Carl Adolf von Sydow (1929 - 2020) was the legendary Swedish actor whose name was synonymous with the great Ingmar Bergman. But the stoic thespian's talents reached far beyond his homeland and found himself a pivotal actor supplying Hollywood with the tall, slender, European villain they so desperately desired. Max's career found him seeking the meaning of life with Bergman, playing God with Spielberg, and thwarting the Mackenzie Brothers.
Issur Danielovitch (1916 - 2020) was a legend of the screen if there ever was one. Growing up in poverty Izzy found his way out of the depression, changed his name to Kirk, and set out to make something of himself. Douglas was hungry to make it out on his own and instead of just becoming another star he became a titan of the industry. Kirk created some of the most memorable characters in front of the camera and fought some of the biggest battles behind it.
Henry Zuckerman (1930 - 2020) was the comedian's comedian. After beginning his career with improv groups, becoming the go to host for SNL, and creating a frenzy with nude animals everywhere, Buck eventually found his greater calling. First creating GET SMART with Mel Brooks and later getting into one of the most important inventions of the 20th century... Plastics.
Carrie Frances Fisher (1956 - 2016) was the daughter of Hollywood royalty. After surviving one of Hollywood’s biggest scandals Carrie sought to make a name for herself and step out of the larger than life shadow of her celebrity mother. Their close but strained relationship and a personal battle with inner demons led her to a number of ups and downs throughout her career. But in 1977 she transformed into one of the most iconic cinematic characters ever put to screen.
On paper, Princess Leia was a mere damsel in distress but Carrie provided a strong and powerful presence to the character that would quickly transform her into a feminist icon for over 40 years. Her quick tongue and tumultuous relationships led her to be an inspirational and outspoken survivor of mental illness and drug abuse.
Aaron and Brad strap on a pair of hair buns as they travel to a galaxy far, far away in STAR WARS, take the mother/daughter relationship to the limits in POSTCARDS FROM THE EDGE, go behind the scenes of the true family drama in BRIGHT LIGHTS, and more!
Robert Wallace Forster Jr (1941 - 2019) was an actor headed for big things. After kicking off his career on Broadway, Robert found his first gig on screen alongside Elizabeth Taylor, Marlon Brando, and getting career advice from John Huston. He would close out the 60s with Haskell Wexler’s critically acclaimed MEDIUM COOL. However, the next 25 years of his career would stall out with a string of forgetful projects with only a few gems along the way. It wasn’t until a fateful meeting with Quentin Tarantino in the mid 90s that career would find new life.
Sidney Eddie Mosesian (1939 - 2019) was an often underutilized character actor with the talent, charm, and sarcasm of a leading man. His towering stature, big, bold features, and infectious laugh made him a perfect fit for Jack Hill's exploitation films of the 70s. Sid would solidify a prosperous and steady career on screen but this character actor for hire would eventually step away from acting feeling typecast as just another dimwitted heavy. However, directors like Quentin Tarantino and Rob Zombie had other plans. At the age of 60, Sid would find a whole new act to his storied career.
Peter Henry Fonda (1940 - 2019) was an actor that defined the counterculture generation. Peter wasn’t just an artist trying to escape the looming shadow of his legendary father but an American trying to stick it to the man. Along his path to becoming a movie star Peter would team up with Dennis Hopper and finally find his way out of the confines of The Golden Age of Hollywood only to usher in The American New Wave.
Aaron and Brad celebrate the life and times of Peter Fonda by growing their hair long and riding their choppers through America in EASY RIDER, blowing away some satanists in RIDE WITH THE DEVIL, getting busy with the bees in ULEE’S GOLD, and more!
Rutger Oelsen Hauer (1944 - 2019) was the iconic Dutch actor who made a name for himself in Europe before heading to Hollywood alongside director and frequent collaborator Paul Verhoeven (ROBOCOP). Rutger proved he could inhabit a number of different characters but would frequently find a niche for himself taking on the darker roles of the International terrorist, the lonely hitchhiker, the Italian mercenary, the vampire king, and the renegade Replicant.
Aaron and Brad dive into all things Hauer by dusting off their old Voight-Kampff machines for BLADE RUNNER, sharpen their katanas for BLIND FURY, load up their 12-gauges for HOBO WITH A SHOTGUN, and more!
Arlette Varda (1928 - 2019) better known as Agnès was a French filmmaker making movies from her own perspective in a male dominated industry. Her background in photography, a natural affection for more experimental art, and a spontaneous passion to tell a story led her becoming one of the major voices of the Left Bank Cinema and earning her the title of The Grandmother of The New Wave.
Aaron and Brad grab a baguette, strap on their chapeaus, and sip on their La Croix as they examine their own mortality in CLEO FROM 5 TO 7, learn the meaning of happiness in LE BONHEUR, punch Godard in FACES PLACES, and more!
John Daniel Singleton’s (1968 - 2019) first film was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Director earning him the honor as not only the youngest filmmaker but the first African-American to ever receive the nomination. His distinctive voice coming out of South Central Los Angeles would resonate what it meant to grow up black in modern America.
John was a kind man, a loving father, and a devoted filmmaker that provided a voice and message for those that didn’t have one. Aaron and Brad are joined by good friend and DMV MC PHZ-Sicks as they survive the mean streets of BOYZ N THE HOOD, pay off their student loans in HIGHER LEARNING, wear their finest Egyptian cotton for SHAFT, and more!