film/news/christopher-plummer-dead-sound-of-music-1234901760/
 

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He won't be happy at having The Sound of Music in the headline to his obituary! He used to call it The Sound of Mucus. Anyway, terrific old school actor, he was Sherlock Holmes, a Klingon, and one of the nastiest villains ever in The Silent Partner. Great career. RIP.
 

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I thought he was an old dude when he made Sound of Music, but he was only 35.
 

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He won't be happy at having The Sound of Music in the headline to his obituary! He used to call it The Sound of Mucus. Anyway, terrific old school actor, he was Sherlock Holmes, a Klingon, and one of the nastiest villains ever in The Silent Partner. Great career. RIP.
Just the incredible amount of films, like Christopher Lee, kept on going, with really solid performances. I watched All the Money in the World recently and he was the best thing in it as Getty but didn't get really get the plaudits as he was just doing what he does.

I'm trying to think of another Icon that's still alive that links old Hollywood with today.
 

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I thought he was an old dude when he made Sound of Music, but he was only 35.
People looked older when they were younger in those days. Living in Black and White caused a lack of full spectrum vitamin D resulting in ‘The Noise’ and ‘The Dubbings’. Chromatic Aberrations were an issue as well as other ailments like Split Screen which also afflicted some in those days.
 

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Just the incredible amount of films, like Christopher Lee, kept on going, with really solid performances. I watched All the Money in the World recently and he was the best thing in it as Getty but didn't get really get the plaudits as he was just doing what he does.

I'm trying to think of another Icon that's still alive that links old Hollywood with today.
From the days of old Hollywood there's Norman Lloyd, born in 1914 and still with us https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0516093/

For icons for my generation of movie goers, there's Clint Eastwood.
 

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Gene Hackman, Jack Nicholson, Jane Fonda and from this side of the pond Michael Caine
 

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People looked older when they were younger in those days. Living in Black and White caused a lack of full spectrum vitamin D resulting in ‘The Noise’ and ‘The Dubbings’. Chromatic Aberrations were an issue as well as other ailments like Split Screen which also afflicted some in those days.
Fair enough. B&W TV made everything look old.
 

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Caine and Fonda are still working and Eastwood has another movie in the pipeline.
 

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It's a long, long time since I saw it but Christopher Plummer's oddest rôle has to be as an Inca King in the 1969 film version of The Royal Hunt of the Sun. His chosen accent was regarded as highly-eccentric*, though he had starred in several stage-versions.

He was often thought to be a wooden actor, appearing in dozens of Euro-pudding epics, often dubbed, more often as a cameo than the lead.

It meant he was always distinctive, anyway. RIP. :)

*No one had the authority to judge it as inauthentic, though!
 
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It's a long, long time since I saw it but Christopher Plummer's oddest rôle has to be as an Inca King in the 1969 film version of The Royal Hunt of the Sun. His chosen accent was regarded as highly-eccentric, though he had starred in several stage-versions.

He was often thought to be a wooden actor, appearing in dozens of Euro-pudding epics, often dubbed, more often as a cameo than the lead.

It meant he was always distinctive, anyway. RIP. :)
*takes off gauntlet* If that's an insult to the good name of Starcrash, I shall have my satisfaction, sirrah!
 

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an insult to the good name of Starcrash
I love Plummer's view of the movie, from Wikipedia,

"Plummer said of the filming, "Give me Rome any day. I'll do porno in Rome, as long as I can get to Rome. Getting to Rome was the greatest thing that happened in that for me. I think it was only about three days in Rome on that one. It was all shot at once". Discussing his role as the Emperor, he said, "How can you play the Emperor of The Universe? What a wonderful part to play. It puts God in a very dicey moment, doesn't it? He's very insecure, God, when the Emperor’s around."

I think he knew what he was doing and he did it very well! :clap:
 
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