1. Lynch2. Rockwell3. Harris4. Freeman5. Travolta
1. Foster2. Zahn3. Finney4. Jones5. Dalton (all high 4.5s to 5s)1. Lynch2. Rockwell3. Harris4. Travolta5. Freeman
Group 1 1. Dalton 2. Foster3. Zahn 4. Jones 5. Finney Group 21. Lynch2. Rockwell3. Harris 4. Freeman 5. Travolta (he's actually a lot of fun, but he's not even the best in the cast)
Oh god everyone in the first group is so good but I'll give it a try.1. Foster2. Finney3. Zahn4. Dalton5. Jones
Group 1:1. Zahn2. Foster3. Dalton4. Finney5. JonesGroup 2:1. Lynch2. Rockwell3. Harris4. Travolta 5. Freeman
Group 1:1. Steve Zahn2. Timothy Dalton3. Albert Finney4. Ben Foster5. Tommy Lee JonesGroup 2:1. Sam Rockwell2. John Carroll Lynch3. Ed Harris4. Morgan Freeman (Boy would I love to be wrong about this.)5. John Travolta
Also, twenty bucks says Travolta gets reviewed first.
Louis, off-topic, but what's your ratings and thoughts on the cast of The Last Stand? Because I watched it recently and thought everyone not named Peter Stormare was pretty awful.
1. Zahn2. Foster3. Finney4. Dalton5. Jones1. Lynch2. Rockwell3. Harris4. Travolta5. Freeman
1) Steve Zahn2) Albert Finney3) Ben Foster4) Tommy Lee Jones5) Timothy Dalton1) John Carroll Lynch2) Ed Harris3) Sam Rockwell4) Morgan Freeman5) John Travolta (would love to be wrong about this one, I'd give him a 4)I'll post my request later.
1. Zahn2. Foster3. Dalton4. Finney5. Jones1. Lynch2. Rockwell3. Harris4. Travolta 5. Freeman
John Smith:1.Zahn2 Foster3.Jones4. Dalton5.Finney1.Lynch2.Harris3.Rockwell4.Freeman5.Travolta
1. Foster2. Zahn3. Dalton4. Finney5. Jones1. Lynch2. Rockwell3. Harris4. Freeman5. Travolta
Michael McCarthy: I pick Zahn to come first.Louis: Your ratings & thoughts on Joseph Gordon-Levitt in The Lookout and the supporting cast of There Will Be Blood.
Set I:1. Finney2. Jones3. Dalton4. Forster5. ZahnSet II:1. Rockwell2. Lynch3. Harris4. Freeman5. Travolta
1) Steve Zahn2) Albert Finney3) Ben Foster4) Timothy Dalton5) Tommy Lee Jones1) John Carroll Lynch2) Ed Harris3) Sam Rockwell4) Morgan Freeman5) John Travolta
RatedRStar: Welcome Back!
Louis: Lastly, your rating & thoughts on Megan Fox in Transformers.
@Luke: Thanks =)
What are everyone else's ratings for these 10 chaps?Finney: 5 (re-watch bumped him up)Dalton: 4.5Jones: 4Foster: 4.5, verging on a 5Zahn: 5Rockwell: 4.5Lynch: 4Freeman: 4Harris: 4Travolta: 3.5
@Calvin:Finney - 4.5Dalton - 5 (Rewatch the other night bumped him up)Jones - 3.5 (Not gonna lie, I'm just not big on No Country)Foster - 5Zahn - 4.5 (Could honestly go up on rewatch)Rockwell - 5 (My win)Lynch - 4.5 (could also go up in rewatch)Freeman - 2.5Harris - 3.5Haven't seen Travolta.
Finney - 5Dalton - 5Jones - 4.5/5Foster - 5Zahn - 5Lynch - 5Rockwell - 5Freeman - 3.5Harris - 4/4.5Travolta - 3/3.5
I would also give Paul Dano a 4.5 for There Will Be Blood. There, I said it.
Calvin & RatedRStar: Macbeth Trailerhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RgH_OnrYlCkCan't fucking wait.
GM: My Kerr and Moore review is up.Luke: OMG, I think, this may very well be a masterpiece.
Calvin: It'll be such a bummer if Louis doesn't like it, since the Brits have been very positive, yet the Americans have been fairly mixed over it, but I hope his love of shakespeare wins through.
Oh wow it does look darn good, is it too early to say 2015 alongside the likes of 1939 and 1962, maybe but its looking good for that comparison.
RatedRStar: In terms of films, potentially it's a maybe.In terms of Lead performances, 2014 is too big of a hill to climb for this year. I hope Supporting does better though.
Group 1:1. Ben Foster2. Steve Zahn3. Timothy Dalton4. Tommy Lee Jones5. Albert FinneyGroup 2:1. John Carroll Lynch2. Sam Rockwell3. Ed Harris4. Morgan Freeman5. John Travolta
Kind of wish you'd been able to do Dano. There Will Be Blood is the only time I've ever found him to be anything special, and boy was he ever.
That church healing scene is an AMAZING scene. I actually like Dano well enough as an actor, he has his missteps but I do rather like him in the likes of 12 Years a Slave, Prisoners, Ruby Sparks.Also, he's apparently really, really good in Love and Mercy, the Brian Wilson biopic
I think Dano is alright when he is playing completely sackless characters, I think he could do more though.
I thought Dano was fine in TWBB, just not AS good as others do.
I'll give Dano credit for going out on a limb with his performance, but I don't think it completely worked.
1. Foster2. Finney3. Rockwell 4. Jones5. Harris 6. Dalton7. Zahn8. Lynch9. Freeman 10. Travolta
Re-thinking it I'll actually bump Bale up to a 5 for Rescue Dawn. I feel no reason not to since I love the dynamic him and Zahn strike up and I've realised I don't actually have a single reservation about his performance, in fact I quite love it.
Psifonian: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SVmwFqY3grs what are the songs you use in this video?
Louis what are your thoughts on these films?12 MonkeysThe Song Of BernadetteApollo 13The Usual SuspectsRebel Without A CauseThe Miracle WorkerTom Jones
Woo-hoo! Been looking forward to this (though part of me was kind of hoping you would've gotten the chance to review Peter O'Toole in Ratatouille).
Calvin & RatedRStar: Bridge Of Spies Trailerhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mBBuzHrZBro
Southpaw looks meh.But I was BLOWN AWAY by that Bridge of Spies trailer. I'm sold.
Not sold on either yet.
Calvin: I deleted my original comment, because there was no fresh footage shown in the Southpaw trailer.I'm looking forward to Bridge Of Spies, although I'm mostly intrigued by Rylance's performance.
Calvin & Koook160: I'm not looking forward to Southpaw either.
Luke: They didn't show much of Rylance but I love how his character is made up to look, he has an incredibly interesting role from what I've heard so far.
Koook160 is dead, Long live Robert MacFarlane.
Damn straight, son. Kiss the ring.
1.) Sam Rockwell2.) Tommy Lee Jones3.) Albert Finney4.) John Carrol Lynch5.) Ben Foster6.) Ed Harris7.) Steve Zahn8.) Timothy Dalton9.) Morgan Freeman10.) John TravoltaAlso, I would REALLY love it If I could hear your thoughts on Dustin Hoffman in Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium.
What are everyone's top 5 performances of Tom Hardy, Michael Fassbender, Jake Gyllenhaal, Joaquin Phoenix, Oscar Isaac, Ben Foster, Domnhall Gleeson and Matthias Schoenaerts?Hardy1. The Drop (5)2. Locke (5)3. Bronson (5)4. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (5)5. Mad Max (4.5)Fassbender1. Hunger (4.5)2. Twelve Years a Slave (4.5)3. Shame (4.5)4. Inglorious Basterds (4)5. Jane Eyre (4)Gyllenhaal1. Nightcrawler (5)2. Prisoners (4.5)3. Brokeback Mountain (4)4. End of Watch (4)5. Jarhead (4)Phoenix1. The Master (5)2. Inherent Vice (4.5, bumped up on re-watch)3. Gladiator (4.5, I quite disagree with Louis' review but that's fine it's pretty love and hate)4. Her (4.5)5. Buffalo Soliders (4.5)Isaac1. Inside Llwelyn Davis (5)2. A Most Violent Year (5, bumped up on re-watch)3. 10 Years (4.5)4. Robin Hood (4)5. Ex Machina (4)Foster1. 'Aint Them Bodies Saints (5)2. Lone Survivor (5)3. The Messenger (5)4. 3.10 to Yuma (4.5)5. Rampart (4.5)Gleeson1. About Time (4.5)2. Anna Karenina (4.5)3. Calvary (4)4. Ex Machina (4)5. True Grit (4)Schoenaerts1. Far From the Madding Crowd (5)2. Bullhead (4.5)3. Rust and Bone (4.5)4. The Drop (4.5)5. N/A
@Robert:.....kisses ring....I think the Bridge Of Spies trailer certainly looks competent, the story looks interesting at the very least, and it doesn't look as cheesy as some of Spielbergs other films (War Horse), so far I think it looks solid enough which I am fine with, I hope Hanks and Rylance do well.
Calvin:Hardy1. Locke (5)2. Bronson(5)3. Mad Max: Fury Road (5)4. The Drop (4.5)5. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (4.5)Fassbender1. Shame (5)2. 12 Years A Slave (5)3. Hunger (5)4. Inglorious Basterds (4.5)5. Fish Tank (4.5)Gyllenhaal1. Nightcrawler (5)2. Prisoners (5)3. Donnie Darko (4.5)4. Enemy (4.5)5. End Of Watch (5)Phoenix1. The Master (5)2. Inherent Vice (5)3. Her (5)4. We Own The Night (4.5)5. Gladiator (4)Isaac1. Inside Llewyn Davis (5)2. A Most Violent Year (5)3. Ex Machina (4.5)4. Drive (4)5. Robin Hood (3.5)Foster1. Ain't Them Bodies Saints (5)2. Lone Survivor (5)3. 3:10 To Yuma (5)4. The Messenger (4.5)5. Kill Your Darlings (4.5)Gleeson1. Ex Machina (4.5)2. Frank (4.5)3. Calvary (4/4.5)4. Unbroken (4)5. True Grit (3.5/4)Schoenaerts1. The Drop (4.5)2. Rust And Bone (4)
I wouldn't be able to add to the top 5 performances of those that Calvin and Luke added =D lol.
Also while we're at it, Eddie Redmayne, Ben Whishaw, Tom Hiddleston and Benedict CumberbatchRedmayne1. The Theory of Everything (4.5)2. Les Miserables (4)3. Savage Grace (3)4. My Week With Marilyn (3)5. Jupiter Ascending (2 Wiseaus)Whishaw1. Cloud Atlas (5)2. Richard II, Hollow Crown (5)3. My Brother Tom (5)4. Perfume (4.5)5. Paddington (4.5)Hiddleston1. Henry V, Hollow Crown (5)2. Thor (4.5)3. Only Lovers Left Alive (4.5)4. Thor 2 (4)5. Henry IV, Part II (4)Cumberbatch1. The Imitation Game (4.5)2. The Fifth Estate (4)3. Third Star (4)4. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (4)5. Desolation of Smaug (3.5)
I do not mind if 2015 has plenty of solid/decent films, since there were hardly any bad films up for Oscars in 1962/1939 minus one or two films.
Calvin: I gave Gyllenhaal a 5 by accident for End Of Watch, he's a 4.5 for me.
RatedRStar: You've probably already noted it down before, but can we exchange top 10 Claude Rains performances, I'm currently in a massive flux about some of them1. Mr Smith Goes to Washington (5)2. Lawrence of Arabia (5)3. Casablanca (5)4. The Passionate Friends (4.5)5. Angel on My Shoulder (4.5)6. Now, Voyager (4.5)7. The Invisible Man (4.5)8. Notorious (4.5)9. Kings Row (4)10. Mr Skeffington (4)
Luke: Looks like we pretty much agree on most respects :)
Actually Gleeson would be a 4 for me in Unbroken too, he was great there.
Calvin: Since You've included TV Performances, Stuart: A Life Behind is Number 3 for Hardy.Redmayne1. The Theory Of Everything (4.5)2. Les Miserables (4)3. Elizabeth I (3.5)4. Black Death (3.5)5. My Week With Marilyn (2)Whishaw1. Richard II (5)2. Cloud Atlas (4.5)3. Criminal Justice (4.5)4. Perfume (4.5)5. Paddington (4.5)Hiddleston1. Henry V (4.5/5)2. Thor (4.5)3. Only Lovers Left Alive (4.5)4. Henry IV Parts I And II (4.5)5. Thor II (4)Cumberbatch1. The Imitation Game (4.5)2. Hawking (4/4.5)3. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (4)4. The Fifth Estate (4)5. Stuart: A life Backwards (4)
Calvin: Oh you remember my favorite Rains performance I am sure you do =D, the performance that still makes me upset knowing it was his final Oscar nomination, the performance I that practically begged Louis to give the win for 1946, the performance that ended Claude Rains A list supporting career until David Lean tryed to help him.1)Notorious (5)2)Mr Smith Goes To Washington (5)3)Lawrence Of Arabia (5)4)The Passionate Friends (5) I am so glad I recommended this to Louis5)The Invisible Man (5)6)Casablanca (5)7)Caesar and Cleopatra (4.5)8)Now Voyager (4.5)9)Mr Skeffington (4.5)10)The Wolf Man (4.5)
Calvin: I'm gonna do Louis's rankings for him.Hardy1. Locke2. Bronson3. Mad Max: Fury Road4. The Drop5. Tinker Tailor Soldier SpyFassbender1. 12 Years A Slave2. Hunger3. Shame4. Inglourious Basterds5. Fish TankGyllenhaal1. Nightcrawler2. Prisoners3. Donnie Darko4. End Of Watch5. Enemy, I supposePhoenix1. The Master2. Inherent Vice3. Her4. We Own The Night5. The ImmigrantIsaac1. Inside Llewyn Davis2. A Most Violent Year3. Drive4. The Two Faces Of JanuaryFoster1. Lone Survivor2. Ain't Them Bodies Saints3. The Messenger4. Kill Your Darlings5. X-Men The Last StandGleeson1. Calvary2. Frank3. Unbroken4. True GritSchoenaerts1. The Drop, By DefaultRedmayne1. The Theory Of Everything2. Les Miserables3. My Week With Marilyn4. The Good ShepherdWhishaw1. Cloud Atlas2. I assume it's gonna be I'm Not There3. SkyfallHiddleston1. Thor 22. The Avengers3. War Horse4. Midnight In ParisCumberbatch1. The Imitation Game2. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy3. The Fifth Estate4. The Desolation Of Smaug5. Star Trek: Into Darkness
I have to confess I quite dislike Notorious so that may have diminished my view of Rains in that film. I have to get back to it sometime.
Calvin: I left off Foster's performance in 3:10 to Yuma, because Louis has yet to post his review.
Calvin: I did have Fassbender and Gyllenhaal as 5s respectively for Frank and Enemy, but Louis's reviews did happen to give a slightly negative effect on my views of their performances, so they're now 4.5s.
Louis, what are your ratings and thoughts on Blake Lively in The Town?
*Stuart: A Life Backwards
Calvin: I forgot about Eddie Redmayne's work in The Pillars Of The Earth, which is in fact my number 2 and his rating's a 4, bordering on a 4.5.
Calvin: Understandable on Notorious, I think most people including Louis were somewhat underwhelmed by the film possibly, I loved it and feel emotionally tortured by the film, particularly the ending knowing that Claudes career died after that final scene.
Luke: The Pillars of the Earth looks interesting, especially because it has my good pal Donald Sutherland in it, how is he there :D
Calvin: He's only in the first 2 episodes, but he's very good with what he is given. His rating's a 4 overall, although he does deserve a rewatch, since it's one of my favourite miniseries.
What do people think of the trailer for Absolutely Anything? All things considered, I think that might be one film I can let myself enjoy no matter what.
Michael McCarthy: You are banned from the blog lol haha no honestly I think the film looks like a guilty pleasure lol but I get the feeling those moments from the trailer are the best parts.
@Calvin and Luke: What do you reckon to the Absolutely Anything trailer, it sure does look somewhat amusing lol.
RatedRStar: Well, I do love Simon Pegg and greatly admire Robin Williams, so I'll give it a try, despite how bad it may be.
I think it'll be good. Decent, at the very least. I mean it's Pegg and Monty Python (essentially) and Robin Williams, no matter what it should elicit a few laughs.What are everyone's top 10 anticipated films now?1. Star Wars2. The Revenant3. Legend4. The Hateful Eight5. Macbeth6. Bridge of Spies7. The End of the Tour8. Crimson Peak (my interest in this has been really dwindled by the trailers)9. Black Mass10. Brooklyn
Calvin: I'll extend mine to 15.1. The Revenant2. Macbeth3. Spectre4. The Hateful Eight5. Star Wars: The Force Awakens6. Legend7. Bridge Of Spies8. Black Mass9. Crimson Peak10. Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation11. Triple Nine12. Carol13. Steve Jobs14. Sicario15. Midnight Special
Calvin: I'm gonna watch both Testament Of Youth and Slow West either tonight or tomorrow, although I will be watching the UCL final.COME ON JUVE!
Oh yeah Spectre would be #5 for me actually. And Sicario would probably be there too.Luke: Testament of Youth is great, Vikander is amazing and Harrington is very good too.
Luke: I'm glad you're pulling for Juve, otherwise I'd have to kill you.
Michael Patison: GOOD LUCK!But in all seriousness, as a Chelsea fan, I fucking hate Barcelona and having Luis Suarez in their team, doesn't help either. I will admit, that I love Lionel Messi as a player and would take him over Ronaldo any day of the week.I'm sorry to tell you this but my love for Real Madrid has faded drastically, with their vile fans (Hissing Bale) and their idiotic president, I mean, who the fuck sacks Ancelotti and replaces him with Benitez is beyond me.
Just watched Hiroshima, Mon Amour. Wow. My pick for Best Picture (1959), no question.My indecision over 1959 has ended now. :)Best PictureHiroshima, Mon Amour (winner)North by NorthwestAnatomy of a MurderThe Diary of Anne FrankOur Man in HavanaBest ActorJames Stewart in Anatomy of a Murder (winner)Dean Stockwell in CompulsionAlec Guinness in Our Man in HavanaLaurence Harvey in Room at the TopEiji Okada in Hiroshima Mon AmourBest ActressEmanuelle Riva in Hiroshima Mon Amour (winner)Deborah Kerr in The JourneyAudrey Hepburn in The Nun's StorySimone Signoret in Room at the TopEve Marie Saint in North by NorthwestBest Supporting ActorJoseph Schildkraut in The Diary of Anne Frank (winner)James Mason in North by NorthwestStephen Boyd in Ben-HurPeter Finch in The Nun's StoryOrson Welles in CompulsionBest Supporting ActressLee Remick in Anatomy of a Murder (winner)Susan Kohner in Imitation of LifeGusti Hubber in The Diary of Anne FrankClaire Bloom in Look Back in AngerClaure Maurier in The 400 Blows
God Damn It, Fuck You Barca.
RatedRStar: My score prediction was right.
@Luke: I can't remember what mines was, I think I chose 2-0 or 2-1 Barce.
RatedRStar: It was 2-0.
@Luke: So what are your thoughts on Hiroshima Mon Amour?
RatedRStar: I haven't seen it, although I think you meant Calvin.
Oh shit sorry, um Calvin what are your thoughts?
Daniel: You're right, it does kinda look like they took the best parts of the movie and put it into the trailer, but when else am I gonna see Robin Williams OR all of the remaining Pythons in a movie again?
RatedRStar: 'Tis fine. Well what can I say, simplicity sometimes is the best. It's actually a fairly straightforward film in terms of just story and structure, it's a series of conversations really, kind of like Brief Encounter really, but it's just so beautifully shot and acted that I fell in love with it, wholeheartedly.
Michael McCarthy: That is a fair point =DCalvin Law: Could possibly be a bonus review for Louis or maybe sneak in to the 59 lineup.
Testament Of Youth RatingsVikander - 4.5/5Harington - 4Egerton - 3Morgan - 3/3.5Richardson - 3
Slow West RatingsFassbender - 4Smit-McPhee - 3Mendelsohn - 3I thought Testament Of Youth was a very good period drama, with excellent work again from Alicia Vikander.Slow West was a fairly short but enjoyable enough Western with an entertaining performance from Michael Fassbender and a very well edited shootout finale.
Since i live in Sweden it very hard to get a hold of movies like Testament Of Youth.But i will try to get a hold of it.
When it is available of course
@Calvin: Don't you like Juanita Moore in Imitation of Life? I actually preferred her to Kohner, who was quite good anyway.
Matt:The Last Stand is uniformly underwhelming especially considering it's from the director of I Saw the Devil. The performances don't help though. Schwarznegger's work is tired. Whitaker is stuck in uninteresting exposition. Knoxville and Guzman are not particularly inspired in their attempts at comic relief. Noreiga could not menace a mouse, Stormare should have been the main villain since he is good as usual. Or hey it would have been awesome if it had been Harry Dean Stanton, instead it's another role of his where I almost want to yell at the filmmaker "Don't you know who he is!".Luke:I think I gave my thoughts on Gordon-Levitt before. There Will Be Blood:Dano - 4(I actually do like his performance in that I think it works for the most part. He gets the frantic energy of a vapid evangelical across, while carrying that pretension that he is of a nobler cloth. He's indeed very mannered, but I think it works well in creating Eli as the false prophet he is. He acts fake, because Eli is fake. Now I'm not going higher because Day-Lewis does overshadow him in every scene. I don't think it had to be that way. I mean think for a moment, Joaquin Phoenix as Eli. Although the church might have exploded in the baptism scene then due to the intensity of both actors)Freasier - 4(A good performance that compliments Day-Lewis's very well. The two have a very authentic understated chemistry as you feel a certain distance, but also a warmth there as well. He also is quite in portraying the way H.W. closes off after becoming deaf, depicting the anger in the boy rather well)O'Connor - 3(He's fine in playing a man doing kinda an uneasy con. I don't think he makes too much of an impact but he's good)Hinds - 3(He's good and I would not have minded seeing more of him)Howes - 3.5(He's really good in his one scene as I feel he presents someone who actually seems to be able to see through Plainview to a certain extent, and can actually match. He's not overshadowed by Day-Lewis and him dominating him in that scene is rather memorable)Fox - 1(To quote side show bob "eghhhhhhh")Anonymous:12 Monkeys - (A very effective mind bending thriller as Gilliam creates a palatable sense of dread in a film less about changing the future but rather being forced into creating it)The Song of Bernadette - (Standard in a few ways in terms of some of the story points. The cinematography, and just the spiritual feel of the film make up for this granting the power and poignancy the story needs)Apollo 13 - (Well done survival procedural. As space epics go Ron Howard does not do anything new (I don't think he's capable of that), but it's a solid workman job)The Usual Suspects - (The interrogation scenes are good, but really it feels like the twist came first then the rest came later. The actually crime story within the film is oddly routine, and not really very interesting)Rebel Without A Cause - (It has its moments, but it's also too bombastic for its own good. It's kinda interesting as a time capsule of sorts, but it's not that good of a film)The Miracle Worker - (Rather strong stage adaptation. I won't say it completely shirks its basis, but it does a great job of making it's story feel cinematic still. Not to mention it has two fantastic performances leading the way)Tom Jones - (An underrated Best picture winner really. It's not anything great, but it's an enjoyable farce)Anonymous:Lively - 2.5(She did not leave much of an impact on me either way. Not distracting in a bad way, but did not add too much for either)
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