Some sad bias today, my friends. Legendary actor Bob Hoskins, star of the smash hit movie Super Mario Bros. (and other, lesser known movies like Who Framed Roger Rabbit) has died at the age of 71.
Let's be honest with ourselves for a moment. Super Mario Bros. is, by default, the greatest movie of all time. However, there are some people who think that it was a disaster of a movie, distorting the Mario universe into some sort of dystopian future where Goombas are tiny-headed thugs and Toad is a pot-head criminal. While those descriptions may be accurate, the sentiment is unfair. It is the greatest movie of all time and no one can debate that.
I remember hearing about this movie as a kid and I was super-excited to see it. Once I even dreamed I went to the theater with some friends to watch it, but I was goofing around so much, I missed the whole movie. I guess that's more of a nightmare. Either way, when I did actually see the movie, I loved it, and I have enjoyed it ever since.
In any case, this movie is one of the reasons I love Bob Hoskins. He was an excellent actor. Luckily, through the magic of VHS (and to a lesser extent, DVDs), I can watch his movies over and over again.
Rest in peace, Bob. Hope you're stomping lots of Koopas in the big castle in the sky.