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Sigourney Weaver’s 10 Best Movies

sigourney-weaver-jake-chessum-varietySigourney Weaver has the best resume of any actress in the science fiction genre (including impressive turns in the Aliens franchise, Galaxy Quest, The Cabin in the Woods, Avatar) in addition to being one of the best dramatic and comedic actresses in Hollywood for three decades.  She is THE template for a female action star for her work in Alien and Aliens, and she’s done some very covert work as a voice actor in two of Pixar’s gems (WALL-E and Finding Dory…ok, not so covert in Finding Dory).  Her body of work is even more impressive than I realized when I began putting her list together and was forced to leave off things like Gorillas in the Mist or The Year of Living Dangerously that would easily make most actresses’ lists.
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R.I.P. Alan Rickman (1946 – 2016) *One of Film’s Finest Character Actors is Gone*

Alan Rickman

Alan Rickman wasn’t a leading man.  He wasn’t the first name on the billing for films he was in: he simply made them better by his inclusion.  On a morning when Oscar nominations (Rickman never received one, sadly) were being handed out, a pall was cast over the celebration of film as word spread that the talented actor had passed away from cancer at the age of 69.

I always brightened up when I saw Rickman’s name on the billing or watched him own scenes in the face of “greater” actors.  He’ll be most remembered for his role as the Potions Master Severus Snape in the eight-film Harry Potter series, but also for one of the great screen villains of all-time, Hans Gruber, from the first DIe Hard film.  Rickman’s final performance will be voiceover, as he’ll be the Caterpillar in Disney’s Through the Looking Glass later this year.  Here are my Top 10 Rickman Performances, followed by his official obit from the BBC.
1. Die Hard
2. Harry Potter Series
3. Love Actually
4. Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
5. Galaxy Quest
6. Dogma
7. Truly, Madly, Deeply
8. Sense & Sensibility
9. Sweeney Todd
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