Héctor: He’s been forgotten. When there’s no one left in the living world who remembers you, you disappear from this world. We call it the Final Death. Miguel: Where did he go? Héctor: No one knows. Miguel: But I’ve met him! I could remember him when I go back. Héctor: No. It doesn’t work like that, chamaco. Our memories, they have to be passed down by those who knew us in life – in the stories they tell about us.
Anthony Gonzalez and Gael García Bernal in the delightful Pixar film Coco (2017). Winner of Best Animated Feature at the Oscars, the acclaimed animation film tells of a 12-year-old Mexican boy who is accidentally transported to the Land of the Dead.
Vincent Hanna: You know, we are sitting here, you and I, like a couple of regular fellas. You do what you do, and I do what I gotta do. And now that we’ve been face to face, if I’m there and I gotta put you away, I won’t like it. But I tell you, if it’s between you and some poor bastard whose wife you’re gonna turn into a widow, brother, you are going down. Neil McCauley: There is a flip side to that coin. What if you do got me boxed in and I gotta put you down? Cause no matter what, you will not get in my way. We’ve been face to face, yeah. But I will not hesitate. Not for a second.
Al Pacino and Robert de Niro in the superb action thriller Heat (1995). Though they had both starred in The Godfather II, this was the first time both Oscar winners had acted alongside each other.
I usually do a Gr8at when it comes to photography awards, especially when they are as exceptional as these. But it just worked so well as a montage I had to display them in this format. So congratulations to Pedro Jarque Krebs, Petr Bambousek, Saverio Gatto, David Easton, Richard Shucksmith, Rostislav Ageev, Sienna Anderson and Martin Grace who all saw their work acclaimed in the latest Bird Photographer of the Year Awards. Can you guess which photograph won the overall prize?
I haven’t created any film quizzes for a while, so it’s definitely time for a new one. I have been reading a lot recently, so the idea of writers on screen seemed an apt choice for the current post. No need to remember the name of the ficitonal writer involved, but can you guess the films below? Feedback as already welcome.
Barney: Well, look at the bright side, Moe: you still got us. Moe: Yeah. Yeah, you know, that — that actually makes me feel a little better. Homer: Why? That was the problem in the first place: you were going broke because we were your only customers. Wasn’t that the problem in the first place? That you were going broke? Moe? Moe? Hey, Moe. Oh! You’re thinking about all the money you blew, aren’t you. What was it? Fifty, sixty thousand dollars?
Another wonderful example of the fantastic humour in The Simpsons (1989 – ), as seen in the episode Bart Sells His Soul.
On the podium, Ayrton was so nice and at one point he leaned over to me and whispered into my ear: “Well done Nigel. It’s such a good feeling, isn’t it? Now you know why I’m so difficult sometimes. I don’t ever want to lose the feeling or share it without anyone else.”
The indisputed genius that was three-time F1 World Champion Ayrton Senna, revealing in one quote his insatiable competitiveness and undeniable charm that made him so loved. The quote came in the both hugely entertaining and highly inspiring read, Staying on Track: The Autobiography (2015) by Nigel Mansell, who famously won the 1992 Formula 1 World Championship.
So I take a knife I think I’ll just tidy that up a bit, cut off the crumbly bits scoop them all up and into the mouth
oooooommm mmmm nice.
Look at the cake again.
That looks a bit funny now, one side doesn’t match the other I’ll just even it up a bit, eh?
An excerpt from Chocolate Cake, a much-loved poem by British writer Michael Rosen. You can find it in its complete form here, where anyone who loves chocolate will identify with the child narrator. Barbra Streisand and Lora Brody would surely include themselves.