Today is hereby decreed to be Irish Singers Day at Le Blog (plus, we have a lot of other music world birthdays).
Eithne Ní Bhraonáin, generally known as Enya, is turning 56 today. She began her music career by spending a few years with the traditional Celtic band Clannad, which consists of her three elder siblings and their two uncles. In the mid-eighties she started to pursue a solo career. Her first album, Enya, was a selection of music she had recorded for a BBC documentary. With her second album, Watermark, she became an international success and one of the defining performers of new age music.
Here at Le Blog, we spend a lot of time looking back. When I started the site, it wasn’t my intent to traffic in nostalgia. But that’s a big part of what we do. Over the course of the next year, we will cover several varied subjects including contemporary pop culture. But we will also have a special focus on movies from twenty and thirty years ago. As has become our tradition, the first month of the new year is filled with brackets games filled with movies from that period. My friend and colleague, Daffy Stardust, has recently wrapped up his look back at 1986. Now it’s my turn to welcome you to the movies of 1996!
Here we are in the second round of our 1986 movies bracket and we’ve already given the boot to some well-loved films. As someone who has spent large portions of my life bringing stories to life on stage as an actor I have always been very interested in watching how a specific performer’s work develops for the better or worse over a span of many years. Lebeau’s “What the Hell Happened…” series appeals to me because of this. With quite a few chambers of our guns already empty I’m going to spend this round of the bracket game selecting one actor from each film and discussing some interesting factor in their work since 1986.
Just to be clear, you should still be voting based the movie, not on the actor.
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Michael Biehn has starred in some classic science fiction/action movies. Even if you don’t know his name (and odds are you don’t) you know his characters from James Cameron’s early hit movies. If things had gone just a little bit differently, he would have been a household name. Instead, he’s doing voice work for video games.
What the hell happened?
Come with me if you want to know.