David Bowie (1947-2016)

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Re: David Bowie 1947-2016

#51 Post by calculus entrophy » Wed Jan 13, 2016 4:29 pm

Well now, I'm not gonna talk about Judy. In fact, we're not gonna talk about Judy at all, we're gonna keep her out of it.

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#52 Post by Roger Ryan » Wed Jan 13, 2016 5:10 pm

calculus entrophy wrote:Well now, I'm not gonna talk about Judy. In fact, we're not gonna talk about Judy at all, we're gonna keep her out of it.
Part of me wondered if "Phillip Jeffries" would return in Lynch's new Twin Peaks series, but now we know that won't be happening.

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#53 Post by flyonthewall2983 » Wed Jan 13, 2016 5:28 pm

Adrian Belew wrote in his blog that Lynch sent Bowie copies of the shows that he and his band would watch on their tour bus.

He wrote several entries about his work with Bowie (amongst others). Anecdote's #28, #373, #505 #646 part one and two.

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Re: David Bowie 1947-2016

#54 Post by R0lf » Wed Jan 13, 2016 5:40 pm

colinr0380 wrote: it was a new generation with different preoccupations and challenges to deal with in an industry moving away from introspective arthouse to more blockbuster fare. The kind of fare that seems to actively require the energy of 'performers' more than the introspection of 'actors'.
But then you also have the European/French template of introspective arthouse movie stars dabbling in pop music and vice versa through the 1950/60/70's: Dalida, Jane Birkin/Serge Gainsbourg, Sylvie Vartan, Alain Delon, Jeanne Moreau, Catherine Deneuve (!).

Edit. And Gainsbourg might be another contender to Bowie for artistic output and upping the creative output with being director as well?

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#55 Post by calculus entrophy » Wed Jan 13, 2016 7:27 pm

At the risk of offending anyone......David Bowie is just one of those rare human beings that actually defies comparison. Let's celebrate his uniqueness.

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Re: David Bowie 1947-2016

#56 Post by Tawfik » Thu Jan 14, 2016 3:16 am

Still barely believable... I respect him for everything he's done, his music (specially albums like Hunky Dory, Station to Station and Ziggy Stardust) had a huge impact on me while I was a teenager.

Anyone remembers him playing a excentric and obnoxious director Sir Roland Moorecock in HBO Dream On? With taglines like "Well, that was 30 seconds of my life completly wasted" or "It's alright, Roselle. He's nobody", these were the kind of roles that really shows how much he enjoyed acting and how much humour he also had.

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#57 Post by cdnchris » Thu Jan 14, 2016 11:33 am

His little bit on Extras was pretty funny. I remember having that song he sang to Gervais (Little Fat Man) stuck in my head for a while.

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#58 Post by flyonthewall2983 » Thu Jan 14, 2016 12:51 pm

Is Into the Night any good?

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#59 Post by Roger Ryan » Thu Jan 14, 2016 1:13 pm

flyonthewall2983 wrote:Is Into the Night any good?
I haven't seen it since the 80s, but I remember it as a middling attempt by Landis to be edgier and less comedic, similar to After Hours and Something Wild but nowhere near as good as those films. As far as Landis' films go, it was better than Spies Like Us; worse than everything that came before. The most interesting aspect of the film was the casting of numerous directors in acting roles (Jack Arnold, Don Siegel, etc.) proving that most directors don't do well in front of the camera. I had forgotten Bowie was even in it, so I can't comment on his contribution.

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#60 Post by domino harvey » Thu Jan 14, 2016 1:15 pm

I love Into the Night, it's one of the great unsung city symphonies of film. Landis made it as a lark to distract himself from the Twilight Zone litigation and it's a great "hang out" picture, and looks like it was a lot of fun to make. A film I can understand others not liking due to its looseness and general unnecessary nature, but it's part of what makes it great for me.

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#61 Post by beamish13 » Thu Jan 14, 2016 2:04 pm

Into the Night is extremely fun. Definitely in the same vein as "weekend/night in hell" films from the same period like Something Wild, Blind Date and After Hours

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#62 Post by Cameron Swift » Thu Jan 14, 2016 9:43 pm

Roger Ryan wrote:The most interesting aspect of the film was the casting of numerous directors in acting roles (Jack Arnold, Don Siegel, etc.) proving that most directors don't do well in front of the camera.
It's actually one of Landis's trademarks. Spies Like Us for instance has cameos from Gilliam, Harryhausen, Apted, Raimi and one of the Coens.

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Re: David Bowie 1947-2016

#63 Post by Roger Ryan » Fri Jan 15, 2016 9:19 am

Cameron Swift wrote:
Roger Ryan wrote:The most interesting aspect of the film was the casting of numerous directors in acting roles (Jack Arnold, Don Siegel, etc.) proving that most directors don't do well in front of the camera.
It's actually one of Landis's trademarks. Spies Like Us for instance has cameos from Gilliam, Harryhausen, Apted, Raimi and one of the Coens.
That's true...and Spielberg has an amusing part in The Blues Brothers. But Landis really outdid himself with the casting of Into The Night; over twenty of the roles are cast with entertainment industry folks (directors, screenwriters, publicists, musicians) who were not professional actors.


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Re: David Bowie 1947-2016

#65 Post by FrauBlucher » Sun Jan 17, 2016 7:09 pm

The early morning of his death I ordered it along with other items from Amazon. It sold out and has delayed my order. I thought I was going to be one of the first orders going out with it. Guess not.

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#66 Post by Jack Phillips » Sun Jan 17, 2016 7:18 pm

"It sold the equivalent to 181,000 albums, of which 174,000 were pure album sales."

I'm not sure what that means, but I know I got a free digital download of the album from amazon. Maybe 7,000 other non-payers did too?

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#67 Post by hearthesilence » Sun Jan 17, 2016 8:37 pm

FrauBlucher wrote:The early morning of his death I ordered it along with other items from Amazon. It sold out and has delayed my order.
It seemed to be sold out everywhere online. I wound up placing a hold at Best Buy (through their website) and got it that day, but the disparity between in-store availability and on-line availability seemed enormous, at least here in NYC.

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Re: David Bowie 1947-2016

#68 Post by Cameron Swift » Sun Jan 17, 2016 9:15 pm

Yep, I happened to be in HMV today, and it was sold out there too.

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#69 Post by paulm » Sun Jan 17, 2016 9:31 pm

Jack Phillips wrote:
"It sold the equivalent to 181,000 albums, of which 174,000 were pure album sales."

I'm not sure what that means, but I know I got a free digital download of the album from amazon. Maybe 7,000 other non-payers did too?
The other 7,000 is from the algorithm used to included streaming through Spotify/Apple Music/etc. 1,500 streams is the equivalent of 1 album sale on the newest incarnation of the Billboard 200 album chart.


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Re: David Bowie 1947-2016

#71 Post by flyonthewall2983 » Tue Jan 26, 2016 6:40 pm

The next issue of Rolling Stone is a Bowie tribute. Trent Reznor, Mick Jagger, his long-time bassist Gail Ann Dorsey, and Kirk Hammett of Metallica shared their thoughts and encounters with him.

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Re: David Bowie 1947-2016

#72 Post by FrauBlucher » Tue Jan 26, 2016 6:55 pm

Oh shit, I totally forgot he was in this.

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#73 Post by Roger Ryan » Thu Jan 28, 2016 9:11 am

Proof of Bowie's acting chops can be heard in this 1985 recording featuring his vocal impersonations of Springsteen, Waits, Reed and more.

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Re: David Bowie 1947-2016

#74 Post by cdnchris » Thu Jan 28, 2016 10:59 am

I remember him doing a pretty impressive Rip Torn impression on the commentary for The Man Who Fell to Earth.

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Re: David Bowie 1947-2016

#75 Post by FrauBlucher » Sun Jan 08, 2017 10:57 am

This is pretty cool...
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