Depending on your idea of fun, this has certainly been a fun year. Personally, there have been things we could have done without. But then, we’ve all had the same ups and downs. I hope your ups at the Rex and at home for that matter, have been more up than down.
But as we know, the balance is always with the other end of the seesaw.
The Rex has had great 11th year, even with the Odyssey’s opening, little has daunted you from the door. Well done and thank you. The programme has remained easy to fill with increasingly Hollywood challenging films from across the world. Although a fair few noisy, blockbustery things got through this year. But some real treasures you have picked through and found hidden on Monday evenings plus other days of the week. World/independent films have proven to be and remain our best evenings. The applause is all yours.
The Odyssey too thrives. Despite a first year with work still going on all around them, audiences are coming in their thousands a week, without complaint, to be part an independent cinema programme started at the Rex eleven years ago.
Alternatively, I am accused of a disputed trace in an on-going asbestos debacle. I’ll keep you up with this in a few weeks when I’m allowed to speak. Added to which, we’re still in serious talks with all parties involved in the restoration of the old Odeon.
All will be resolved one way or another. You will hear it here and there. I tempt you to trust any other source but here. Do by all means, but it wont be as straight as you will hear it here.
The Rex (above) and The Rising Sun (below) on the Grand Union canal are taken from Mary Casserley’s latest collection of wonderful local images. She revisits a classic era of Railway poster design, recreated in the vibrant tones of 1930’s travel art. All pics and cards are available from Berkhamsted Imaging on the High St. See her website www.marycasserley.com
Speaking of which,we are still here. But here are some fabulous starry old buggers who left early.
‘He’s gone Jack’ in 2015…
Maureen O’Hara made it to 95
Wes Craven made 76
Alex Rocco (Moe Green in The Godfather
“I made my bones when you were going out with cheerleaders”) made 79
Omar Sharif of the gorgeous Sherif Ali (Lawrence 1962) made 83
Christopher Lee made 93
BB King played his last riff in his sleep made 89
Ben E King saved his last dance till he made 76
Leornard Nimoy made 83 with a great head of hair
Brian Sewell eternally posh and beautiful made 84
His most enduring, not so endearing line (still hanging above my desk) was bestowed on an ‘artist’ he credited… “Predatory, Syphilitic and Inconsequential”
For now, we wish you all you wish yourselves for Christmas alongside the brave and challenging New Year ahead. Keep up and stay close.
With love from your dream-makers here at the Rex.