ALAN RICKMAN REMEMBERED: Metatron, Marvin, and Steven Spurrier.


By Jakesepher Hohenheim, Jan. 14th, 2016

By now many have heard the passing of renowned English actor Alan Rickman at the of 69. His numerous roles on stage and on screen may be remembered as the monotone, proper accented, tall gentlemen whose characters bring a rather abysmal tone with his powerful voice.

Most will remember Rickman portraying roles such as Profressor Severus Snape from J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series and performing in numerous other films like  Galaxy Quest and Sweeney Todd: Demon Barber of Fleet Steer (2007).

My personal favorite top 3 characters include the following:

 1)  Marvin, The Paranoid Robot in Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy  – the emo space android with an aggressive case of depression. A robot programmed with human emotions that failed which leaves the machine to cursed with severe depressed and boredom. Expressing his contempt verbally and gives an interesting insight to depression with is a serious case today.
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2)  Metatron, the voice of god in the 1999 film Dogma – one of my favorite Kevin Smith films. It was one of those early movies that “made you think” and quite possibly seeded my ongoing interests in all that is human history and experience. It pokes fun at the Catholic dogma and follows two angels’ attempt to prove God’s infallible nature to be false and to undo all Creation. The story unfolds with a myriad of playful characters that reference biblical beings played by the familiar faces of Jason Lee, Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Jason Mewes, George Carlin, Chris Rock, Selma Hayek, and Linda Florentino

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3)  Steven Spurrier in Bottle Shock  a British wine merchant who initiated the 1976 “Judgement of Paris” Wine Tasting that propelled Californian Wine brand to its mainstream presence today. This film in particular is what got me into the appreciation of wine culture and its history.
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