The actor Peter Falk has died at the age of 83. He appeared in a number of John Cassavetes films (including 1970’s Husbands) as well as Wim Wenders’ Wings of Desire, but was best known for playing shambolic yet persistent detective Lieutenant Columbo. Here’s a great clip of Falk going head to head with Permanent Plastic Helmet favourite Rip Torn in Columbo, which was the best example I could find of his famed “just one more thing” trick. Enjoy:
Clip courtesy of YouTuber stndrs79.
I’m incredibly sad to hear of the death, at just 64, of Only Fools and Horses creator John Sullivan.
It’s impossible to pick a single favourite moment from the great show, but here’s a classic clip from the episode ‘It’s Only Rock and Roll’, in which Rodney joins a band.
‘I TOLD YOU ONCE RODNEY I’M NOT GONNA TELL YOU AGAIN SON – I DO THE 1-2-3-4s!’
I’ve just found about the passing of an absolute film-making legend, Sidney Lumet. By sheer coincidence, only today I picked up his 2007 thriller Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead on DVD, remembering that it had been very highly rated but disappeared from cinemas before I’d had the chance to catch it.
Lumet was a veteran director with over 50 films to his credit including undisputed classics such as 12 Angry Men, Serpico, Network, Prince of the City and one of my all-time favourites, Dog Day Afternoon, starring Al Pacino and John Cazale as desperate and desperately unsuitable New York bank robbers. The film is also famous for one of the greatest tragicomic lines in cinema history.
R.I.P. Sidney – a true great.
He will forever be Frank to me…
Hopper’s death is very sad news; few actors could match his level of sheer intensity.