We have some sad news to report. Gary Loggins, who shared his film reviews here and over on his own page, passed away this weekend. He was 61 years old.
It’s hard to know where to start when it comes to Gary. He was a good man. He was active and respected in the recovery community and a tireless advocate for those trying to turn their lives around. He was a good writer. He loved Boston and he loved movies. Oh my God, did he ever love movies!
Most of Gary’s reviews were of classic films and his knowledge indeed was encyclopedic. He also reviewed more recent films as well. He reviewed classic television shows and he enjoyed looking at the history of one-hit wonders. His writing was full of warmth and joy. I mean, this was a man who truly loved cinema and reading his reviews, it was impossible not share that love. He brought so much to the online film community and he will be missed.
Gary first contacted me in 2015, asking me if I was looking for another reviewer for Through the Shattered Lens. I asked him if I could see a sample of his work. He sent me a review of Monster Zero. I read it and I said, “Hell yeah, you can write for the Shattered Lens!” For the past four years, Gary was a regular contributor here and on his own site, Cracked Rearviewer. He introduced me to a lot of older films that I probably wouldn’t have seen if not for his recommendation. As I said, he really loved movies and he shared that love with not only those of us here at the Shattered Lens but with everyone who read one of his reviews. And for that, we will be forever thankful.
I’m going to miss my friend.
Rest in peace, Gary.