• April 26, 2011

    I have just returned from the dubbing studio where I spoke into a microphone as Severus Snape for absolutely the last time. On the screen were some flashback shots of Daniel, Emma and Rupert from ten years ago. They were 12. I have also recently returned from New York, and while I was there, I saw Daniel singing and dancing (brilliantly) on Broadway. A lifetime seems to have passed in minutes.

    Three children have become adults since a phone call with Jo Rowling, containing one small clue, persuaded me that there was more to Snape than an unchanging costume, and that even though only three of the books were out at that time, she held the entire, massive but delicate narrative in the surest of hands.

    It is an ancient need to be told stories. But the story needs a great storyteller. Thanks for all of it, Jo.

    Alan Rickman (via soundtracktofallinginlove)

    (via face-down-asgard-up)

  • ‘CBGB’ the Movie Somehow Manages to Make Punk Rock Boring


    "It doesn’t even take an eyewitness to point out how off-base the portrayals are: We get all of the Ramones’ dopiness and none of their brilliance — perhaps partially because their estate had the good sense not to license their music to it. Taylor Hawkins isn’t so much playing Iggy Pop as recreating selected poses from Mick Rock’s photos of him. And McNeil and his Punk cohort John Holmstrom (whose artwork appears all over the film, and who says he “met with the filmmakers early on” but did not consult on the final product) seem like they’re on an episode of That ’70s Show. The female characters come off especially terribly; Miller and Savin seem to have confused Patti Smith’s persona with Lydia Lunch’s, and poor Malin Akerman was apparently instructed to play Debbie Harrie as a streetwalker. Alan Rickman isn’t atrocious as Kristal, but hints of Snape slip into his face and voice every now and then. Songs are performed with no regard for chronology. New York accents are uniformly appalling. And let’s not even talk about the brief appearance of Kyle Gallner’s Lou Reed Halloween costume. At the screening I attended, it had everyone laughing out loud.”

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