1. Travolta2. Cage (Wicker)3. Voight4. Redmayne5. Cage (Deadfall)Hell knows
1. Cage - Deadfall2. Cage - The Wicker Man3. Voight4. Travolta5. RedmayneLouis: You know that I would love to get your opinion on Batman Vs. Superman, but please don't waste your money on it, it's mostly terrible and the only bright spots are Affleck, Gadot and Irons (Though the latter two are severely underused).The Writing and Directing was Meh and Doomsday's CGI was god-awful.SOD OFF SNYDER!!!!.RatingsAffleck - 3/3.5Gadot - 3Cavill - 2.5Irons - 2.5/3Adams - 2Fishburne - 2.5Eisenberg - 1.5
1.Travolta2.Cage (The Wicker Man)3.Voight 4.Redmayne5.Cage (Deadfall)
1. Travolta2. Cage (The Wicker Man3. Voight4. Cage (Deadfall)5. RedmayneLouis: What are your cast and director for:No Country For Old Men (40's version)Pulp Fiction (30's version, 50's and 60's version)Heat (80's version)
1. Nicolas Cage (Deadfall)2. John Travolta3. Nicolas Cage (The Wicker Man)4. Jon Voight5. Eddie Redmayne
Louis: I agree with your thoughts on both Korman and Wilder, except I like Korman more, I think. He's my #4 for the year. It might not have worked, but I've thought a few times about how much I would've loved to have seen Tim Conway in Slim Pickens role, just because of the chemistry he and Korman had on Carol Burnett (one of my favorite shows ever).
1. Travolta2. Cage (Deadfall)3. Cage (Wicker)4. Voight5. Redmayne
Slight Change1. Travolta
Louis: Please review Brosnan for the next Wiseau round.
Omg Travolta will win this destroyed his career for good, Cage is the most funny though, Jon Voight is just shit and stupid, I have never seen Redmayne but he will finish last I reckon because he is most just not laughably bad just annoying and crap.Louis I thought you werent coming back for a week lol you did this fairly quickly lol haha.1. Travolta2. Cage (The Wicker Man)3. Voight4. Cage (Deadfall)5. Redmayne
Omg I will have to watch Redmayne he is the only one I have not seeen, it will be painful I think.
Nicolas Cage always gets mocked by many people but I will just say... Leaving Las Vegas, I am also glad you chose him over Sean Penn because I felt Sean Penn misfired in some moments in Dead Man Walking.
Still have to see Hick.
Hick is unwatchable. Hell, Redmayne will probably get another 0 for it.
Robert: Why is Redmayne bad in Hick, I have never heard of it or seen it, what is so bad about it?
Robert: Is it that bad?
Read the Wikipedia description. Go on, I'll wait.
Wow, Hick has a score of 5% on Rotten Tomatoes.
1. Travolta2. Cage- Deadfall3. Voight4. Cage- The Wicker Man5. Redmayne
Wiki didnt really help me, all I got was that it was completely different from the novel, and that it had 5% rating on RT, this isnt a razzie performance this is more of a Richard Dix rating.
Redmayne has to finish last, I just dont see him being laughable aside from Jupiter Ascending, he is lucky that he has 2 Oscar nominations, he better improve as an actor or I will be very angry in the future.
RatedRStar: I'm not one for being pessimistic, but he won't.
I just watched the trailer to Hick, ye ok Redmayne can do a redneck accent, big fucking deal, I reckon he will get 1 or 2 stars, he wont get a Wiseau.
For such a likable guy in interviews, Redmayne should use that likability in his performances.
Eddie Redmayne is a likable and charming fellow, he just needs to wake up, and get better.
RatedRStar: I'm giving it a pass.I've boosted Affleck's rating to a 4 for Batman Vs. Superman. I thought he did a very good job portraying each facet of his character and would love to see a solo film.
RatedRStar: He got lucky in my opinion. Did Theory of Everything and got an Oscar for it. I seriously hope he gets better, but I don't think he will. He even won a Tony, would see the performance he won that Tony for.
*have loved to see the performance he won that Tony for.
I think I'll watch Batman V Superman, but I'm sure I will be very disappointed with it.
Anonymous: Be prepared for pain and misery.
Luke: Thanks for the advice. I'll take The Dark Knight Returns over it for sure.
*Thanks for the warning.
Even if hasn't come out yet, Suicide Squad will probably be disappointing as well as Batman V Superman. And the Joker's design still doesn't resonate with me. The tattoos to me are just trying too hard to look edgy as possible.
I honestly think Affleck was severely hampered by how HORRIBLY written Batman was.
Robert: Would you say it's the worst superhero film in the past five years.
No, ASM2 is worse.
Robert: Due to Foxx's performance, I presume?
No, Foxx wasn't even my 4th least favorite of that cast. No, ASM2 is just much lazier and haphazard. BvS is more competent but morally bankrupt.
RatedRStar:Well doing lineup posts is not particularly time consuming. Luke:I have sort of seen Mamma Mia, his singing is indeed into Wiseau territory but I did not feel the rest of his performance was.
1) Travolta 2) Cage (Wicker Man)3) Voight 4) Cage (Deadfall)5) Redmayne
1. Travolta2. Cage - The Wicker Man3. Cage - Deadfall4. Voight5. RedmayneSeen them all. Travolta was atrocious and entertaining, though the entertainment value wanes on rewatch. Cage is hilariously bad in Deadfall but in the Wicker Man I actually think he knows what he's doing in being so uprariously ridiculous. Voight is also very entertaining in his oddities, especially some of his facial expressions, accent. Redmayne however is just genuinely terrible in Hick, and not even entertainingly so, and I generally like him.
1) John Travolta2) Nicolas Cage - The Wicker Man3) Jon Voight4) Nicolas Cage - Deadfall5) Eddie Redmayne
Anonymous:No Country For Old Men (40's directed by Fred Zinnemann)Sheriff Bell: Victor McLaglenLlewelyn Moss: Van HeflinAnton Chigurh: Anthony QuinnCarla Jean Moss: Jane WymanCarson Wells: Ralph BellamyPulp Fiction (30's directed by Michael Curtiz)Vincent: Paul MuniJules: Barry FitzgeraldMia: Paulette GoddardButch: Fredric MarchWolfe: Lewis StonePumpkin: Ralph RichardsonHoney Bunny: Judith AndersonMarsellus: Humphrey BogartCaptain Koons: Walter Huston 50's directed by Stanley KubrickVincent: Burt LancasterJules: Robert RyanMia: Angie DickinsonButch: Richard WidmarkWolfe: Alastair SimPumpkin: Trevor HowardHoney Bunny: Mercedes McCambridgeMarsellus: Lawrence TierneyCaptain Koons: Robert Montgomery60's directed by John BoormanVincent: Lee MarvinJules: Woody StrodeMia: Faye DunawayButch: Tony CurtisWolfe: James MasonPumpkin: Dirk BogardeHoney Bunny: Estelle ParsonsMarsellus: Brock PetersCaptain Koons: Gig YoungHeat (80's directed by John Mackenzie)McCauley: Richard HarrisHanna: Sean ConneryShiherlis: Pierce BrosnanNate: Patrick McGoohanWaingro: James Cosmo
Louis: You said that Powell's biggest weakness as an actor was a role that demanded him to be more dour. What role would you say that was demanding him to be more dour? Manhattan Melodrama?
1. Travolta2. Cage (Deadfall)3. Cage (Wicker Man)4. Voight5. RedmayneChanged my prediction after seeing a video of the highlights of Cage in Deadfall
Louis: Seen anything new lately.
Anonymous:Well what I more of meant was when a role purposefully seemed to deny him the ability to tap into his sardonic skill, like Manhatten Melodrama.Luke:I'm afraid I took your advice and have stayed away from BvS for at least the time being, and have not seen anything otherwise.
Louis: Honestly, while I like Powell's sardonic style, I found his performance in Manhattan Melodrama more interesting than Gable's performance because he portrayed a much more serious character. While I love Powell in the majority of his comedic roles, I think that Manhattan Melodrama gave him a chance to display much more dramatic acting chops.
Louis: Are there performances that could go from a 4 to a 4,5?
What film would be a good introduction to Robert Altman? Seems like a good director to check out.
Anonymous:Probably yes. mcofra7:I think I'd recommend starting with the player.
Louis: Could Heston's performance in Hamlet go to a 4,5? That performance really sticks with everytime I see the film.
Yes it could.
Louis: You already gave me your version of The Godfather in the 30's with a cast and director. What actors would you have chosen for Luca Brasi, Barzini, Moe Greene and Tattaglia?
Anonymous: I get the feeling Louis is rather busy and thus all these questions might be increasing his workload. If it's not to presumptuous of me I could give some of my propositions and future retroactive castings you might wantLuca Brasi: John CarradineMoe Greene: Ward BondTattaglia: Adolf Menjou
Louis: Whenever you do see BVS, I hope Affleck gets at least a 3.5 from you.
Did anyone see the Affleck/Cavill press interview.
Luke: That...sad one lol? yes.
Yes, I saw that press interview, and by God did I laugh.
I saw BvS. Hm. Score was great and I kind of enjoyed it, though for nearly all the wrong reasons. I won't deny that it's pretty poor in some respects and also incredibly mean-spirited. Also next time I get into a fight with someone I'll make sure our mother's have the same name or something because you know, it'll help me get out of a sticky situation. The main flaw was probably the script, although Snyder's direction did reach certain career lows.Cavill: 2 (I was an apologist for Man of Steel and Cavill gave my favourite portrayal of Superman there, but he really just seemed incredibly phoned in and uninvested here, although given that horrible writing surrounding him I'm not surprised why. He showed very little of that screen presence he showed last time round.)Affleck: 3 (I stand corrected...kinda. He's really good at just being Batman although the way the film depicts him is very problematic. I would say Bale is still my favourite since I prefer his Bruce Wayne and Affleck's Batman is just a bit too warped for my tastes. Really I need to ruminate a bit more about him)Gadot: 3 (not bad at all)Adams: 1.5 (bad but also badly written role)Lane: 2.5 (utterly wasted)Irons: 2.5 (had some good moments with Affleck but also rather wasted)Hunter: 2.5 (what a thankless role, she was good in her last scene though)Shannon: 5 (amazingly invested and subtle)AND FINALLYEisenberg who I don't think I should even give a rating to, since it's so clear that he thoroughly disliked doing the film, and thought so little of it, that he just decided to go ultra meta and do his best to give as Billy Zane-y a villanous performance as possible, but unlike Zane winking at the audience along the way. Not really Wiseau worthy as it is genuinely quite a bad performance that would be with little entertainment value without an awareness of what Eisenberg comes across as an actor and person.
Oh yeah and nearly forgot, Laurence Fishburne is good and agree completely with Robert it was like he was from a better film (whereas Affleck and Gadot were very clearly in a bad film but doing their best to stay afloat), I was thinking wouldn't Perry White have been a good addition to the Spotlight team? Also poor Jimmy Olesen.Final point: Batman was surprisingly stupid in this, and it's a shame since Affleck gave a surprisingly intelligent performance in many respects, even with the senseless writing going against him. I would even go so far as to say he'd have been better suited to the Nolan films (though conversely I doubt even Bale could've salvaged this disaster).
Calvin: Still have to see BvS. It would have been a lot better if Nolan had directed and wrote the film, wouldn't you agree?
*Do you think it would have been a lot better if Nolan had directed and wrote the film?
It would've been more interesting to have seen Nolan's take on The Dark Knight Returns. Not necessarily canonical with his Dark Knight universe, but with say Keaton back as the Bat, and possibly Kyle Machalan as an older Superman, and Jeff Goldblum as the Joker, etc. But yeah a BvS with Nolan could've been better though it'd never have happened as I doubt he'd want to commit to another franchise so soon, and Bale would've most likely not wanted to do it.
Calvin: I would have loved to see Keaton as a older Batman.
So I just watched Hick, and my God, Redmayne doesn't deserve a Wiseau. He was really terrible.
1. Cage (TWM)2. Travolta3. Cage (Deadfall)4. Voight5. Redmayne
Redmayne in Hick is probably going to get a special rating of 5 Balems, the equivalent of a 0.
Robert: I won't mind if he gets a 0. Redmayne is a likable guy, but he needs to really improve as an actor, but I don't think he will. With this film, my hopes of him improving have severely decreased.
5 Middle Fingers I would give him.
Luke: Did you give your winning request? I just wondered if you had or were still thinking.
What are you all saying about Redmayne? I haven't seen Hick myself, but it was done in 2011 and since then he had proved himself as a great actor in The Theory of Everything AND The Danish Girl (putting apart your personal opinions, the general opinion is important). Redmayne needs to evolve, which he already IS doing and even a good actor has got his missteps (Voight, Pacino and De Niro in recent films).
You have no idea how bad he is in Hick. No idea.
RatedRStar: My recent track record when it comes to predictions has been pretty poor, so I'm probably gonna save it for an unrecognised 2016 performance, though don't be surprised if I choose Fassbender again.
RatedRStar: If I win another prediction, by the time 2011 Lead comes around, then I'll request Woody Harrelson in Rampart. Aside from that, I've no ideas for future requests, because your lists have given me some reassurance.
Just a suggestion Louis, and I know you don't do female performances nor are you doing them anytime soon.. but you should do a special review for Faye Dunaway in "Mommie Dearest".. that is well.. one kind of a Wiseau-worthy performance.
Anonymous: He won't do special reviews for actresses.
Like I said, just a suggestion.
Another suggestion; Forget Redmayne in Hick and just do Christopher Walken in Peter Pan Live. It may not be a movie, but GODDAMN he was something.
I know Eddie Redmayne is talented, I just think he wastes it so often, he is still very young and I know he will get a third Oscar nomination at some point so he will eventually come good, just not right now I dont think, and he was awful in the early 2010s, like in My Week With Marilyn where he was so dull.Luke: Harrelson would be a good choice although I did have him in my lineup anyway since it looks like there will b 10 for 2011, should be a fine choice.
RatedRStar: I think Louis planned on reviewing Harrelson for the alternates, back in 2012, but reviewed Wieckiewicz for In Darkness instead. He didn't finish it as well and from what he saw, he was quite remarkable.
RatedRStar: But with 3 slots remaining, I probably will request him, just in case.
Luke: Go for it =D
RatedRStar: I was planning on an April Fool joke, but fuck it.Louis: My request is Woody Harrelson in Rampart.
Luke: Is Rampart good?
RatedRStar: Are Redgrave and Howard in your 1951 list for Best Actor?
Calvin: They are.
Anonymous: I thought it was Solid, yet found Harrelson rather compelling.
Louis: Your thoughts on the film and cast. I'm pleased you gave Affleck a 3.5. :)
Calvin: They are in my list =D.
Wow ladies and gentlemen we have 8 requests for 2011, I think I might know who the final 2 will be, could it be... A man who wants to make a women perfect by changing her face and a gay man who will commit to a relationship while his partner cannot =D.
Louis: It might be a terrible film with a dreadful cast, when Affleck is the MVP. Robert: I might watch Hick, just to see it myself, but the trailer looks awful and for now it's more than enough for me.
2011 is a really interesting year. I would love to see reviews for Levitt (50/50 and my runner-up to Oldman), Giamatti (Win Win), Omar Sy (Intouchables), Damon (The Adjustment Bureau), but the two performances RatedRStar mentioned sound intriguing and probably more complex than the ones I've listed.Also Patton Oswalt in Young Adult is a must for supporting.1. Oldman2. Gordon-Levitt3. Dujardin4. Shannon5. Gosling6. Damon7. Gleeson8. Sy9. Cluzet10. Giamatti
Calvin: One of them's definitely Banderas in The Skin I Live In.
Also forgot Gyllenhal he would be my 6 actually.And supporting,1. Strong2. Pitt3. Brooks4. Hardy5. Hurt6. Von Sydow7. Cumberbatch8. Mortensen9. Hollander10. Branagh
Oswalt somewhere around 4 perhaps.
Calvin: I have seen 50/50, the reason I didn't include Gordon Levitt is because, I think he is a fine actor but even though I have seen Brick, I am still waiting for Levitt to wow me, I think he is a fine actor but he isnt really like, the future or a great complex actor, I do like him though and I think he does try but I think he needs to practice a bit more and then he will become a great actor in future.
Calvin: Oswalt was in my lineup for supporting so I think he will b ok.
Finally watched Gunfight at the OK Corral. Douglas and Lancaster sure made one hell of a team.
The movie killed itself for me within in the first fifteen minutes when it's revealed Batman brands criminals like cattle so they get killed in prison. That is the most sadistic, cowardly thing I could ever imagine any incarnation of Batman to do.
Robert:Honestly I think if Snyder had his way completely Superman and Batman would have both gone on a killing spree throughout the movie.
I have the capacity to tolerate Snyder, but this one killed what little patience I had left with him. I was prepared for the worst, I was not prepared for something so despicable in theme. This film actually illustrates all of the ways the Nolan movies use morality by failing spectacularly in that area.
Louis: I've noticed that you don't have Ian MacDonald in High Noon in your rankings for 1952 supporting. I think he was unmemorable as a villain. Palance would have made a better choice.
Louis, what would you say are some of your favourite Seinfeld episodes?
Robert:Hopefully he'll be fired from JLA since if this is how he handled two main characters, imagine how he'll handle five or more. Anonymous:I once wrote that I'd only rank performances I remembered. I always find him forgettable despite the build up to his appearance, and yes Palance would have been much better. Matt:Favorites per seasonSeason 1:"The Stock Tip" (They're pretty rough though)Season 2: "The Baby Shower"Season 3:"The Boyfriend" though Philip Baker Hall makes a strong case for "The Library"Season 4:"The Old Man"Season 5:"The Opposite"Season 6:"The Race"Season 7:"The Soup Nazi"Season 8:"The Fatigues"Season 9:"The Strike"
Louis: What are your top 10 performances where the actors were perfectly cast?
In terms of 2011, I'd put Fassbender in supporting for Jane Eyre rather easily. I'd also really like to see Aksel Hennie reviewed for Headhunters
Louis: I've decided to cancel my request for Reed in The Devils. I'm 100% confident, that he'll be reviewed, regardless if he's requested or not.I'll save the request for a 2016 performance.
Have we not learned our lesson about requesting performances for years that aren't over yet? In both 2014 and 2015 there were outstanding performances that lost out on reviews because someone requested less deserving performances before the year was finished.
Michael McCarthy: I won't make the request until the year's over. I'll ask Louis to hold on giving thoughts to a performance, I may want to request by then.
Anonymous:Perfectly cast so either exact historical well known historical figures or popular fictional characters. 1. Vivien Leigh - Gone With The Wind2. Peter O'Toole - Lawrence of Arabia3. Maria Falconetti - The Passion of Joan of Arc4. Richard Farnsworth - The Straight Story5. Kathy Bates - Misery6. Gloria Swanson - Sunset Boulevard7. Robert Blake - In Cold Blood8. John Hurt - 10 Rillington Place9. George C. Scott - Patton10. John Wayne - The ShootistLuke:Ah I'm canceling all request switches. From now on take your time and just make a good final choice.
Dear Morgan! I love reading your opinion on this blog! So different from all others. I just wanna ask you about the year 1993, you'd mentioned so many good performances. However, I couldn't see Leslie Cheung in Farewell my Concubine here! From my POV, this was a masterpiece and the best performance of him. Why you didn;t put him in the list?? What is your opinion about that role?
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