Sunday, 10 January 2016

Alternate Best Actor 1962: Results

10. Oskar Werner in Jules and Jim - Werner's role is limited yet his unassuming charm manages to keep himself from being overshadowed despite the film's apparent desire otherwise.

Best Scene: Jules talks about Catherine's True Nature.
9. Montgomery Clift in Freud - Clift manages to create a compelling portrait of Freud not through mannerisms, but rather finding the emotional core within the man's motivations.

Best Scene: Freud finding the truth behind Cecily's mental trauma.
8. Laurence Harvey in The Manchurian Candidate - Harvey portrays well the cold calculated man turned into a cold killer, but also manages to be extremely moving in portraying the vulnerabilities of the man.

Best Scene: The Assassination
7. Patrick McGoohan in in All Night Long - McGoohan gives a fascinating portrayal of an Iago like drummer, whose greatest joy comes from the torment of others.

Best Scene: Johnnie "accidentally" spills secrets to Rex. 
6. Toshiro Mifune in Sanjuro - Mifune gives a great reprise of his role in Yojimbo, by slanting towards comedy and succeeding quite thoroughly in this regard.

Best Scene: The samurai observes the rescued women. 
5. Tom Courtenay in The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner - I'll say right now that I had a great difficulty ranking these five, and found it even more impossible when having to include Peck, Wayne and Lemmon. These are all exceptional performances starting with Courtenay's intense yet heart wrenching depiction of young man lashing out due to his hatred of authority but also from his own fear.

Best Scene: The Beach.
4. James Stewart in The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance - Stewart gives one of his best performances as both a young man passionately fighting for what is right, as well as an older man forcing to live with the lie that made his life.

Best Scene: The Senator finishes the story.
3. Robert Mitchum in Cape Fear - Mitchum creates one of the all time great cinematic villains, not through the depiction of a mastermind, but rather a violent creep who's completely content with his actions.

Best Scene: Cady's mentions his wife.
2. Tatsuya Nakadai in Harakiri - Nakadai gives an outstanding performance as he realizes not only an otherworldly spirit of righteous vengeance, but also the man who became it.  

Best Scene: Hanshiro Tsugumo finishes his story. 
1. James Mason in Lolita - Good Predictions JackiBoyz, RatedRStar. Mason gives an outstanding performance as he manages to balance everything in the film. He's the perfect straight man for Sellers's comedy, he manages to make Humbert far more sympathetic than should be possible, while giving an absolutely mesmerizing depiction of man being destroyed mentally and physically by his unhealthy obsession.    

Best Scene: Humbert confronts Quilty.
Overall Rank:
  1. Peter O'Toole in Lawrence of Arabia
  2. James Mason in Lolita
  3. Tatsuya Nakadai in Harakiri
  4. Jack Lemmon in The Days of Wine and Roses
  5. Robert Mitchum in Cape Fear
  6. Gregory Peck in To Kill a Mockingbird
  7. James Stewart in The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
  8. Tom Courtenay in The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner
  9. John Wayne in The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
  10. Terence Stamp in Billy Budd
  11. Toshiro Mifune in Sanjuro
  12. Patrick McGoohan in All Night Long
  13. Laurence Harvey in The Manchurian Candidate
  14. Frank Sinatra in The Manchurian Candidate 
  15. Trevor Howard in Mutiny on the Bounty
  16. Richard Attenborough in Trial and Error 
  17. Phillip Alford in To Kill a Mockingbird
  18. Montgomery Clift in Freud
  19. Sean Connery in Dr. No 
  20. Paul Newman in Sweet Bird of Youth 
  21. Peter Ustinov in Billy Budd
  22. Gregory Peck in Cape Fear
  23. Oskar Werner in Jules and Jim  
  24. Peter Sellers in Trial and Error
  25. Robert Preston in The Music Man
  26. Paul Harris in All Night Long
  27. Burt Lancaster in Birdman of Alcatraz
  28. Henri Serre in Jules and Jim
  29. Marlon Brando in Mutiny on the Bounty
Next: The Waiting Game. 

141 comments:

Calvin Law said...

Thoughts/ratings on Trevor Howard in Mutiny on the Bounty, Richard Attenborough in Trial and Error, Peter Ustinov in Billy Budd.

Is Mara still your win for Lead Actress, despite your reservations on Carol?

Robert MacFarlane said...

Man, who knew we'd a get a year where a drama wins for Best Comedy and a comedy wins for Best Drama?

ruthiehenshallfan99 said...

Eva Longoria and America Ferrera need to come back. Other than them, the jokes were cringe worthy.

Calvin Law said...

^brilliant.

I think I'm completely the opposite of Louis. I tol rewatched The Revenant, Carol, and Room over the past few weeks and while my views on The Revenant didn't necessarily weaken, my feelings for Carol were only strengthened with each re-watch and Room definitely improved.

Anonymous said...

What rating would you give to Carol itself, as a movie? And Blanchett, despite being now a 4.5, is still in your female leading top 5? I'm kind of sad about al this as both the movie and Blanchett are easy 5s for me.

Anonymous said...

Surprised at the final ranking.
Louis: Ratings and thoughts on:
Paul Newman in Sweet Bird of Youth
Peter Sellers in Trial and Error
Robert Preston in The Music Man
Marlon Brando in Mutiny on the Bounty

Michael McCarthy said...

Leo's down to a 4 for me in The Revenant, which as a film is already starting to wear on me. I want to rewatch Room and Carol, but I loved them so much the first time I doubt those feelings will weaken.

Anonymous said...

Louis, do you consider Mason's performance in Lolita his best?

Calvin Law said...

Also just for early consideration:

1962 Best Supporting
Robert Duvall (my request) and Brock Peters in To Kill a Mockingbird
Alec Guinness, Claude Rains, Arthur Kennedy, Anthony Quinn, Jose Ferrer, Jack Hawkins and Anthony Quayle in Lawrence of Arabia
Lee Marvin in The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
Peter Sellers in Lolita

Calvin Law said...

And the reviews I'm most looking forward to:

Mark Rylance in Bridge of Spies
Sylvester Stallone in Creed
Nicholas Hoult in Mad Max
Benicio del Toro in Sicario
Ian McKellen in Mr Holmes
Jason Segel in The End of the Tour
Michael Fassbender in Macbeth

Michael McCarthy said...

Riiiiight yeah I think I'm looking forward to Hoult's review most. He gave my second favorite performance of the year behind Larson.

Michael McCarthy said...

RIP David Bowie

Calvin Law said...

RIP Bowie. Very sad, 18 months of cancer is horrible thing to go through for anyone. One of the all-time greatest musicians, no doubt, and a very underrrated actor.

Luke Higham said...

R.I.P. David Bowie

Luke Higham said...

Louis: Is Connery a 4 or 4.5 for Dr. No.

Alex Marqués said...

R.I.P. David Bowie, legendary musician

Anonymous said...

R.I.P. David Bowie, one of the greatest musicians of all time.

JackiBoyz said...

R.I.P David Bowie

I will wait till after the official line-up appears before I give my request.

tahmeed chowdhury said...

RIP David Bowie, although I'm guilty I've never heard his songs :(

As for the Golden Globes, I actually predicted the Revenant and Innaritu winning, due to its strong performance when it came to the guilds. As for the official lineup, I predict:

Best Actor
DiCaprio (Winner)
Cranston
Redmayne
Fassbender (Damn, I still wish his nom will be for Macbeth instead of Steve Jobs)
Damon (His Globe win really boosted his chances)

Best Supporting Actor
Stallone (Winner, although I still hope Rylance wins the Oscar)
Rylance
Elba
Shannon
Del Toro/Dano/Tremblay/Hardy for that fifth slot

Best Actress
Larson (Winner, and I predict she gets BAFTA, SAG and Critic's Choice as well)
Blanchett
Vikander
Mara (I still have hope the Academy are smart enough not to place her in supporting)
Ronan
In case Mara is placed in supporting, I predict Maggie Smith will get in

Best Supporting Actress
Mara (An easy winner if the category fraud is invoked)
Vikander for Ex Machina
Winslet
Leigh
Julie Walters/Helen Mirren (Trumbo) for that last slot

I'll wait till Louis gets back to '62 supporting for my requested performances.


ruthiehenshallfan99 said...

RIP David Bowie. I feel bad for not really paying much attention to him before now.

RatedRStar said...

R.I.P David Bowie
You must listen to one of his songs he is a rock godddd....
I will also wait with my winning request, I was going to suggest Mr Bowie for his alien role in 1976 but I don't think I need to, I feel he will get in quite easily.

I will give a official prediction soon although Julie Walters would be a longshot, Bafta are always biased towards veteran brits.

Robert MacFarlane said...

The other day my No Guts, No Glory prediction was that Jason Mitchell gets in Supporting for Straight Outta Compton.

Louis Morgan said...

Calvin:

Again don't take it as suddenly I hated the film. My reservations mostly came from Chandler's scenes which became very repetitive on re-watch, and Blanchett's performance which I already hinted at being a possibility in my initial thoughts.

Howard - 4.5(The best part of the film as he out acts Brando at every turn, and actually gives my favorite performance of Bligh. What's really interesting is that the film genuinely seems to want to make Bligh even more two dimensional than he was in the original film. Howard seems to refuse this having some surprisingly nuanced moments that suggest there is more to Bligh than the film will allow, as well as depicting his cruel moments as more of an excessively strict adherence to his code rather than outright evil)

Attenborough - 4.5(Attenborough disappears into his role as he is quite effective in being such a terrible sad sack of man who's motivation for murdering his wife was merely because she did not leave. Attenborough is moving, yet with a certain dark edge around him. In his inability to speak in an eloquent fashion, or just his slightly confused state, Attenborough manages to find a certain undercurrent of violence beneath it all suggesting a man not nearly content as he might tell you.)

Ustinov - 4(I could place him just as easily in supporting, but Ustinov is good in the role in giving an understandable as well as responsible depiction of good Captain in most ways though one who allows cruelty. When Ustinov speaks why the Captain does this though Ustinov is terrific but making it actually seem like sound reasoning. Then he is quite heartbreaking in his final scene where he sees what happens from all his rationalizations.)

Anonymous:

Newman - 4(Newman gives a good performance, even if he is perhaps a bit overshadowed by Page, but portraying a man who is basically out of his element in the world of high melodrama inhabited by Ed Begley and Page's character. Newman's good by showing quite honestly the straight forward desires of his character which no one seems to want to allow)

Sellers - 4(Sellers is a bit overshadowed by Attenborough and this is far from his most engaging work as a performer. Nevertheless his whole set up as the excessively proper, yet woefully inadequate, barrister still is pretty enjoyable)

Preston - 4(Doing the thing it always seems he does, but this is a prime example of it)

Brando - 2(One of his worst performances. His accent is all over the place and he never seems like he knows exactly what he's going for in terms of who Fletcher is exactly. In his early scenes he comes off as almost daffy in his portrayal of Fletcher as a Gentlemen, then he randomly tries the passionate hero routine in a rather disjointed way. Trevor Howard, and Richard Harris make him look down right amateurish throughout the film. He'd be lower but I actually did find he managed to bring some genuine emotion in the final scene of the film.)

Robert:

I will say it seems like they were making up for having wrongly predicted that Boyhood was going to win.

Anonymous:

I have not rated new releases and I'll keep it that way for the time being.

Luke:

4.5 Stamp has been raised.

tahmeed:

Bale will probably be in supporting, he's gotten all the major precursors and his film certainly has the momentum.











RIP DAVID BOWIE

Anonymous said...

New thoughts on Blanchett's performance (is she a 4.5 or less?)? Also, has your rating for Chandler changed?

Anonymous said...

Louis: What did you reckon to this version of Mutiny on The Bounty, also this might be a daft question to ask but um lol Tarita Teriipaia, she got a Globe nomination for this, what you reckon to her work?

Anonymous said...

Anonymous: Blanchett is a 4,5 for him.
Louis: Who would be your cast and director for:
Miller's Crossing (1930's version)
The Hudsucker Proxy (1940's version)
The Man Who Wasn't There (1950's version)
Saving Private Ryan (1960's version)

Luke Higham said...

Louis: What are your top ten actresses. (40 and Under)

Louis Morgan said...

Anonymous:

My thoughts haven't really changed, look at my original thoughts and just take my concerns for Blanchett's performance as my problems with her performance. Chandler's I'd probably move down to a 3.5, but really my problems are more with the character than his performance.

Anonymous:

Brando must have campaigned hard for her, maybe? She basically just does the standard native girl routine you always see. Not a terrible example of it, but not really a remarkable example of it either.

Anonymous:

Miller's Crossing 1930's directed by Mervyn Leroy

Tom: Ronald Colman
Verna: Gale Sondergaard
Leo: Louis Wolheim
Bernie: Joseph Schildkraut
Caspar: Edward Arnold
Dane: Jean Hersholt
Mink: Elisha Cook Jr.

The Hudsucker Proxy 1940's directed by Preston Sturges:

Norville Barnes: Joel McCrea
Amy Archer: Rosalind Russell
Sidney J. Mussburger: William Demarest
Moses: Paul Robeson
Waring Hudsucker: Eugene Pallette


The Man Who Wasn't There 1950's directed by Billy Wilder:

Ed Crane: Henry Fonda
Doris Crane: Myrna Loy
Frank Raffo: J. Pat O'Malley
Walter Abundas: Walter Pidgeon
Birdy Abundas: Shirley MacLaine
Freddy Riedenschneider: Walter Matthau

Saving Private Ryan directed by David Lean:

Captain Miller: Paul Newman
Private Reiben: Jack Nicholson
Sergeant Horvath: Robert Duvall
Private Ryan: Harrison Ford
Private Jackson: Lance Henriksen
Private Mellish: Scott Glenn
Private Carpazo: Frank Langella
Wade: James Caan
Corporal Upham: Dennis Hopper

Calvin Law said...

So I take it that your thoughts on Mara are essentially the same as before? :)

RatedRStar said...

I am doing the Bonus actor spreadsheet, can I ask who suggested Ice Cold in Alex as I cant remember who they asked for? and in what category?

RatedRStar said...

Also what year would you say Kes was, 1969 or 1970?

Luke Higham said...

RatedRStar: Anthony Quayle - Lead and Kes is 1970

Luke Higham said...

RatedRStar: Calvin suggested/requested him.

RatedRStar said...

This is my 1955 - 1962 Bonus list =D keep in mind 1962 supporting is blanked out for obvious reasons

Louis also what do you reckon to it (Yes I know there is a certain actor in 1955 supporting that you probably dont want to see but he did win a national society award so it might be worth a punt lol)

http://snag.gy/QWecY.jpg

Anonymous said...

RatedRStar: For 1957, I'd suggest Mitchum in Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison and for 1959, I'd suggest Cagney in Shake Hands With The Devil.

Calvin Law said...

1958 RatedRStar and I requested him as supporting, but you could argue him as lead I guess...

Calvin Law said...

Although I would say, he should definitely be supporting.

RatedRStar said...

Ah I went by Lukes word haha lol ill change it to Supporting, and ye ill take any suggestions it isnt a final draft by any means lol. I probably should put Mitchum ahead of Sinatra as it was between those 2 and Dana Andrews.

Luke Higham said...

RatedRStar: I haven't seen the film and couldn't remember exactly which placement he was in, so apologies for that. :)

Luke Higham said...

*My Apologies

RatedRStar said...

Luke: Haha its ok lol, same I haven't seen it yet although my parents quite like it.

Anonymous said...

RatedRStar: And another suggestion of mine would be Kirk Douglas in Young Man With A Horn (1950).

RatedRStar said...

=D Kirk Douglas would be a fine choice, as I only have 3 in 1950 lead at the moment.

Anonymous said...

RatedRStar: For 1947, I'd suggest Lancaster in Brute Force, Bogart in Dark Passage and Power in Nightmare Alley (It's considered his best performance).'

RatedRStar said...

You must have been reading the previous sheet I put up because your pinpointing all of the categories that I have few actors in lol.

Anonymous said...

RatedRStar: Why, yes. Yes, I am.

Anonymous said...

Claude Rains in The Unsuspected lol surely you cant forget about Mr Rains now can you?

RatedRStar said...

Oh one more question before I go to bed, Chimes at Midnight, what year would that be?

Anonymous said...

RatedRStar: It's from 1965.

Anonymous said...

Louis: Ratings and thoughts on:
Dan Duryea in Ministry of Fear, Woman in the Window and Ball of Fire
Lee J. Cobb in Boomerang! and the Three Faces of Eve
Gene Tierney in Laura (I know she's a 4,5, just your thoughts), Leave Her to Heaven, Heaven Can Wait and The Razor's Edge
Veronica Lake in This Gun For Hire

ruthiehenshallfan99 said...

Anonymous: Gene Tierney has a 4.5 for Leave Her to Heaven and a 3.5 for Heaven Can Wait.

Luke Higham said...

Louis: Have you seen anything new in the past couple of days.

Luke Higham said...

Miller gets DGA Nom. :)

Robert MacFarlane said...

But so did Iñárritu for his haphazard jumbling.

Anonymous said...

Robert: I bet that he'll win for his haphazard jumbling.

Robert MacFarlane said...

He probably will.

Louis Morgan said...

Would McKay please go away. I don't have a problem with Inarritu's recognition in the slightest as my reservations mainly have to do with the screenplay and editing. I do wish Miller was the lock though as he's probably going to be bounced out by either Spielberg, Haynes or a dark horse. Again would McKay please go away and that picture for him on the DGA website does not help things.

Anonymous:

I believe I've covered all of those Duryea performances.

Cobb - Boomerang! - 3.5(Just right in the role of the gruff police chief as he effectively shows the way a man goes about getting a false confession even when there is not a direct malice about him. Instead Cobb suggests an honest devotion and passion for justice. He's not given too much time, but its good work.)

Three Faces of Eve - (A good performance as the typical supportive doctor sort. He offers the right warmth though with it an intelligence incisiveness showing the doctor's method of gently getting to the core of the matter)

Leave Her to Heaven - (A very effective femme fatale. She naturally is very alluring in the role, and I like how she does not hide how she's off, rather making it part of her appeal. What's interesting about her performance here is such does not portray a very up front venom in her character's maliciousness. Instead she carries this certain indifference to the harm that she causes, that is quite chilling in its own right.)

Laura - (Laura is shown to be a bit of legend in the film. Tierney is very good here because she never shows this to be an active method of Laura. There is something very straight forward about her performance actually in just portraying Laura as a charming and forthright person. Yet she allows the creation of the way some of the men see here, simply in the way she conducts herself, without every any self consciousness.)

Heaven Can Wait - (Charming work. To the point to be sure, but she certainly carries the right warmth through it all while having some fine chemistry with Ameche.)

The Razor's Edge - 2.5(I suppose she is vapid enough here, but she really can't make her chemistry with Power work. Not to mention her scenes with Anne Baxter come off faintly ridiculous though it's not really her fault)

Lake - 4(Lake is good in the role as she conveys the right echoes of concern as well as fear in her interactions with Ladd. She manages to make the relationship believable as she never makes it as though she's been caught up with him, but rather portrays a legitimate concern)

Louis Morgan said...

Luke:

No new films yet, but I did start watching Wolf Hall.

Luke Higham said...

Louis: Your opinion on Rylance and the series so far. :)

Louis Morgan said...

Rylance has lived up to the hype which is saying a lot when "best television performance ever" is being thrown about. The series itself is also quite great except for its depiction of Thomas More. Not because its negative, but rather they straw manned him where as Cromwell was not straw manned in A Man For All Seasons.

Luke Higham said...

Louis: I'm extremely pleased. :)

Anonymous said...

Louis: Do you think it's plausible that O'Toole ended last in the voting results in 1963?

Louis Morgan said...

Probably not. I'm sure Peck had an overwhelming lead, but O'Toole's film did extremely well so he probably at the very least got more than Lancaster, who had won just two years prior.

Anonymous said...

Louis: I think that the reason why the Indians seem so underwritten in The Searchers is because the film is seen from Wayne's point of view.

Anonymous said...

Louis: Do you think that's what Ford intended? Underwritten Indians because the film is intended to be seen from Wayne's point of view?

Louis Morgan said...

Anonymous:

Honestly Scar is given more development than the majority of Indians portrayed in westerns, of course that's not saying a whole lot. My problems with the Searchers actually have little to do with Scar, I love the scene where he and Wayne stare down each other. My problems have to do mostly with the detours involving Jeffery Hunter, and the worst part is that he gets just an action showdown with Scar, rather than the emotional one that would have been capable if it had been between Ethan and Scar since they were both cruel men created by cruelty.

Anonymous said...

Louis: So what are your overall thoughts on Gentleman's Agreement as a film? Do you think it's one of the worst Best Picture winners of all time? IMO, it is one of the worst to win.

Louis Morgan said...

Anonymous:

Posted more detailed thoughts on Film Thoughts, but yes I would agree it is one of the worst.

Luke Higham said...

Louis: Can I have your rating and thoughts on Amadeus. :)

Anonymous said...

Luke: I know that he'll say it's one of the most perfect films ever made. :)

Anonymous said...

Louis: Would you say Gentleman's Agreement is the worst Kazan film you've seen so far?

Louis Morgan said...

By far, even he dismissed it.

Anonymous said...

Louis: Well, I already knew that Kazan even hated it. Do you find his other effort from the same year, Boomerang! better?

Louis Morgan said...

Much better.

Robert MacFarlane said...

What do you think of East of Eden? I know I'm supposed to decry it as a bastardization of the novel, but I honestly prefer it as a coming of age melodrama than Steinbeck's bloated biblical metaphor.

Anonymous said...

Speaking of East of Eden, there's going to be a remake with Jennifer Lawrence.

Louis Morgan said...

Quick I answer, I quite like it.

Robert MacFarlane said...

Yeah, Tom Hooper was supposed to direct a remake and thank God that fell through.

Luke Higham said...

Anonymous: I hate saying this, but I'm fed up with J-Law.

Robert MacFarlane said...

Eh. I'm not.

Anonymous said...

Luke: I never liked her all that much, although I love her performance in Winter's Bone, and liked her in SLP and the Hunger Games (even if I'm not a big fan of those movies).

Louis Morgan said...

Luke: She was good in Joy.

Robert:

By the way something on Hooper, does he tell his art director "do something that looks cheap"?

Anonymous said...

Louis: This isn't meant to be offensive, but I don't understand why you think Grace Kelly is overrated. She was never considered a great actress (I liked her in Rear Window), but a great beauty. It's not like after her Oscar win critics started calling her a great actress.

Luke Higham said...

Louis: I'm sure she is solid, but I'm not as fond of her as I used to be 2-3 years ago.

Louis Morgan said...

Anonymous:

Again I only ever do those lists because I'm asked, I prefer doing underrated than overrated lists. In defense though she was #13 on AFI's stars list.

Anonymous said...

Luke:...and I alo liked her in Joy. That being said, she really needs to stop working with O'Russell. O'Russell just loves casting her as older women.

RatedRStar said...

I will side with Louis on The Revenant I think, I really liked it =D lol nothing more to add that I already didn't before lol. I also do really like East of Eden as well.

Anonymous said...

*also

Louis Morgan said...

Luke:

Well it would be best if she made got away from David O. Russell, but that's probably not going to happen anytime soon.

Anonymous said...

I think that she continues to work with him just for more Oscar nominations.

Luke Higham said...

Louis: That is a major reason for me and just hope she get's away from him sooner rather than later, though as you said, it's quite unlikely.

Anonymous said...

Louis: Would you have chosen David Lynch for Batman instead of Tim Burton?

Luke Higham said...

RatedRStar: I liked The Revenant quite alot as well. :)

Michael McCarthy said...

I also really like Jennifer Lawrence still, hell if it weren't for the way the film forced her to suddenly become Michelle Corleone in the last 20 minutes I would say she gave a great performance in Joy. What I'm fed up with is the HFPA blindly giving her awards every time she works with Russell.

Louis Morgan said...

Anonymous:

Most definitely, and I could imagine he might have gone with David Bowie as the joker which probably would have been something special.

Robert MacFarlane said...

Did you have a rating for Bowie in Labyrinth?

Louis Morgan said...

Believe it or not, I have not seen it.

Robert MacFarlane said...

I've only seen bits and pieces. Might be a fun performance to consider for bonus rounds.

Anonymous said...

Another performance from Bowie that would be great to review is The Man Who Fell To Earth.

Calvin Law said...

Bowie would be an interesting actor to go for in bonus rounds, especially for 1976 (The Man Who Fell to Earth). I liked him a great deal in Labyrinth would probably give hhim a 4.

Calvin Law said...

Louis: Sorry but is Mara still your #1 for Best Actress? Also, have you seen the miniseries of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy?

Luke Higham said...

Calvin: He mentioned before, that he had seen it and I'm quite sure Mara's still his #1.

Calvin Law said...

Also, David Lynch's Batman series, 1980s to 1990s:

Bruce Wayne/Batman: Michael Keaton (I think he would've worked in Lynch's universe too)
Alfred: John Gieguld
Joker: David Bowie
Catwoman: Laura Dern
Poison Ivy: Isabelle Rosselini
Gordon: Richard Farnsworth
Riddler: Anthony Hopkins
Mr Freeze: Dean Stockwell
Harvey Dent/Two-Face: Harry Dean Stanton
Robin: Kyle Machalan

Calvin Law said...

Luke: Thanks :)

In which case, what are your thoughts on Ian Richardson, Bernard Hepton, and Hywel Bennett in the series?

Calvin Law said...

Also:

The Penguin: Freddie Jones

Luke Higham said...

Louis: And Guinness.

Anonymous said...

Calvin: That's a great cast for a Lynch Batman film series.

Louis Morgan said...

Calvin:

Actress is still a toss up among my top three of Mara, Ronan and Theron.

Anonymous said...

Louis: What do you think of From Here to Eternity as a film? And what rating would you give it?

Robert MacFarlane said...

Have you seen Diary of a Teenage Girl yet, Louis? Even if you don't like the film, I think you'd be very impressed with Bel Powley's work.

Louis Morgan said...

Anonymous:

I'll put it on the docket.

Robert:

Not yet, for some reason I watched Jupiter Ascending instead.

Luke Higham said...

Louis: Ratings & Thoughts on the cast and your thoughts on the film in general.

Luke Higham said...

Louis: Save Redmayne for a bonus round review.

Louis Morgan said...

No way. I'll get you those thoughts in a bit.

Luke Higham said...

Louis: He's not worthy of a wiseau then.

Robert MacFarlane said...

I'm surprised. There's so much to talk about with Redmayne. Few awful performances are as fascinating as that one.

Louis Morgan said...

Robert:

I'm afraid I thought he was just terrible, and I wasn't laughing which for me is a requirement for a Wiseau.

Robert MacFarlane said...

Even so, a performance so baffling on every conceivable level should be considered for a review. So many questionable choices, such bizarre approach, so inanely directed all at once.

Louis Morgan said...

Robert:

But I suppose there's enough describe about it. I'll let it ride, only for the option that someone trolls me with a winning request.

Robert MacFarlane said...

I would never dream of doing tha...

Pfhahahahahahahahahahaha, who am I kidding, I'm planning on requesting him.

ruthiehenshallfan99 said...

Robert: Please do! I was laughing so hard watching his scenes.

Robert MacFarlane said...

Yes, I think I will. I hereby rescind my request for Bradley Whitford in Cabin in the Woods and now request Academy Award winner Eddie Redmayne in Jupiter Ascending for any sort of a review.

Luke Higham said...

Might as well be an extra review for Alternate Supporting.

Louis Morgan said...

Luke:

Anyway I needed a new number one worst of the year, and I've got it. The film is just a mess in every way really. It just through its style at the wall, without really giving much rhyme or reason to it. Naturally it does not bother with character development, that would be too hard. The worst part of a film like this, that such flamboyant train wreck is that its actually pretty boring. The stops at each sibling felt extremely repetitive. Kunis looks in slight awe as one of them talks, while Tatum makes a daring rescue, rinse then repeat. Don't get me started on that so called romance either. Now the one place you'd think they'd be able to pull it in a pinch is the action, but it came off like a video game (a bad video game). That one scene where Tatum and Bean are flying through the enemies, all I thought was "what am I looking at". That can also be used to sum up the film.

Kunis - 1.5(I'm surprised all the red ink was going Redmayne's way since she's pretty bad herself, though I suppose she's not really given the luxury of overacting. Not to mention there are few lines that would be hard for anyone to sound natural. Nevertheless Jupiter makes for one bland protagonist here, and Kunis does nothing to alleviate that)

Tatum - 2(Again some of the lines just were not going to be easy to say no matter what. Tatum to his credit I think does try in the action scenes, the rest of the time though it seemed like he was waiting for his next project)

Bean - 2.5(An uninspired performance from him to sure, but to his credit he tries to deliver some gravitas. By way, they don't kill him, can the film get anything right?)

Booth - 1(Alright he's pretty stinking terrible as well, but I guess maybe he does not try as hard as Redmayne. He seems much more content to be that entirely boring type of terrible)

Middleston - 1(She was awful as well though there were a few moments where I felt she was almost going to be good, but then decided to drown it down with a few horrid line readings to make sure I did not suffer from any delusions)

Robert MacFarlane said...

You really should have given Carradine that 5, Louis.

Louis Morgan said...

Robert:

Curse yooooooooooouuuuuuuuuuuuuuu!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Robert MacFarlane said...

The ring is mine, Sam.

Louis Morgan said...

Enjoy the loss of your finger.

Anonymous said...

Louis: Let me guess, Redmayne's performance was painful like Bentley's was in Ghost Rider.

Robert MacFarlane said...

I'll tell you what. If you lower Sharlto Copley's rating for Oldboy to a 1, I'll consider retreating. I finally saw that one and THAT is a bad performance.

Luke Higham said...

Anonymous: If he is a 0, I wonder whether he's just gonna get a blank space at the bottom of the review.

Robert MacFarlane said...

Or create a new rating: 5 Redmaynes for the unforgivable.

Louis Morgan said...

Robert: Then I'd really have to re-watch Oldboy, I gotta tell yah, that's not happening.

Robert MacFarlane said...

Fine then. Perhaps lower Guy Pearce in Lawless to a 0?

Robert MacFarlane said...

Or here's an easier one: Reverse the ranking and ratings for Alec Guinness and Harison Ford in Star Wars. Ford created an entire archetype practically himself, Guinness read the phone book.

RatedRStar said...

Oh I would dare to suggest Redmayne lol =D after all I demanded that you destroy Anthony Franciosa and you let me down Louis but nah your punishment will turn up in the future I am sure lol.

Calvin Law said...

Just re-watching Hotel Rwanda and have finally realised that Cheadle was by far the best out of that horrible 2004 Lead lineup.

Michael Patison said...

Robert: Stop hating on Alec. It's not his fault he could read the phone book or one of the books of the Bible that just list laws for 25 chapters using nothing more than his normal, unaffected conversational voice and make it sound like he both was completely invested in its contents and meant every single word.

And what exactly was the specific archetype that Ford "practically created himself?" I'm having trouble coming up with something broad enough to call an archetype that's not just a lovable cad of sorts, which had definitely been done before, though the twist that Han doesn't give two shits what anybody else thinks about him was important to the characterization.

I think writing off Guinness's performance is sacrilege and actually pretty odd. In my opinion he gives one of the best mentor performances ever, and in a movie where even Ford struggles a bit every once in a while with making his sci-fi lines sound completely natural, Guinness makes them sound 100% natural.

Robert MacFarlane said...

Then consider me a proud blasphemer.

RatedRStar said...

I wouldn't say Cheadle was an easy winner lol I quite liked DiCaprio in The Aviator also =D.

Robert MacFarlane said...

DiCaprio in The Aviator was him at his most preening. It's where his try-hard tendencies became apparent.