1. Stewart2. Grant3. Robinson4. Olivier5. Redgrave
1. Stewart2. Grant3. Redgrave4. Robinson5. Olivier
Robert: just saw your question about Far From the Madding Crowd, I have a soft spot for that particular brand of film and it's my #3 for the year so far. I can certainly see why some might think it average/lackluster
1. Grant2. Stewart3. Redgrave4. Robinson5. Olivier
I'll make an alteration to my prediction.3. Redgrave4. Robinson5. Olivier
I have seen The Shop Around the Corner, Pride and Prejudice, and His Girl Friday and loved all three of them and the performances from the leads (including the leading ladies). Anyways: 1. Stewart2. Grant3. Robinson4. Olivier5. Redgrave
I didn't like Garson (I thought Keira Knightley and Jennifer Ehle far surpassed her interpretation of Liz Bennett), Russell was very good, but Sullivan was by far my favourite, such a sweet and funny performance.
1. Stewart2. Grant3. Redgrave4. Robinson5. Olivier
One of the many many reasons I love this blog is that there is the odd hidden gem around, I am hoping Robinson or Redgrave could be this hidden gem =)Louis and anyone else I recommend you watch The Thief of Baghdad just for sheer fun lol cause its kinda fun =D.1. James Stewart2. Cary Grant3. Edward G. Robinson4. Laurence Olivier5. Michael Redgrave
I LOVE The Thief of Baghdad, dull secondary lead of John Justin aside, Sabu is a really an endearing hero, and Rex Ingram and Conrad Veidt are great supporting players (I hope the latter may be reviewed).RatedRStar: Redgrave is a gem, brilliant performance and outside his usual type, probably his second-best performance besides The Browning Version which you should also check out, another hidden gem, my #5 leading performance of all-time.
Ratings and thoughts on:Robert Duvall in Jack Reacher, Bullitt and Thank You For Smoking
Calvin Law: Any other hidden gems you want to mention =)
Calvin: Guess it's just personal taste, because I love Garson in this. I also have not seen the other versions. This is not my favorite Garson performance, but it's up there. Though I do wonder what Vivien Leigh could have done with the role. Perhaps the film would have been better. Russell and Sullavan were excellent as well.
Ruthiehenshallfan99: I like Garson in general, particularly in Mrs Minniver, and Goodbye Mr Chips. It's just her role in P + P that I dislike.RatedRStar: Hmm I've thought of one you might like. 'The Clairvoyant' (1934), with Claude Rains in the lead role as music-hall showman. Not a perfect film but it has Rains in the lead role and he's pretty terrific, a solid 4.5 for me.
1. Stewart2. Grant3. Robinson4. Redgrave5. Olivier
Everyone: Have you all heard of Disney's plans to remake Mary Poppins? What are your thoughts on that? Personally, I really don't want that. I love the 1964 film a lot and think it is incredible (Dick Van Dyke's accent aside).
Calvin: =D it is goodMary Poppins to be remade by Rob Marshall who did Pirates 5, FUCK THAT.
RatedRStar: Do you mean, Pirates 4. :)
I love Mary Poppins. Even Van Dyke's accent (and people always seem to forget he also played Dawes Senior to aplomb, with a very good British accent too).If anything a re-make is wholly unnecessary seeing as how Saving Mr Banks pretty much covered any sort of nostalgic retread territory for that particular film (also grrrrrr Emma Thompson's Oscar snub, still can't get over it).RatedRStar: It's good enough. Also another gem I've just watched, Walter (1982) with Ian McKellen.
Calvin: I would like to say, that I absolutely loved your post on Tom Hardy. :)
Luke: Cheers mate :)
Disney's The Jungle Book - Live-Action Remakehttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=owgrkAQ-Log
Luke: Might see The Jungle Book remake, but I also still have to see the Cinderella remake, mostly to compare it to the 1950 version. As for Alice in Wonderland and Maleficent, I am probably going to skip them. Still, the remake looks decent.
Ruthiehenshallfan99: The only one you should see is Cinderella, I thought it was very good with a scene-stealing turn from Blanchett. There's nothing to write home about, with the other two.
I have to admit...I think it looks dreadful.
Calvin: I completely agree with you. The CGI looked quite unconvincing and didn't exactly like the art style either.
1. James Stewart2. Cary Grant3. Michael Redgrave4. Edward G. Robinson5. Laurence Olivier
Louis: Your Female Lead/Supporting Top 5s with ratings and other 4+ performances for 1942 and 1943.
Luke: Most likely will skip the Jungle Book. As for Cinderella, I really look forward to seeing it. Mostly because it has always been a childhood favorite in the late (very late) 90s. I believe I was three when I first saw it. I hope it does justice to everything, especially Ilene Woods.
Luke: Yes sorry I meant 4 =)Calvin: Ohh interesting =DThe Jungle Book is, bah I dont care for this remake at all, just looks meh, I mean the Disney had fun and excitement and a nice jolly set of characters, what does this have, 2004 CGI lol.
Calvin: I'm gonna see Legend on Friday.
Luke: That's good to hear.
Word is in that Mara is definitely going Supporting for Carol, which by all accounts would be the worst case of category fraud since Jamie Foxx in Collateral.
Anonymous:Reacher - 3(Short though fine example of Duvall doing his craggly old mentor routine. Not anything too notable but still good)Thank You For Smoking - 3(Also craggly old pseudo mentor which he again does well, but there isn't much of him)Bullitt - (He's good though it's a nothing role)Luke:1942:Lead:Joan Fontaine - This Above AllIngrid Bergman - CasablancaClaudette Colbert - The Palm Beach StoryBette Davis - Now VoyagerPriscilla Lane - Saboteur - 4Also:Suzy Delair - The Murderer Lives At Number 21 - 4Supporting:Agnes Moorehead - The Magnificent AmbersonsCelia Johnson - In Which We ServeTeresa Wright - Mrs. MiniverGladys Cooper - Now, VoyagerMary Astor - The Palm Beach Story1943:Lead:Teresa Wright - Shadow of a DoubtJennifer Jones - The Song of BernadetteDeborah Kerr - The Life and Death of Colonel BlimpJean Arthur - The More the MerrierGene Tierney - Heaven Can WaitSupporting:Katina Paxinou - For Whom the Bell TollsJane Darwell - The Ox-Bow Incident - 4.5Gladys Cooper - The Song of a BernadettePatricia Collinge - Shadow of a Doubt - 3.5Fay Bainter - The Human Comedy - 3.5
Louis: I love your choices. Very glad to see Gladys Cooper and Jennifer Jones in here. Still, I have only seen The Song of Bernadette, Now, Voyager, Mrs. Miniver, Shadow of a Doubt, and Casablanca. Pretty basic, really (Maybe not The Song of Bernadette). All of them rate pretty high among my favorite movies.Mine for 1942 are the following (I'm still unsure about ratings so they won't be included):Lead (Alphabetical order for the first 3. I still have not decided on a winner)Ingrid Bergman: CasablancaBette Davis: Now, VoyagerGreer Garson: Mrs. MiniverCarole Lombard: To Be or Not to BeGreer Garson: Random Harvest Bette Davis for In This Our Life is an honorable mentionSupporting:Gladys Cooper: Now, VoyagerTeresa Wright: Mrs. MiniverOlivia de Havilland: In This Our Life (arguably a lead)May Whitty: Mrs. MiniverSusan Peters: Random Harvest1943 Lead:Jennifer Jones: The Song of BernadetteTeresa Wright: Shadow of a DoubtJoan Fontaine: The Constant NymphClaudette Colbert: So Proudly We Hail!Greer Garson: Madame CurieSupporting: Gladys Cooper: The Song of BernadetteAnne Revere: The Song of BernadettePatricia Collinge: Shadow of a DoubtAlexis Smith: The Constant NymphEthel Waters: Cabin in the Sky (Not sure if she is supporting or not)
Switch Alexis Smith with Ann Sheridan for Edge of Darkness. Just realized I have seen that. Maureen O'Hara in This Land is Mine is an honorable mention as well, but I don't know if she is a lead or not.
1942:Lead:Bette Davis - Now Voyager, 4.5Joan Fontaine - This Above All, 4.5Ingrid Bergman - Casablanca, 4.5Priscilla Lane - Saboteur, 4Greer Garson - Mrs Miniver, 4Supporting:Celia Johnson - In Which We Serve, 4.5/5Teresa Wright - Mrs. Miniver, 4Agnes Moorehead - The Magnificent Ambersons, 4Gladys Cooper - Now, Voyager, 4Veronica Lake - This Gun for Hire, 3.51943:Lead:Teresa Wright - Shadow of a Doubt, 5Jennifer Jones - The Song of Bernadette, 4.5Supporting:Deborah Kerr - The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp, 5Jane Darwell - The Ox-Bow Incident - 4.5Gladys Cooper - The Song of a Bernadette, 4
Louis: You know, I'm kind of surprised you gave Harlow a 4 for her performance in The Public Enemy. Most people hate her performance. What rating would you give to Edward Woods, Clarke and Blondell?
1) Cary Grant2) Laurence Olivier3) James Stewart4) Edward G. Robinson5) Michael Redgrave
Louis: Ratings for Colbert, Davis, Kerr, Arthur, Tierney and Cooper.Your Female Lead/Supporting Top 5s with ratings and other 4+ performances for 1944 and 1945.
Louis: *Gladys Cooper in The Song Of Bernadette
Luke: Colbert and Davis are both 4,5's.
Anonymous: Thanks, though last time I checked, Colbert was a 4 for The Palm Beach Story and am getting the impression that Davis is down to a 4 for Now, Voyager.
Has anyone had trouble posting comments in the past half hour.
Everyone: Do you guys consider Gene Tierney a supporting player in Laura, or a lead?
ruthiehenshallfan99: I think I would consider her supporting since the film focuses more on Andrews.Luke: Nope, no problems with posting.
Anonymous: I posted that comment, about two hours ago, but I was seriously having problems for about half an hour.
Luke: Just a question. What are your top 10 pet-peeves when it comes to talking about actors and movies? Odd question, I guess, but go ahead.
Anonymous: I'm more of a Mr. Positive around here, though I guess, a problem I would have, is that there are people (Away from the Blog) who can't separate the actor from the person (Phoenix/Gibson Etc) and feel that a lot of critics take many great performances for granted. (Fassbender in 12 Years A Slave, Sean Bean In The Fellowship Of The Ring Etc).When it comes to the blog, 2 pet-peeves I have is when some try to influence Louis' decisions or ratings or complain about a performance not winning an overall year, even though he/she received a 5 star rating. (Be grateful, people) :)
Anonymous: I respect and appreciate everyone's opinions, apart from Hammond, LaSalle, Roeper, Travers and especially, Armond White.
Luke: Of course I know that you respect everyone's opinions, apart from those two (Hammond and LaSalle, the guys I talked you about).Anyway, I think that one of my pet peeves is that fans of a certain actor think that the actors and critics' opinions are the definitive ones of that said actor. It's like they're the best judges of acting. And that having more Oscar nominations makes you a better actor than any one. I guess it's kind of annoying hearing how Brando invented great acting.
Anonymous: I think we can all agree that Louis' one of the best judges of acting. I can't stand incessant whining from an actor's fanbase (e.g. DiCaprio's)I'll be perfectly honest with you, even though I don't like/love actors such as Sean Penn or George Clooney, I really wish that I could like them, because I do think they're capable of greatness. They just don't show it or go way over the top.
Luke: I think that DiCaprio's haters are just as worse.
Anonymous: Anyway, I'm gonna predict Louis' Top 5s for all 4 acting categories this year.Male Lead1. Leonardo DiCaprio in The Revenant2. Idris Elba in Beasts Of No Nation3. Michael Fassbender in Macbeth4. Johnny Depp in Black Mass5. Tom Hardy in LegendFemale Lead1. Rooney Mara in Carol2. Cate Blanchett in Carol3. Alicia Vikander in The Danish Girl4. Alicia Vikander in Testament Of Youth5. Carey Mulligan in Suffragette/Saoirse Ronan in BrooklynMale Supporting1. Tom Hardy in The Revenant2. Christoph Waltz in Spectre3. Mark Rylance in Bridge Of Spies4. Samuel L. Jackson in The Hateful Eight5. Kurt Russell in The Hateful EightFemale Supporting1. Marion Cotillard in Macbeth2. Jessica Chastain in Crimson Peak3. Alicia Vikander in Ex Machina4. Jennifer Jason Leigh in The Hateful Eight5. Rose Byrne in Spy
1. Cary Grant2. James Stewart3. Laurence Olivier4. Edward G. Robinson5. Michael Redgrave
Luke: Well, that's a good prediction. I agree with you with that whole people can't separate actor from person. However, at IMDB's message boards (I go there for the lols, by the way), that metalman091 guy who worships Judy Garland to death, loves Rex Harrison as an actor even if Harrison was a prick, yet hates Alec Guinness' performances for being cold and unemotional, claiming that Guinness was cold and unemotional in real life. What beautiful logic there, huh?
For supporting I'd guess Oscar Isaac in Ex Machina before Jackson or Waltz. And I'm still holding out for Hoult.
Anonymous: Okay, he's an exception then. :)
Michael McCarthy: My prediction will likely change overtime, as I do think it's gonna be one of, if not the best supporting year ever.
Anonymous: Apart from Rose Byrne and Alicia Vikander, who received a 5 already for Ex Machina, the others are possible 5s in my opinion..
Luke: This guy contradicts himself a lot. I mean, he likes Peck's unemotional acting style, claiming that he was like that in real life, but then in another board, he says he wasn't dull. Once again, metalman091 logic. If natural acting is supposed to be realistic acting, then the actor should be able to express anger, sadness and happiness. An actor who is unemotional can't be called natural.
Anonymous: It only works whenever it's called for.
Anonymous: Moviefilm called Naturalistic/Realistic acting boring.
Luke: Yeah, I know that. :) Arnold in the first two Terminator movies is a good example.
Luke: Would you agree with him on that?
Anonymous: No offence to him now, but no. :) His reviews never appeal to me.
Luke: Natural acting and theatrical acting can be both great or downright embarrassing.
Anonymous: I respect his views anyway. :)
Anonymous: Marco Perella in Boyhood. Eugh!
Luke: I know that a person can like a performance more than the other (I told you that I really liked March in TYBOOL), but do you think there are performances that are objectively bad that can't be defended? Mr. Franciosa's performances that aren't Career come to mind.
Anonymous: Sean Penn in I Am Sam, god help anyone who likes that performance.
Luke: Cooper in Sergeant York and Wayne in The Conqueror come to mind as well.
Goodnight, Luke. :)
What I mean when I say that, is that it's much more enjoyable for me to watch actors, who let loose a little bit. Their overacting must be built upon true emotions though, but I want them to overdo them a bit. I know that method acting and naturalistic acting have become very popular. We are taught method acting at school and I realize it's appealing to the most of the audience. But when an actor gets his emotion right and then his overdoes it, it brings me to the feeling of ecstasy, you know. It brings me to the catharsis that art is supposed to. So that's why I'm so much against naturalistic acting. I adore Marion Cotillard's turn in Two Days One Night, but if I wanted to see a person with real depression (as Cotillard really poured herself into the role), I would watch a documentary. Daniel Day-Lewis is the closest method actor to achieve the midway. For example his performance in Gangs of New York is an example of method acting, but it's wonderfully overacted. (On the other hand he used method acting in a boring way in Lincoln.) So I understand that many people like realistic acting. It's becoming more popular every day (unfortunately). But it's a spoonful of overacting that gives me chilles while I watch the performance.
Moviefilm: Fair Enough.Anonymous: Goodnight Again. :)
Anonymous: I don't think Peck's style should ever be called 'unemotional', he can be a bit bland in some roles but take say TKAM where his very underplayed, subtle reactions to various other characters is what makes it an amazing performance.
Louis: what are your top 5 Deborah Kerr performances.
Calvin: Well, that's what the guy from IMDB said of Peck's style, not me. I just said that the IMDB guy said that he called Peck's style unemotional, that's all.
Anonymous: My bad, sorry :)
Anonymous: your top 10 favourite actors and top 10 favourite actresses? For me,1. James Stewart2. Trevor Howard3. John Hurt4. Gary Oldman5. James Cagney6. Tom Courtenay7. Robert Duvall8. Daniel Day-Lewis9. Al Pacino10. Tom HardyHon. Mentions: Alec Guinness, Toshiro Mifune, Sidney Poitier, Ralph Richardson, Ian Richardson1. Deborah Kerr2. Marion Cotillard3. Barbara Stanwyck4. Celia Johnson5. Olivia de Havilland6. Shelley Winters7. Anne Bancroft8. Julianne Moore9. Carey Mulligan10. Kathy Bates
Calvin: I love your Top 10s! I want to share mine as well (though it is mostly nostalgic). I am including voice acting, so my list (the women in particular), will be very unusual.1. Laurence Olivier2. Humphrey Bogart3. Marlon Brando4. James Stewart 5. Clark Gable6. Henry Fonda7. Kirk Douglas8. Cary Grant9. Paul Newman10. Peter O'Toole 1. Vivien Leigh2. Ilene Woods 3. Olivia de Havilland4. Elizabeth Taylor5. Bette Davis6. Judy Garland7. Ava Gardner8. Katharine Hepburn9. Lillian Gish10. Ingrid BergmanHonorable mentions: Joan Crawford, Doris Day, Rita Hayworth, Julie Andrews, Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly, Jennifer Jones, Lana Turner, Deborah Kerr, and Gene Tierney.
Luke:Colbert - 4.5Davis - 4.5(Although their ranking would be switched) Kerr - 4.5Arthur - 4Tierney - 3.5Cooper - 4.51944:Lead:Barbara Stanwyck - Double IndemnityIngrid Bergman - GaslightGene Tierney - LauraClaudette Colbert - Since You Went AwayMajorie Reynolds - Ministry of Fear - 3.5Supporting:Tallulah Bankhead - LifeboatMary Anderson - Lifeboat - 4Josephine Hull - Arsenic and Old Lace - 4Geraldine Fitzgerald - Wilson - 4Jean Adair - Arsenic and Old Lace - 3.51945:Lead:Celia Johnson - Brief EncounterGene Tierney - Leave Her to HeavenPeggy Ann Garner - A Tree Grows in BrooklynJoan Crawford - Mildred PierceVivien Leigh - Caesar and CleopatraSupporting:Anna Magnani - Rome, Open CityJane Wyman - The Lost Weekend - 4.5Dorothy McGuire - A Tree Grows in Brooklyn - 4Ann Blyth - Mildred PierceLucile Gleason - The Clock - 3.5Calvin:1. The Innocents2. The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp3. Black Narcissus4. The Sundowners5. From Here To Eternity
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