Wednesday, 3 June 2015

Alternate Best Supporting Actor 2007

And the Nominees Were Not:

Albert Finney in Before the Devil Knows You're Dead

Timothy Dalton in Hot Fuzz

Tommy Lee Jones in No Country For Old Men

Ben Foster in 3:10 to Yuma

Steve Zahn in Rescue Dawn

Predict those five or these five:

Sam Rockwell in The Assassination of Jesse James By the Coward Robert Ford

John Carroll Lynch in Zodiac

Morgan Freeman in Gone Baby Gone

Ed Harris in Gone Baby Gone

John Travolta in Hairspray

Or both

100 comments:

mcofra7 said...

1. Lynch
2. Rockwell
3. Harris
4. Freeman
5. Travolta

Psifonian said...

1. Foster
2. Zahn
3. Finney
4. Jones
5. Dalton (all high 4.5s to 5s)

1. Lynch
2. Rockwell
3. Harris
4. Travolta
5. Freeman

Matt Mustin said...

Group 1
1. Dalton
2. Foster
3. Zahn
4. Jones
5. Finney

Group 2
1. Lynch
2. Rockwell
3. Harris
4. Freeman
5. Travolta (he's actually a lot of fun, but he's not even the best in the cast)

mcofra7 said...

Oh god everyone in the first group is so good but I'll give it a try.

1. Foster
2. Finney
3. Zahn
4. Dalton
5. Jones

koook160 (Robert MacFarlane) said...

Group 1:

1. Zahn
2. Foster
3. Dalton
4. Finney
5. Jones

Group 2:

1. Lynch
2. Rockwell
3. Harris
4. Travolta
5. Freeman

Michael McCarthy said...

Group 1:

1. Steve Zahn
2. Timothy Dalton
3. Albert Finney
4. Ben Foster
5. Tommy Lee Jones

Group 2:

1. Sam Rockwell
2. John Carroll Lynch
3. Ed Harris
4. Morgan Freeman (Boy would I love to be wrong about this.)
5. John Travolta

Michael McCarthy said...

Also, twenty bucks says Travolta gets reviewed first.

Matt Mustin said...

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.

Calvin Law said...

1. Zahn
2. Foster
3. Finney
4. Dalton
5. Jones

1. Lynch
2. Rockwell
3. Harris
4. Travolta
5. Freeman

moviefilm said...

1) Steve Zahn
2) Albert Finney
3) Ben Foster
4) Tommy Lee Jones
5) Timothy Dalton

1) John Carroll Lynch
2) Ed Harris
3) Sam Rockwell
4) Morgan Freeman
5) John Travolta (would love to be wrong about this one, I'd give him a 4)

I'll post my request later.

JackiBoyz said...

1. Zahn
2. Foster
3. Dalton
4. Finney
5. Jones

1. Lynch
2. Rockwell
3. Harris
4. Travolta
5. Freeman

John Smith said...

John Smith:

1.Zahn
2 Foster
3.Jones
4. Dalton
5.Finney

1.Lynch
2.Harris
3.Rockwell
4.Freeman
5.Travolta

luke higham said...

1. Foster
2. Zahn
3. Dalton
4. Finney
5. Jones

1. Lynch
2. Rockwell
3. Harris
4. Freeman
5. Travolta

luke higham said...

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.

Maciej said...

Set I:
1. Finney
2. Jones
3. Dalton
4. Forster
5. Zahn

Set II:
1. Rockwell
2. Lynch
3. Harris
4. Freeman
5. Travolta

RatedRStar said...

1) Steve Zahn
2) Albert Finney
3) Ben Foster
4) Timothy Dalton
5) Tommy Lee Jones

1) John Carroll Lynch
2) Ed Harris
3) Sam Rockwell
4) Morgan Freeman
5) John Travolta

luke higham said...

RatedRStar: Welcome Back!

luke higham said...

Louis: Lastly, your rating & thoughts on Megan Fox in Transformers.

RatedRStar said...

@Luke: Thanks =)

Calvin Law said...

What are everyone else's ratings for these 10 chaps?

Finney: 5 (re-watch bumped him up)

Dalton: 4.5

Jones: 4

Foster: 4.5, verging on a 5

Zahn: 5

Rockwell: 4.5

Lynch: 4

Freeman: 4

Harris: 4

Travolta: 3.5

koook160 (Robert MacFarlane) said...

@Calvin:

Finney - 4.5
Dalton - 5 (Rewatch the other night bumped him up)
Jones - 3.5 (Not gonna lie, I'm just not big on No Country)
Foster - 5
Zahn - 4.5 (Could honestly go up on rewatch)
Rockwell - 5 (My win)
Lynch - 4.5 (could also go up in rewatch)
Freeman - 2.5
Harris - 3.5

Haven't seen Travolta.

luke higham said...

Finney - 5
Dalton - 5
Jones - 4.5/5
Foster - 5
Zahn - 5
Lynch - 5
Rockwell - 5
Freeman - 3.5
Harris - 4/4.5
Travolta - 3/3.5

Calvin Law said...

I would also give Paul Dano a 4.5 for There Will Be Blood. There, I said it.

luke higham said...

Calvin: Same.

GM said...

1. Zahn
2. Foster
3. Dalton
4. Finney
5. Jones

1. Lynch
2. Rockwell
3. Harris
4. Travolta
5. Freeman

luke higham said...

Calvin & RatedRStar: Macbeth Trailer
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RgH_OnrYlCk
Can't fucking wait.

Calvin Law said...

GM: My Kerr and Moore review is up.

Luke: OMG, I think, this may very well be a masterpiece.

luke higham said...

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.

RatedRStar said...

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.

luke higham said...

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.

Michael Patison said...

Group 1:
1. Ben Foster
2. Steve Zahn
3. Timothy Dalton
4. Tommy Lee Jones
5. Albert Finney

Group 2:
1. John Carroll Lynch
2. Sam Rockwell
3. Ed Harris
4. Morgan Freeman
5. John Travolta

Michael Patison said...

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.

Calvin Law said...

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

RatedRStar said...

I think Dano is alright when he is playing completely sackless characters, I think he could do more though.

koook160 (Robert MacFarlane) said...

I thought Dano was fine in TWBB, just not AS good as others do.

Matt Mustin said...

I'll give Dano credit for going out on a limb with his performance, but I don't think it completely worked.

Scott Gingold said...

1. Foster
2. Finney
3. Rockwell
4. Jones
5. Harris
6. Dalton
7. Zahn
8. Lynch
9. Freeman
10. Travolta

Calvin Law said...

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.

Calvin Law said...

Psifonian: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SVmwFqY3grs what are the songs you use in this video?

Anonymous said...

Louis what are your thoughts on these films?

12 Monkeys
The Song Of Bernadette
Apollo 13
The Usual Suspects
Rebel Without A Cause
The Miracle Worker
Tom Jones

Keith Allison said...

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).

luke higham said...

Calvin & RatedRStar:
Bridge Of Spies Trailer
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mBBuzHrZBro

Calvin Law said...

Southpaw looks meh.

But I was BLOWN AWAY by that Bridge of Spies trailer. I'm sold.

Robert MacFarlane said...

Not sold on either yet.

luke higham said...

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.

luke higham said...

Calvin & Koook160: I'm not looking forward to Southpaw either.

Calvin Law said...

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.

luke higham said...

Koook160 is dead, Long live Robert MacFarlane.

Robert MacFarlane said...

Damn straight, son. Kiss the ring.

luke higham said...

Robert: NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

Connor Olen said...

1.) Sam Rockwell
2.) Tommy Lee Jones
3.) Albert Finney
4.) John Carrol Lynch
5.) Ben Foster
6.) Ed Harris
7.) Steve Zahn
8.) Timothy Dalton
9.) Morgan Freeman
10.) John Travolta

Also, I would REALLY love it If I could hear your thoughts on Dustin Hoffman in Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium.

Calvin Law said...

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?

Hardy
1. The Drop (5)
2. Locke (5)
3. Bronson (5)
4. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (5)
5. Mad Max (4.5)

Fassbender
1. Hunger (4.5)
2. Twelve Years a Slave (4.5)
3. Shame (4.5)
4. Inglorious Basterds (4)
5. Jane Eyre (4)

Gyllenhaal
1. Nightcrawler (5)
2. Prisoners (4.5)
3. Brokeback Mountain (4)
4. End of Watch (4)
5. Jarhead (4)

Phoenix
1. 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)

Isaac
1. 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)

Foster
1. 'Aint Them Bodies Saints (5)
2. Lone Survivor (5)
3. The Messenger (5)
4. 3.10 to Yuma (4.5)
5. Rampart (4.5)

Gleeson
1. About Time (4.5)
2. Anna Karenina (4.5)
3. Calvary (4)
4. Ex Machina (4)
5. True Grit (4)

Schoenaerts
1. Far From the Madding Crowd (5)
2. Bullhead (4.5)
3. Rust and Bone (4.5)
4. The Drop (4.5)
5. N/A

RatedRStar said...

@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.

luke higham said...

Calvin:
Hardy
1. Locke (5)
2. Bronson(5)
3. Mad Max: Fury Road (5)
4. The Drop (4.5)
5. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (4.5)

Fassbender
1. Shame (5)
2. 12 Years A Slave (5)
3. Hunger (5)
4. Inglorious Basterds (4.5)
5. Fish Tank (4.5)

Gyllenhaal
1. Nightcrawler (5)
2. Prisoners (5)
3. Donnie Darko (4.5)
4. Enemy (4.5)
5. End Of Watch (5)

Phoenix
1. The Master (5)
2. Inherent Vice (5)
3. Her (5)
4. We Own The Night (4.5)
5. Gladiator (4)

Isaac
1. Inside Llewyn Davis (5)
2. A Most Violent Year (5)
3. Ex Machina (4.5)
4. Drive (4)
5. Robin Hood (3.5)

Foster
1. 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)

Gleeson
1. Ex Machina (4.5)
2. Frank (4.5)
3. Calvary (4/4.5)
4. Unbroken (4)
5. True Grit (3.5/4)

Schoenaerts
1. The Drop (4.5)
2. Rust And Bone (4)

RatedRStar said...

I wouldn't be able to add to the top 5 performances of those that Calvin and Luke added =D lol.

Calvin Law said...

Also while we're at it, Eddie Redmayne, Ben Whishaw, Tom Hiddleston and Benedict Cumberbatch

Redmayne
1. 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)

Whishaw
1. Cloud Atlas (5)
2. Richard II, Hollow Crown (5)
3. My Brother Tom (5)
4. Perfume (4.5)
5. Paddington (4.5)

Hiddleston
1. 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)

Cumberbatch
1. 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)

RatedRStar said...

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.

luke higham said...

Calvin: I gave Gyllenhaal a 5 by accident for End Of Watch, he's a 4.5 for me.

Calvin Law said...

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 them

1. 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)

Calvin Law said...

Luke: Looks like we pretty much agree on most respects :)

Calvin Law said...

Actually Gleeson would be a 4 for me in Unbroken too, he was great there.

luke higham said...

Calvin: Since You've included TV Performances, Stuart: A Life Behind is Number 3 for Hardy.

Redmayne
1. 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)

Whishaw
1. Richard II (5)
2. Cloud Atlas (4.5)
3. Criminal Justice (4.5)
4. Perfume (4.5)
5. Paddington (4.5)

Hiddleston
1. 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)

Cumberbatch
1. 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)

RatedRStar said...

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 Louis
5)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)

luke higham said...

Calvin: I'm gonna do Louis's rankings for him.
Hardy
1. Locke
2. Bronson
3. Mad Max: Fury Road
4. The Drop
5. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Fassbender
1. 12 Years A Slave
2. Hunger
3. Shame
4. Inglourious Basterds
5. Fish Tank

Gyllenhaal
1. Nightcrawler
2. Prisoners
3. Donnie Darko
4. End Of Watch
5. Enemy, I suppose

Phoenix
1. The Master
2. Inherent Vice
3. Her
4. We Own The Night
5. The Immigrant

Isaac
1. Inside Llewyn Davis
2. A Most Violent Year
3. Drive
4. The Two Faces Of January

Foster
1. Lone Survivor
2. Ain't Them Bodies Saints
3. The Messenger
4. Kill Your Darlings
5. X-Men The Last Stand

Gleeson
1. Calvary
2. Frank
3. Unbroken
4. True Grit

Schoenaerts
1. The Drop, By Default

Redmayne
1. The Theory Of Everything
2. Les Miserables
3. My Week With Marilyn
4. The Good Shepherd

Whishaw
1. Cloud Atlas
2. I assume it's gonna be I'm Not There
3. Skyfall

Hiddleston
1. Thor 2
2. The Avengers
3. War Horse
4. Midnight In Paris

Cumberbatch
1. The Imitation Game
2. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
3. The Fifth Estate
4. The Desolation Of Smaug
5. Star Trek: Into Darkness

Calvin Law said...

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.

luke higham said...

Calvin: I left off Foster's performance in 3:10 to Yuma, because Louis has yet to post his review.

luke higham said...

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.

Anonymous said...

Louis, what are your ratings and thoughts on Blake Lively in The Town?

luke higham said...

*Stuart: A Life Backwards

luke higham said...

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.

RatedRStar said...

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.

Calvin Law said...

Luke: The Pillars of the Earth looks interesting, especially because it has my good pal Donald Sutherland in it, how is he there :D

luke higham said...

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.

Michael McCarthy said...

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.

RatedRStar said...

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.

RatedRStar said...

@Calvin and Luke: What do you reckon to the Absolutely Anything trailer, it sure does look somewhat amusing lol.

luke higham said...

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.

Calvin Law said...

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 Wars
2. The Revenant
3. Legend
4. The Hateful Eight
5. Macbeth
6. Bridge of Spies
7. The End of the Tour
8. Crimson Peak (my interest in this has been really dwindled by the trailers)
9. Black Mass
10. Brooklyn

luke higham said...

Calvin: I'll extend mine to 15.
1. The Revenant
2. Macbeth
3. Spectre
4. The Hateful Eight
5. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
6. Legend
7. Bridge Of Spies
8. Black Mass
9. Crimson Peak
10. Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation
11. Triple Nine
12. Carol
13. Steve Jobs
14. Sicario
15. Midnight Special

luke higham said...

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!

Calvin Law said...

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.

Michael Patison said...

Luke: I'm glad you're pulling for Juve, otherwise I'd have to kill you.

luke higham said...

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.

Calvin Law said...

Just watched Hiroshima, Mon Amour. Wow. My pick for Best Picture (1959), no question.

My indecision over 1959 has ended now. :)

Best Picture
Hiroshima, Mon Amour (winner)
North by Northwest
Anatomy of a Murder
The Diary of Anne Frank
Our Man in Havana

Best Actor
James Stewart in Anatomy of a Murder (winner)
Dean Stockwell in Compulsion
Alec Guinness in Our Man in Havana
Laurence Harvey in Room at the Top
Eiji Okada in Hiroshima Mon Amour

Best Actress
Emanuelle Riva in Hiroshima Mon Amour (winner)
Deborah Kerr in The Journey
Audrey Hepburn in The Nun's Story
Simone Signoret in Room at the Top
Eve Marie Saint in North by Northwest

Best Supporting Actor
Joseph Schildkraut in The Diary of Anne Frank (winner)
James Mason in North by Northwest
Stephen Boyd in Ben-Hur
Peter Finch in The Nun's Story
Orson Welles in Compulsion

Best Supporting Actress
Lee Remick in Anatomy of a Murder (winner)
Susan Kohner in Imitation of Life
Gusti Hubber in The Diary of Anne Frank
Claire Bloom in Look Back in Anger
Claure Maurier in The 400 Blows


luke higham said...

God Damn It, Fuck You Barca.

luke higham said...

RatedRStar: My score prediction was right.

RatedRStar said...

@Luke: I can't remember what mines was, I think I chose 2-0 or 2-1 Barce.

luke higham said...

RatedRStar: It was 2-0.

RatedRStar said...

@Luke: So what are your thoughts on Hiroshima Mon Amour?

luke higham said...

RatedRStar: I haven't seen it, although I think you meant Calvin.

RatedRStar said...

Oh shit sorry, um Calvin what are your thoughts?

Michael McCarthy said...

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?

Calvin Law said...

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.

RatedRStar said...

Michael McCarthy: That is a fair point =D

Calvin Law: Could possibly be a bonus review for Louis or maybe sneak in to the 59 lineup.

luke higham said...

Testament Of Youth Ratings
Vikander - 4.5/5
Harington - 4
Egerton - 3
Morgan - 3/3.5
Richardson - 3

luke higham said...

Slow West Ratings
Fassbender - 4
Smit-McPhee - 3
Mendelsohn - 3

I 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.

John Smith said...

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.

John Smith said...

When it is available of course

Anonymous said...

@Calvin: Don't you like Juanita Moore in Imitation of Life? I actually preferred her to Kohner, who was quite good anyway.

Louis Morgan said...

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)