by Melissa Uhrin
Now this may sound over dramatic, especially as you read on and see where this goes, but there's truth to that in most every aspect of our lives and for me this is how my day began.
I awoke this morning excited to get writing about what films I am most excited for this coming year. But instead as I checked my news feed, I was welcomed with post after post about the world's loss, our loss of the music legend and movie star David Bowie. Tributes were pouring in, everyone from Sir Paul McCartney to Molly Ringwald to the ladies who run the coffee shop that he frequented several times a week. The many faces of Bowie are being remembered: the musician, the actor, the husband, the father, the friend, the roadie, the voracious reader. The world is mourning the loss of a man who changed the way music beat, and I am yet another sad person typing away at her computer about him.
What better way to remember an incredible artist than to dance to his music in the kitchen and dive face first into a few of his films? Obviously I haven't yet had the opportunity to watch these in preparation for this piece, but Daryl and I will be plugging away at our Davie Bowie marathon throughout the course of this week, starting with Labyrinth. Of course.
previously), and then entered Jareth the Goblin King! From the best of my memory, I do believe David Bowie as Jareth was my very first experience with a musician showing up in a film as a character (obviously I refer to their appearance as a musician in a film or portraying themselves), and I very vaguely remember talking to my parents about it. I haven't watched this movie in quite some time, but it has been creeping into my thoughts more and more frequently over the past few months, and I am bittersweetly excited to watch it tonight.
Next up we will be watching Basquiat (1996, Julian Schnabel), and while I have been aware of it for quite some time (like 20 years some time HAHA), I have yet to see it. First viewing! I am really excited to explore this biographical drama about the life of Jean-Michel Basquiat, an American postmodernist/neo expressionist artist. David Bowie plays Andy Warhol, and with performances by Christopher Walken, Benicio Del Toro, Gary Oldman (and even Courtney Love), I am more than excited to FINALLY watch this film. Shame on me for waiting so long.
Tony Scott). You had me at “A Sensual/Erotic vampire horror film starring David Bowie, Catherine Deneuve and Susan Sarandon,” The Hunger. You had me.
I watched The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976, Nicolas Roeg) years and years (and years) ago, but am very excited for this revisit. David Bowie plays a humanoid alien from a drought stricken planet that travels to Earth to seek out water. What most draws me back to this film is my remembrance of Bowie's wonderfully eerie portrayal of his character, and I am beyond excited to revisit it.
And lastly for this list (although I am sure I will have many more to add throughout the week), The Prestige (2006 Christopher Nolan). I love love LOVE this movie, and Bowie as Nikola Tesla is always amazing.
I always find that after the loss of someone, whether it be family, friend, someone I knew or a person with whom I have felt a connection due to their gift to us through music or film, I get to thinking about my own mortality. I have never really been afraid of death: it is the most inevitable part of life, and as a Christian I know that when I leave this world, it will be to an everlasting paradise. (I have in fact, pre-planned the best and final party I will ever throw, and it's going to be a doozy... Bright colours, karaoke, Harry Potter films on repeat and tequila for everyone!)
We are all here for but a short period of time. I am so grateful to the artists that spend their time creating lasting memories of themselves by pouring heart and soul into music and films that will remain with us for eternity. I've said it before and I'll say it again: Memories are what keep us alive.
“I don't know where I'm going from here, but I promise it won't be boring” - David Bowie