1. Raul Julia (He has some moments where he arguably goes over the top in his anger, but his numerous quieter reactions I think make those parts work.)2. James Spader (This performance gets more fascinating the more I think about it.)3. Michael J. Fox (I think this could end up being a surprise 5, he's excellent at grounding the chaos of the film with his quiet but strong morality.)4. John Hurt5. Jeff BridgesThis is a tough one. I think it could go to any of the top 3.
1. Spader2. Fox3. Julia4. Hurt5. BridgesDecided to take a bit of a chance
1. Fox (NGNG)2. Spader3. Bridges4. Julia5. Hurt
1. James Spader2. Michael J. Fox3. Raul Julia4. Jeff Bridges5. John Hurt
I'll swallow my pride regarding Hurt, who's my #2 for the year:1. Spader2. Julia3. Fox4. Bridges5. Hurt
1. Spader2. Julia3. Hurt4. Fox5. Bridges
I'm not going to swallow my pride.1. Bridges2. Fox3. Spader4. Hurt5. Julia
Robert MacFarlane: You're an honourable man.I hope they all get 5's; I haven't seen Julia but I'm sure he deserves one too.Also I hope Louis, you won't let Sean Penn's incredibly hammy performance detract from your experience of Causalties of War.
1. Bridges2. Hurt3. Fox4. Spader5. Julia
Oh yeah, I forgot, my request is Daniel Henshall in Snowtown (or The Snowtwon Murders if you so prefer) for bonus rounds.
Robert: Thank You, we'll surely get 10 for 2011 now.
1. Fox2. Spader3. Hurt4. Bridges5. Julia
Louis: Can I have your ratings & thoughts on your bottom ten supporting performances for 2007 and Robin Williams in August Rush.
Louis: Can I have an update on all of the remaining requests.
1) Raul Julia2) James Spader3) Michael J. Fox4) John Hurt5) Jeff Bridges Thanks for the Travolta review. :)
My winning request is Daniel Auteuil in Caché1. Raul Julia2. James Spader3. Michael J. Fox4. John Hurt5. Jeff Bridges
Saw Mr Holmes. Probably my favourite film of the year so far, vying with Mad Max and Far From the Madding CrowdMckellen - 5 (PLEASE give him the Oscar nomination. May well be his greatest performance)Linney - 4 (verging on a 4.5, inconsistent accent aside, an incredibly sensitive and moving performance)Parker - 4 (few instances of amateurish bratty acting but overall very sweet, great chemistry with McKellen)Morahan - 3.5 (verging on a 4, small role but pretty heartbreaking impact, liked how she played the different sides of the grieving 'mother' so well)Sanada - 3 (small role but did well within these limits)Kennedy - 3 (fairly limited too but does well to emphasise the emotional nature of the character)De la Tour - 3.5 (entertaining cameo, could've gone for a lot more of her)
Luke: That breakdown scene was amazing, and yes as you said very well earnt, I think despite the deconstructive take on the character and the quirky arc, McKellen was an incredibly convincing Holmes, in the flashback scenes despite his lack of the cap and pipe, he really evoked that Sherlock-ian intelligence.
Ok I'm gonna change mine, I'm having some premonitions...1. Michael J. Fox2. James Spader3. Raul Julia4. John Hurt5. Jeff Bridges
Calvin: I'm glad you liked it. I'm very close to giving McKellen a 5 as well.
What are everyone's top 10 films of 1989?1. Field of Dreams2. Henry V3. The Last Crusade4. Dead Poets Society5. My Left Foot6. Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure (party on dudes)7. Crimes and Misdemeanors8. Scandal9. Casualties of War10. The Abyss
Calvin: I'll go with a top 5 for now.1. The Last Crusade2. My Left Foot3. Henry V4. Sex, Lies And Videotape5. The Little Mermaid
I can only do 5 at the moment:1. Do the Right Thing 2. The Fabulous Baker Boys3. The Last Crusade4. The Little Mermaid (I'm *really* ignoring the questionable gender politics here)5. sex, lies, and videotapes
Out of curiosity, does anyone other than me hate Heathers?
GM & Calvin: I saw Come And See. For the first 30 minutes, it's fairly straightforward and it does take it's time getting to the real meat of the film, but when the tone completely shifts, it contains some of the most harrowing images ever committed to film. Three scenes in particular, the first taking place in a bog, the second within a church and the final scene is absolutely unforgettable. Aleksei Kravchenko's performance is effective enough for the first 30 minutes as a naive, enthusiastic teenager who's absolutely willing to fight alongside Soviet partisans but when he meets a strange, disturbing girl and a bomb attack ensues, from that point on his performance is absolutely amazing. His physical transformation is remarkable as he goes from the naive teenage soldier to a war torn, hollow shell of a human being, who we the audience fear for his sanity. His facial expressions, especially in the infamous gun photo scene and the ending are some of the greatest I've ever seen. I've no hesitations in calling it the best male child performance of all-time. The directing during the second and third acts is amazing as well. Overall, this is one of the all-time great war films, certainly the best I've seen depicting the Eastern Front (Haven't seen Ivan's Childhood or Stalingrad) and is a film, I won't soon forget.
Yeah. I think part of it had to do with Christian Slater's Nicholson impression. Also pretty dull and depressing in my opinion
That was in response to Robert
My issue with it stems from its mean-spirited, tone deaf "satire" more than anything. I don't consider Slater "the problem" so to speak.
I wouldn't like the movie anyway but Slater certainly didn't help
Come And See Ratings:Kravchenko - 5Mironova - 4 (She's quite disconcerting as a deranged girl, who's taken the brunt of a terrifying act)
Luke: Sounds like you made a great choice then :)Robert: I generally don't mind Slater, but I do hate Heathers because as you say, it's mean-spirited to no real ends. Also it tries to deconstruct the Brat Pack films of the 1980s while falling into the same cliches. And also I love the Brat Pack films so there. I hate Heathers.
I actually like Christian Slater in True Romance, Pump Up the Volume, I generally find him an interesting if not incredibly talented actor.
Well, to be fair, I hate Brat Pack films of that era. River's Edge just deconstructed them a lot better.
Calvin: I hope so.
Robert: Don't you like The Breakfast Club? I recall you putting it on an honourable mentions list for your top 10 films...though I may be mistaken.
Robert Downey Jr in Less Than Zero is a great example of a deconstruction of the Brat Pack, because he's so goddamn good.
Calvin: That was me, not Robert. And even though I absolutely love watching it I accept that it's DEEPLY flawed.
Michael: Can't argue you with that there. What are your thoughts/ratings on the cast? Some of the acting was indeed deeply flawed but I love the film anyway. Nelson - 3.5Ringwald - 3.5Estevez - 2Hall - 4Sheedy - 3
Yeah, I actually despise Breakfast Club for admittedly selfish reasons. It's still leaps and bounds better than fucking St. Elmo's Fire.
Nelson: 4Ringwald: 3.5Estevez: 2.5Hall: 4Sheedy: 4 Gleason: 3.5I don't really have a problem with the acting. My problem comes from how hypocritical and filled with stereotypes the whole film is. I also don't believe for one second that any of those characters would stay friends.
I usually get annoyed by how in every teen movie John Hughes made, there's this weird reversion to status quo by the end after preaching against it. Granted, I only seem to like Hughes when he had John Candy front and center.
1. Spader2. Julia3. Fox4. Bridges5. Hurt
RatedRStar: Random question, what ratings would you give Stephen Rea, Jaye Davidson and Miranda Richardson in The Crying Game?
Robert: I see what you mean (i.e. Pretty in Pink)...I would consider Ferris Bueller's Day Off to be an exception. Though feel free to disagree.
Well, Ferris Bueller's Day Off also has a future serial killer/Wall Street banker as a protagonist.
Louis , Nicholson lead or Supporting ? Are you going to put him in supporting?
Anonymous: I'd say Nicholson is lead. The movie's actually more about The Joker than it is about Batman.
I'm not sure I agree with that placement. The Joker has a lot of focus because they wanted to give Jack a lot to do, but I never felt like he was leading the story. The film always felt to me like at its core, it was about Batman trying to stop the Joker.
I'm with Matt on this one 100%.
Calvin Law:Rea:4Richardson:4.5Davidson: 4.5
What are everybody's ratings and thoughts on Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman in Eyes Wide Shut? I think Cruise is rather great and Kidman is downright amazing (although easily supporting). I also LOVED the movie.
Anonymous: I'm currently doing a Kubrick Marathon (The Shining), so I'll see it soon enough.
New Legend trailer:https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=yI3v6KfR9MwI LOVE the voice he's using for each of the brothers.
Calvin: I'm completely sold on Hardy's performance, the voices are great, especially for Ronnie. I feel that this is gonna be an easy 5 for Hardy.
...I hate to be that guy, but I'm not sure I'm sold on this quite yet. I actually think Hardy looks great as Reginald, but his characterization of Ronnie seems a bit cartoony. Who knows though, it may fit the tone of the film quite well, I sincerely hope to be proven wrong.
Michael McCarthy: Fully understandable. Hopefully Hardy will be a pleasant surprise for you :)
It might be the case that the intensity he gives to Ronnie might be to give his interactions with Reg more humorous. I can see a lot of ways that that approach might actually work, but for me it just doesn't come off in the trailer.
Luke:Williams - 2(It's all just a bit much in terms of the character that goes from typical cheery inspirational Robin Williams, to over the top psychotic, to very jokey in such a weird way that does not work)Evans - 2(The part does him no favors and Evans seems to embrace the obnoxiousness of the character too much. Although this is one I'm guessing had more to do with direction and writing.)Chiklis - 2(Same as Evans really)Duhamel - 2(Less annoying than our lead, but kinda a bland secondary lead for the most part. Then really falls flat in the "comic" scenes)McMahon - 1.5(You know something is wrong when the guy in the Robert Corman version (which was strictly made just to hold on to the rights) does a whole lot better of a job than you.)Anderson - 1.5(Over the top and unfunny pretty much sums it up)Turturro - 1.5(Same)Grace - (He's quite unfunny in his early scenes as Eddie, failing to build anything with his character. His role as Venom is not helped by the immediate change, or his goofy teeth, but his manic attempt at something menacing does not work)Santoro - 1(I'll admit the whole visualization of the character is one of the films worst aspects. It does not help with his over the top, but without any grandeur take on the role)Bentley - 0(Not worthy of a Wiseau. Blackheart does not suck out souls he sucks out every bit of life in a scene, its really something. The whole performance is just so bad. He's probably one of the most embarrassing cases of an attempted menace that is anything but. On top of that he's over the top in the worst sort of way, and just gives a horrible performance)Robert:Ferris would never become either of those things.....since he's clearly Cameron's personal Tyler Durden.
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