Sunday, 13 September 2015

Alternate Best Supporting Actor 1976: Results

5. Robert Duvall in Network - Duvall absolutely fulfills the role of the corporate hatchet men, and smartly differs himself from his other co-stars by showing that only money and power motivate the man.

Best Scene: Firing Max.
4. Carl Weathers in Rocky - Weathers gives a very entertaining yet nuanced depiction of a champion boxer.

Best Scene: Deciding on the Italian Stallion. 
3. Chief Dan George in The Outlaw Josey Wales - Dan George gives a moving, funny, and very unique depiction of the "wise Indian".

Best Scene: His first monologue.
2. Hal Holbrook in All The President's Men - Holbrook gives a brilliant performance that creates such an enigmatic and fascinating character. 

Best Scene: Deep Throat's introduction.
1. Robert Shaw in Robin and Marian - Good Prediction RatedRStar. Robert Shaw gives a great performance. He brings his usual menace that you'd expect from him, but also offers a humorous and surprisingly moving depiction of a tired man forced to relive the past.

Best Scene: The duel. 
Overall Rank:
  1. Laurence Olivier in Marathon Man
  2. Robert Shaw in Robin and Marian
  3. Hal Holbrook in All The President's Men
  4. Chief Dan George in The Outlaw Josey Wales
  5. Carl Weathers in Rocky
  6. Burgess Meredith in Rocky
  7. Robert Duvall in Network
  8. Nicol Williamson in Robin and Marian
  9. David Warner in The Omen
  10. Roy Scheider in Marathon Man
  11. James Stewart in The Shootist
  12. Harry Dean Stanton in Missouri Breaks
  13. Jeff Goldblum in Next Stop, Greenwich Village
  14. Richard Harris in Robin and Marian
  15. Zero Mostel in The Front
  16. Donald Sutherland in The Eagle Has Landed
  17. Martin Scorsese in Taxi Driver
  18. Robert Duvall in The Eagle Has Landed
  19. Jason Robards in All The President's Men
  20. Harvey Keitel in Taxi Driver
  21. Joe Spinell in Rocky 
  22. Peter Falk in Murder By Death
  23. John Vernon in The Outlaw Josey Wales 
  24. Ned Beatty in Silver Streak
  25. Peter Sellers in Murder By Death
  26. Christopher Walken in Next Stop, Greenwich Village
  27. William Devane in Marathon Man
  28. Richard Boone in The Shootist
  29. Richard Pryor in Silver Streak
  30. Marty Feldman in Silent Movie
  31. Jackie Earle Haley in The Bad News Bears
  32. James Coco in Murder By Death
  33. Donald Pleasence in The Eagle Has Landed
  34. Patrick McGoohan in Silver Streak
  35. Dom DeLuise in Silent Movie
  36. Erland Josephson in Face to Face
  37. Herbert Lom in The Pink Panther Strikes Again
  38. Vic Morrow in The Bad News Bears
  39. Alec Guinness in Murder By Death
  40. Ron Howard in The Shootist
  41. Melvyn Douglas in The Tenant
  42. Jack Warden in All The President's Men
  43. Burt Reynolds in Silent Movie
  44. Ian Holm in Robin and Marian
  45. Randy Quaid in Missouri Breaks 
  46. Tony Burton in Rocky
  47. Richard Narita in Murder By Death
  48. Ronny Cox in Bound For Glory
  49. Gunnar Bjornstrand in Face to Face
  50. Patrick Troughton in The Omen
  51. Stephen Collins in All The President's Men  
  52. James Caan in Silent Movie
  53. James Cromwell in Murder By Death
  54. William Katt in Carrie
  55. Treat Williams in The Eagle Has Landed
  56. Dick Crockett in The Pink Panthers Strikes Again
  57. Sid Caesar in Silent Movie
  58. Martin Balsam in All The President's Men
  59. Leo McKern in The Omen
  60. Paul Newman in Silent Movie
  61. Albert Brooks in Taxi Driver
  62. Harvey Spencer Stephens in The Omen
  63. Michael Murphy in The Front
  64. Will Sampson in The Outlaw Josey Wales
  65. Scatman Crothers in Silver Streak 
  66. Truman Capote in Murder By Death
  67. John Travolta in Carrie
  68. Robert Walden in All The President's Men
  69. Ned Beatty in Network
  70. Fredric Forrest in Missouri Breaks 
  71. Anthony Quayle in The Eagle Has Landed
  72. Denholm Elliot in Robin and Marian
  73. John Carradine in The Shootist 
  74. Albert Popwell in The Enforcer
  75. Peter Boyle in Taxi Driver
  76. David Niven in Murder By Death
  77. Wesley Addy in Network
  78. Burt Young in Rocky
  79. Harold Gould in Silent Movie
  80. Antonio Fargas in Next Stop Greenwich Village
  81. Clifton James in Silver Streak
  82. Thayer David in Rocky
  83. Charles Grodin in King Kong 
  84. Larry Hagman in The Eagle Has Landed
  85. Kenneth Haigh in Robin and Marian 
  86. Ed Lauter in Family Plot
  87. John Lithgow in Obsession  
  88. Arthur Burghardt in Network
  89. Sydney Lassick in Carrie
  90. Hugh O'Brian in The Shootist
  91. John McLiam in Missouri Breaks
  92. Bill McKinney in The Shootist 
  93. Bill McKinney in The Outlaw Josey Wales
  94. Harry Morgan in The Shootist 
  95. DeVeren Bookwalter in The Enforcer
Next Year: 1940 Lead

97 comments:

RatedRStar said...

Cary Grant - My Girl Friday
James Stewart - The Shop Around The Corner
W.C Fields - The Bank Dick
Joel McCrea - Foreign Correspondent
Laurence Olivier - Pride And Prejudice

Ill give my winning request later.

Luke Higham said...

James Stewart in The Shop Around The Corner

Luke Higham said...

And Cary Grant in My Girl Friday.

Luke Higham said...

Louis: Please do 1928 and 1995 afterwards. Leave the two all-time great years last.

Anonymous said...

Olivier is now tied with Mifune for 4 Oscars.
1940 Lead:
Cary Grant in His Girl Friday and Philadelphia Story
James Stewart in The Shop Around The Corner
James Cagney in City For Conquest
Edward G. Robinson in Brother Orchid
Ratings and thoughts on Charles Grodin in King Kong 1976. And the film overall.

Anonymous said...

Louis what are your thoughts on:

The Tenant
Next Stop, Greenwich Village
The Bad News Bears
The Front
Face to Face
Silver Streak

Luke Higham said...

Anonymous: At the moment, it's actually 3 wins for Olivier, but yes, he's the favourite for 1940 Lead.

Robert MacFarlane said...

Louis, can I get your ratings and thoughts on Vernon and McKinney in Outlaw Josey Wales?

ruthiehenshallfan99 said...

So he is definitely doing 1940?

Well then.

James Stewart: The Shop Around the Corner
Cary Grant: His Girl Friday
Robert Taylor: Waterloo Bridge
Laurence Olivier: Pride and Prejudice

I don't know about the last one, but here are the ones I am stuck deciding on: Charles Boyer in All This, and Heaven Too, Henry Fonda in The Return of Frank James, Tyrone Power in The Mark of Zorro, and Gary Cooper in The Westerner.


Everyone: The years you want Louis to cover most (Most desired to least. I am under the assumption 1940 is next).

1. 1939
2. 1962
3. 1928
4. 1995

Anonymous said...

ruthiehenshallfan99: I don't think Louis would need to review Cooper in The Westerner. He's a 1,5.

Luke Higham said...

ruthiehenshallfan99:
1. 1928
2. 1995
3. 1962
4. 1939
I want the best (those being '62 and '39) saved for last.

Calvin Law said...

James Stewart in The Shop Around the Corner (my request)

GM said...

Cary Grant - His Girl Friday
Cary Grant - My Favorite Wife
James Stewart - The Shop Around Corner
James Stewart - Mortal Storm
Fred MacMurray - Remember The Night
Edward G. Robinson - Brother Orchid
Conrad Veidt - Contraband

Calvin Law said...

^second Stewart in The mortsl Storm, MacMurray, and Veidt.

ruthiehenshallfan99 said...

Luke: That makes more sense. Saving the best for last. Then I just need to reverse the order.

Anonymous: 1.5? That bad? Personally I loved the movie (and William Wyler films in general), so that kind of surprises me.

Anonymous said...

ruthiehenshallfan99: I love Wyler in general, but this isn't one of his best films. I blame Cooper's acting, not Wyler's directing. Brennan stole the show for me. Anyway, I think you should know by now that Louis isn't a big fan of Cooper in general.

Anonymous said...

Have any changes happened in your Female Top 5s of 1976?

Anonymous said...

I noticed you added Murder by Death, what are you thoughts on that?

tahmeed chowdhury said...

James Stewart- The Shop Around The Corner

tahmeed chowdhury said...

I really hope that Louis does 1963 as the last year, as I'm interested in those who could rival the legendary Peter O'Toole.
Luke: Do you consider Cary Grant supporting or lead in the Philadelphia Story? Cause I find him a borderline case.

Calvin Law said...

Also as another recommendation, Michael Redgrave in The Stars Look Down.

Luke Higham said...

Tahmeed: I really need to see the film again, though at the moment, he's lead for me.

Calvin Law said...

Who would be the choices for 1928? Do we reckon Louis will do a full year, or a shortened, one-post set of reviews.

Luke Higham said...

Calvin: Shortened.

Saw some of the reactions for The Program and, unsurprisingly, it's another film that's completely overshadowed by its main performance.

Calvin Law said...

I've also read some slightly negative reviews of Foster's performance, a la Hardy and Redmayne. As it stands I think Depp has the highest possibility of being nominated out of all these recently reviewed films.

Freeheld's also been getting some negative reviews which I'm not particularly surprised by.

Luke Higham said...

Calvin: Of Course.

Hasn't been a great year so far, has it.

Calvin Law said...

I don't know, I mean overall films have been great. Mad Max, Mr Holmes, Ex Machina, Far From the Madding Crowd, Inside Out, to name but a few excellent ones. The TIFF films have apparently been a mixed bag, but the likes of 'Black Mass', 'The Martian', have gotten really good reviews. I think it'll top 2014.

Luke Higham said...

Calvin: I hope so.

Robert MacFarlane said...

You really think Far From the Madding Crowd was "excellent"?

Calvin Law said...

Louis and everyone: a very broad question, but what are your top 5 scenes which never fail to bring tears/bring you near to tears in film.

1. 'Gondola No Uta' in 'Ikiru'
2. 'The Artist', the scene where Peppy unravels the film reel
3. 'Auld Lang Syne' in 'It's a Wonderful Life'
4. The execution of John Coffey in 'The Green Mile'
5. The ice statue scene in 'Edward Scissorhands'

Michael Patison said...

Damn! Was so hoping Holbrook would take this one.

For 1940:
Cary Grant in His Girl Friday
Joel McCrea in Foreign Correspondent
James Stewart in The Shop Around the Corner


Calvin: There is only one that never fails: the final scene in Cinema Paradiso.

Calvin Law said...

Michael: Oh gosh, I nearly forgot about that film but yes, that scene is magical, as is the film. Have you seen the director's extended cut, and if so, what are your thoughts on that.

Calvin Law said...

In fact I might just go re-watch it now (it's lying on my desk). I have to admit though the last scene kills me, the scene which Salvatore and Elena have their first kiss elicits even stronger emotions for me.

ruthiehenshallfan99 said...

Calvin:

1. Waterloo Bridge in general (This can be swapped with #2)
2. Everything after Bonnie's death in Gone with the Wind
3. The Ending of To Each His Own
4. I Dreamed a Dream in Les Miserables
5. Wilma tells Homer she loves him in The Best Years of Our Lives

Robert MacFarlane said...

I'm not sure if I can really rank a top 5, but here's 5 on the top of my head;

"There would be no eulogies for Bob" - The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
"Meet me in Montauk" - Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
"You're all I have. You're all I want to have. You're a sweet boy." - The Tree of Life
That look George has on his face after he lashes out against his family - It's a Wonderful Life
"I like me" - Planes, Trains, and Automobiles (only on repeat viewings)

Anonymous said...

I probably will never cry or shed a tear watching a movie.

Matt Mustin said...

Oh God, there's A LOT but here's five that come immediately to mind
"I Dreamed A Dream"-Les Miserables
"This is it, Joel"-Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
"When She Loved Me"-Toy Story 2
The ending-Toy Story 3
Alfred's goodbye to Bruce-The Dark Knight Rises

Luke Higham said...

Mine, In No Particular Order. (I'm gonna be quite biased here and go with films that I've seen about 4-5 times at least)
1. 'When They Ravaged Her Again, and Again, and Again' - Gladiator (The score amplified the moment, a great deal for me)
2. Boromir's death - The Fellowship Of The Ring
3. Messages From Home - Interstellar
4. Theoden/Simbelmyne - The Two Towers
5. Ending - Schindler's List
Hon. Wade's Death - Saving Private Ryan
Come What May Finale - Moulin Rouge (I absolutely love this moment, just for Ewan McGregor)

Luke Higham said...

I forgot about Brooks' section in The Shawshank Redemption.

ruthiehenshallfan99 said...

I forgot about Old Yeller and Hachi. I guess those can be honorable mentions.

Luke Higham said...

Calvin: Which Performances for 1995 Supporting, could you see getting a 5 from Louis.

Patrick McGoohan in Braveheart
Kevin Spacey in Se7en (For some unknown reason, I'm not 100% convinced that he's getting a 5)

Anonymous said...

Luke: I strongly believe that Spacey will get a 5 for Se7en, but he could keep his win for The Usual Suspects. On 1995 Lead, I think that the only ones who will get fives are McKellen (Richard III) and Freeman (Se7en). To me, Louis will give Gibson a 4,5 for Braveheart.

Luke Higham said...

Anonymous: For Lead, I think everyone agrees with you. Gibson will get a 4 or a 4.5, though If I were to make a prediction right now, I'd go with the latter.

Calvin Law said...

If he puts Richard Harris in Supporting, he'd be a good shout too. Don Cheadle in Devil in a Blue Dress is another possibility, as is Alan Rickman in Sense and Sensibility.

I'm not 100% sure McGoohan will be a 5, either. He was a menacing enough villain but the performances that really stay in my mind from that film are Brendan Gleason and particularly, Angus Macfayden.
I see what you mean about Spacey though.

As for Lead, I think the following could/will get 5's:

McKellen in Richard III
Freeman in Se7en
Earl Jones in Cry, the Beloved Country
Willis in 12 Monkeys
Kevin Bacon in Murder in First

Calvin Law said...

Luke: do you think Olivier will keep his win for 1940 Lead, also any chance you reckon of Chaplin being bumped up to a 5?

Luke Higham said...

Calvin: I actually chose McGoohan, as I remember Louis naming him as a deserving performance (Alongside Spacey) on the nominees page, though it has since been deleted.

I'd give him a strong 4.5. A 4.5 for Gleeson and a 4 for Macfayden.

Luke Higham said...

Calvin: In regards to Olivier, I think so.

I want Chaplin, upgraded to a 5, just for the speech alone. I was wrong about Day-Lewis not being upgraded to a 5 for There Will Be Blood, this time though, I'm quite sure that Chaplin's not gonna be upgraded.

Calvin Law said...

Oh well, wishful thinking :)

I think the top 5 for 1940 Lead will be:

1. Olivier
2. Stewart
3. Chaplin
4. Grant
5. Fonda

Calvin Law said...

As for supporting, I think George Sanders in Rebecca could potentially upset, though I'd still bet on Brennan for the overall. Other strong contenders for the top 5 that year would be the Foreign Correspondent boys, and Frank Morgan for The Shop Around the Corner/The Mortal Storm

RatedRStar said...

Its time for my winning request, another Hong Kong actor I think, a certain angry bold man I think, in the sequel to one of Hong Kongs greatest films I think =D.

Luke Higham said...

RatedRStar: Infernal Affairs II, I'm guessing.

Calvin Law said...

Francis Ng in Infernal Affairs 2?

Calvin Law said...

RatedRStar: I won't keep pestering you haha, but have you watched Outcast of the Islands yet. Just want to find another living soul who's seen/heard of the film.

Anonymous said...

Overall 1995 Lead ranking:
1. Freeman
2. McKellen
3. Cage
4. Penn
5. Gibson

RatedRStar said...

Some people including the HK awards committee seemed to think this man was the lead when he faced against Andy Lau, Lau Ching Wan, Simon Yam and Jacky Cheung in 2003, for me he is supporting but a major supporting player.

My winning request is

Francis Ng - Infernal Affairs II (2003 bonus Supporting)


Calvin: I am afraid I have still yet to see it lol and dont worry we have all heard of the film now so theres that to be happy about =D.

Michael McCarthy said...

I really hope John Carradine ranks highly for 1940 supporting.

Calvin Law said...

Agreed, Ng is definitely supporting, in fact I would say that Infernal Affairs 2 is almost entirely an ensemble piece.

Michael: He could very well win as well, from what I remember he actually made a bigger impact on me than Fonda, who I do quite like.

Robert MacFarlane said...

Ugh, fucking Braveheart.

Anonymous said...

Robert: Don't like it, huh?

Robert MacFarlane said...

I've made my disgust known previously, yes.

Luke Higham said...
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Luke Higham said...

Robert: It is a blatant piece of propaganda, though I do enjoy it regardless of that. What are your least favourite aspects of the film.

Michael McCarthy said...

Carradine would be my win easy. To me that's one of the most moving film performances of all time.

And is there anyone else who thought David O'Hara was the standout of Braveheart, or at least one of the best aspects of it? He embraced the film's bloodlust for all it was worth and turned it into something fun.

Luke Higham said...

Michael: He's very good too. I really like his last personal moment with Gibson. I'd give him a 4.

ruthiehenshallfan99 said...

Robert: I like the movie, but absolutely despise Mel Gibson.

ruthiehenshallfan99 said...

Robert: Though if I see it again, I will likely hate it.

Anonymous said...

ruthiehenshallfan99: Do you hate Gibson because of his Anti-Semitic remarks?

Robert MacFarlane said...

My least favorite aspect overall would be the blatant homophobia, though the self-agrandizing of Gibson-as-Wallace does it no favors.

ruthiehenshallfan99 said...

Anonymous: That might be part of it, but he also just seems so full of himself. I honestly hate people like that. Not a bu=ig fan of his movies either.

ruthiehenshallfan99 said...

Robert: Blatant homophobia? I never noticed that. Where does this happen in the movie and is this your least favorite Best Picture winner? Personally, it is in my bottom 3.

Luke Higham said...

Ruthiehenshallfan99: Longshanks killed his son's companion, as he suspected a sexual relationship between the two. Plus, the prince was made out to be a complete wimp.

Luke Higham said...

Ruthiehenshallfan99: Historians believe that he was Bisexual.

ruthiehenshallfan99 said...

Luke: Totally forgot about the killing. Yeah, I do remember the Prince, though.

JackiBoyz said...

I just dont care for Braveheart at all, certainly sticks out like a sore thumb in terms of best picture winners.

RatedRStar: You know how Louis does the rankings, could you do one for some HK years, I imagine it wouldnt be very big but I would be interested? like could you do Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor for some years?

RatedRStar said...

JackiBoyz: Yes they probably wont be too big but go ahead =).

JackiBoyz said...

RatedRStar: 2007 and 2012 BA and BSA.

RatedRStar said...

JackiBoyz:

Best Actor 2007

1)Lau Ching Wan - Mad Detective
2)Tony Leung Chiu Wai - Lust Caution
3)Tony Leung Ka Fai - Eye in the Sky
4)Liu Ye - Blood Brothers
5)Anthony Wong - Mr.Cinema
6)Takeshi Kaneshiro - The Warlords
7)Simon Yam - Exodus
8)Aaron Kwok - The Detective
9)Jaycee Chan - The Sun Also Rises
10)Eason Chan - The Pye-Dog
11)Jet Li - The Warlords
12)Simon Yam - Eye in the Sky
13)Daniel Wu - Protege
14)Daniel Wu - Blood Brothers
15)Andy Lau - The Warlords
16)Andy On - Mad Detective
17)Jaycee Chan - The Drummer
18)Tony Yang - Blood Brothers

RatedRStar said...

JackiBoyz:
Best Actor 2012

1) Tony Leung Chiu Wai - The Silent War
2) Joseph Chang - GF*BF
3) Lau Ching Wan - The Bullet Vanishes
4) Tony Leung Ka Fai - Cold War
5) Nicholas Tse - The Bullet Vanishes
6) Nick Cheung - Nightfall
7) Tony Leung Chiu Wai - The Great Magician
8) Nicholas Tse - The Viral Factor
9) Chow Yun Fat - The Last Tycoon
10) Lau Ching Wan - The Great Magician
11) Aaron Kwok - Cold War
12) Chapman To - Vulgaria
13) Shawn Yue - Motorway
14) William Chan - Triad
15) Simon Yam - Nightfall
16) Chapman To - The Bounty
17) Jay Chou - The Viral Factor

RatedRStar said...

Ill just do the top 5 for the supporting since it will be too big lol.

Best Supporting Actor 2007
1) Chow Yun Fat - The Postmodern Life of my Aunt
2) Ronald Cheng - Mr.Cinema
3) Tony Leung Ka Fai - The Drummer
4) Jiang Wen - The Sun Also Rises
5) Liu Kai Chi - Protege

Best Supporting Actor 2012
1) Ronald Cheng - Vulgaria
2) Patrick Tam - Triad
3) Anthony Wong - Motorway
4) Eddie Peng - Cold War
5) Francis Ng - The Last Tycoon

JackiBoyz said...

RatedRStar: Thank you, no surprise to see Lau and Tony at the top of 2007.

Luke Higham said...

Everyone: There's a rumor going round, that Nolan could be directing a Live Action Adaptation of Akira. I have very mixed feelings about it.

Luke Higham said...

*Rumour

Anonymous said...

Luke: That's somewhat...interesting, but odd.

RatedRStar said...

I really don't want it to happen at all, because I think its impossible, its just the wrong film to try to adapt, I dont think Anime translates well to live action at all because they are just too complex and have a very clear tone, the best live action one was probably Death Note because it was somewhat faithful but it was still pretty meh.

Luke Higham said...

RatedRStar: Apparently, it might be a trilogy, though I would hate to see Nolan work on another one, I just want original scripts from him.

RatedRStar said...

=D I mean just look at Attack on Titan which has a very simple easy story and setting, and yet the film looks absolutely awful lol =D. I think this is just a rumour and nothing more lol.

Luke Higham said...

RatedRStar: I fucking hope so.

Anonymous said...

Everytime I hear of Deshi Basara, I hear something like Fishy Fishy Pasta Pasta or This is Awesome Awesome.

Luke Higham said...

Anonymous: Don't get me wrong, I like all of his films (I Thought TDKR was fine) at the very least, I just don't think the material suits him and the Manga itself is extremely long.

Robert MacFarlane said...

I've defended Nolan multiple times, but even I think he shouldn't do this. Then again, I don't think a live action Akira is a good idea.

Louis Morgan said...

Hmmm Braveheart Bashing. Where's Psifonian. I thought that was like the Bat-Signal for him. By the way I like Braveheart.

Luke:

The Program reactions are as I expected them to be, which means Ben Foster unfortunately will spend some more time in that weird Guy Pearce realm. They have not dimmed my enthusiasm for watching the film though. In regards to the issue of the whole of under performing sure things we are left with a few potential outcomes.

- Several Extremely Loud Incredible Closes (Only decently or even some negatively received by critics but embrace by the Academy)

-Underdogs or non-contenders move in (Mad Max?)

-The Academy does not share the wealth(The contenders that do succeed rule all)

Unfortunately I'd say the middle is the least likely.

By the way it looks like Supporting Actor could be the most competitive category this year.

Anonymous:

Grodin – 2(This is a time I wish he actually had just gone way over the top instead. I generally quite like Grodin, but unfortunately he tries to find a bit of middle ground though he’s written as one dimensional. His approach might have worked with better material, but as it is he is forced to be an obvious flat villain, that’s not even entertaining to watch, kind of like the film itself)

King Kong – (Without a doubt the worst version since what it changes from the original is just adding a ham-fisted conservation message, which always feels forced. Any attempt a more of a character is laughable, much like the special effects which feel more dated than the 30’s ones because they are so much poorly with the direction providing far less of a solid foundation for them. That grandeur of the original is lost, and it’s just a forgettable monster movie.)

The Tenant – (The worst Polanski film I’ve seen as it feels as though he’s trying very hard to recapture what he did with Rosemary’s Baby, right down to the old Hollywood stars in the supporting cast. It attempts his usual atmosphere but here it just never quite works making its surreal element feel more grating than disconcerting. It does not help that Polanski’s just does not acquit himself all that well as an actor. His fall into madness feels more goofy than disturbing, and he underwhelms both as a performer and a director. It seems to have what it needs to be a great horror film, but it ends up being a rather terrible one.)

Next Stop, Greenwich Village – (I was actually surprised how much I enjoyed the film actually as I felt it really brought you into its small little world quite well, and managed to make its self-indulgent characters have a certain likability to them. It realizes that sense of place so well, and manages to effectively tell its harsh yet charming story. Plus you get a hilarious two scene wonder out of Jeff Goldblum.)

The Bad News Bears – (A purposefully low key sports movie and its quite entertaining within its laid back style. It’s helped by Matthau who fits right in with that along with two particularly assured child performers in O’Neal and Haley. I think it actually could have possibly gone further into exploring its realistic darker edge to child baseball, since its one scene that does that is very effective, even without that element though it’s a fun movie.)

The Front – (A film that does not really examine the issue of Blacklisting with much depth, though makes up for it solely with the emotional punch it delivers through its performances, and straight forward story. It's interesting to see Woody Allen, in an Allen role to be sure, but in how he starts as Allen in how you'd see him in an Allen film, and at the end he actually feels outside of that comfort with his mostly dramatic final moments. Martin Ritt's apparent objective was to sweep the rug out from the viewer by making a comedy then suddenly takes a hard turn into a passionate tearjerker. That doesn't always work, but Ritt does the transition so delicately that the gamble absolutely pays off.)

Louis Morgan said...

Face to Face - (Ingmar Bergman is a talented enough of a director to make us feel as though we are genuinely entering the broken mind of this woman, which is also greatly aided by Ullmann's great performance. The film's success is creating this sense of unease, and creating what seems like an unrelenting nightmare)

Silver Streak - (As a comedy its very funny with Wilder and Pryor making a great pair, and their chemistry makes every situation they get into all the more entertaining. What takes the film up a notch though is that it's also a pretty good Hitchcockian thriller especially in the early scenes of the film. I do think the film derails (pun intended) just a bit in the final sequence simply because it loses too much of the comedy with its action climax)

Robert:

Vernon - 3.5(It needs to be said Vernon had one of the great voices in cinema. Past that though Vernon brings a great deal of texture to his part in just a few scenes. You really understand what his character is going through in the pursuit in terms of his own guilt, and he's very much like Robert Ryan in The Wild Bunch though he has less screen time to work with. I especially love that final scene of his.)

McKinney - 2(Again this is where you need someone like Robert Shaw, The Sting for evidence, to give something to such a limited part. McKinney just feels like a non-entity within the story, even though he is the target of Josey's revenge. There's no menace to his performance, and he does not make the sort of impact you need for this sort of villain)

Anonymous:

Hepburn is my #5 in lead (although an argument can easily be made for supporting, where she'd by #3).

Shelley Winters in Next Stop, Greenwich Village is my #2 in supporting.

Anonymous:

Well I did not just watch Murder by Death or anything I just had forgotten to add the cast.

Murder By Death - (The film itself is a film that can be used to show why Clue is such a great film. The characters are so much more compelling and their interactions just are so much snappier. The atmosphere more engaging, and most of all the resolution (despite Clue having three endings) so much more satisfying. Murder By Death builds to nothing, which is part of the joke at the end, but it also just feels like Neil Simon couldn't come with something that actually pulled all the threads together. Having said that it's still an enjoyable comedy mostly thanks to the performances particularly Falk and Sellers)

Calvin:

Never cried from a film, but here are five scenes that never fail to hit me in that certain way.

1. "Not Both of Us Not All Of US" - Gettysburg

2. "They'll Vote with Potter Otherwise" - It's a Wonderful Life

3. The Assassination - The Assassination of Jesse James (Although Robert's choice is also a great one)

4. The Vote - The Ox-Bow Incident

5. "I Like Me" - Plane Trains and Automobiles

Luke Higham said...

Louis: Your Rating & Thoughts on Shelley Winters in Next Stop, Greenwich Village.

Anonymous said...

Louis: Since you gave your thoughts on the 1976 King Kong, what rating would you give to the film? And ratings for the 1933 and 2005 ones.

Calvin Law said...

Louis: hate to question your choices, but can you elahprate why Marco Leonardi is particularly low on your list for 1988 Supporting compared to the other two actors who played Salvatore? On re-watch, though I thought he had an iffy scene or two, overall I thought he gave a very likable, moving performance as effectively the romantic lead of the film.

Louis Morgan said...

Luke:

Winters - 5(Winters is pitch perfect in the role as the prototypical Jewish mother. Winters brings out such a great amount of warmth and charm within that certain style but never becomes a caricature. It all feels so well earned. Winters though brings a greater complexity to it as she realizes the hidden overbearing qualities to her that would overwhelm her son. She quietly alludes to them so well, but than is fantastic in one scene where they are forced out. The scene being when she first jokes about "kids" having sex too early in a light hearted when then when her's son girlfriend admits that's the case in a serious way, Winters portrayal of the mothers freak out feels so natural it's incredible)

Anonymous:

1933 - 5
1976 - 1
2005 - 3.5

Louis Morgan said...

Calvin:

I should note I've only seen the shorter version so I don't know if he gets better later on. I felt he was a major step down from the other two and I felt he created a disconnect in the story since his performance seemed more surface level with as you say some iffy moments in there.